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Aubameyang Arsenal debut to be delayed due to illness 0

Posted on February 02, 2018 by Milos Markovic

Much to Arsenal fans’ disappointment, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Premier League debut is likely to be pushed to a further date after Arsene Wenger revealed that the former Borussia Dortmund superstar is slightly under the weather.

The Gunners boss said the £56 million Gabonese forward has been struggling with illness after completing his move to London this week.

“Aubameyang, I have to assess how well he is physically today and how well he feels. He had a fever so he could not practice a lot – he started yesterday, was still not completely well. I have to assess with the medical department how fit he can be.”, Wenger told in a press conference.

Arsenal emerge as firm favourites to sign Chelsea defender David Luiz 0

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal might have lost their star player Alexis Sanchez this winter but all will be forgotten should Arsenal pull off a couple of high-profile transfers that are currently being mentioned in the press.

Arsene Wenger has been given plenty of stick for his transfer policy over the past couple of season during which an apparent lack of high-profile players has been highlighted as the major problem.

The appointment of Sven Mislintat as chief scout seems to have made an instant impact at the Emirates with former Borussia Dortmund man making firm moves to overhaul Arsenal’s outdated scouting system and recruiting service which put too much pressure on Arsene Wenger.

FC Koln captain says Arsenal are favourites ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash 0

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

FC Koln captain Matthias Lehmann is under no illusions that his side are major underdogs ahead of their trip to the Emirates Stadium, reports talkSPORT. The struggling Bundesliga side, currently bottom without a point to their name, face Arsenal in their opening Europa League group game and are a long short with every bookmaker with the Gunners boasting a 100% record on home soil this season.

Nevertheless, Lehmann isn’t disheartened going into the game as underdogs. He said: “We really look forward to the challenge, it is independent to the Bundesliga. We want to enjoy the game and show passion in the game. We are definitely not the favourite, they have a big squad and top players and there will be other top players who start.

Arsenal 6/1 to win the Europa League this season 1

Posted on August 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were drawn with BATE Borisov, Cologne and Red Star Belgrade in the group stages of the Europa League earlier today. The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League last season, missing out on a Champions League spot by just a point and will now need to adjust to a slight alteration in fixtures.

Did March’s Champions League exit derail Arsenal’s season? 0

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal enjoyed a late-season resurgence to take the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League all the way to the final day, but manager Arsene Wenger admitted the upturn in form came too late to secure Champions League football next season. Arsenal suffered three defeats and a draw in five Premier League games in March and the start of April which left their top-four hopes in jeopardy, and Wenger believes the way they were dumped out of Europe by Bayern Munich was reason for the dramatic dip in form.

Arsenal will play Europa League football next season 0

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Despite beating Everton 3-1 in their final Premier League game of the campaign, Arsenal won’t be playing in the Champions League next season. Ahead of the final games, Manchester City and Liverpool needed wins against Watford and Middlesbrough respectively to secure their place in the top-four, and the pair made light work of their opposition to confine the Gunners to Europa League football for the first time in over 20 years.

Leicester City’s Champions League accomplishments highlight Arsenal’s shortcomings in Europe 0

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Leicester City booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after seeing past perennial Europa League winners Sevilla, progressing further in their maiden European campaign than Arsenal have in seven years. The Foxes are 25/1 to win the Champions League this season, and will now face either Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, AS Monaco/Manchester City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid/Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

For Arsenal, it’s seven straight years of last-16 disappointment, their latest of which saw them lose 10-2 on aggregate to a Bayern Munich not considered to be at their best this season. The German Bundesliga giants weren’t good enough to win their group prior to the knockouts but made light work of a fragile Arsenal side enduring one of their most disappointing campaigns as things stand.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has a future in central midfield 0

Posted on March 08, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain once again gave an influential performance that belied the nature of his side’s result against Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s Champions League meeting. The Gunners lost 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium, but the efforts of Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t be ignored.

Selected in the middle of the park as a result of his industry, the English international was at his best as a box-to-box threat and could be key at least until the end of the season given he’s the best performing midfielder of late. Mohamed Elneny is out injured, Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi have been dropped for poor form, Granit Xhaka has looked exposed of late, Mesut Ozil has been suffering from illness and Aaron Ramsey has had little match practice.

Walcott impresses for Arsenal despite heavy defeat to Bayern 0

Posted on March 08, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was a bright spark in Tuesday night’s 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and may have played himself into a second consecutive start ahead of this weekend’s outing. Arsenal are 1/11 to win against Lincoln in Saturday’s FA Cup clash, and Walcott should keep his place after his latest showing.

Before Arsenal collapsed in the second-half of their Champions League last-16 clash, Theo Walcott was causing Bayern Munich real problems and capped his showing with a deserved goal. The 27-year-old opened the scoring in the 20th minute and could have played his part in two more goals after miscontrolling a pass when put through, and firing wide from close range. He was also brought down in the box but mistakenly not awarded a penalty.

What changes could Wenger make to Arsenal’s XI for Tuesday’s Bayern clash? 0

Posted on March 06, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the squad to face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash will be “similar to the one that was at Liverpool” on the weekend, but he could swap a few faces due to questions about discipline and match fitness, let alone form in recent weeks.

David Ospina should once again replace Petr Cech between the sticks, a move which would arguably be an improvement given the latter’s form in recent weeks. Ospina was a standout performer in the first leg too despite the 5-1 thrashing so it won’t be such a considerable downgrade in quality.

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