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Should Jack Wilshere be starting for England in Euro qualifiers? 0

Posted on October 03, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been selected in the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

The central midfielder was rested from the start for the Champions League midweek victory over Galatasaray, but came off the bench , after picking-up an injury in the north London derby last weekend. He is likely to return to the Gunners squad for Sunday’s visit to Chelsea.

Injuries

Wilshere’s career has been a story of injury after injury. Prior to the knock he picked-up against Tottenham, Wilshere had stayed relatively injury-free this season. He had appeared in five out Arsenal’s six Premier League games this season. However he has completed 90 minutes on just one occasion this season in the top-flight.

Arsenal injuries shouldn’t be an excuse for failure against Galatasaray 0

Posted on September 29, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal have a number of injury problems at the moment, but that should not be used as an excuse if the Gunners fail to defeat Turkish side Galatasaray on Wednesday in the Champions League. Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat at Dortmund on match day one and will be looking to bounce back in the second group game.

Injuries

The Gunners will be without midfield pair Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey for the Champions League game, who both went off injured in the first half of the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal fans should be frustrated by draw 2

Posted on September 28, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday in the north London derby apparently frustrated Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but in truth it is the fans that should be the ones frustrated by their team’s tepid display.

Decent

First of all you have to give Tottenham credit for producing a relatively solid defensive display at the Emirates. They gave a resolute defensive performance and attempted to hit the Gunners on the break when they could. A typical tactic used by most clubs playing at rival teams.

Frustrated

Arsenal and Tottenham draw in north London derby 0

Posted on September 27, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal and Tottenham drew 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s north London derby.

The first attempt of the game arrived on five minutes. Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere fed Aaron Ramsey in the penalty area, but the Welshman fired straight at Hugo Lloris from a tight angle. The game then went through a scrappy period.

The next effort on goal came on 20 minutes, Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck seeing a shot from the edge of area comfortably saved by Lloris. Two minutes later and Spurs had their first effort on goal as former-Gunners striker Emmanuel Adebayor headed straight at Wojciech Szczesny from a free-kick.

4 reasons Arsenal will win against Tottenham on Saturday 0

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have tricky tie this weekend, with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs their opponents in the league.

But the Gunners are big favourites to get all three points, and here are four reasons why.

Woeful current league form

Tottenham are winless in their last three league games, while lost 1-0 at home to West Brom last weekend. With their current form, Arsenal have little to worry about.

Tottenham’s leaky defence

In addition to poor form, Tottenham’s defensive record has left a lot to be desired. The Londoners have shipped six goals in their last three games, and are coming off the back of a campaign that saw them concede 51 goals in 38 games.

Arsenal’s potential lineup to face Tottenham this weekend 1

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dropped hints about who he will name in the starting lineup for the Gunner’s North London derby against Tottenham, so who is likely to make the eleven?

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was rested in favour of David Ospina for Arsenal’s Capital One Cup defeat, but the Pole should return between the sticks this weekend.

In the defence, Calum Chambers is expected to start at right-back, meaning young Hector Bellerin will be on the bench. Kieran Gibbs will be at left-back against Spurs, in place of Francis Coquelin. Centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are fit to partner each other at the heart of the Arsenal defence, meaning Isaac Hayden is out of the side.

Arsenal vs. Tottenham Premier League preview 0

Posted on September 26, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the north London derby on Saturday looking to build on last weekend’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa.

The Gunners are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, but three of those games have finished in draws. Arsene Wenger side are currently fourth in the table, four points off league leaders Chelsea.

As per usual Arsene Wenger fielded a weakened team in Tuesday’s third round Capital One Cup game against Southampton and the Gunners suffered a 2-1 home defeat. The veteran Frenchman fielded very few first team regulars in the defeat and rested his star performers ahead of the big derby clash.

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.

Only three points will do in Saturday’s North London derby 0

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal crashing out of the Capital One Cup in the third round, supporters desperately need convincing that the club are still going forward. The biggest test of that will be this weekend when their fierce North London rivals Tottenham come to town.

The Gunners haven’t lost at home to Spurs since 2010, and in their last 10 league meetings, Arsenal have won five and drawn one. Last season, they did the double over Tottenham, and this campaign the two clubs are having contrasting fortunes in the league.

Will Arsenal strengthen their squad further this summer? 1

Posted on August 02, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal have made some very good signings this summer already, but it seems there is still scope for improvement in the squad and if media reports are to be believed the money to bring in more fresh faces.

Possibly leaving

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has stated that Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen may leave the club this summer, with Manchester United believed to be the favourites to secure the centre-backs services.

The Gunners have already completed the signing of young Southampton full-back Calum Chambers, who Wenger has stated could develop into a centre-back or a central midfielder in the future.



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