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Is Wenger right to rotate his squad in the EFL Cup? 0

Posted on December 01, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat against Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decided to field a weakened team as now the custom in the League Cup for the Gunners.

In truth, Arsenal produced a lacklustre display without the star names of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in particular. The defeat was hardly a surprise considering the team that was fielded.

Struggled to impress

However, the performance was particularly poor. Hardly any of the outfield players impressed against a Southampton side that showed nine changes from their starting line-up from the win weekend win over Everton.

Southampton knock Arsenal out of the EFL Cup 0

Posted on November 30, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal exited the EFL Cup at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday night, as Southampton defeated the Gunners 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The visitors opened the scoring with the first real attempt on goal on 13 minutes. Sofiane Boufal saw an effort blocked but the ball fell to Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie on the edge of the area and the former Feyenoord star struck the ball first time into the right side of the net.

Arsenal came back into the game slightly but failed to real threaten the Saints goal. The visitors were attempting to hit the Gunners on the counter-attack, although they too struggled to represent a real threat on goal.

Arsenal 10/11 to win against Southampton in tonight’s EFL Cup clash 0

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup tonight, and are favourites to come out on top to progress to the last four.

The Gunners are in decent form ahead of their meeting with Southampton and will fancy their chances with home advantage and bragging rights from their win earlier in the season.

Arsenal are coming off the back of six wins and four draws from their last 10 games in all competitions, having picked up points against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain recently. The Gunners have beaten Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Reading in the third round and last-16 respectively to make it this far in the competition, and will reach the semis if they can edge to victory.

Giroud out for Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash with Southampton 0

Posted on November 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been ruled out of Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final meeting with Southampton with a hamstring injury. The French international noticed a twinge shortly after coming on in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth and subsequently exacerbated the injury by playing on it.

It’s a blow for the player himself as he would have featured against Southampton this week given the lack of starts afforded to him in the Premier League this season. But now Giroud is officially ruled out of the game at the Emirates Stadium, Lucas Perez looks set to lead the line after recovering from his own recent injury.

Arsenal v Southampton EFL CUP Preview 0

Posted on November 29, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

Arsenal are on an unbeaten run of 19 games in all competitions after a 3-1 home win against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday, with Alexis Sanchez scoring a brace and Theo Walcott also getting on the scoresheet.

Sanchez is the Gunners top scorer with eight goals, but looks unlikely to feature in this clash as boss Arsene Wenger normally fields a weakened side in the League Cup.

Arsenal suffering from a winter injury crisis 0

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s injury list is rising game after game of late with Olivier Giroud the latest player on the sidelines. Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was also seen treating a minor problem on his leg in Sunday’s Premier League victory over Bournemouth but his issue hasn’t been deemed as anything too serious.

Mathieu Debuchy came off 15 minutes into his long-awaited return for the Gunners with a pull in his hamstring, and Arsenal are now without eight first-team players in November. Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), Olivier Giroud (hamstring), Héctor Bellerín (ankle), Santi Cazorla (achilles), Chuba Akpom (back), Per Mertesacker (knee), Danny Welbeck (meniscus) are Lucas Pérez (ankle) on the treatment table, but Perez is close to making an appearance.

Lucas Perez set to feature in Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash 0

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lucas Perez could return in time to play against Southampton in Wednesday’s EFL Cup meeting at the Emirates Stadium, with the summer-signing having quickly recovered from an ankle ligament injury. Perez has endured a debut season to forget and will be looking to make up for lost time when he’s back in an Arsenal shirt.

Olivier Giroud is a doubt for the Southampton fixture, having picked up a hamstring injury, so Perez is expected to be given the nod to lead the line when Arsenal entertain Saints this week. He’s scored two goals in as many games in the EFL Cup this season, having started both games in the competition for the Gunners, and has a point to prove after amassing just 367 minutes of playing time.

Hamstring injury sees Debuchy return cut short 0

Posted on November 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy saw his long awaited return to the first-team prematurely ended by injury inside of 20 minutes. The French right-back was making his first appearance for the Gunners for 12 months, but now fears he could be absent for a lengthy period, according to his manager Arsene Wenger.

“I have to speak to medical people, but you can only assess it really after 48 hours. You have to let it bleed and after, usually they have an MRI scan 48 hours later to see how big the damage is. When I picked the squad, I imagined that something could happen to Debuchy because he’s had many setbacks,” he said.

Sanchez stars as Arsenal defeat Bournemouth 0

Posted on November 27, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Alexis Sanchez grabbed a brace.

The first real chance on goal fell to the home side on two minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Mesut Ozil on the penalty spot and the German fired an effort towards goal, only for Nathan Ake to make a superb headed block.

On nine minutes, Mohamed Elneny saw another effort on goal blocked by Ake. The Gunners took the lead on 12 minutes. Cherries defender Steve Cook received the ball from his goalkeeper and attempted to play the ball back to him. However the ball was short and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez seized on the ball before keeping his composure and firing past Adam Federici.

Lucas Perez “ahead of schedule” with his recovery 0

Posted on November 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lucas Perez has returned to training with the first-team and is expected to feature for the Gunners against Southampton in their midweek EFL Cup clash, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The 28-year-old, who signed from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer, was expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks with an ankle injury but has recovered ahead of schedule.

“Lucas is for the first time in training today. He might be in contention for Wednesday (against Southampton in the EFL Cup), but one training session is not enough to be involved on Sunday (against Bournemouth in the Premier League),” said Wenger. Perez’s debut campaign has been one to forget so far with few starts coming his way in all competitions but his timely return will give Arsenal another dimension in attack.

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