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Turns out Arsenal were ideal opponents for Leicester 0

Posted on May 10, 2018 by David Nugent

In yesterday’s article, I wrote that Leicester were ideal opponents for Arsenal. Maybe Arsenal were, in fact, ideal opponents for the Foxes, who recorded a 3-1 win over the Gunners after Konstantinos Mavropanos saw red after just 15 minutes.

From then on, it was always going to be difficult for the Gunners to end their poor away record. The north London side did score through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang early in the second half, but goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez won the game for the out-of-form Foxes.

Leicester seem like perfect opponents for Arsenal 0

Posted on May 09, 2018 by David Nugent

One of Arsenal’s main Achilles heels in recent seasons under veteran boss Arsene Wenger has been their away form. In fact, some have described it as the main reason for the Gunners decline in recent years.

Arsenal’s home form has been very strong in recent seasons. However, a lack of mental strength and quality has seen the Gunners lose far too many games on their travels.

Their recent six-game losing run away from home in the Premier League is a classic example of the problem. Arsenal have just two games left under Wenger, both away from home at Leicester this evening and at relegation-threatened Huddersfield on the final day.

Leicester v Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on May 08, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal plays their penultimate game under veteran boss Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners visit midtable Leicester.

Leicester already look to be on the beach after a terrible run of form ruled the Foxes out of finishing in the top seven and earning a Europa League qualifying spot.

Claude Puel’s team currently sits ninth-place in the table after a winless run of five games in the top-flight. To make matters worse the Foxes have suffered defeats in four of those aforementioned five winless games.

Arsenal odds of 11/2 to sign Riyad Mahrez this summer 0

Posted on February 08, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has fanned the flames of rumour that Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez may be a transfer target by claiming he knows what happened with the Algerian’s failed deadline day move to Manchester City.

Mahrez has gone on strike since a deadline day move to the Citizens collapsed and has not played since. He is expected to miss out once again this weekend, as the Foxes travel to the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

Talking about the Mahrez situation, Wenger told the press: “You want the clubs to behave well and the players to behave well. In the case of Mahrez which I know a bit the story, I wouldn’t want to come out on that”.

Sead Kolasinac should play at left wing-back for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 05, 2017 by David Nugent

In a month where everything seemed to go wrong for Arsenal, summer signing Sead Kolasinac won the Gunners Player of the Month.

In truth, there were slim pickings among the Gunners players for the award. However, the former Schalke player managed to win the award, despite only playing in two of the team’s three league games this season.

The fans vote was maybe a vote of no confidence in the players that appeared in the 4-0 hammering at Liverpool, than a vote of confidence for the Bosnia and Herzegovina star.

Made a mixed start to his Arsenal career

Stoke v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on August 18, 2017 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening Arsenal travel to Stoke’s Bet365 Stadium in the Premier League, with the Gunners hoping to make it two wins out of two in the English top-flight.

Stoke endured a mixed pre-season campaign after losing star winger Marko Arnautovic to West Ham. An opening day 1-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park added to the Potters woes.

Mark Hughes sides have won just one of their last six games in the English top-flight. The Potters have also lost seven of their last 11 league games.

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

Oliver Giroud is Arsenal’s super sub 0

Posted on August 12, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal enthralling 4-3 win over Leicester on Friday night in the opening game of the campaign was notable for many things, Arsenal’s lack of defensive solidity, Granit Xhaka producing two assists and Arsenal winning the opening game of the campaign for just the second time in the last eight seasons.

However, for me, the most notable aspect of the game was the fact that French striker Olivier Giroud came off the bench and scored the 85th-minute winner. It was not the first time he has pulled off the trick in recent seasons.

Arsenal v Leicester Premier League Preview 0

Posted on August 10, 2017 by David Nugent

On Friday night, Arsenal kick-off their Premier League campaign by hosting Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners head into the campaign in optimistic mood having beaten champions Chelsea on penalty kicks in the Community Shield last time out. Summer signings striker Alexandre Lacazette and defender Sead Kolasinac looked to have bedded into the team nicely.

The team from north London have enjoyed a generally a mixed pre-season. However, the Gunners will expect to pick up three points in this Premier League opener. Leicester have a terrible record against Arsenal, as the Foxes have won just one of the last 33 meetings between the two teams.

Arsenal can still defeat Leicester without Sanchez and Ozil 0

Posted on August 09, 2017 by David Nugent

Chilean international Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Arsenal’s opening Premier League game on Friday night. German international playmaker Mesut Ozil is also a major doubt for the clash with the Foxes. Both players missed the recent Community Shield win over Chelsea.

Speculation persists about Sanchez’s future, despite Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stating that the forward will stay with the north London club this summer. An abdominal strain has ruled the Chilean out of the clash with Leicester, a game the Gunners are odds of 1/ 2 to win.



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