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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.

Arsenal make bid for Nice’s Dalbert 0

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal have made a bid for OGC Nice defender Dalbert Henrique. Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says Inter Milan are after the Brazilian too. The Ligue 1 side are reportedly asking for £13m but it’s unknown why Arsenal would be in bid for another left-back.

Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac signed for Arsenal this summer, joining Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs as left-back options ahead of the new season so the Gunners arguably don’t need another one. Their alleged pursuit for Dalbert may suggest Monreal and Gibbs’ future is in doubt, or that Kolasinac might be utilised as a centre-back.

Surely the arrival of Kolasinac means the end of Gibbs at Arsenal? 1

Posted on June 06, 2017 by David Nugent

SArsenal have now officially announced the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina international Sead Kolasinac. The 23-year-old has agreed to a five-year deal with the Gunners and will arrive on a free transfer from Schalke.

The versatile star is expected to join up with the Arsenal squad in July, which is when his contract in Gelsenkirchen expires. Although Kolasinac is versatile and can play in many positions, he is most noted as a left-back.

With left-backs Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs already on the club’s books, it seems like there likely that one of those will leave.

Arsenal record last-gasp win over Leicester 0

Posted on April 26, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a last-gasp 1-0 win over Leicester on Wednesday night to keep their hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

The visitors threatened goal first, as Marc Albrighton stole the ball off Granit Xhaka and cut the ball back to Jamie Vardy, who could only fire into the side-netting. The home side’s first real chance arrived on 16 minutes, as Kasper Schmeichel parried away a Francis Coquelin long-range effort.

Arsenal see-off Manchester City in extra-time 0

Posted on April 23, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal are through to the FA Cup final after a 2-1 extra-time victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

City offered the first threat on goal on three minutes, as Kevin de Bruyne dragged an effort wide of goal from distance. There was then a period of the two teams feeling each other out and the Gunners had their first attempt of the game just prior to the quarter of an hour mark.

Olivier Giroud’s header from inside the area was straight at Claudio Bravo. City went up the other end and Petr Cech was forced into tipping a David Silva header wide of goal.

Arsenal start summer rebuilding with Kolasinac signing 1

Posted on April 15, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Independent, Arsenal have agreed a deal to bring Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac to the club in July when his contract expires with Bundesliga club.

The Gunners are reported to have beaten off competition from Everton and AC Milan for the highly-rated Bosnia and Herzegovina international.
Could be a shrewd signing for Arsenal

Despite the fact that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not officially stated he is staying, this signing suggests that he is, although such a highly-rated player is a no-brain signing whoever the Gunners boss may be next season.

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.

Arsenal need a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal 0

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal recently turned 31 this month and is fighting for his place in the side after being dropped in the Premier League for Kieran Gibbs in recent weeks. The Spanish left-back has made 23 appearances this season but hasn’t been at his best in 2017 which will be a worry given the Gunners don’t have a better alternative in his stead.

The lack of game time for Gibbs has affected form as his re-introduction to the Arsenal first-team has seen him looking considerably short of quality and sharpness. The English international was tipped to eventually replace Monreal, but he will be 30 by the time the Spaniard’s contract is up at Arsenal (2019), and his performances are likely to see him on the periphery.



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