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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.

Gibbs fails to vindicate Wenger faith after surprise recall 0

Posted on February 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs was given a rare Premier League start against Hull City on Saturday, but didn’t do his chances of another appearance much good after a poor showing this weekend. The left-back replaced Nacho Monreal and had an eventful evening that may result in manager Arsene Wenger plumping for the Spaniard for their next league outing.

Gibbs played a full 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, playing a part in Arsenal’s opening goal while coming close to being sent off for a last-ditch foul, and the England international showed he’s short of sharpness from a lack of regular game time. Monreal has been an ever-present in the Arsenal side this season but was an unused substitute along with David Ospina, Gabriel Paulista and Olivier Giroud against the Tigers.

Sanchez stars as Arsenal defeat Bournemouth 0

Posted on November 27, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Alexis Sanchez grabbed a brace.

The first real chance on goal fell to the home side on two minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Mesut Ozil on the penalty spot and the German fired an effort towards goal, only for Nathan Ake to make a superb headed block.

On nine minutes, Mohamed Elneny saw another effort on goal blocked by Ake. The Gunners took the lead on 12 minutes. Cherries defender Steve Cook received the ball from his goalkeeper and attempted to play the ball back to him. However the ball was short and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez seized on the ball before keeping his composure and firing past Adam Federici.

Monreal could return in time for Sunday’s meeting with Tottenham 0

Posted on November 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal dropped a hint on social media that he could be in the frame to return for Sunday’s North London derby with bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spanish left-back has been out of action for a week with a quadriceps strain, missing Saturday’s 4-1 win over Sunderland and Tuesday’s last-gasp victory against PFC Ludogorets Razgard, but may be back to feature against Spurs, according to his Instagram account, messaging: “Good feeling training today !! Looking forward the derby.”

Nacho Monreal impressive despite advancing age 0

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal came away with a lot of praise following a stoic showing in Wednesday’s 2-0 win against FC Basel in the Champions League. The Spanish fullback played 74 minutes at the Emirates Stadium and helped keep the Swiss Super League side at bay.

Monreal averaged a tackle or interception every nine minutes against FC Basel, and could have got himself on the scoresheet when he found himself through on goal on the left-hand side. He created a chance for a teammate too and had a lot of joy getting forward. Kieran Gibbs replaced him late on, but may find game time hard to come by if Monreal continues to shine at left-back.

Kieran Gibbs linked with January exit 1

Posted on September 05, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs is considering his options at the Emirates and could request to leave the club in the January transfer window, according to latest reports.

The 26-year-old has been playing second fiddle to Nacho Monreal for quite some time and he only managed 3 Premier League starts last season, while making another 12 substitute appearances.

Gibbs has only played some 15 minutes of football last term, and it appears he is slowly becoming frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities.

Kieran Gibbs can’t go another season on the periphery for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs was once again an unused substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Leicester City, forced to watch Nacho Monreal impress at left-back at the King Power Stadium. The England international has made just one Premier League start for Arsenal in 2016, and it’s clear he’s still second fiddle in the pecking order.

Gibbs amassed a paltry 381 minutes of Premier League football last season, racking up more game time in the FA Cup incredibly (450 minutes). Manager Arsene Wenger has used the long-serving fullback in the FA Cup, League Cup and some Champions League games, but it’s not enough appearances to warrant staying.

Kieran Gibbs to fight Nacho Monreal for a starting place in the Arsenal defence 0

Posted on August 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal rejected an approach from West Ham United for left-back Kieran Gibbs this summer, and it appears manager Arsene Wenger will give the England international a chance to compete with Nacho Monreal for a starting place in the defence ahead of the new season.

Gibbs was all but exiled from the first-team in 2015/16, amassing just 381 minutes of Premier League football, the equivalent of four full games. The 26-year-old never grew disgruntled, however, nor revealed a desire to leave despite the lack of action, and Arsenal have rewarded such loyalty and professionalism.



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