July 25, 2017 by
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger took the very usual step of changing his formation to three centre-backs at the end of last season for the first time in over two decades.
The indications from pre-season are that the veteran French boss may stick with three at the back for the start of the new campaign. However, when everybody is fit who should start in the heart of the Gunners defence?
Arsenal now have decent options
Arsenal now have decent centre-back options in Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel, Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding. Then there are the versatile options of Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers if the latter stays of course. .......Read more here.....
May 09, 2017 by
Arsenal will look to boost their hopes of Champions League football next season when they visit Southampton on Wednesday night.
The home side now have little to play for but a top-half finish this season. The Saints form has dipped slightly in recent games, as they have failed to win any of their last four games in the top-flight. Claude Puel’s side have also failed to score in three of their last four Premier League outings. .......Read more here.....
May 04, 2017 by
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has provided important team news update while speaking at a press conference ahead of the Premier League highly-anticipated showdown with Manchester United.
Gunners boss confirmed that Swiss international midfield Granit Xhaka has been ruled out of the clash after failing to recover from an ankle blow received in the north London derby defeat last week.
Xhaka was forced off in the second half of the 2-0 defeat by Tottenham, but the 64 minutes he got to spend on the pitch against Spurs were widely disappointing. Arsenal midfielder was one of many players who played well below par in last Sunday’s matchup. .......Read more here.....
April 24, 2017 by
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. .......Read more here.....
April 02, 2017 by
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. .......Read more here.....
March 23, 2017 by
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 .......Read more here.....
January 16, 2017 by
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. .......Read more here.....
January 04, 2017 by
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. .......Read more here.....
December 31, 2016 by
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. .......Read more here.....
December 15, 2016 by
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. .......Read more here.....