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Arsenal should scrape top four but it’s not enough 0

Posted on April 25, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal are once again in a fight for a top-four spot, despite being comfortable placed in the Champions League positions for most of the season and also previously being title challengers.

The Gunners are five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United. Louis van Gaal’s men have a game in-hand, but Arsene Wenger’s side have home games against Norwich and Aston Villa to come before the end of the campaign.

History repeating itself

Sunderland pushing for Mathieu Debuchy loan 0

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy could head out to Sunderland who have emerged as rivals to Aston Villa in their attempts to secure the signature of the French player.

The Black Cats are desperate to sing a left-back before the transfer market closes on Monday and are looking for ways to hijack Aston Villa’s target.

Sunderland have already tried to bring in Lorient’s Lamine Gassama, but the Senegalese decided not to accept the offer from the Premier League strugglers.

And Daily Mail now reports that Sam Allardyce has spent Monday in London trying to seal the deal with Arsenal and Debuchy to bring the Frenchman on loan until the end of the current campaign.

Arsenal top the Premier League after win at Villa 0

Posted on December 13, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at rock-bottom Aston Villa on Sunday, as Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey grabbed a goal each.

The first attempt on goal came from Scott Sinclair, who effort from the edge of the area was saved comfortably by Petr Cech. The Gunners won a penalty on seven minutes, as Theo Walcott was hauled down in the penalty area by Alan Hutton.

In-form French striker Olivier Giroud then stepped-up to send Brad Guzan the wrong way and give the Gunners the lead. On 19 minutes Villa striker Rudy Gestede headed a goal ward header off the line after Giroud had beaten Guzan to a Mesut Ozil floated free-kick.

Aston Villa v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 12, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal travels to rock-bottom Aston Villa in the early Premier League kick-off on Sunday hoping to maintain touch with the leading pack at the top.

Villa find themselves bottom of the Premier League after winning just one of their top-flight games this season. The Villans only league win came on the opening game of the season at top-flight new boys Bournemouth.  Villa’s current 14-game run without a win is the longest in the history of the club.

Last time out Villa did end a run of defeats with a very creditable 1-1 draw at Southampton, which they will hope will lift spirits at the beleaguered Midlands outfit.

Alexis Sanchez to return to training next week 0

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is expected to miss out Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa and should return to training next week in preparation for their meeting with Manchester City. The Chilean was absent for Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Sunderland with a hamstring injury, but could be fit in time to make the matchday squad for their early title-race six-pointer with the Sky Blues.

Sanchez has been in fine form this season, scoring nine goals in all competitions, but his injury led to manager Arsene Wenger being criticised for overplaying the South American. Sanchez has been a regular for club and country for a long time, and playing so many games could well have contributed to a muscle injury many believe could have been avoided.

Can Olivier Giroud strike against Aston Villa again? 0

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Aston Villa this weekend, and striker Olivier Giroud is expected to lead the line. The French international is coming off the back of having scored a hat-trick in the Champions League, and has been a good omen in this fixture since his arrival from Montpellier. Giroud has only been on the losing side in one of their seven meetings against the Midlands outfit, and has a knack for scoring past them too.

Alexis Sanchez proves his worth in FA Cup final 0

Posted on May 31, 2015 by David Nugent

Alexis Sanchez has been outstanding for Arsenal in his debut season and he made a big contribution to the Gunners 4-0 hammering of Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Fantastic

The Chilean scored the Gunners second goal early in the second half, which effectively killed the game off as a contest. Sanchez hit the effort from 30 yards out with such venom and dip that it nearly took the net off. The effort was sheer inspiration from the former-Barcelona star.

Arsenal hammer Villa in the FA Cup final 0

Posted on May 30, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal retained the FA Cup trophy with a superb 4-0 final victory over Aston Villa on Saturday at Wembley

The game started at a frantic pace and the first real threat on goal came from Arsenal on seven minutes. Alexis Sanchez took on Alan Hutton before putting in a cross which was well cleared at full-stretch by Ron Vlaar.

A few minutes later and Gunners centre-back Laurent Koscielny headed well wide of goal from a Santi Cazorla corner kick.

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa FA Cup final preview 0

Posted on May 29, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal will be looking to win the FA Cup for a second consecutive season, as they face underdogs Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Arsenal finished the season with a convincing 4-1 victory over West Brom at the Emirates, with Theo Walcott grabbing a hat-trick in a rare start up front.

That victory followed three games without a win for the Gunners. The team from north London have a good recent record against the Villans, as they have lost just three times in the last 33 meetings with the side from the Midlands, with all three defeats coming at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal need to be wary of Aston Villa 0

Posted on May 28, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal are favourites at odds of 1/ 2 to defeat Aston Villa in Saturday’s FA Cup final, but they will need to be wary of complacency setting-in. The Gunners have won just one of their last four games in all competitions, but will still be confident of victory over the Midlanders.

Underdogs

Villa boss Tim Sherwood has admitted his side are underdogs, but warned that his team are not just there to make up the numbers. He told a press conference: “It’s a one-off game and form goes out the window, we know that we are the underdogs, we know that Arsenal have been there and done that.



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