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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.

Arsenal record hard-fought victory at Middlesbrough 0

Posted on April 17, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal ended a run of four straight away defeats in the Premier League by winning 2-1 at Middlesbrough on Monday, courtesy of goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Middlesbrough had the first attempt on goal on four minutes, as Grant Leadbitter fired a long-range effort just wide of Petr Cech’s far post. Boro’s Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo was the next one to have a go at goal, firing well wide of Cech’s goal from long-range.

Arsenal’s record at the Riverside Stadium doesn’t make for good reading 0

Posted on April 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Monday evening, desperate for a win to boost their fledgling hopes of a top-four finish. With four consecutive defeats on the road, Arsenal come into their clash with Boro in poor form and don’t have the best record against the North-East outfit in recent head-to-heads.

Arsenal’s last nine Premier League meetings with Middlesbrough
(10/9/05) Middlesbrough 2-1 Arsenal
(14/1/06) Arsenal 7-0 Middlesbrough
(9/9/06) Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough
(3/2/07) Middlesbrough 1-1 Arsenal
(9/12/07) Middlesbrough 2-1 Arsenal
(15/3/08) Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough
(13/12/08) Middlesbrough 1-1 Arsenal
(26/4/09) Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough
(22/10/16) Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough

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 injury update ahead of Middlesbrough clash 0

Posted on April 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal could well have their first-choice shop-stopper and key centre-back back in the squad for Monday’s trip to the Riverside stadium. The Gunners lock horns with relegation-threated Middlesbrough in desperate need of a win, which may result in manager Arsene Wenger throwing in his first-team regulars sooner than he may have wanted.

As for the goalkeeper situation, Emiliano Martinez has been operating between the sticks for Arsenal in recent weeks with David Ospina out with a back injury and Petr Cech suffering from a calf strain. However, the latter cold be returning in time to line up against Boro, with Wenger saying: “I believe that we have a chance of getting Petr Cech back in the squad.”

Last-chance saloon for Arsenal’s top-four hopes 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the quest for a Champions League place hung in the balance this season but believes the side have to overcome recent mental barriers to finish in a top-four spot in the Premier League table. He feels the Gunners have been under pressure and restricted in their place recently and wants the confidence and creative freedom to return.

“It’s not been very enjoyable as you certainly know, but bad moments are part of our job as well. You focus to prepare and make sure you respond in a strong way. To play with restriction and a little bit of a handbrake on doesn’t help the performance. We are under pressure to deliver and the best way to do it is to play with freedom and accept the risk,” he said.

Will Middlesbrough’s Traore target Monreal in Monday’s clash? 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal badly underperformed in the Gunners’ defeat to Crystal Palace, and Monday’s Premier League meeting with Middlesbrough could result in similar treatment from winger Adama Traore unless he’s adequately protected at the back. It’s an area Arsenal need to replace in the summer, but they have no better alternative until the end of the season which could well be capitalised upon by their opponents.

Could Olivier Giroud start against Middlesbrough? 0

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been on the periphery of the squad all season, making the majority of his appearances from the substitutes’ bench. The French international is behind the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order, but has a chance of returning to the starting XI in Monday’s clash with Middlesbrough given his physical superiority.

Giroud has scored and created 12 goals in 826 minutes in the Premier League this season, capitalising on his greater strength in the penalty area and his cool head to finish in tight confines. He doesn’t have the same athleticism as Sanchez or Welbeck, but Middlesbrough’s deep, defensive style will mean such pace won’t threaten the North-East outfit.

Welbeck is not ready to start in the Premier League 0

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck led the line in Monday’s defeat to Crystal Palace and was hauled off inside of an hour following a lacklustre performance at Selhurst Park. The English international has made five consecutive starts in the Premier League for the Gunners, scoring just one goal, and doesn’t appear ready for the intensity after such a lengthy injury layout.

Welbeck has made 11 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season, scored three goals in 417 of playing time. But in the Premier League, the former Manchester United centre-forward has been ineffective. The decision to start Welbeck over Sanchez and Giroud in the position has bemused many, and the lack of output from Welbeck has led to more criticism going the way of the manager.

Sunderland v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on October 28, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal have the chance to move temporarily top of the Premier League, as the Gunners face struggling Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime.

Sunderland are enduring a nightmare campaign in the top-flight this season. The Black Cats have claimed just two points in the top-flight this season, suffering seven defeats and failing to win any of their games in the Premier League. The Black Cats have lost five of their last six games in the top-flight.



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