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Shock horror as Arsene Wenger changes his tactics! 0

Posted on April 18, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough on Monday night, with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil enough to seal the victory. It was by no means a pretty one, but as midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stated after the game they just needed a win.

Arsenal were not at their best and there was a slight nervousness about the Gunners, which is understandable because of their recent away form (four straight defeats).

However, in the end, the Gunners managed to grind out a win, in a fashion that they have struggled to do in the past.

Middlesbrough v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on April 16, 2017 by David Nugent

On Monday night Arsenal will aim to revive their hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four when the Gunners visit Middlesbrough.

The home side are fighting a battle of their own at the bottom of the Premier League table. Steve Agnew’s side are currently 19th in the top-flight and six points away from safety.

However, the north east side still have hope as they have two games in hand on 17th place Hull City and a far superior goal difference. That hope may be slightly negated by the fact that their form has been terrible in recent months.

Arsenal receive injury boost ahead of Boro game 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Some good news for Arsenal, finally.

The Gunners conclude this weekend’s fixture list with a trip to Middlesbrough on Monday night, looking for a swift return to winning ways after a humiliating 3-0 beating at Selhurst park.

Defeat to Crystal Palace has left Arsenal sitting in sixth place and looking rather likely to miss out on a top four finish.

Wenger’s men have collected 54 points from 30 games this season, and with only eight to go before the curtain drops, Gunners cannot afford another slip-up as they look to cut the seven-point deficit behind Manchester City in fourth.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on April 09, 2017 by David Nugent

On Monday night two teams in desperate need of points meet at Selhurst Park, as Crystal Palace host Arsenal in the Premier League.

Palace are still very much in the relegation scrap lying 16th in the Premier League table, just three points clear of 18th place Swansea, although the Eagles do have two games in hand on the struggling Swans.

The Eagles form has not been awful of late, as a 3-1 defeat last time out at Southampton actually ended a four-game winning run that saw Sam Allardyce’s team climb towards safety.

Koscielny picks up head injury in friendly defeat to Spain 0

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny had an eventful outing for the France national team against Spain, giving away a penalty and clashing heads as Les Blues suffered a 2-0 defeat at home. However, the Gunners defender isn’t thought to have sustained any lasting damage that could rule him out of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.

In Arsenal’s recent slump, Koscielny has been key to keeping the defence somewhat together. His absence in the Champions League saw the side crumble in both legs of their last-16 tie with Bayern Munich, and the form of partner Shkodran Mustafi has been disappointing alongside him in 2017. Mertesacker is waiting in the wings but is short on match fitness while the athletic Gabriel is error-prone at centre-back.

Ten-man Arsenal hammered by Bayern Munich 0

Posted on March 07, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 5-1 home humbling in the Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, as the Gunners lost the tie 10-2 on aggregate. The side from north London were not helped by a second-half dismissal of Laurent Koscielny.

The first real threat on goal arrived on 11 minutes and fell for the home side. Alexis Sanchez played the ball over the top of the Bayern defence to Theo Walcott, only for the winger to take a touch that took the ball away from him and Manuel Neuer came to clear his line.

Liverpool v Arsenal Premier League Preview 1

Posted on March 03, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal travel to Anfield on Saturday evening to face rivals for a Champions League spot Liverpool, in a massive game.

The home side’s form has stalled of late, as the Reds have won just once in their last seven outings. Last time out the side from Merseyside lost 3-1 at champions Leicester City. The Reds have lost three of their last five games in the league, although two of defeats have come away from home.

Jurgen Klopp’s side actually have a decent home record, having lost just once in 20 Premier League games on home soil. Liverpool have won three of their last five Premier League games at Anfield.

Koscielny should be fit to face Liverpool 0

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny should return in time to face Liverpool on Saturday with the French centre-back having been training in the last few days. Koscielny picked up a hamstring injury in February’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich but should return for this weekend’s crunch fixture in the Premier League.

The 31-year-old has been an ever-present this season, forging a formidable partnership alongside summer-signing Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the Arsenal defence. Koscielny has made 24 Premier League appearances, scoring two goals, and his absence was felt in their recent European encounter when Arsenal collapsed to a 5-1 defeat.

Could Per Mertesacker come in for the injured Laurent Koscielny? 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Laurent Koscielny could be out of action for Arsenal’s next game against Liverpool as he continues to battles with hamstring injury, but could it be Per Mertesacker who replaces him? Gabriel Paulista is expected to partner Shkodran Mustafi at the back if Koscielny isn’t back in time, but Mertesacker has been training for some time and could be an option.

Gabriel’s athleticism is his greatest strength and may be key to keeping tabs on an energetic Liverpool frontline. But Mertesacker is a measured player who doesn’t give away fouls, nor does he dive in and compromise his position on the pitch. Gabriel has the pace to chase players bearing towards goal, but he’s also suspect due to his rashness in the tackle.

Holding could replace Koscielny in tonight’s FA Cup clash 0

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Rob Holding could deputise for the injured Laurent Koscielny ahead of this evening’s FA Cup fifth round meeting with Sutton United. Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to ring the changes from the side that were heavily beaten 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and Holding is one player who could be selected as he played 90 minutes in the previous round.

The 21-year-old, who signed from Bolton Wanderers in the summer, has made nine appearances in all competitions this season. Holding has been utilised in the EFL Cup and FA Cup, as well as getting 90 minutes in the Champions League group stage, and could well edge himself ahead of Gabriel Paulista in the Arsenal defence.

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