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Gunners stunned by Toffees at Goodison Park 1

Posted on December 13, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal missed the chance to move back to the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday night, as the Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat at Everton.

Arsenal had the first real effort on goal on seven minutes. Nacho Monreal found an off-balance Mesut Ozil, who put an effort over the bar. Arsenal took the lead with the next shot on goal on 20 minutes.

Ashley Williams gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area and the resulting free-kick from Alexis Sanchez hit the Welsh international before beating Maarten Stekelenburg in the Toffees goal. On 28 minutes Enner Valencia headed an effort well over Petr Cech’s bar from a corner kick.

Kieran Gibbs set for England start against Slovenia 0

Posted on November 15, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs is set to start today’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley, in the absence of Everton full-back Leighton Baines, who has been ruled out for up to two weeks with a hamstring injury.


Gibbs will now start the Slovenia game and could also start the friendly game against Scotland on Tuesday night. This double header of games will give Gibbs the chance to stake a claim for a regular starting spot in the team.

Can Kieran Gibbs play his way into the England squad this season? 1

Posted on August 01, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs was given the No.3 shirt this summer by manager Arsene Wenger, and is the club’s first-choice left-back for 2014/15.

He made his England return in a friendly against Germany back in November last year, but missed out on a World Cup call-up due to Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines being ahead of him in the pecking order.

But there’s reason to believe England manager Roy Hodgson could look at the more defensively sound Gibbs as an option in his defence. Baines had a woeful World Cup this summer, and Luke Shaw offers little defensively too, which could give Gibbs the edge.

Could Arsenal stars hold the key to England’s future? 0

Posted on June 20, 2014 by David Nugent

England suffered a 2-1 defeated against Uruguay in their second group game of the World Cup, which leaves them on the verge of exiting the competition at the group stage for the first time since 1958.

With changes likely to be made in the England squad after the World Cup could Arsenal hold the key to better performances for England?


The two Arsenal players that are in the Three Lions squad have been highly unlucky with injuries. Midfielder Jack Wilshere has long been regarded as a future England star, but injuries again curtailed his development towards the end of last season.

How many Arsenal players should be in the England World Cup squad? 0

Posted on March 06, 2014 by David Nugent

Two Arsenal players appeared in England’s 1-0 friendly win over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night. In truth it was an underwhelming display by the Three Lions and the game was only won by a superb piece of individual skill from Southampton substitute Adam Lallana, who set up Daniel Sturridge for the only goal of the game.


The two Gunners players on display for England were midfield pair Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Neither did their cause for a place in the Three Lions World Cup much good.

Arsenal vs. Everton: Premier League preview 1

Posted on December 07, 2013 by David Nugent

Arsenal will put their good form to the test as they host in-form Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Gunners lead at the top of the Premier League could be cut to just one point, depending on results elsewhere, so a victory against the Merseysider’s is vital.

The home side claimed a 2-0 victory over Hull on Wednesday night at the Emirates through goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Mesut Ozil and looked very comfortable. The victory kept the Gunners four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Gibbs given World Cup lifeline 0

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Nemanja Lazarevic

England boss Roy Hodgson has suggested that Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole does not have a guaranteed spot on the plane to Brazil, thus hinting that Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs still has a chance to make England’s World Cup squad.

Ashley Cole has been dropped by Jose Mourinho for the Premiership clash against West Brom after Cesar Azpilicueta had impressed at left-back in the 3-0 triumph over Schalke.

The experienced defender has then received some more bad news, with Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson revealing that his place in the World Cup squad is in danger.

Kieran Gibbs feared for his career 0

Posted on November 02, 2013 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Revived Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has revealed that he feared his career would be over after breaking a metatarsal back in November 2009.

The talented footballer has been battling various problems over the last few years, but he is finally enjoying an injury-free season.

However, he still remembers the telephone call he received from the doctor after breaking his metatarsal in the Champions League clash against Standard Liege.

“There was one point when I had a scan (on the metatarsal) and I was just waiting for the doctor to say it was all clear,” Gibbs said. “He rang me and said, ‘Look we are having a bit of trouble, mate’. I just thought, ‘Oh God, what is he going to say?

Gibbs hopes for injury-free season 1

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs is hoping injuries will pass him by this term after having to endure a real nightmare since breaking into the Gunners first team set-up.

The 23-year-old has been unable to realize his full potential due to various problems over the last few years, but he has finally managed to get a longer run in the side since recovering from the latest thigh injury.

For the first time after quite a while, Gibbs has started a new season injury-free and has featured in every one of Arsenal’s first five Premier League fixtures. The talented defender has revealed reasons behind his improved fitness.

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