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Nacho Monreal insists star duo won’t leave in January 1

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal dismantled Tottenham 2-0 in the north London derby as the Gunners took a massive step towards revitalising their Premier League campaign. Arsene Wenger has had to deal with a lot of criticism recently, while his two best players in Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are supposedly on the cusp of leaving. However, Nacho Monreal has claimed otherwise.

It was exactly the sort of performance that Arsenal needed on Saturday as they came back from their disappointing defeat at the hands of Manchester City. Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez were on target in the win, with the home side good value for the victory.

Arsenal’s woes continue 1

Posted on November 05, 2017 by Ben Darvill

It was the sort of game that Arsenal have been hammered in all too often, but they played their part in the match as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, with Arsene Wenger’s men really hurt by a poor refereeing decision.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus saw City extend their superb scoring run, with Arsenal only able to hit back through a drilled finish from Alexandre Lacazette in the second-half.

The defeat means that Arsenal are now 12 points off the top of the table, while they have fallen to sixth in the league following Liverpool’s win over West Ham on Saturday.

Nacho Monreal Arsenal’s unsung hero 1

Posted on October 26, 2017 by David Nugent

It took a while for Spanish international defender Nacho Monreal to nail down a first-team spot at Arsenal. He had to job share at left-back with Kieran Gibbs for a relatively long period.

However, Monreal is now one of the Gunners unsung heroes. The Spaniard may have made an error against Everton in the 5-2 win at Goodison Park in the Gunners last Premier League game, but apart from that mistake, he has barely put a foot wrong this season for a player playing out of position.

Playing as a centre-back

Nacho Monreal in trouble following win over Everton 0

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal hammered Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday as the London side put their apparent crisis behind them with a win. Goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez were more than enough for the visitors to see off their hosts, with Arsenal getting their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford last weekend out of their system.

The game proved to be the final match for Ronald Koeman as Everton wielded the axe on Monday afternoon, and the search for a new manager is now on. While Koeman was clearly feeling the heat in the build-up to the game, it is Arsenal defender Monreal that is now in trouble following the game.

Arsenal must cut out their defensive failings 0

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Ben Darvill

As a game in the Premier League goes, it was about as easy a win as Arsenal are likely to get all season. Everton failed to ever really press the Gunners, and even when they went a goal up, they did not ever really look like they wanted to score a second. Indeed, the London side found it far too easy to dominate the ball and punish their hosts with five goals of their own.

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.

Arsenal record comfortable win over Brighton 0

Posted on October 01, 2017 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton at the Emirates Stadium, with goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi enough to give the Gunners three points.

Arsenal hit the front straight away and came close to taking the lead in the first two minutes. French striker Alexandre Lacazette smashed an effort from long-range against Mat Ryan’s post.

The visitors offered their first real threat on five minutes. Pascal Gross fired in a free kick, which saw Izzy Brown glance towards goal, but wide of Petr Cech’s left post. Arsenal started to dominate possession and Alexis Sanchez saw a low effort saved comfortably by Ryan.

No positives to take from Arsenal’s hammering at Liverpool 0

Posted on August 28, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday should not have surprised anybody really. For years Arsenal have produced the same sort of inept performances, no matter the opponents.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is taking a lot of stick at the moment. Yes, he made some frankly bizarre selection decisions and his man-management is questionable. Wenger signs the players and gives the players tactical instructions. He must take some of the blame.

However, the players must take a long hard look at themselves, simply because of a terrible attitude and almost disdain for the fans. The Gunners players have been accused of lacking bottle in the past and yesterday’s performance was simply spineless. However, Arsenal fans have seen it all before with the Gunners in recent years.

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.

Maybe Arsenal should cash in on Kieran Gibbs 0

Posted on July 22, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs was a player that looked to have so much promise when he first broke into the Gunners first-team. However, a mixture of injury problems and a loss of form saw him struggle for first team last season.

There are now doubts over the England international’s future at the club after he was omitted from the Gunners squad for their preseason tour of Australia and China.

According to Sky Sports, West Brom have seen a £10million bid for the full-back rejected. It seems that he is more highly-rated elsewhere than in north London.

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