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Emery must get backing to sign a centre-back this summer 0

Posted on February 05, 2019 by David Nugent

For too long now, Arsenal have had a clear defensive weakness at centre-back. Former boss Arsene Wenger failed to fix it and current boss Unai Emery has been unable to fix the problem so far. However, to be fair to the Spaniard his reign in north London is in its infancy and he has not had much backing in the transfer market or time to sort the problem.

Centre-backs are not good enough

The simple fact is Arsenal’s centre-backs are not good enough. Experienced French centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been the Gunners best centre-back for a long time. However, injuries and the fact that he is the wrong side of 30 mean he will need replacing in the near future.

Props to Laurent 0

Posted on February 04, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal fell to a 3-1 loss against Manchester City at the weekend, and let’s be honest with ourselves, it’s a result we all saw coming. City are on the path towards potential superstardom this season once again, as they continue to chase down Liverpool who are leading the way in the Premier League. The Gunners, on the other hand, are quite clearly going to face quite the battle in order to qualify for the Champions League – via the top four, at least.

The Koscielny query 0

Posted on February 01, 2019 by Harry Kettle

The bruising and soft tissue swelling to face and jaw of Laurent Koscielny was initially pretty worrying at the time of the injury, given that it looked like we could have a much more serious problem on our hands. Thankfully he has now returned to full fitness, and it seems like only a matter of time until he forces his way back into the first team. As the club captain that makes sense, although fans are still divided on whether or not they actually want to see him on a regular basis.

Sokratis out for a month 0

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Sokratis Papastathopoulos went off injured after only 20 minutes in Arsenal’s FA Cup 1-3 defeat to Manchester United on Friday following an aerial battle with Jesse Lingard. The misfortune was later severely compounded when Romelu Lukaku, apparently unintentionally, hit Laurent Koscielny on the jaw with his foot and forced the captain off as well. With Shkodran Mustafi already on for Sokratis, manager Unai Emery was forced to deploy midfielder Granit Xhaka at the heart of defence again.

Arsenal v Cardiff Premier League Preview 0

Posted on January 28, 2019 by David Nugent

On Tuesday night, Arsenal will look to continue their quest for a top-four position in the Premier League when the Gunners host struggling Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal heads into this clash on the back of a 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Gunners will be hoping for better fortunes on their return to the Premier League.

The Gunners have been inconsistent of late in the Premier League, winning three of their last matches in the top-flight. However, a 2-0 win over Chelsea in their last league game means that the team from north London could move into the top four of the table with a victory in this clash.

Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities ruthlessly exposed by United 0

Posted on January 26, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Friday was always going to be difficult. It turned out too difficult for the Gunners, who suffered a 3-1 defeat to exit the competition. In truth, United exposed Arsenal defensive vulnerabilities with some superb counter-attacking football.

Deadly on the counter-attack

In reality, Manchester United underperformed this season prior to the hiring of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as temporary boss. Former boss Jose Mourinho’s cautious tactics stifled the immense attacking talent at the Manchester club.

West Ham v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on January 11, 2019 by David Nugent

In Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, Arsenal travels to the London Stadium to face West Ham, as the Gunners look to move into the top four of the table.

The home side has enjoyed a topsy-turvy first season under veteran boss Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers are currently tenth in the table in the group of teams all battling to be the best of the rest below the top six.

The Irons have not been in great form of late, as they have won just once in their last four outings, suffering two defeats in the process. Last time out in the Premier League, Brighton held the Hammers to a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.

Should Arsenal be making any purchases in the January sales? 0

Posted on January 10, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal seem to be moving in a more positive direction under Spanish Unai Emery. The atmosphere has certainly changed since the summer exit of veteran boss Arsene Wenger.

Summer signings have enjoyed mixed results

The positive changes have been down to Emery adding fresh ideas, as it certainly is not down to the clubs summer signings. It would be fair to say that the summer signings have produced mixed results.

Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira looks to be a bargain, while young French midfielder Mateo Guendouzi is showing promise. However, the jury is still very still out on centre-back Sokratis and goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Arsenal v Fulham Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 31, 2018 by David Nugent

On Tuesday afternoon, Arsenal host Fulham at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

The Gunners have been inconsistent of late in the Premier League. In fact, Unai Emery’s side has won just one of their last four league games. Last time out in the top-flight, the home side suffered a 5-1 mauling at Liverpool.

The defeat at Anfield means that the side from north London has kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League outings. Both teams have also scored in 12 of their previous 13 league matches.

Liverpool v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 28, 2018 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening, Arsenal face a tough trip to Merseyside to face Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in their 19 Premier League games this season. The Merseysiders good run of form has seen Jurgen Klopp’s side go six points clear of second place Tottenham at the top of the table.

Last time out Liverpool recorded a 4-0 home win over Newcastle. The game against the Magpies saw the Reds score at least two goals for the fifth consecutive league. It also means that Liverpool have kept clean sheets in three of their last four league outings.



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