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Arsenal record last-gasp win over Leicester 0

Posted on April 26, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a last-gasp 1-0 win over Leicester on Wednesday night to keep their hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

The visitors threatened goal first, as Marc Albrighton stole the ball off Granit Xhaka and cut the ball back to Jamie Vardy, who could only fire into the side-netting. The home side’s first real chance arrived on 16 minutes, as Kasper Schmeichel parried away a Francis Coquelin long-range effort.

Granit Xhaka can be a success at Arsenal 0

Posted on March 24, 2017 by David Nugent

The international break always seems to bring us quotes from players and bosses in their home press that can cause controversy or fill space on websites.

Hardly controversial Arsenal’s Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka has stated that he needs to rein his aggression in slightly, while his club boss Arsene Wenger has stated Xhaka will never curb his aggression.

Xhaka has always been combative

The strange thing is Arsene Wenger must have known what he was getting last summer when he paid £34million to Borussia Monchengladbach for the combative central midfielder.

Arsenal cannot afford to lose Sanchez and Ozil 0

Posted on March 23, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been accused of not wanting to spend the clubs money. Yet two of the players he has spent big money on in recent seasons, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could well be leaving the club in the summer. Both players will have just 12 months left on their contracts in north London.

The announcement by Wenger that the club are going to leave the contract negotiations until the summer suggests that the pair could be on the verge of leaving the club.

They are special players

Bayern Munich v Arsenal Champions League Preview 0

Posted on February 14, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal face a major test in the Champions League night, as the Gunners visit German giants Bayern Munich in the last-16 first leg.

Having finished top of their group Arsenal were hoping for an easier draw than in recent years. The Gunners have failed to make it past the last-16 stage since the 2009/10 season campaign, mainly due to difficult draws having finished second in their group.

The Gunners group stage performance was pretty good, as Arsene Wenger’s side recorded four victories and two draws. The Gunners were also relatively prolific in the group stage, finding the net at least twice in five of their six games.

Arsenal just not good enough to win the title 0

Posted on February 05, 2017 by David Nugent

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at league leaders Chelsea showed that Arsenal are simply not good enough to win the Premier League title. Despite at times dominating possession, the Gunners did not seem to have the strength, quality or big game know-how to beat the Blues.

It looked like men against boys at times. Chelsea were incisive and boss Antonio Conte knew exactly were the Gunners weak spots were and exploited them to perfection. In reality Chelsea probably did not really have to adapt their game much for the clash, as they recorded a relatively comfortable win.

 Not looking at the opposition

Should Xhaka be dropped and punished internally for indiscipline? 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka picked up a straight red card in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Burnley, automatically ruling him out of February’s title-race six-pointer against Premier League leaders Chelsea. The 24-year-old, signed from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, has picked up more red cards than any other player in Europe (5) since the start of last season, and could incur an internal punishment for such indiscipline.

Granit Xhaka shows ill-discipline once again 0

Posted on January 23, 2017 by David Nugent

I have to admit earlier in the season I was one of those who was wondering why Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not giving Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka a starter role for the Gunners.

After the second sending of his career in the Gunners 2-1 win over Burnley I can now see why he does not start every game. The Swiss midfielder produced a very poor challenge on Burnley midfielder Steven Defour and was dismissed by referee Jon Moss.

Showed poor discipline (again)

Wenger reveals extent of Coquelin’s injury 0

Posted on January 05, 2017 by Nemanja Lazarevic

The 3-3 draw with AFC Bournemouth not only hurt Arsenal’s top 4 bid, but also saw several players pick up injuries or minor knocks, with Francis Coquelin being one of them.

The French midfielder was substituted just before the half-hour mark as he suffered a hamstring injury, but Arsene Wenger wasn’t able to determine how long the 25-year-old will be out.

Medical tests have now showed that the injury is more serious than first feared and the manager has revealed that Coquelin will miss around 3-4 weeks of action.

“He is out for three or four weeks now. Hamstring,” Wenger told reporters earlier this morning.

Arsenal rescue late draw from Bournemouth trip 0

Posted on January 03, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal scored three goals in the last 20 minutes to draw 3-3 with ten men Bournemouth on Tuesday night in a pulsating encounter.

Bournemouth had the first effort of the game on seven minutes, as Joshua King dragged a shot wide of Petr Cech’s goal from long-range. The home side continued to press and Junior Stanislas fired an effort straight at Cech on ten minutes.

The Cherries had a penalty claim on 12 minutes, as King went down under a challenge from Arsenal goalkeeper Cech. However, referee Michael Oliver waved appeals for a penalty kick.

Granit Xhaka sets new Premier League passing record 0

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka set a new record for passes this season after his performance in Monday’s narrow win over West Bromwich Albion. The former FC Basel and Borussia Monchengladbach man completed 135/142 passes (whoscored) on Boxing Day, more than any player has so far managed in the Premier League.

Albion were affording high levels on possession to the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium which resulting in Arsenal boasting 76% of the ball over the 90 minutes. Xhaka had the freedom to dictate the play and he made 152 touches from midfield – also a record this season. It’s also worth noting how accurate he was with his long distribution, completing 11 of 15 long balls, blowing Mesut Ozil’s statistics out of the water in the Albion game.

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