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Francis Coquelin makes move to Valencia 0

Posted on January 11, 2018 by David Nugent

French midfielder Francis Coquelin has left Arsenal to join La Liga outfit Valencia for £12million. The midfielder has signed a four-and-half-year deal with the Spanish side, with a £71.2million release clause in his contract.

According to Sky Sports, Coquelin decided to move to the Spanish club after rejecting moves to the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Out-of-favour in north London

The 26-year-old had recently fallen out-of-favour at the north London club, despite signing a new deal just a year ago. Coquelin has started just seven games in all competitions, one of which was in the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal FA Cup preview 0

Posted on January 06, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal travel to Championship Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup.

The Championship outfit are managerless after recently sacking Mark Warburton. The sacking came about with the Tricky Trees in poor form. Forest have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions while failing to win any of their last five outings.

The home side’s poor recent form has seen the side from the Midlands drop to 14th in the second tier. Forest have also been poor on home soil in recent weeks, losing three of their last four games at the City Ground, failing to score in all three defeats.

Patrick Viera gives his views on Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere’s midfield partnership 0

Posted on December 24, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Former-Arsenal legend Patrick Viera has given his verdict on Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere’s partnership in the midfield, as it has been a problem are for Arsene Wenger and his team as their options in defensive-midfield have not proved to be good enough in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal battled to a 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Friday as they failed to win yet again. Of course, they did embark upon a stirring comeback from 2-0 down to lead 3-2. However, they once again let their momentum falter as they conceded, and that is as far as the scoring went, with the game ending in a draw.

Arsenal and Liverpool play out six-goal thriller 0

Posted on December 22, 2017 by David Nugent

On Friday night, Arsenal and Liverpool drew 3-3 at the Emirates Stadium in a highly entertaining affair.

Arsenal had the first effort on goal after five minutes. Alexis Sanchez’s effort looped into the air before midfielder Granit Xhaka fired wide of goal. The visitors produced their first real threat on the home goal on 12 minutes, as Sadio Mane’s effort deflects off Roberto Firmino and goes straight into Petr Cech’s arms.

Liverpool experienced an injury blow on 13 minutes when midfielder Jordan Henderson sustained a knock and had to be replaced by James Milner. Mohamed Salah fired an effort off target soon afterwards.

Arsenal cannot beat Liverpool unless they make the right midfield choices 1

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Ben Darvill

In the last Premier League meeting between Arsenal and Liverpool, there was a gulf in class of epic proportions between the old rivals. Liverpool’s 4-0 win displayed just how good the Reds can be going forward, while it once again revealed that Arsenal’s defence was simply not good enough.

Arsenal’s back-three were exposed as they put in one of the worst defensive performances the fans will have likely seen from their team. Time and time again, the three centre-halves were beaten in the air, the wing-backs were caught dreaming of going forward, while the team’s possession play was about as un-Arsenal as many have ever seen it.

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.

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