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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.

Here we go again with Arsenal’s latest title bid 1

Posted on February 03, 2016 by David Nugent

I am not sure why Arsenal fans get their hopes up of winning the Premier League title every season, as the Gunners always seem to let them down. Last night’s goalless against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium was just indicative of Arsenal in recent seasons.

The nearly men

They have become nearly men and seem to throw away good opportunities, both to win games and titles. A few weeks ago the Gunners were top of the table and now they are fourth in the Premier League table, five points off leaders Leicester.

Gunners frustrated by superb Forster display 0

Posted on February 02, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal were held to a frustrating goalless draw against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, as Saints ‘keeper Fraser Forster pulled-off a string of brilliant saves to keep the scores level.

Southampton had the first attempt on goal after four minutes, as James Ward-Prowse’s whipped free-kick from the left evaded everybody, but was saved comfortable by Petr Cech in the Gunners goal.

The home side’s first effort on goal arrived on 11 minutes. Alexis Sanchez fires a superb 40 yard through ball to Mesut Ozil, who produces a sublime touch and in the same movement fires an effort at goal that is saved by the legs of Fraser Forster.

Arsenal 4/5 to see past Southampton in tonight’s Premier League clash 0

Posted on February 02, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium tonight, and are hoping they can get revenge against Ronald Koeman’s side after having been well-beaten by the Saints on Boxing Day. Victory for the Gunners could see them finish the day joint-top on points so there’s plenty to place for.

However, Southampton are no pushovers, and are in good form to threaten an upset. The visitors are 8th in the Premier League table after 23 games, and are coming off the back of three consecutive wins. They won 4-0 against Arsenal in the reverse fixture, and were victorious in their most recent away game.

Arsenal v Southampton Premier League preview 0

Posted on February 01, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal hosts Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, as the Gunners look to bounce back to winning ways in the top-flight.

Arsene Wenger’s side recorded a 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday to progress to the FA Cup fifth round, but have not claimed a top-flight win in their last three outings, including being defeated 1-0 by reigning champions Chelsea in their last Premier League game.

The north London side drew the previous two games prior to the Chelsea defeat and have dropped from top to third in the table and are currently three points behind league leaders Leicester City in the table.

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