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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 and Manchester City finishes all-square 0

Posted on April 02, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal drew 2-2 with Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the result not really helping the Gunners chances of Champions League qualification.

City had the first real attack of the game on three minutes. Fernandinho played Sterling in on goal, but Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina was out quickly, only for the Colombian’s attempted clearance hit Raheem Sterling and went wide of goal.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck came close to opening the scoring soon afterwards, turning Nicolas Otamendi before firing into the side-netting.

Arsenal cannot afford to lose Sanchez and Ozil 0

Posted on March 23, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been accused of not wanting to spend the clubs money. Yet two of the players he has spent big money on in recent seasons, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could well be leaving the club in the summer. Both players will have just 12 months left on their contracts in north London.

The announcement by Wenger that the club are going to leave the contract negotiations until the summer suggests that the pair could be on the verge of leaving the club.

They are special players

Mustafi delighted for Arsenal to end their away duck 0

Posted on January 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi revealed his delight for the Gunners to pick up their first clean sheet on the road since October, after Swansea City were put to the sword in a 4-0 thrashing at the Liberty Stadium. The German international starred as Arsenal shut out the struggling Welsh club, making five interceptions on the day, and expressed his happiness to have ended a three-month wait for a clean sheet on the road.

Arsenal defensive wobbles worrying 0

Posted on January 04, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have always been a team renowned for their defensive qualities. The old song ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ was spawn from the Gunners defence being watertight.

Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw at Bournemouth may well be remembered for the Gunners superb comeback from three goals down. However, we must not forget that Arsene Wenger’s side looked very shaky at the back.

A very disappointing defensive display                              

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has used tiredness as an excuse for the team’s disappointing display at Bournemouth. However, the Cherries also played at the weekend, albeit it 24 hours before the Gunners.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 31, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal will look to continue their challenge for the Premier League title, as the Gunners host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day.

The Gunners bounced back from back-to-back away defeats with a 1-0 home win over West Brom on Boxing Day, with the only goal of the game coming from an Olivier Giroud header. The goal came as a massive relief for everybody connected with the club from north London.

Arsene Wenger’s side will look to keep pace with leaders Chelsea, who the Gunners could trail by 12 points if the Blues defeat Stoke City on Saturday.

Defensive frailties could cost Arsenal this season 0

Posted on December 15, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Everton was another game where the Gunners defence failed to cope with opposition attacks. Arsene Wenger’s side have been relatively defensively solid for much of the campaign.

However, there is now a worrying trend developing for the Gunners. Arsenal have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 games in all competitions. The loss of German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi through injury has added to their vulnerability.

Uncomfortable defending set-pieces

This has been an issue for Arsenal for a while. The Gunners don’t struggle to defend set-pieces in every game, but there are certain games when they look uncomfortable defending set-pieces, especially corners kicks.

Mustafi out until the New Year with a hamstring injury 0

Posted on December 11, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is out for the rest of a year after picking up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke City. The German international has been ruled out for around three weeks by manager Arsene Wenger, who said the centre-back hadn’t informed him of any problem prior to this weekend.

“It’s a bad one. He had nothing in midweek. I would not have played him today (if he had). I had Hector Bellerin on the bench. I could have played Holding or Gabriel. He wanted to play in Basel, because he said ‘no it’s nothing’, and it was completely clear. I checked three times and there was no problem,” said Wenger.

Arsenal keen on England centre-back 0

Posted on November 13, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are monitoring Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, after a believed failing out with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese boss criticised Smalling and Luke Shaw for not playing through the pain barrier against Swansea.

Smalling is currently sidelined through a toe injury and missed England’s 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley on Friday night.

Out-of-favour with Mourinho

Smalling seems to be out-of-favour with Mourinho at Old Trafford, as the defender has started just five of United’s 11 Premier League games this season. It is being reported that Smalling and his camp did not take Mourinho’s views on his injury kindly.

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.



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