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Arsenal looking more defensively sound 0

Posted on December 04, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal have been criticised for their defensive displays in recent seasons, but last night’s 1-0 victory over Southampton was the Gunners third game without conceding a goal. Despite a host of injury problems Arsenal are now on a three game winning run.

Return

The return of French centre-back Laurent Koscielny has helped the Gunners keep clean sheets in their last two Premier League games. The defender had been badly missed, because the Gunners had such little defensive cover.

Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal had did a decent job considering he was played out-of-position in the heart of the Gunners defence. However, the Spaniard was never going to be the answer to Arsenal being solid defensively.

Late Alexis Sanchez goal clinches win for Arsenal over Saints 0

Posted on December 03, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal left it late to claim three points against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, as Alexis Sanchez scored the only goal of the game in the 89th minute.

The first effort of the goal came on seven minutes. Santi Cazorla put Danny Welbeck through on goal, only for the England striker to hit the side-netting with his effort, as he tried to round Fraser Forster.

The visitors had their first meaningful attack on 14 minutes. Graziano Pelle played a one-two with Steven Davis and the Italian striker fired high and wide with an effort when well placed. On 20 minutes Forster saved an Aaron Ramsey shot comfortably.

Arsenal is 5/2 Enhanced Odds to Defeat Southampton to Nil 0

Posted on December 03, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal did well to recover from back to back defeats to Swansea City and Manchester United, and following the 2-0 triumph over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, the Gunners also returned to winning ways in the Premiership.

Danny Welbeck’s second-half strike proved enough to claim maximum points at the Hawthorns at the weekend, but the Gunners desperately need to continue the bright run if they are to stay close to their top 4 rivals.

Szczesny & Debuchy to miss tonight’s Southampton clash but will return later this month 1

Posted on December 03, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Mathieu Debuchy are both set to return to action for the Gunners later this month, says manager Arsene Wenger, but the Gunners will once again be without the pair for their important meeting against Southampton this evening.

“Szczesny is still out. (He could return in) maybe three or four days, or the end of the week. We don’t know yet. Debuchy is one week away. He is training, (so) he is not far. Could he be involved next week? Certainly,” said Wenger.

Arsenal vs. Southampton Premier League preview 0

Posted on December 02, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts high-flying Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in the Premier League.

The Gunners go into the game on the back of consecutive victories against Dortmund and West Brom. Last time out the Gunners ground out a 1-0 victory over the Baggies, with Danny Welbeck scoring the only goal of the game.

Arsenal have yet to defeat a team in the top half of the Premier League table this season, but will be looking to change that when the Saints roll into town on Wednesday night. The Gunners are currently sixth in the table just two points of fourth place Manchester United, but depending on what happens in games on Tuesday night they could head into this game lower in the table.

Can Arsenal collect a win at Southampton? 0

Posted on November 30, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal have now collected two wins from their last two games, after yesterday’s 1-0 win at West Brom. In truth it was not the best performance that the Gunners are likely produce, but they ground out a much-needed Premier League win.

The Gunners host high-flying Southampton on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium. The game will not be an easy one.

Criticism

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has come in for criticism in recent weeks, months and years. Banners were displayed at the Hawthorns asking for Arsene Wenger to leave his position. However, the Frenchman was unconcerned by the banners, as he seems to have been unconcerned about criticism throughout his recent Gunners career.

Southampton to provide a big test to Arsenal on Wednesday 1

Posted on November 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Things are looking up for Arsenal, with the Gunners having book their place in the Champions League last-16, courtesy of an impressive victory against German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, and the London side following it up with a weekend win away to West Bromwich Albion.

Arsene Wenger’s men finished the day in 6th place, two points adrift of a top-four finish currently, but have a big test to come in midweek that they cannot afford to fail. Arsenal will host Southampton in the Premier League, who they’ve already faced this season and lost – in a 2-1 home defeat in the Capital One Cup in September – which puts extra pressure on the club ahead of their Wednesday meeting.

Calum Chambers left exposed by Wenger’s tactics 4

Posted on November 10, 2014 by David Nugent

Young Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is one of the most highly-rated English youngsters in the Premier League. However, it is difficult to ignore the fact that he struggled in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea yesterday.

Natural

Right-back is the position where he made all of his first team appearances for former club Southampton. It is regarded as his natural position and the position he was expected to play in at Arsenal.

However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated prior to his arrival that he believed that the youngster could play more centrally. Since then he has played some games at centre-back and in truth looked better in that position than in his natural position.

Capital One Cup exit not a terrible blow for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 24, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 third round Capital One Cup defeat against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night is not terrible blow to the Gunners ambitions for the season. The league cup will have been very low on the list of priorities for Arsene Wenger and his team.

Wenger has never rated the league cup very highly and the Frenchman proves that every season by fielding a mixture of youngsters and fringes players in the competition.

Experience

The likes of Isaac Hayden, Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin were given their chance in defence last night, with regular Calum Chambers completing the inexperienced backline. In truth you cannot say they were awful and all four players will benefit from the experience.

Arsenal defeated by Southampton in the Capital One Cup 0

Posted on September 23, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Southampton in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

The game took a while to get going, but the first attempt on goal came from Saints midfielder Steven Davis, who saw an effort from the centre of the box saved by David Ospina.

On 12 minutes the Gunners had their first attempt on goal, as Tomas Rosicky’s header from inside the box was saved by Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal.



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