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Watford end interest in Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs 0

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Watford have reportedly abandoned their plans to sign Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs.

The Hornets were keen to land the 27-year-old defender in time for the start of the 2017/18 season, but have been put off by Arsenal’s steep valuation of their player.

Marco Silva is refusing to meet Arsenal’s £16 million asking price for a player who has not been a first-team regular at the Emirates. Kieran Gibbs is unlikely to play on regular basis this season and with less than 12 months in his deal with the Gunners, he will be available on a free contract at the end of next season.

Gibbs nearing Arsenal exit after Emirates Cup snub 0

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs looks set to leave the club this summer after being left out of the squad for the Emirates Cup, reports The Sun. The England international has been linked with a move to Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United and was previously left out of the pre-season tour as he negotiated his exit.

There’s been little progress since. West Bromwich Albion have pulled out of the deal, while Watford and Newcastle United aren’t keen to meet Arsenal’s £15m asking price. Gibbs has hardly featured for the Gunners in the last 12 months, making just eight Premier League starts in 2016/17. His contract is up next summer so Arsenal are running out of time to get value from the left-back.

Watford withdraw interest in Kieran Gibbs 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Evening Standard, Watford have pulled out of a deal to sign Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, with the defender’s asking price too high for the Hornets to match. A host of clubs were previously linked with the Gunners defender but interest has waned as the summer as gone on.

Gibbs is believed to be for sale this summer but will cost £15m to sign, an asking price too lofty for a player who’s hardly featured in the last two seasons, so Watford will now turn their attention to Middlesbrough’s George Friend. Arsenal are keen to cut a left-back off the wage bill as they currently have Nacho Monreal, Gibbs and new-boy Sead Kolasinac as options.

Cech demands a response against Chelsea “to get back on track” in the title race 0

Posted on February 04, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has called on his side to respond after their surprise defeat to Watford. The Gunners missed an opportunity to make up ground on Premier League leaders Chelsea, who were held to Liverpool, and now they face the table-toppers needing nothing short of all three points to ensure the title race remains wide open. Arsenal are nine points adrift with 15 to go, but could narrow the gap if they can win at Stamford Bridge in the league for the first time since 2011.

Arsenal ‘not mentally ready’ says Wenger 0

Posted on February 02, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, his team were not ‘not mentally ready for the physical challenges Watford offered’. To be fair to Mr Wenger Arsenal’s lack of mental readiness and strength has been an obvious cause for concern for a while now.

Talking about the game Wenger told the Guardian: “mentally, we were not ready for the [physical] challenges. When you play at home, in our position, that is not normal. Everybody in the Premier League is strong physically and [to give] 90% is not enough.”

Ramsey picks up calf injury in Watford defeat 1

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey had a game to forget in Tuesday’s clash with Watford, limping off injured after just 20 minutes and could now find himself missing most of February’s games. The Welsh international deflected a free-kick past his own goalkeeper for Watford’s first goal and missed an interception while being caught napping as the Hornets scored a second. And to cap it off, Ramsey then came off less after 20 minutes with a calf injury.

Arsene Wenger vents out at Arsenal mentality 0

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Milos Markovic

North London club Arsenal suffered a major blow in the Premier League title race on Tuesday as Watford secured a stunning Emirates Stadium victory courtesy of goals from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney.

The 2-1 victory over Gunners ended a Hornets’ winless streak which lasted since 10 December, whereas it also pushed Arsenal further down in the standings to third place in the table.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was watching his side succumb to their first defeat in 2017 from the stands as the French tactician continues to serve his touchline suspension, but he was far from impressed with his team’s dismal performance.

Watford slip-up typical of Arsenal in recent seasons 0

Posted on February 01, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat against Watford on Tuesday night has sadly become a typical Arsenal slip-up in recent seasons. The Gunners are prone to slip-ups like Tuesday nights and is one of the major reasons why Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to win the Premier League title in recent years.

Lacklustre first half display

The Gunners seemed to be asleep in the first half. In truth, the visitors could have been more than two goals up at half-time. Arsenal looked lacklustre and struggled to really threaten Heurelho Gomes’ goal in the first period.

Arsenal stung by the Hornets at the Emirates Stadium 1

Posted on January 31, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat against Watford on Tuesday night, as the Gunners slipped up on home soil in the Premier League.

The Gunners had the first shot on goal on seven minutes, as Aaron Ramsey sliced an effort over the bar from the edge of the Watford penalty area.

The visitors took the lead on ten minutes. Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul hit a long-range effort that hit Ramsey and deflected past Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal. Three minutes later the Hornets doubled their lead.

Arsenal 2/9 to win against Watford 0

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal host Watford at the Emirates Stadium in Tuesday’s Premier League clash, and are big favourites to pick up their sixth consecutive home win to ensure they don’t lose ground on leaders Chelsea. The Gunners have been in fantastic form in recent weeks and should have no trouble seeing past a Watford outfit short of wins on the road.

Home side Arsenal are second in the Premier League with 47 points from 22 games this season, eight adrift of Chelsea at the summit. A win could narrow the gap to five points if the Blues were to lose their respective game away to Liverpool. But Arsenal can only do their job and see past Watford, boasting four wins from five ahead of the meeting which should see them over the line.

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