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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.

Granit Xhaka can be a creative force from central midfield 0

Posted on August 14, 2017 by David Nugent

I asked whether Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka would experience a better campaign this time around in an article last month. The midfielder has already played a key part in the Gunners picking up points. He produced two assists in Arsenal’s 4-3 home win in their Premier League opener.

Essentially Xhaka is supposedly a defensive midfielder. However, as I have stated previously he is not just your typical central midfield destroyer. The former Monchengladbach star does also have a creative and skilful side to his game.

Close to matching his assist record from last season

Arsenal win the Community Shield on penalty kicks 0

Posted on August 06, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal won the Community Shield on Sunday against Chelsea courtesy of a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

The game started in a lively manner and it was Arsenal who saw the first real sight of goal. Winger Alex Iwobi ghosted past two Chelsea defenders, before seeing his centre across the fact the face of the goal hit Alexandre Lacazette and bounced clear.

A minute later and Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois produced a comfortable save from a Danny Welbeck header. The Blues goalkeeper was in action soon afterwards denying Iwobi at close-range after the Nigerian had received a clever through-ball from Mohamed Elneny.

Arsenal enter the race for Chelsea star 0

Posted on July 14, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Metro and journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal are interested in signing Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic in a swap deal involving England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Matic is seemingly in-demand this summer, with the likes of Juventus, Inter and Manchester United reportedly hoping to sign the Serbian star. However, it seems Arsenal have now emerged as a very viable destination for the 28-year-old.

The former Benfica star may find himself pushed down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues are reported to be close to signing Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko. He is believed to be looking for an escape route from the English champions.

More to come from Granit Xhaka at Arsenal next season 0

Posted on June 29, 2017 by David Nugent

I have to say I was excited by the arrival of Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka last summer. The 24-year-old who arrived from Monchengladbach for a fee of around £34million was highly rated in German football.

I had seen him play quite a bit in the Bundesliga and Champions League for Gladbach and he looked like a player that definitely had the potential to become a complete midfielder.

Has enjoyed a decent campaign

The midfielder enjoyed a decent first campaign with Arsenal in the Premier League. It would be harsh to say that it was a poor campaign, while he did not set the world alight in his defensive midfield role.

Arsenal move for Riyad Mahrez possible says Arsene Wenger 0

Posted on June 03, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that a move for Leicester’s want-away winger Riyad Mahrez could be possible this summer. The Algerian international has told the Foxes that he wishes to leave the club this summer after their poor campaign.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Mahrez in the past and now that the player wants to leave his Midlands club it seems like an ideal time for Arsenal to make a move.

Talking about Mahrez, Wenger told beIN Sports: “We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes,”

Sanchez double downs relegated Sunderland 0

Posted on May 16, 2017 by David Nugent

Alexis Sanchez scored a brace for Arsenal as the Gunners defeated relegation Sunderland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Gunners had the first attempt on goal after just three minutes, as Alexis Sanchez fired an effort well over the bar from long-range. Arsenal looked to have taken the lead on eight minutes.

Sanchez’s effort on goal deflected off Olivier Giroud’s arm and found the bottom corner of Jordan Pickford’s net. However, the referee spotted the infringement and disallowed the effort.

Does Xhaka have to improve discipline to prolong Arsenal career? 0

Posted on May 09, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has endured a debut season of ups and downs after his £32M summer switch from Borussia Monchengladbach, admitting in a recent interview that he’s had to “become cleverer” after problems with indiscipline. In the Arsenal squad, the Swiss international has picked up all their red cards this season and has more bookings than all but two of his teammates.

Arsenal record crucial win over Manchester United 0

Posted on May 07, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon to keep their hopes alive of a top-four finish this season.

United had the first chance on goal on three minutes, as Wayne Rooney headed over the bar from a Juan Mata cross. Arsenal keeper Petr Cech was called into action on five minutes, parrying an Anthony Martial shot wide of goal.

Arsenal had their first real sight of goal on ten minutes. Alexis Sanchez found Aaron Ramsey in the box with a superb through ball, but the Welshman’s effort was saved low superbly by David De Gea.

Who will come in for Arsenal for the injured Xhaka? 0

Posted on May 04, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka injured ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United, manager Arsene Wenger has a decision to make on who to replace him in the engine room.

Francis Coquelin is the prime candidate to deputise given he’s a deep-lying defensive-minded midfielder. Mohamed Elneny, also a player of substance, is an option but has featured so little of late that he may miss out. But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be a wise choice given his form in recent weeks and what he brings to the midfield.

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