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Wenger successor set to have a transfer budget of just £50million 3

Posted on April 24, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Telegraph, the next Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend next summer in the transfer market.

The Gunners spent heavily in January signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and before that on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The north London club hierarchy will be aware that the likes Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on big contracts.

However, they are also sold the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, which will have cut the wage bill dramatically.

Arsenal’s woeful away record continues at Newcastle 0

Posted on April 16, 2018 by David Nugent

The Arsenal players are often accused of lacking characters and bottling it in big games. The Gunners away performances, not only this season but at times last season as well, show that the players are simply not strong enough mentally to play for a club the size of Arsenal.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means that the Gunners have lost their last five away games on their travels in the top-flight. In fact, the north London side has won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League.

Mustafi’s warning ahead of CSKA rematch 0

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Having won the first leg of their Europa League clash with CSKA by 4-1, Arsenal play the rematch in Moscow tonight. Shkodran Mustafi believes the team need to be careful, having learned from the experience of Barcelona two days earlier.

In the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against AS Roma, the Catalan giants beat Roma by the same result Arsenal beat CSKA. Nevertheless, with an underwhelming performance in the Italian capital the Blaugrana allowed their opponents to set the overall score level and go through on the away goal they scored. Mustafi stresses that the Gunners must learn from that and not allow themselves a similar mistake.

A few observations from Arsenal’s win over Southampton 0

Posted on April 08, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal beat Southampton 3-2 at the Emirates in their 32nd game of the Premier League season, courtesy of one goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a brace from Danny Welbeck to overrule goals from Shane Long and Charlie Austin for the Saints.

Welbeck and Iwobi

This duo can be fairly considered as a pair of squad players, the manager’s tools for when his preferred options are unavailable or need rest. With the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette fully fit and firing, they are hardly likely to get a look-in.

Arsenal reach landmark Premier League milestone 0

Posted on March 11, 2018 by Harry Kettle

We questioned whether or not Arsenal would rest players for the key clash against Watford, and despite that coming to fruition with Ramsey, Koscielny and Wilshere all not starting, they’ve managed to take the lead against the Hornets at the Emirates.

As the game progresses things could always shift one way or another, as we’ve seen this afternoon with the Old Firm derby, but Shkodran Mustafi’s opening goal is actually much more important than some fans may realise.

History-making

Manchester City a cut above the Gunners in the Carabao Cup final 0

Posted on February 26, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday was not completely unexpected. The Citizens are runaway league leaders in the Premier League and a cut above most teams in England, if not Europe.

People can talk about a foul for the first goal or an offside for the second goal, but in truth, City were just too good for Arsenal and the Citizens were not even at full pelt. The sheer gap between the two teams was frightening for Arsenal and the fans.

Arsenal need defensive reinforcements 0

Posted on January 04, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities are no secret and they were there for all to see in Wednesday night’s 2-2 home draw with London rivals Chelsea.

Fortunately, Blues Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was out-of-form and missed a number of good opportunities for the visitors.

The Gunners backline of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers is obviously not the first choice back three. However, even when Arsenal do have their first choice back three, they look vulnerable at the back.

Arsenal need to add senior centre-backs

Gunners record win over the Eagles 0

Posted on December 28, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Thursday night in an entertaining Premier League clash.

The Gunners dominated the early proceedings, with Calum Chambers seeing a shot from outside of the area blocked before Granit Xhaka fired over the bar from just outside the box.

The home side had their first real sight of goal on 16 minutes, as Yohan Cabaye’s effort from 20 yards out went just wide of Petr Cech’s post. At the other end of the pitch, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil combined well to find Xhaka in the area, but the midfielder saw his shot on goal blocked.

Crystal Palace v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 27, 2017 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal travels to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, as the Gunners look to cut the gap on fourth place Liverpool.

The home side are unlikely to be easy opponents, as the Eagles are now undefeated in their last eight games in the top-flight. However, Roy Hodgson’s team have drawn five of those eight undefeated games.

The Eagles are by no means out of the relegation scrap, despite an improvement in fortunes of late. In fact, they are 16th in the top-flight table, just a point above Bournemouth who occupy the last relegation spot in the top-flight.

Arsenal v Liverpool Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 21, 2017 by David Nugent

On Friday night, Arsenal and Liverpool go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium, in both teams last game before Christmas.

Arsenal will be hoping to leapfrog the visitors in the table, as the Gunners are one point behind the Merseysiders, who occupy fourth spot in the table.

The Gunners recent Premier League form has been erratic, as Arsene Wenger’s side have won just one of their last four league outings. However, that victory was last time out when the north London side defeated Newcastle 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium.



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