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Past meetings between Arsenal and Reading 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal and Reading lock horns at the Emirates Stadium in the Capital One Cup last-16 on Tuesday night, and the one-sided head-to-head record suggests the Gunners should comfortably dispatch of the Royals this week. The two sides have met nine times post-millennium but there’s only been one winner on each occasion.

Arsenal and Reading’s last meeting was in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Saturday, April 18, which saw Arsenal win 2-1aet. The Gunners went on to win the FA Cup that season and last year’s meeting with Reading sealed their ninth win from their last nine head-to-heads. The last time the two sides locked horns in the Capital One Cup resulted in a 12-goal thriller in the last-16.

Who will start in the Capital One Cup against Reading? 1

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Championship club Reading in the last-16 of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, in a game that manager Arsene Wenger will use to play fringe players. With the Gunners’ starting lineup looking identical in the Premier League most weeks, there are a host of squad players in need of game time to stay sharp so who will make the cut this week?

Kieran Gibbs recently played in Arsenal’s Champions League win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and will be in contention to feature against the Royals. Having played just 44 minutes of Premier League football. Gibbs has been on the periphery for some time but could be given the nod by Wenger in place of first-choice left-back Nacho Monreal.

Santi Cazorla could miss Capital One Cup clash 0

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla could miss Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Reading after manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was uncertain when the Spaniard will return. Cazorla was absent for Saturday’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough but Wenger revealed the talented playmaker might not be fit to feature against the Royals.

Arsenal couldn’t break down Middlesbrough without the Spanish international at the heart of the midfield on the weekend, and when asked if the Gunners missed Cazorla in the side, Wenger replied: “Yeah, of course. You miss always, of course, Cazorla. At home he is from deep midfield into the final third, his pass is always quick and accurate. Cazorla – I don’t really know (when he will return) because we have to see how he recovers on Monday.”

Wenger demands a response against Reading 0

Posted on October 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to bounce back in a positive way after being held to a goalless draw against Middlesbrough in Saturday’s Premier League clash. The Gunners saw their six-game winning streak ended this weekend at the hand of the newly-promoted North-East side, but have little time to dwell as they face Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Seven consecutive wins for in-form Arsenal 0

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on Wednesday night sealed a seventh consecutive win in all competitions, and sees the Gunners building up real momentum ahead of their Premier League title push. Currently second in the table with 19 points from nine games, only goal difference is keeping Manchester City above Arsenal in the table, and their Champions League campaign is going nearly flawlessly too.

Arsenal’s seven-game winning streak
(17/9/16) Premier League: Hull City 1-4 Arsenal
(20/9/16) Capital One Cup: Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal
(24/9/16) Premier League: Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea
(28/9/16) Champions League: Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel
(2/10/16) Premier League: Burnley 0-1 Arsenal
(15/10/16) Premier League: Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City
(19/10/16) Champions League: Arsenal 6-0 Ludogorets Razgrad

Barcelona linked with Theo Walcott move 0

Posted on November 02, 2015 by David Nugent

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, reigning European and Spanish champions Barcelona are considering a sensational move to sign Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott.

The Catalan giants are currently in the midst of a transfer embargo which expires in January and have a list of potential transfer targets. It is believed that Walcott is on that list and Luis Enrique could be looking to add the former-Southampton player to their squad.

Walcott was enjoying a decent, if not unspectacular run in the Arsenal first team prior to picking-up a calf injury last week in the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. He will be sidelined to after the next international break.

Arsenal duo to be out of action for three weeks 0

Posted on October 29, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the BBC, Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be missing for up to three weeks. The pair picked-up injuries in the Gunners 3-0 Capital One Cup fourth round defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has since revealed that he may have played too many experienced players in the defeat and he has now lost two of his first team members for the next couple of weeks.

Walcott had impressed in recent weeks with his displays up front and was rested against Everton last weekend in the Gunners 2-1 win. The England international has struggled to really ever nail down a place as a striker in the past, mainly due to injuries.

Arsenal blew great chance for League Cup success with so many giant-killings 1

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup was not only disappointing for the manner of their elimination, but also for the missed opportunity in the competition.

The likes of Chelsea and Manchester United were both knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the fourth round stage this week which meant Arsenal would have had less competition to avoid in the quarter-finals had they beaten Sheffield Wednesday, but now it’s yet another season where manager Arsene Wenger falls short in the League Cup.

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pick up injuries in Capital One Cup defeat 0

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal suffered a double injury blow against Sheffield Wednesday in last night’s Capital One Cup clash, with striker Theo Walcott (calf) and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) both coming off in the first-half of the Gunners’ defeat to the Owls. Elimination from the domestic cup was bad enough for manager Arsene Wenger, but now having two more injuries to add to the growing tally makes his life difficult ahead of an important run of games to come.

Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal Preview 0

Posted on October 26, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal faces a trip to Championship Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

The home side are currently midtable in the second tier under Portuguese boss Carlos Carvalhal. The Owls are unbeaten in six games in all competitions and picking-up four wins. They currently sit just outside the play-off places in the Championship table.

Last time out Wednesday won 2-1 at Yorkshire rivals Rotherham, with Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri.  This clash with in-form Arsenal will act as a major test for Wednesday and their form this season though.

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