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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.

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.

Shock horror as Arsene Wenger changes his tactics! 0

Posted on April 18, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough on Monday night, with goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil enough to seal the victory. It was by no means a pretty one, but as midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stated after the game they just needed a win.

Arsenal were not at their best and there was a slight nervousness about the Gunners, which is understandable because of their recent away form (four straight defeats).

However, in the end, the Gunners managed to grind out a win, in a fashion that they have struggled to do in the past.

Holding could replace Koscielny in tonight’s FA Cup clash 0

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Rob Holding could deputise for the injured Laurent Koscielny ahead of this evening’s FA Cup fifth round meeting with Sutton United. Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to ring the changes from the side that were heavily beaten 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and Holding is one player who could be selected as he played 90 minutes in the previous round.

The 21-year-old, who signed from Bolton Wanderers in the summer, has made nine appearances in all competitions this season. Holding has been utilised in the EFL Cup and FA Cup, as well as getting 90 minutes in the Champions League group stage, and could well edge himself ahead of Gabriel Paulista in the Arsenal defence.

Arsenal closing in on non-league defender 0

Posted on January 06, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Premier league club Arsenal look set to sign 20-year-old Cohen Bramall, a left-back playing for seventh-tier club Hednesford Town which Gunners believe can develop into a top player for the future.

Arsenal and non-league side Hednesford Town appear to have already agreed on a £40,000 move with Bramall expected to join the London-based club in forthcoming days.

Talented defender is described as a natural athlete, who could go on to have a similar impact in the Premier League to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who also came to prominence after arriving to England’s top-tier from non-league football.

Gabriel out of favour with Arsene Wenger this season 0

Posted on November 07, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista had forced Per Mertesacker out of the starting lineup for a time last season, but the Brazilian centre-back is now enduring a similar treatment as the German international, having spent the 2016/17 campaign on the sidelines as a new signing forges a solid defensive partnership with Laurent Koscielny.

Gabriel has made just two appearances for Arsenal this season, playing 180 minutes in the EFL Cup. He’s been an unused substitute in the Premier League and Champions League on eight occasions in total. Having recovered from a malleolar injury earlier in the campaign, Gabriel is now waiting for opportunities to impress, but the South American defender is behind Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding in the pecking order.

Gunners future safe with youngsters 0

Posted on October 26, 2016 by David Nugent

Every season Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger uses the EFL Cup blood youngsters and give fringe players a chance to get some valuable minutes under their belt. In recent seasons the side from north London have struggled to be competitive in the competition.

However, this season the Gunners have looked relatively assured in their two EFL Cup games. Some of the young players have not looked out of place against experienced players, albeit it players from a lower league than the top-flight.

Youngsters impress for the Gunners

Wenger reveals key player doubtful for PSG game 0

Posted on September 12, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to confirm that key defender Laurent Koscielny is rated doubtful for the opening Champions League fixture against Paris Saint-Germain, where the Gunners are 10/3 chance to claim maximum points.

The Frenchman had an eventful afternoon against Southampton as he scored a beautiful goal to level the score after the Saints had taken the lead, thus giving himself a perfect birthday present.

However, it was not all good news for Koscielny as he received a bad cut to his right eye in a clash with Jose Fonte and he may now be forced to miss the high-profile clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

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