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Should Arsenal consider selling Lukas Podolski? 0

Posted on January 02, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Italian club Inter have made an improved offer for German forward Lukas Podolski. The forward missed the Gunners 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Years Day through injury, despite reports that he had stormed out of training being vehemently denied by the player.

Offer

The Italian club have already made a bid for Podolski that had been described by Wenger as ‘farcical’. It seems that the Nerazzurri have now upped their bid for the Germany international.

Wenger confirmed this by telling the media: “The first proposal was farcical; after they came back a bit more serious, then we will see what happens now,”

Southampton defeat Arsenal at St Marys 1

Posted on January 01, 2015 by David Nugent

Southampton claimed a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at St Marys on New Years Day, courtesy of goals from Mane and Dusan Tadic.

The first chance of the game came on seven minutes. Dusan Tadic found Graziano Pelle with a superb cross and the Italian’s header went just wide of Wojciech Szczesny’s goal. A minute later Alexis Sanchez picked the ball up from Santi Cazorla and from 20 yards hit a low effort saved well by Fraser Forster.

On 11 minutes Saints midfielder Victor Wanyama saw a first time effort blocked by a Gunners defender. Then a minute later Mathieu Debuchy fired a volley straight at Szczesny from the edge of the area.

Southampton vs Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 31, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal faces a tricky trip to Southampton’s St Marys on New Years Day. The home side are currently fourth place in the Premier League table, but only ahead of the visitors on goal difference.

The Saints have enjoyed an exceptional first half to their season. Ronald Koeman’s side are unbeaten in three Premier League games, winning two and drawing once last time out against league leaders Chelsea.

That unbeaten run came on the back of five consecutive defeats in all competitions. The men from the south coast are very much in the race for those Champions League spots. The Saints have the second defensive record in the Premier League this season.

Wenger reticent to make wholesale changes for Southampton game despite worries over fatigue 0

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he is unlikely to make big changes for their important clash against Southampton on New Year’s Day, despite the London club making last-minute fitness checks on players who have barely been rested.

“Southampton will demand a high intensity and commitment, so I will have to look at how we recovered because we gave a lot in the last two games in 48 hours. You can destabilise your team with too much rotation. You have to find the right numbers. Overall, you want to keep the balance of your team and refresh sometimes in the positions where players are a bit tired,” he said.

Arsenal now showing signs of consistency 1

Posted on December 29, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 win at West Ham yesterday was not entirely convincing, but the victory took the Gunners above the Hammers in the Premier League table to within goal difference of returning to the top four.

Consistency

The Gunners started the campaign in an inconsistent manner, which saw them drop down the league table. However, the win at the Boleyn Ground meant that the Gunners have now won three out of their last four games in all competitions and their last two Premier League games.

It may not be the most consistent run, but there are now signs the men from north London are finding some consistency.

Arsenal risk losing ground on the top-four with tricky away games to come 0

Posted on December 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal could move into the top-four of the Premier League with a win in their next game, but the Londoners have two tricky fixtures to come that could greatly harm their chances of a Champions League spot.

Trips to face West Ham tomorrow and Southampton just days later could well see Arsenal’s season unfold, especially with fixtures such as Manchester City (away) and Tottenham (away) to come in the next few weeks too.

Gunners linked with moves for French pair 0

Posted on December 23, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal could be set to make a £16million move for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko in January. The French midfielder has found form playing just behind the lone striker this season for the Magpies and attracted admiring glances from elsewhere.

Kitty

The Mirror also claims that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a transfer kitty of just over £20million for January. The Gunners are also in need of defensive cover, so £16million would be most of the Gunners transfer budget gone, if the tabloid is to be believed.

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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.



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