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Crystal Palace v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 27, 2017 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal travels to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, as the Gunners look to cut the gap on fourth place Liverpool.

The home side are unlikely to be easy opponents, as the Eagles are now undefeated in their last eight games in the top-flight. However, Roy Hodgson’s team have drawn five of those eight undefeated games.

The Eagles are by no means out of the relegation scrap, despite an improvement in fortunes of late. In fact, they are 16th in the top-flight table, just a point above Bournemouth who occupy the last relegation spot in the top-flight.

Arsenal players not fit to wear the shirt 0

Posted on April 11, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s abject performance in Monday night’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace confirmed something to Gunners fans. It confirmed the fact that a lot of the current squad are not fit to wear the shirt, as the chant goes.

Palace simply wanted it more and played on Arsenal’s weaknesses. However, their approach was obvious from the start. They were going to hit Christian Benteke at every possible opportunity.

This is not the beautiful game at its best, but it’s highly effective, especially against a team that looked scared of the Belgian striker. Palace were deserved winners against an Arsenal side that simply did not look good enough.

A bad day for Arsenal in the Champions League race 0

Posted on April 08, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal fell further behind their rivals for a Champions League spot on Saturday afternoon, as both third-place Liverpool and fourth-place Manchester City recorded victories. Sixth-place Manchester United face bottom club Sunderland on Sunday, so the Gunners could be sixth-place by the time they kick-off on Monday at Crystal Palace.

Pressure is on Arsenal

Arsenal’s continuous presence in the Champions League for the last two decades is in major danger of ending this season. The Gunners are now seven points behind City in the table, although the Gunners do have two games in hand on the men from Manchester.

Gunners shot down the Eagles at the Emirates Stadium 0

Posted on January 01, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, with Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi getting on the scoresheet.

The home side had the first chance of the game on eight minutes. Grant Xhaka found Nacho Monreal, who put in a cross across the face of the goal to Oliver Giroud, only for the striker to completely miss the ball with his attempt to connect with the ball. Mohamed Elneny then saw the rebound blocked.

Liverpool grabs a dramatic draw against Arsenal 1

Posted on January 13, 2016 by David Nugent

Liverpool scored a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 3-3 draw against Arsenal in a brilliantly entertaining encounter at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Liverpool took the lead on nine minutes with the first real attempt on goal of the game. Emre Can fired an effort towards goal that fell into the path of Roberto Firmino, who fired a low effort through the legs of Laurent Koscielny and past Petr Cech.

The Gunners equalised on 14 minutes. Joel Campbell produced a superb through ball to Aaron Ramsey in the area and Welshman fired low past Simon Mignolet at his near post.

Arsenal must be wary of Liverpool 0

Posted on August 24, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Liverpool tonight at the Emirates Stadium looking for another win to kick-start their Premier League title challenge.

In the Premier League era, Liverpool and Arsenal have been very equally matched, with the Reds claiming 16 wins over the Gunners, compared to Arsenal’s 15 and incredibly there also being 15 draws.

The side from north London have a slightly better record in the games on home soil, but they must still be wary of the Merseysider’s. The likes Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke definitely have the quality to hurt the Gunners at the back if not well marshalled.

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.


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.

Should Arsenal fear Christian Benteke this weekend? 0

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood claimed the Arsenal squad will have had “sleepless nights” thinking about how they will try and stop striker Christian Benteke in this weekend’s FA Cup final at Wembley, saying: “Christian is a real handful for anyone. He’s back to his best now, bullying defenders. They won’t want to play against him. I’m sure they’ll be having sleepless nights about him. He’s back to full fitness now.”

Arsenal to face Aston Villa in FA Cup final 0

Posted on April 20, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal will face Aston Villa at Wembley in May in the FA Cup final, after the Villans recorded a surprise 2-1 win over Liverpool in the second semi-final on Sunday.


Arsene Wenger’s team will be confident of recording their second consecutive FA Cup final victory over the side from the Midlands. On paper Liverpool looked like the tougher opposition for the final, but relegation-threatened Villa raised their game to defeat the Merseysider’s.

In a strange way maybe playing Brendan Rodgers side in the final would have been better for the Gunners mind set.

Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Premier League preview 0

Posted on September 19, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal faces a tricky trip to Aston Villa’s Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. The Villans have started their campaign in surprisingly good fashion, having collected ten points from a possible 12 in the Premier League. In fact it has been the Villans best start to a season in 16 years.

Villa has also kept three clean sheets in their three top-flight wins and one draw so far this season. The side from the Midlands had to shop in the bargain basement for signings this summer, but they have made a solid start to the campaign.

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