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Santi Cazorla enjoying stellar start to the season 0

Posted on September 11, 2016 by David Nugent

At Arsenal Santi Cazorla has gone through spells where he has been the most influential player on the pitch. This season he may not have proved the most influential player on the pitch, but his form has been superb so far.

The Spaniard was certainly influential in the Gunners 2-1 win over Southampton, as he not only produced a good all-around display but also scored a high-pressure stoppage-time penalty to win the game for the side from north London.

Made a good comeback from injury last season

Arsenal v Southampton Premier League Preview 0

Posted on September 09, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League as the home side look to build on a first league victory of the campaign last time out.

Arsenal have endured a highly inconsistent start to their Premier League campaign, having picked up a win, a draw and suffered a loss in their first three league games of the season.

Prior to the international break, the Gunners won 3-1 at Watford. Alexis Sanchez returned to form with a double, while Mesut Ozil scored the Gunners other goal of the clash.

Could Aaron Ramsey struggle for game time too? 1

Posted on September 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has recently join AFC Bournemouth on a season-long loan as a result of falling down the pecking order at Arsenal this campaign, but Gunners teammate Aaron Ramsey could well struggle for game time in the midfield given the stiff competition for places as well as his own poor fitness record.

The Welsh international enjoyed a fantastic Euro 2016 for his country, but has been in and out of the Arsenal side in the last 12 months. He’s found himself often forced out wide, and could find game time limited as things stand with the players currently ahead of him in the manager’s reckoning.

Calum Chambers will benefit from loan spell 0

Posted on August 31, 2016 by David Nugent

On Tuesday Arsenal’s young defender Calum Chambers joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan deal. A loan move for the youngster was mooted when it became apparent that the Gunners were on the verge of signing Germany centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.

Mustafi has now completed his big money move to north London from Valencia and that freed Chambers up to make a temporary move.

Youngster needs to play games

When Calum Chambers first arrived at Arsenal from Southampton for a fee in the region of £16million two years ago he was regarded as one for the future. However, he impressed in his first couple of months at the club, which in a way worked against him and raised expectations.

Unlikely Arsenal make a move for Southampton’s Jose Fonte despite rumours 1

Posted on August 16, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to ESPN, Arsenal are lining up a bid for Southampton captain Jose Fonte, with manager Arsene Wenger looking to experience in the backline while Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista remain sidelined through injury. However, Fonte’s age might put off Arsenal, while the non-guarantee of first-team football is sure to put off the Portuguese centre-back.

Arsenal are desperate to bolster their defence after losing Mertesacker and Gabriel for a number of months, and the Gunners were forced to line up Calum Chambers and new-boy Rob Holding at the heart of the backline as a result of their injury crisis. Laurent Koscielny is short of match fitness after being given a late summer holiday post-Euro 2016, but Arsenal still haven’t brought in cover.

Arsenal’s Calum Chambers could be loaned to Watford for next season 0

Posted on June 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has been linked with a loan move away from the club with Watford reportedly keen to secure his signature for 2016/17. The England international hardly played for the Gunners last season, and won’t want another season on the periphery given how important it is that he’s playing regular football to boost his development.

Chambers made only two Premier League starts for Arsenal last season, amassing little over than 300 minutes of game time in the top-flight, and found himself behind the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and Per Mertesacker in the backline. Watford aren’t the only side looking to give his game time however, with Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Swansea City and former club Southampton all named as potential suitors.

Loan spell could help Chambers development 1

Posted on May 31, 2016 by David Nugent

Young Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has just celebrated being part of the England team that won the Toulon tournament for the first time in in 22 years. Gareth Southgate’s young team beat France 2-1 to win the trophy.

The 21-year-old defender will be hoping that the win is just the start for him in the next year or so of his career.

Struggled to nail down first team place

The versatile defender joined the Gunners from Southampton for £16million in the summer of 2014, but understandably for such a young player has been unable to nail down a first team spot at the Emirates Stadium.

Southampton’s Ronald Koeman 5/1 to be Arsenal’s next permanent manager 0

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expected to leave the Emirates at the end of next season, talk on his successor has begun. A lot of names ranging from Germany manager Joachim Lowe and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini have been mentioned, but one name has a genuine chance of succeeding the French coach and that is Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman has enjoyed a fantastic season with the Saints, finishing sixth in the Premier League with 63 points. Koeman improved upon a strong 2014/15 campaign even after losing a key player from his midfield, and his CV pre-Southampton speaks for itself. Koeman has managed over 600 games, winning titles at Ajax and PSV. He won the Copa Del Rey with Valencia, and is reportedly being headhunted by Barcelona.

Ramsey “gutted” after Arsenal drop valuable points against Southampton 1

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey admitted he and the squad were “gutted” to have failed to beat Southampton given their dominance over the 90 minutes, and has called on the side to bounce back fast in their quest to win this season’s Premier League title.

The Gunners played out a goalless draw with Southampton, who were grateful for the goalkeeping heroics of Fraser Forster, but Ramsey feels they have let themselves down at a crucial period given their poor form that had preceded Tuesday night’s meeting.

The goals have dried up for Arsenal of late 0

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s goalless draw with Southampton on Tuesday night was not only the four consecutive game they have failed to win in the Premier League, but the third consecutive game in the division they have failed to score in. The Gunners are having a woeful start to 2016, and the goals appear to have completely dried up of late despite having nearly their strongest squad available.

In mid-January, Stoke City shut Arsenal out at the Britannia Stadium in a game manager Arsene Wenger seemed content to take a point. They followed that up with a 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea, making it six league meetings with the Blues without scoring, and Southampton were the next side to pick up a clean sheet against Arsenal. Wenger wasn’t content with a point this time out, however.

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