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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.

Ospina, Bellerin, Podolski, Rosicky and Campbell set to start Capital One Cup clash against Southampton 0

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger set to ring the changes to his first-team for their Capital One Cup meeting with Southampton this evening, the likes of Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky and Joel Campbell could be named as his attacking trio, while No.2 goalkeeper David Ospina will be named between the sticks and defender Hector Bellerin should lineup at right-back.

Wenger often brings through the youngsters in his team for early round cup outings, but injury troubles in key areas means he can’t make too many drastic changes, as the likes of Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo are sidelined with injury.

Arsenal vs. Southampton Capital One Cup preview 0

Posted on September 22, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

The Gunners ended a run of four games without a win in all competitions last time out winning 3-0 at Aston Villa and producing a far more impressive display than in previous games. The Gunners had previously gained three consecutive Premier League draws, before suffering a 2-0 defeat at Dortmund in the Champions League.

The draw at Aston Villa was the Gunners first clean sheet in the Premier League this season. Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil played a key role in the win creating a goal and also getting on the scoresheet. New signing Danny Welbeck also opened his Gunners scoring account against the Villans.

Will Arsenal regret overlooking Morgan Schneiderlin’s following his bright start with Southampton? 1

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been in desperate need of a combative midfielder to help nullify the threat of the opposition in big games. Mikel Arteta recently put in an awful performance as a holding midfielder in their Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund, which has led supporters to question why a ball-winner wasn’t brought in.

Mathieu Flamini was praised upon his re-arrival last summer, but his performance levels dropped considerably during the campaign, meaning Arsenal have no trusty holding midfielder to protect the backline.

This summer, both Arsenal and Tottenham were looking to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, but the Gunners pulled out of the deal long before Tottenham were issued with a hands-off warning.

Southampton star interesting Arsenal 4

Posted on August 23, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal could make a move for Southampton’s defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan star made a name for himself in the SPL with Celtic, before making a £12.5million move to the south coast.

Mixed Fortunes

Wanyama has enjoyed mixed fortunes at St Marys in his year at the club. He made 24 Premier League appearances last season, as injury disrupted his debut season in the top-flight slightly. However, the midfielder still looks a powerhouse midfielder.

Defensive Midfielder

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to mentor Calum Chambers 0

Posted on August 13, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recently revealed he would be “taking Calum (Chambers) under his wing” after the two former Southampton teammates were reunited this summer.

Both played in the Gunners’ Community Shield triumph over Manchester City in the last few days, and the relation ship the pair have on the pitch is something manager Arsene Wenger wants to enhance.

“(Chambers) seems like he’s enjoying himself so I think he’s going to have a good time here,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain. “He has settled in really quickly and all the boys love him. He’s feeling confident and comfortable and that’s what we like to see.”

Is Serge Gnabry set to be loaned out? 2

Posted on August 11, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Serge Gnabry could be sent out on loan before the summer transfer window shuts. The young winger is highly-rated at the Emirates Stadium and is unlikely to be allowed to leave on a permanent basis.

Attention

Gnabry showed promise in his limited first team appearances last season and at 19-year-old looks to have plenty of potential. His appearances are believed to have been enough to attract the attention of Premier League trio Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle.

Competition

Morgan Schneiderlin is an Arsenal target this summer 0

Posted on August 02, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Tottenham are the hot favourites to sign Southampton’s talented midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was coy when speaking about the Frenchman.

“I wouldn’t like to speak about any names because I wouldn’t want to unsettle Southampton.”

While not an admission, he failed to rule out the possibility of signing the 24-year-old, as he has done with the likes of Mario Balotelli before. Schneiderlin has enjoyed the best season of his career, so few could blame Wenger for wanting him. He was a standout performer with Southampton in 2013/14, while representing France in this summer’s World Cup.

Arsenal complete signing of Calum Chambers 1

Posted on July 29, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal has completed the signing of young defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for a fee potentially rising to £16million. The youngster had been linked with the move for a few months and has now put pen to paper with the Gunners.

Highly-rated

Chambers is highly-rated, despite the fact that he has made just 18 Premier League starts and four substitute appearances in the top-flight. In those appearances he did produce some impressive performances and showed a maturity greater than his years.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that the move was a gamble, but the Frenchman seems to believe that the youngster’s potential outweighs the risk.



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