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West Ham holds Arsenal to a goalless draw 1

Posted on December 13, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by struggling West Ham at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

The Gunners controlled the opening exchanges. However, the first attempt on goal did not arrive until the tenth minute. West Ham ‘keeper Adrian got down to comfortably save Alexis Sanchez’s effort.

On 15 minutes, West Ham winger Marko Arnautovic saw a headed effort ruled out for offside. Arsenal came forward again on 23 minutes. A good team move involving Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud resulted in the ball being played to Sanchez, whose deflected effort flew wide of the post.

Arsenal still lack an incisive presence in the middle 0

Posted on December 10, 2017 by Ben Darvill

It was the same old story for Arsenal against Southampton on Sunday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by their hosts. The stalemate means that the Gunners are 14 points short of leaders Manchester City having played a game more, which has pretty much brought an end to their slim title hopes.

The game itself was a direct antithesis to their loss against Manchester United last weekend. Arsenal created a huge amount of chances only to be stopped on the line by the marvellous David de Gea. On Sunday, Arsenal were not able to be toothless with their finishing as they rarely threatened to open their opponents up.

Arsene Wenger must be ruthless if Arsenal are to beat Manchester City 0

Posted on November 02, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal travel to play Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend as two of England’s biggest clubs lock horns once again.

With Pep Guardiola guiding his side to a near-perfect start this campaign, Arsene Wenger will know that the majority of the pressure will be on the former-Barcelona manager’s shoulders.

Wenger, therefore, knows that a win would be massively surprising, and it would see the confidence of his side skyrocket.

Of course, beating Manchester City will be no easy task, with City in outstanding form of late. If Arsenal are to win the game then, their manager must be ruthless.

Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal showed their character against Swansea 0

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal were indebted to goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey on Saturday as the Gunners came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1.

Sam Clucas had struck in the first-half to silence the Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal’s second-half fightback downed the spirited Swans as the Gunners took all three points from the game.

The win means they have now collected 19 points in their 10 games, and they are just a single point behind arch-rivals Tottenham, who fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at the weekend.

Arsenal must cut out their defensive failings 0

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Ben Darvill

As a game in the Premier League goes, it was about as easy a win as Arsenal are likely to get all season. Everton failed to ever really press the Gunners, and even when they went a goal up, they did not ever really look like they wanted to score a second. Indeed, the London side found it far too easy to dominate the ball and punish their hosts with five goals of their own.

Arsenal must put their faith in Jack Wilshere 0

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Ben Darvill

The fans have been calling for Jack Wilshere to start in the team for a number of weeks following awful performances that have caused the club to go into something of a mini-crisis this season.

Wins over Red Star Belgrade and Everton have seen the discontent lifted somewhat, but Arsene Wenger faces more fury if he does not begin to start the players that have been knocking at the door for some time.

Indeed, Wilshere has been a standout performer over the last week as he created the space for Olivier Giroud’s outrageous overhead kick winner against Red Star, while his appearance from the bench against Everton was met by yet another tireless and intelligent display.

Granit Xhaka is a liability 0

Posted on October 22, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal won their game against Everton 5-2 on Sunday as the team managed to relieve some of the pressure that has been piling up on them over the last week. It was a performance that has taken them to 16 points this season, now just four short of Manchester United in second.

While the team on the whole played very well as they dispatched an Everton side that struggled massively, not everything was perfect for the away side.

Granit Xhaka embodies Arsenal’s woes 1

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal’s woes this season continued as they fell to a damaging defeat at the hands of Watford on Saturday evening. The loss wiped away all the momentum they had built up over recent weeks, with Watford the first side to inflict a loss on Arsenal since they lost to Liverpool on August 27th.

The game itself was marred by controversy as Richarlison won a penalty that allowed Troy Deeney to level the scores. Richarlison himself seemed to go down incredibly easily under the challenge of Hector Bellerin, and the decision left Arsene Wenger fuming.

Should Arsenal have signed Danny Drinkwater? 0

Posted on September 03, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal hero Paul Merson, Arsenal should have made a move for now-Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater in the summer. The England international joined Premier League champions signed Drinkwater for £35million from Leicester on deadline day.

Merse in his column in the Daily Star wrote, “Arsenal should have bid for Danny Drinkwater rather than let him go to Chelsea. At least he will fight for you. This lot just give up.

“In my day, the dressing room after a performance like that would have been a war zone. You would have had to call the police because there would have been fights everywhere.”

Thierry Henry criticises Arsenal for overplaying in possession 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was critical of his former club for overplaying in the final third, rather than being more direct to give the forwards better ammunition. Henry says the Gunners have been guilty of always trying to do ‘the Arsenal ball’, reports Sky Sports via the Express.

“Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top. He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes. Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball?” he said.



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