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Arsenal should not panic over Palace defeat 0

Posted on April 22, 2019 by David Nugent

On Sunday, Arsenal suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners losing is not a major surprise, as they have shown they are prone to slip-ups at unexpected times.

However, the majority of those slip-ups are away from the Emirates. The team from north London are usually strong on home soil. In fact, Unai Emery’s team had won their previous eight home games in all competitions.

A poor defensive display

It must be said that Palace produced a good display and deserve credit for their victory. It’s tough to win at the Emirates and the Eagles produced an impressive display against Emery’s team.

Defensive improvement encouraging for Arsenal 0

Posted on April 21, 2019 by David Nugent

According to most observers of Arsenal in recent seasons, defensive frailties have been at the heart of the Gunners failure to qualify for the Champions League. The claim has also rung true at times for Unai Emery’s team this season, especially on their travels.

There is no doubt that the team from north London need defensive reinforcements in the summer. However, the fact team have shown defensive improvement of late is encouraging.

A good recent defensive record

The Gunners recent record of conceding just once in seven games in all competitions is an impressive record for any team. For a team notoriously fragile in defence, it is even more credible.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace Premier League Preview 0

Posted on April 20, 2019 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners look to attempt to consolidate their position in the Premier League’s top four this season.

Arsenal heads into the game on the back of a 1-0 win at Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final second leg that saw the north London side make it through to the last four of the competition.

The win means that Unai Emery’s team has now won six of their last seven matches in all competitions. The fact that the Gunners have conceded just once in seven games has also played a big part in the recent improvement in results.

Arsenal win over Watford a relief for Gunners fans 0

Posted on April 16, 2019 by David Nugent

On Monday night, Arsenal overcame ten-man Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road courtesy of a goal from star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gunners cause was helped by the fact that Hornets captain Troy Deeney received a red card early on.

The victory saw Unai Emery’s team moved back up to fourth spot, in what is fast becoming an extremely tight race for the lucrative Champions League places. There are now just three points between third place Tottenham and Manchester United in sixth. There is little to choose between Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the top four race.

Watford v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on April 14, 2019 by David Nugent

On Monday night, Arsenal travels to Vicarage Road to face Watford, in a Premier League game that could prove crucial to the Gunners chances of a top-four finish this season.

Watford are currently tenth place in the Premier League table. However, they have two games in hand on some of their rivals for seventh spot. A victory would move the Hornets up to seventh place.

The home side’s recent Premier League form has been inconsistent. In fact, Javi Garcia’s team has won two and lost three of their last five league outings. However, those three defeats were at Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Reported Gunners target rejects new contract at PSG 0

Posted on April 11, 2019 by David Nugent

Reported Arsenal target PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku has turned down a contract extension in the French capital, according to the Daily Mirror.

The highly-rated central midfielder has been linked with a move to the north London club since the summer arrival of Unai Emery as Gunners boss. The Spanish coach gave the youngster his big chance in the PSG team when the pair were together in Paris.

Nkunku’s contract with PSG expires in 2020 and if he refuses to sign a new deal with the Parisian club, he will move on elsewhere this summer. The midfielder is reportedly unhappy with his playing time at PSG under German boss Thomas Tuchel.

Arsenal’s terrible away form continues at Everton 0

Posted on April 08, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s terrible away form in the Premier League continued on Sunday, as the Gunners went down to a 1-0 defeat at Everton’s Goodison Park. In truth, Unai Emery’s side were fortunate not to suffer a heavy defeat, as the home side were simply better all over the pitch.

Arsenal easily beat at Goodison Park

The home side seemed to simply have more determination and desire to win. When they had the ball, they made better use of it too. Only a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal prevented a bigger victory for Marco Silva’s team.

Everton v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on April 06, 2019 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal travels to Merseyside to face Everton at Goodison Park, in what could be a crucial match in the Gunners pursuit of a top-four spot this season.

Everton looked to have found a touch of form heading into this clash. The Toffees have recorded back-to-back 2-0 wins over Chelsea and West Ham, producing a particularly impressive display at the London Stadium.

A crucial factor in the Merseysider’s recent return to form has been a big defensive improvement, as Marco Silva’s team has now kept clean sheets in four of their last five league outings. At the other end of the pitch, they have also scored at least twice in four of their last five league matches.

Arsenal closer to Champions League qualification after win over Newcastle 0

Posted on April 02, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal took another step closer to qualifying for the Champions League on Monday night by recording a 2-0 home win over a resilient, but limited Newcastle team at the Emirates Stadium.

Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring on the half-hour mark. However, it took the Gunners until the 83rd minute to seal the victory, as Alexandre Lacazette lobbed home to double their lead.

The team from north London could have recorded a bigger victory but for the performance of Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who pulled off a number of saves to keep the score respectable for the visitors.

Emery needs to find replacements for Gunners ageing players 0

Posted on March 28, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal have enjoyed reasonable success in boss Unai Emery’s maiden campaign in north London. The Gunners are fourth place in the Premier League table, while in the last eight of the Europa League.

How successful Emery will be at the club likely depends on how he rebuilds the Gunners ageing squad of players.

Not a squad for the long-term

The current squad is not one that is for the long-term. The Gunners have too many players in their thirties, who are entering the twilight of their careers. Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sokratis, Stephen Lichtsteiner, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech are all in their 30’s.

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