November 25, 2016 by
For much of the last few campaigns, Arsenal have lacked real steel in the centre of their midfield. Some would argue that French midfielder Francis Coquelin gives the Gunners that particular attribute in the centre of the park.
However, is Coquelin really ever going to develop past his current level? It seems doubtful. He does a decent enough job, but it’s unlikely he will ever be world-class.
Arsene Wenger brings in a defensive midfielder
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger obviously felt like he needed more quality or more bodies in the defensive midfield role and splashed out £34million on highly-rated Swiss international Granit Xhaka in the summer. .......Read more here.....
November 07, 2016 by
Some journalists in the national press have talked about Arsenal’s campaign being derailed by their 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.
In truth, the game was never going to be easy. Derbies are always unpredictable affairs and Tottenham are no mugs. Spurs are the only unbeaten team left in the top-flight, so it was not like the opposition was poor.
Always challenging a derby game
Arsenal have now gone five Premier League derbies without recording a victory over Spurs, although the majority of those were drawn. The derby is always going to be a challenge, with the atmosphere, the intense and the hype. .......Read more here.....
November 05, 2016 by
Arsenal will look to continue their recent good run of form as they welcome arch-rivals Tottenham to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday lunchtime for the north London derby.
Arsenal continued their good run of form last time out by grabbing a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League. The win followed a comfortable 4-1 win at Sunderland last time out in the English top-flight.
The Gunners form has been highly impressive this season. Arsene Wenger’s side have recorded wins in 12 of their 15 games in all competitions since losing 4-3 to Liverpool in their opening game of the campaign. .......Read more here.....
November 04, 2016 by
High-flying Arsenal head to the first North London derby of the season in excellent spirits having climbed to second in the Premier League standings after a remarkable run of results and no wonder they have been made favourites to claim maximum points.
The Gunners have now won ten of last eleven fixtures in all competitions and they are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, so they will want to extend the winning streak by beating arch rivals Tottenham. .......Read more here.....
November 03, 2016 by
French forward Olivier Giroud has enjoyed a strange campaign so far this season. The striker has not started a Premier League game this season. In fact, he has featured just four times in the English top-flight as a substitute, with those appearances adding up to less than 90 minutes on the pitch combined.
Fortunes have changed
However, suddenly Giroud’s fortunes have taken a turn for the better. He came off the bench to score a brace against Sunderland in a 4-1 win, before scoring against Ludogorets in the 3-2 Champions League win. .......Read more here.....
October 11, 2016 by
Bitter Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are set to lock in the battle for Galatasaray 21-year-old starlet Bruma, according to reports from the Portuguese press.
Armindo Tue Na Bangna, otherwise known as Bruma is a Portuguese youngster who plays for Turkish giants Galatasaray as a winger and has already attracted plenty of attention Europe-wide with London rivals believed to be first in line for his signature, according to Abola and Ojogo.
Bruma was born in Bissau, but he moved to Portugal as a child, making his first football steps for Sporting CP. .......Read more here.....
August 02, 2016 by
Arsenal have billed as potential challengers for the Premier League title for what seems like forever, but as we all know it has been 12 years since the Gunners were actually crowned champions of England.
There are many reasons why injuries, end of season collapses, poor managerial decisions and just weaknesses in certain positions. I seem to ask this question pre-season, but are Arsenal realistic title contenders?
Never far away from a title challenge
Arsenal are always there or thereabouts when it comes to winning the Premier League title. Last season was obviously a golden opportunity spurned, as the usual title suspects struggled for form and little Leicester nipped in to win the title. .......Read more here.....
May 12, 2016 by
Arsenal hosts rock-bottom Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, as the Gunners look to record a win in their efforts to finish the campaign as Premier League runners-up.
Arsene Wenger’s side will kick-off this game two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham, who currently occupy second. Spurs’ last game of the campaign is away at relegated Newcastle. Due to a better goal difference a point in the north east would ensure Mauricio Pochettino’s side finish second.
The Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 2-2 draw at Manchester City last time out. City took the lead through Sergio Aguero, but the lead lasted just two minutes as Olivier Giroud headed home an equaliser. .......Read more here.....
May 09, 2016 by
Arsenal will head into their last game of the season at the weekend against Aston Villa with a chance of finishing as Premier League runners-up. The Gunners will kick-off on the final day just two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham.
Tottenham having a wobble in form
Tottenham have failed to win their last two games and that has enabled the Gunners to get within touching distance of their city-rivals. Tottenham rather surprisingly slipped-up against Southampton at home in a game that could have sealed second spot for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. .......Read more here.....
April 18, 2016 by
Arsenal have gone fighting for the Premier League title to fighting for fourth place in a way that only the Gunners could do. The side from north London have done a great job of attempting to lose their position in the Champions League spots for next season.
Yesterday’s 1-1 draw at home against Crystal Palace was indicative of how the team from north London can produce inexplicably poor displays. Palace produced a resilient display, but in truth they are struggling near the bottom of the table and are the sort team Arsenal should be beating.
History repeating for Arsenal .......Read more here.....