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Gunners will struggle for centre-backs for visit to Saints 0

Posted on December 10, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal may have extended their unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions against Huddersfield on Saturday, but there was also a downside to the win, as both Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi picked up suspensions.

Add the pair to Rob Holding sidelined through injury and the Gunners are left with very few central defensive options.

Who are the Gunners central defensive options?

The return to the squad and fitness of French centre-back Laurent Koscielny could not have come a better time. Gunners boss Unai Emery has allowed the veteran defender time to recover from a long-term injury.

Koscielny ridicule is just that – ridiculous 0

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Football fans are fickle, aren’t they? The answer is yes, in case you were wondering. That statement can also be narrowed down specifically to Arsenal fans, although they aren’t the ones who are in the wrong today (for the most part). Instead, we want to talk about how casual football supporters just seem to think that the most basic of logic can apply to any given situation – because that kind of annoys us, if we’re being honest.

Emery speaks ahead of Bournemouth clash 0

Posted on November 23, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

As Arsenal prepare to take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, manager Unai Emery spoke to the press.

It’s not always easy, for any team, to pick up where they had left off after an international break. Arsenal were on a very good run – 16 matches in all competitions without a defeat but the manager pointed out there’s another side to that streak; the last three games were draws.

Arsenal v Leicester Premier League Preview 0

Posted on October 19, 2018 by David Nugent

On Monday night, Arsenal host Leicester at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, as the Gunners look for their tenth straight win in all competitions.

The team from north London have been in fine form since suffering defeats in their opening top-flight games against Manchester City and Chelsea. Unai Emery’s team have now won their last six top-flight games, scoring at least two goals in each victory.

Last time out the team from north London hammered Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage, producing a fantastic attacking display.

Laurent Koscielny retires from international duty 0

Posted on October 15, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has called time on his international career with France after Les Bleus World Cup triumph ‘did the defender a lot of psychological damage’. The defender also criticised French boss Didier Deschamps.

Confirmation of retirement on French TV

Talking to French TV station Canal+ Koscielny said:  “I think that I have given everything I can for France, I am 33, I have done two Euros, one World Cup,”

“France has a great generation of great players now. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished.

Update on injuries 0

Posted on September 25, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal currently have seven players on their injured list, and they’ve provided an update on their recovery progress via the official website. The season has entered it’s part when the schedule is jam-packed, and having as many players available as possible will be of vital importance for manager Unai Emery.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan injured his right ankle in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League opener last Thursday. Having missed the Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday, he is currently being assessed ahead of the Carabao Cup game against Championship side Brentford on Wednesday.

Laurent Koscielny was thinking about summer exit 0

Posted on September 04, 2018 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny’s agent Stephane Courbis, the France international was considering leaving the club in the summer prior to rupturing his Achilles in the semi-finals of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid.

Could have exited in the summer

Talking to France Football (quoted by the Daily Star), Courbis said: “When he banged the floor with his hand, I immediately knew that it was serious, that it was over.

“Everything at that moment went through my mind, including the worst, which was validated when it emerged that it was an Achilles rupture and that he would miss the World Cup.

Koscielny out for at least six months 1

Posted on May 08, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Laurent Koscielny will be out of action for a minimum of six months following surgery on a torn Achilles tendon, according to ESPN.

The Arsenal centre-back was forced off the pitch by the injury in the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat away to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final. The set-back was a huge blow not only for the player, but for the team as well as the rest of the defence (Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi and substitute Calum Chambers) visibly struggled against Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann.

Arsenal defeated in Madrid to exit Europa League 1

Posted on May 03, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Thursday night in the Europa League semi-final second leg, to exit the competition 2-1 on aggregate.

Atletico Madrid had the first effort on goal on six minutes. Diego Costa outmuscled Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal before firing hide and wide of goal.

The Gunners suffered a major injury blow on eight minutes, as Koscielny suffered a potentially serious Achilles injury. The Frenchman was down for three minutes before Calum Chambers replaced the centre-back.

Arsenal record comfortable win over Palace 1

Posted on January 20, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates, after four goals in the first 22 minutes of the game.

Arsenal made a quick start to the game, as Alex Iwobi’s shot from the edge of the area was straight at Wayne Hennessey on six minutes. From the resulting corner kick, the Gunners took the lead. Granit Xhaka’s corner kick found Nacho Monreal at the far post and the defender headed home from close range.

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