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Arsenal’s Champions League draw could go either way 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by David Nugent

The draw for the group stages of the Champions League will take place at 5PM today. The Gunners will be expected to make it out of their group whatever happens, as they have done for the last 16 years.

In truth, the Gunners draw could be difficult or it could be comfortable. How the side from north London do in the competition will be determined by their draw.

A comfortable draw last season

Talking about comfortable draws, last season looked to be a comfortable draw for the Gunners, as they were drawn alongside the likes of Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb, with Bayern Munich inevitable group winners of course.

Aston Villa v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 12, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal travels to rock-bottom Aston Villa in the early Premier League kick-off on Sunday hoping to maintain touch with the leading pack at the top.

Villa find themselves bottom of the Premier League after winning just one of their top-flight games this season. The Villans only league win came on the opening game of the season at top-flight new boys Bournemouth.  Villa’s current 14-game run without a win is the longest in the history of the club.

Last time out Villa did end a run of defeats with a very creditable 1-1 draw at Southampton, which they will hope will lift spirits at the beleaguered Midlands outfit.

Much maligned Olivier Giroud deserves immense credit 1

Posted on December 10, 2015 by David Nugent

In the past the lack of a so-called world class striker has been regarded as the reason why the Gunners have not won the Premier League title. Every time that is said French striker Olivier Giroud must die inside a bit!

On Wednesday night though the former-Montpellier striker was the hero as he grabbed a hat-trick in the Gunners 3-0 defeat of Olympiakos, which saw Arsene Wenger’s side through to the knockout stages of the Champions League against all odds.

Proving his worth

Arsenal rescue Champions League campaign in Greece 0

Posted on December 09, 2015 by David Nugent

Olivier Giroud rescued Arsenal’s Champions League campaign, as the French striker grabbed a hat-trick to help the Gunners claimed an impressive 3-0 win at Olympiakos. The win was enough to secure Arsenal’s place in the knockout stages of Europe’s elite competition.

The home side had the first attempt on goal, as midfielder Felipe Pardo missing the target. The Greek side had a penalty appeal turned down on nine minutes, as Kostas Fortounis went down under a challenge from Theo Walcott.

Why a lucky Champions League qualification will still serve as a false dawn 0

Posted on December 09, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal could book their place in the knockouts of the Champions League from the jaws of elimination if they can earn a two-goal margin victory against Olympiakos tonight, but any joy will soon turn to despair given the sides they are likely to be drawn against in the next round. With only second-place available with one game to play, Arsenal could be faced with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid among others.

Arsenal 21/20 to win tonight’s Champions League clash against Olympiakos 0

Posted on December 09, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to the Karaiskakis Stadium to face Olympiakos in the Champions League this evening, and are desperate to pick up all three points to qualify for the knockouts. The Gunners have struggled in Europe this season, losing three of their five group games, and now need to beat Olympiakos by a two-goal margin to ensure of their place in the next round.

Manager Arsene Wenger has a host of first-team players ruled out through injury, but can’t have any excuses as the Londoners should have sealed qualification long before the final game. They could struggle this evening too as Olympiakos boast a 100% record in their domestic league, while Bayern Munich are the only side to have beaten them.

Arsenal’s poor away form in the Champions League could see them coming unstuck on Wednesday 0

Posted on December 08, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to face Olympiacos in the Champions League this week, and need a win to ensure of their place in the knockouts. The Gunners’ are yet to win on the road in Europe this season, and such woes away from home could see them coming unstuck at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Arsene Wenger’s men have endured a disappointing Champions League campaign, and their consistently poor away form continues to hold them back.

Arsenal’s last 10 Champions League games (excluding qualifiers)

Could Calum Chambers partner Aaron Ramsey at the heart of the midfield for Champions League clash? 0

Posted on December 08, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Reports are suggesting Calum Chambers could be in line to feature in central midfield alongside Aaron Ramsey for Wednesday night’s Champions League outing against Olympiakos. The Gunners travel to the Karaiskakis Stadium for their final group game of the competition and need all three points to book their place in the next round.

Chambers is said to have been training in the deep-lying midfield role to start this week ahead of Mathieu Flamini. Manager Arsene Wenger considers Chambers as a promising talent, and feels he offers more in an offensive sense than Flamini would, while being a better reader of the game to intercept passes and be more creative on the ball.

Olympiakos v Arsenal Champions League Preview 0

Posted on December 08, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal faces a crucial clash in their last Champions League group game against Olympiakos. The Gunners travel to Greece knowing that only a win by a two-goal margin or a 3-2 victory will be enough to see them through.

Arsene Wenger’s side have enjoyed an inconstant run of late in all competitions. Last time out in this competition the side from north London defeated Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The victory inspired by star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez kept alive the Gunners hopes of progress to the last 16. Wenger’s side will be without Sanchez through this clash though, but that did not stop them picking-up a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the weekend in the Premier League.

Could Theo Walcott start against Olympiakos on Wednesday? 0

Posted on December 07, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have a must-win clash to come in the Champions League against Olympiakos, and are sure to start with an attacking lineup as they need a two-goal margin to ensure of their place in the next round. The Gunners lost 3-2 to the Greek outfit in the reverse fixture back in September, and therefore need to better the result to go through on a better head-to-head record.

Theo Walcott is recently returning, but was given a 30-minute run out specifically to get him in better shape for their midweek outing, with manager Arsene Wenger considering starting him in attack with Olivier Giroud and Joel Campbell. Arsenal need a fast start in Greece as they don’t want to leave themselves with too much work to do by playing too patiently.

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