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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.

Arsenal v Reading EFL Cup Preview 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, with the home side looking to get back to winning ways following a draw last time out.

The Gunners seven-game winning run came to an end last time out, as the Gunners drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium. There were positives to take from the game, though, as the side from north London have now kept clean sheets in six of their last seven games in all competitions.

Santi Cazorla could miss Capital One Cup clash 0

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla could miss Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Reading after manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was uncertain when the Spaniard will return. Cazorla was absent for Saturday’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough but Wenger revealed the talented playmaker might not be fit to feature against the Royals.

Arsenal couldn’t break down Middlesbrough without the Spanish international at the heart of the midfield on the weekend, and when asked if the Gunners missed Cazorla in the side, Wenger replied: “Yeah, of course. You miss always, of course, Cazorla. At home he is from deep midfield into the final third, his pass is always quick and accurate. Cazorla – I don’t really know (when he will return) because we have to see how he recovers on Monday.”

Wenger demands a response against Reading 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to bounce back in a positive way after being held to a goalless draw against Middlesbrough in Saturday’s Premier League clash. The Gunners saw their six-game winning streak ended this weekend at the hand of the newly-promoted North-East side, but have little time to dwell as they face Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough: Cech the hero as the Gunners are frustrated by Boro 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank after a goalless stalemate against newly-promoted Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, with the experienced shot-stopper called into action on a number of occasions as Arsenal were under the cosh.

Cech was called into action by Adama Traore and Gaston Ramirez but held firm to earn a clean sheet. Laurent Koscielny was forced into a match-saving tackle late in the game too as Middlesbrough caused Arsenal problems. The Gunners had a goal disallowed late in the game for offside, but manager Arsene Wenger won’t be happy with a wasted opportunity to go top of the Premier League.

Arsenal 2/7 to win against Middlesbrough 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Newly-promoted Middlesbrough are the next opponents at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon, in a game that could well go the way of the in-form hosts given how much Boro have struggled in recent weeks.

Ahead of today’s meeting, Arsenal find themselves second in the Premier League table with 19 points from eight games, coming off the back of six consecutive wins. The Gunners have won three on the bounce on home soil in the league, and have beaten the likes of Southampton and Chelsea at the Emirates in recent weeks.

Arsenal injury update ahead of Middlesbrough clash 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are without eight players for their Premier League meeting with newly-promoted Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, with Granit Xhaka (suspended), Chuba Akpom (back), Olivier Giroud (foot), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Per Mertesacker (knee), Carl Jenkinson (ACL), Danny Welbeck (meniscus) and Santi Cazorla (achilles) all out of action.

Santi Cazorla should be the first player back as his achilles injury wasn’t deemed too serious. The Spaniard was even reported to have completed a training session on the eve of the game which would suggest his omission this afternoon is merely a precaution. Fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey is expected back in just over a week, having shown positive recovery signs from his hamstring injury.

Santi Cazorla could miss Saturday’s clash with Middlesbrough 0

Posted on October 21, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla could miss out on Saturday’s visit of Middlesbrough as he’s currently carrying a knock, as reported by the Metro. Cazorla came off around the hour mark in Wednesday’s 6-0 drubbing of Ludogorets in the Champions League, and may be forced to sit out this weekend.

“The only uncertainty I have is Santi Cazorla who got a kick,” said Wenger. It comes at a bad time as Arsenal aren’t blessed with many options in the middle of the park with Granit Xhaka also suspended. Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are expected to start in deep-lying roles in Cazorla’s absence for this weekend’s meeting with newly-promoted Middlesbrough.

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