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Arsenal cruise past Ostersunds in the Europa League 0

Posted on February 15, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Swedish side Ostersunds on Thursday evening in the Europa League first knockout stage first leg.

The first chance of the game fell to Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck on eight minutes, as the England international headed wide from close-range at the far post. Two minutes later, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from the edge of the box blocked by an Ostersunds defender, while Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny also saw an effort on goal blocked.

The Gunners took the lead on 13 minutes. Ostersunds goalkeeper Keita fumbled an Alex Iwobi shot, only for Nacho Monreal to follow in and score from six yards out. Three minutes later, Keita parried an 18-yard powerful effort from Mkhitaryan.

Should Sead Kolasinac be in the Arsenal starting line-up? 3

Posted on February 07, 2018 by David Nugent

One of my colleagues wrote this morning that Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to be handed a new deal with the north London club.

The 20-year-old has impressed playing out-of-position at left wing-back for Arsene Wenger’s team in the last few months. Maitland-Niles is naturally a midfielder and made a number of appearances for England under-20’s in his favoured position as the junior lions won the World Cup.

Ainsley-Niles selection at in an unfamiliar position has blocked the path to the starting eleven of versatile Bosnian international Sead Kolasinac, who arrived at the club from Schalke in the summer.

Gunners shocked by the Swans 0

Posted on January 30, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at struggling Swansea City on Tuesday night after a lacklustre display in south Wales.

The home side had the first attempt on goal on seven minutes. Jordan Ayew picked up the ball on the edge of the Arsenal area and the forward’s effort deflected over Peter Cech and wide of the post.

The Swans threatened again two minutes later. Nathan Dyer’s cross found Alfie Mawson at the far post and the defender looked set to score from close-range, only for Aaron Ramsey to produce a brilliant last-gasp block on the slide.

Should Arsenal pursue a move for Jonny Evans? 0

Posted on January 28, 2018 by David Nugent

West Brom boss Alan Pardew revealed yesterday that Baggies centre-back Jonny Evans has attracted the interest of big clubs, which has fanned the flames of a move to Arsenal this month. The Baggies boss also stated the defender has picked up a hamstring injury that could scupper a move in the next few days.

Pardew told BT Sport: “Jonny is being approached by big clubs,”

“As yet, we haven’t got an offer that’s right for a player of his quality, which he showed tonight.

Arsenal progress to EFL Cup final 0

Posted on January 24, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-1 win over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night to make it to the final of the EFL Cup.

Chelsea dominated the early proceedings with Tiemoue Bakayoko seeing a shot deflect wide of David Ospina’s goal. Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses also flashed a long-range effort well wide of goal.

The Blues thought they had the lead on five minutes, as Spanish winger Pedro scored with a powerful header. However, the referee’s assistant flagged for offside and replays proved that the decision was the correct one.

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.

Arsenal need defensive reinforcements 0

Posted on January 04, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities are no secret and they were there for all to see in Wednesday night’s 2-2 home draw with London rivals Chelsea.

Fortunately, Blues Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was out-of-form and missed a number of good opportunities for the visitors.

The Gunners backline of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers is obviously not the first choice back three. However, even when Arsenal do have their first choice back three, they look vulnerable at the back.

Arsenal need to add senior centre-backs

Arsenal v Chelsea Premier League Preview 0

Posted on January 02, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, as the home side attempt to make up ground on the top-four.

A disappointing display and result at West Brom in a 1-1 draw saw the Gunners fall six points behind fourth-place Liverpool in the race for the Champions League spots.

A run of just two wins in their last seven Premier League outings has hampered Arsene Wenger’s side’s top-four challenge. Four draws in their last six top-flight outings has also stopped the Gunners making up ground on the top-four.

West Brom v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 30, 2017 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, West Brom host Arsenal at the Hawthorns in the Premier League, as both sides look to chalk up vital points.

West Brom are currently in the thick of the relegation dogfight. The Baggies are second from bottom in the top-flight table but are just three points away from the safety of 17th place.

The home side have failed to win any of their last 18 Premier League games after a goalless home draw with Everton last time out. The Baggies have failed to win in their last nine home games in the top-flight.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 27, 2017 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal travels to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, as the Gunners look to cut the gap on fourth place Liverpool.

The home side are unlikely to be easy opponents, as the Eagles are now undefeated in their last eight games in the top-flight. However, Roy Hodgson’s team have drawn five of those eight undefeated games.

The Eagles are by no means out of the relegation scrap, despite an improvement in fortunes of late. In fact, they are 16th in the top-flight table, just a point above Bournemouth who occupy the last relegation spot in the top-flight.



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