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Wenger “angry” at the refereeing decisions made in Stoke City defeat 0

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his frustration at the match officials following Saturday evening’s 1-0 defeat away to Stoke City, believing his side should have had a penalty and believing Alexandre Lacazette’s goal should not have been chalked off. “I think we were unlucky with some decisions from the referee because we scored a regular goal,” Wenger said, reports Sky Sports.

The Gunners had a penalty shout in the first-half after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have been fouled in the area by Mame Diouf. However, referee Andre Marriner didn’t give it. Wenger was asked if Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty.

Steven Gerrard says Arsenal are “too easy to play against” 1

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Former Liverpool midfielder Steve Gerrard believes Arsenal don’t make life hard enough for their opponents and have become too easy to play against. The ex-English international criticised Arsenal’s defence, highlighting instances where Stoke breached the backline with ease, and says the Gunners’ won’t win a major trophy playing like this.

“They don’t compete well enough, they’re not solid enough, they’re wide open to counter attacks. “They got away with one (against Stoke), (leading) to a fantastic save from Petr Cech. It’s just weak defending and against better opposition they would get punished for this like Leicester did last week,” he said, reports the Express.

Arsenal 10/11 to win against Stoke City in tonight’s Premier League clash 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are big favourites to pick up all three points against Stoke City when the Gunners travel to the Britannia Stadium in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash. Arsenal have started the new Premier League season much more convincingly than their opponents and could find themselves top of the table if results go their way this weekend.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side came out on top in a seven-goal thriller against Leicester City in their opening game, while Mark Hughes’ Stoke City side suffered a narrow defeat to Everton. Arsenal have won consecutive games ahead of this evening’s meeting, beating Chelsea in the Community Shield before the Leicester victory, while City can’t stop losing.

Gabriel Paulista joins Valencia for £10m 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has joined Spanish La Liga side Valencia for £10m, after making 64 appearances for the Gunners in two years. The Brazilian centre-back was yet to feature this season as he’s recovering from a knee injury, but manager Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements given the vast options in his stead.

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 from Villarreal for around £15m but never managed to nail down a starting place for a prolonged period of time. With the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Gabriel in the pecking order, chances were always going to be limited. Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers provide the cover at centre-back, while new-boy Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal can also play in the middle.

Arsenal identify Jack Butland as Petr Cech successor 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen on landing the Stoke City star Jack Butland as a long-term replacement for first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The former Chelsea man remains Wenger’s first pick in goal but the Arsenal boss wants to start building for the future and has identified the talented Stoke goalkeeper as a perfect replacement.

Jordan Pickford was another one of Arsenal’s targets to replace the Czech international, but with him having joined Everton in a £30 million deal from Sunderland, the Gunners have now set their sights on the England international.

Sanchez picks up injury in Stoke win 0

Posted on May 13, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez limped off after 76 minutes with a thigh injury sustained in Saturday’s 4-1 win away to Stoke City but still impressively scored despite carrying the knock. However, the Chilean international is now a doubt for Tuesday’s visit of Sunderland and could be absent for an important match in the race for top-four spot.

Manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the forward, citing how he’d previously signalled to be substituted as a result of the knock but ended up scoring before he was eventually withdrawn. “The physios told me he wanted to come off. Alexis is special you know not only because of his talent but he always finds the resources. He has shown again that it’s not about talent but desire too and a fighting spirit,” he said.

Bellerin to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain for Stoke clash 0

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin is set to be recalled for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Stoke City. The Spanish international has been on the periphery in recent weeks, having been dropped due to poor form, but is expected to return in a right wing-back role this weekend. His manager hinted as much after Wednesday’s win over Southampton.

Bellerin was axed from the starting eleven after manager Arsene Wenger adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation, playing second fiddle to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. But with the English midfielder now ruled out for the Stoke City with a hamstring injury, his Spanish counterpart will deputise. There had been question marks over Bellerin’s attacking quality in a wing-back role, but his manager has defended him ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Bet365 Stadium.

How have Arsenal fared in past meetings with Stoke City? 0

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s pursuit for a top-four finish sees them travel to the Bet365 Stadium to face a Stoke City side who have been a bogey team in recent seasons. The Gunners have struggled when travelling the face the Potters in the Premier League but fancy their chances of a turnaround given the contrasting form of the two clubs ahead of Saturday’s meeting. But how have Arsenal fared at Stoke?

Stoke City and Arsenal’s head-to-head record at the Bet365 Stadium
(1/11/08) Stoke City 2-1 Arsenal
(27/2/10) Stoke City 1-3 Arsenal
(8/5/11) Stoke City 3-1 Arsenal
(28/4/12) Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal
(26/8/12) Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal
(1/3/14) Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal
(6/12/14) Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal
(17/1/16) Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal

Mustafi out until the New Year with a hamstring injury 0

Posted on December 11, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is out for the rest of a year after picking up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke City. The German international has been ruled out for around three weeks by manager Arsene Wenger, who said the centre-back hadn’t informed him of any problem prior to this weekend.

“It’s a bad one. He had nothing in midweek. I would not have played him today (if he had). I had Hector Bellerin on the bench. I could have played Holding or Gabriel. He wanted to play in Basel, because he said ‘no it’s nothing’, and it was completely clear. I checked three times and there was no problem,” said Wenger.

Arsenal 3/10 to win against Stoke City 0

Posted on December 10, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal host Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in this afternoon’s Premier League, and are big favourites to pick up all three points to potentially finish the day top of the table if results go their way. The Gunners have a 100% record at home to the Potters since the visitors’ promotion to the Premier League in 2008, and their impressive recent form sees them in good shape to continue their winning streak in this fixture.

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