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Arsenal record comfortable win over Palace 1

Posted on January 20, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates, after four goals in the first 22 minutes of the game.

Arsenal made a quick start to the game, as Alex Iwobi’s shot from the edge of the area was straight at Wayne Hennessey on six minutes. From the resulting corner kick, the Gunners took the lead. Granit Xhaka’s corner kick found Nacho Monreal at the far post and the defender headed home from close range.

Liverpool draw sums Arsenal up 0

Posted on December 23, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s Friday night 3-3 draw with Liverpool may have been a great watch for neutrals, but for fans of both teams, it summed up why they will not be winning a big trophy this season. For Arsenal, it perfectly summed up their struggles in recent seasons.

The bad side of Arsenal

Arsenal’s display against Liverpool showed the good and bad of the Gunners. The bad aspect was the team’s poor defensive displays, which sporadically appeared throughout each season for Arsenal.

In truth, it could have been much worse for Arsenal, especially when Laurent Koscielny put Mohamed Salah through on goal, only for Petr Cech to bail his team out.

Arsenal odds of 11/8 to finish in the top-four after Swans win 0

Posted on October 29, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday afternoon. When the Gunners went behind in the first half completely unexpectedly, it looked like it could have been one of those inexplicable defeats for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Second half goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey were enough, in the end, to give the north London side the victory.

Home record is very encouraging

While Arsenal’s form has been unconvincing at times in recent years, the Gunners home form of late has been outstanding in the Premier League. For much of Wenger’s reign, Arsenal’s home record has been outstanding.

Gunners record a narrow win over the Swans 0

Posted on October 28, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium, with Aaron Ramsey grabbing the winning goal in the second half.

Arsenal were the first to have any sort of threatening attack, which came on seven minutes. Alexis Sanchez found Sead Kolasinac on the edge of the Swansea penalty area and the wing-backs effort was blocked by Swans defender Alfie Mawson.

The home side also had the next chance, as Laurent Koscielny headed a Sanchez free-kick straight at former Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. The home side continued to dominate possession and Sanchez saw a long-range effort fly wide of Fabianski’s right-hand post. Mawson also blocked a Hector Bellerin shot from the edge of the area.

Shkodran Mustafi ruled out for up to six weeks 0

Posted on October 12, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the Gunners German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi could be out of action for up to six weeks through a hamstring injury. Mustafi picked up the injury while on international duty with his national team and looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Was in decent form in recent weeks

Mustafi’s future with Arsenal was in major doubt in the summer. The former Valencia defender was heavily linked with a move to Italian giants Inter. However, the speculation came to nothing and he stayed in north London.

Arsenal suddenly short of centre-backs 0

Posted on October 10, 2017 by David Nugent

When Arsenal started their Premier League campaign, the Gunners looked well covered in numbers anyway in the centre of defence.

However, an injury sustained by German international Shkodran Mustafi, along with French defender Laurent Koscielny being absent through injury have limited Arsene Wenger’s centre-back options for the near future.

The Gunners face a trip to Watford on Saturday evening, in a game the side from north London are odds of 8/13 to win.

The likely absence of the aforementioned pair means that Wenger will have to call on some of his other defenders to fill the void.

Chelsea v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on September 16, 2017 by David Nugent

On Sunday lunchtime, Arsenal face a tough test as the Gunners travel to London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League.

The home side have hit form of late, recording four consecutive wins in all competitions. Last time out the Blues hammered Azerbaijan champions Qarabag 6-0 in the Champions League. The big win followed a 2-1 win at Leicester in their last Premier League outing.

Unsurprisingly considering that they were champions last season, Antonio Conte’s side have a formidable record in the Premier League of late, having won nine of their last ten outings in the English top-flight. The English champions have also scored two or more goals in nine of their last ten league outings.

Wenger expected to shuffle his deck in Europa League opener 0

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal are set to start their Europa League campaign with a match against FC Koln on Thursday night at the Emirates.

The Gunners are beginning their first season without the Champions League in last 21 years with a shot at Europe’s second-string competition and will also face FK Crvena Zvezda and BATE Borisov as they look to top Group H.

The north London side are happy to head into the Europa League clash against FC Koln on the back of the convincing 3-0 win away at Bournemouth, which came as a huge improvement to back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Stoke City.

Who should start at the heart of the Arsenal defence? 0

Posted on July 25, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger took the very usual step of changing his formation to three centre-backs at the end of last season for the first time in over two decades.

The indications from pre-season are that the veteran French boss may stick with three at the back for the start of the new campaign. However, when everybody is fit who should start in the heart of the Gunners defence?

Arsenal now have decent options

Arsenal now have decent centre-back options in Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel, Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding. Then there are the versatile options of Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers if the latter stays of course.

AC Milan join race for Laurent Koscielny 0

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Serie A fallen giants AC Milan have reportedly set their sights on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.

The Daily Mirror understands that the Italian heavyweights look to continue the rebuilding process by adding experience and quality to their back line and Laurent Koscielny has been identified as one of the top summer transfer targets.

The 31-year-old has been already linked with a return to France as Marseille expressed interest in the experienced Gunners star. Koscielny suggested Marseille move could be hard to resist in the future, given the fact he was a Marseille fan in his young days.

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