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Shkodran Mustafi ruled out for up to six weeks 0

Posted on October 12, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the Gunners German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi could be out of action for up to six weeks through a hamstring injury. Mustafi picked up the injury while on international duty with his national team and looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Was in decent form in recent weeks

Mustafi’s future with Arsenal was in major doubt in the summer. The former Valencia defender was heavily linked with a move to Italian giants Inter. However, the speculation came to nothing and he stayed in north London.

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 BATE Borisov 0

Posted on September 28, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 4-2 victory over BATE Borisov on Thursday night in the Europa League, with Theo Walcott, Rob Holding and Olivier Giroud getting on the scoresheet.

Arsenal came close to breaking the deadlock as early as the eighth minute. Youngsters Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock combined well to find Jack Wilshere, who found Theo Walcott in the box. The England international had plenty of time but only fired against the post.

The visitors were ahead soon afterwards and once again it Wilshere and Walcott were involved. Olivier Giroud set Wilshere free on the left edge of the box. The midfielder then produced an inch-perfect cross for Walcott.

Shkodran Mustafi edging closer to Inter Milan move 0

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi looks set to leave the Emirates after only one year in north London.

The German international defender only joined Gunners last summer in a £35 million deal from Valencia but has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular under Arsene Wenger.

The World Cup winner was benched for the Sunday’s 4-0 humiliating beating by Liverpool as is believed to have already agreed to terms with the Serie A giants Inter Milan.

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.

Gunners receive important squad boost ahead of Emirates Cup 0

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal continue their preseason with the Emirates Cup that will this season see Premier League giants play host to the likes of Benfica, Sevilla and RB Leipzig.

This year’s edition of the tournament will be the ninth in total. The tournament will take place at the Emirates Stadium over the forthcoming weekend with all four teams playing twice.

The Emirates Cup precedes the Community Shield match and comes as a perfect opportunity for Gunners to gear up for the match against Premier League champions on 6 August.

Gunners reject bid from Palace for Calum Chambers 0

Posted on July 21, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal have rejected a bid of around £16million from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace for young defender Calum Chambers. However, the reports also suggest that the Gunners are willing to sell the highly rated young defender, but are looking for a fee of closer to £20million.

Chambers has Potential

I have to say I do rate Chambers and it is hard to doubt his talent. However, he maybe needs to play more first-team football before he is ready to play first-team football at Arsenal.

Should Calum Chambers leave Arsenal this summer? 0

Posted on June 21, 2017 by David Nugent

Last season young Arsenal defender Calum Chambers found himself loaned out to Middlesbrough, who were eventually relegated from the Premier League.

The young defender was one of Boro’s most consistent players though and the north east side’s defensive record was not the problem. They went down because they were toothless in attack. Chambers and Ben Gibson formed a very good centre-back pair.

Chambers made 24 appearances for Boro, despite being injured for some of the campaign. His performances suggest that the 22-year-old is now ready to play regular first team football in the top-flight.

Holding and Chambers make the England squad for this summer’s U21 Championships 0

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s defensive duo Rob Holding and Calum Chambers have both been called up by England manager Aidy Bothroyd for the U21 Championships in Poland. The full list of names can be read here.

Holding, signed from Bolton for £2m last summer, spent a large part of his debut season out of the Arsenal first-team but was recalled successfully with a series of impressive performances before the campaign came to a close.

The 21-year-old, who has made five appearances for the England U21 team, ended up making nine Premier League starts for the Gunners, winning seven, drawing one and losing one. His form late-season even led to him signing a new deal at the club.

Rob Holding impressing for Arsenal in Shkodran Mustafi’s absence 1

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Rob Holding once again impressed in a three-man backline against Manchester City as the Gunners reached the FA Cup final. The former Bolton Wanderers centre-back has been on the periphery at Arsenal all season, but was brought to the fore in a new system and has taken to it immediately.

Holding has made just four Premier League appearances this season, half of them coming in the last week, and he’s shown his manager that he deserves to be in and around the first-team in 2017/18. The 21-year-old was signed as a long-term replacement for the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in 2016 but may be in contention for a starting place next season.



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