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Arsenal v Tottenham Carabao Cup Preview 0

Posted on December 18, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal host north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the last eight of the Carabao Cup.

The Gunners head into this clash on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Southampton that ended their 22-game unbeaten record in all competitions. This competition would not usually be high on the Arsenal priority list. However, the fact that the opponents are Tottenham gives this an extra edge.

Arsenal were defeated finalists in last year’s competition, as they were beaten 3-0 at Wembley by Manchester City. The Gunners will at least be looking to make it to the last four of the competition this season.

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.

Merson believes nothing has changed at Arsenal 0

Posted on October 31, 2018 by David Nugent

According to former Arsenal hero and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, nothing has changed defensively at Arsenal since the summer appointment of Spanish boss Unai Emery.

Nothing has changed defensively

Merson told Sky Sports: “It looks like an Arsene Wenger team defensively, and they have always been irresistible going forward on their day,”

“I think they will get turned over by a couple of smaller teams and I don’t see them beating the big ones.

“I don’t think they were good at the start of the season. They went on a great run, but defensively they will get found out. Nothing has really changed at the back.”

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.

Familiar defensive problems for Arsenal in Chelsea defeat 0

Posted on August 19, 2018 by David Nugent

It is early days for Arsenal’s new head coach Unai Emery. I am in the camp that the Spaniard needs time to turn things around in north London. The Gunners players had been complacent far too long under Arsene Wenger to suddenly turn in a world-beating team overnight.

One of the main problems the Gunners have is in defence. Saturday evenings 3-2 defeat at Chelsea showed the major job Emery has on his hands to turn the team’s fortunes around.

Will Arsenal sell Shkodran Mustafi this summer? 0

Posted on August 03, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are willing to sell German international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for a fee in the region of £22.3million. With the transfer window shutting in a week’s time, it seems like time is running out for a move elsewhere though.

An expensive mistake

It seems signing the German centre-back was an expensive mistake for the Gunners. Mustafi joined the north London club for a fee of around £35million from Valencia two summers ago.

The former Sampdoria and Everton defender was supposedly the answer to Arsenal’s centre-back conundrum. Unfortunately, Mustafi has struggled to live up to his billing of a top centre-back.

Wenger successor set to have a transfer budget of just £50million 3

Posted on April 24, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Telegraph, the next Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend next summer in the transfer market.

The Gunners spent heavily in January signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and before that on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The north London club hierarchy will be aware that the likes Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on big contracts.

However, they are also sold the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, which will have cut the wage bill dramatically.

Arsenal’s woeful away record continues at Newcastle 0

Posted on April 16, 2018 by David Nugent

The Arsenal players are often accused of lacking characters and bottling it in big games. The Gunners away performances, not only this season but at times last season as well, show that the players are simply not strong enough mentally to play for a club the size of Arsenal.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle means that the Gunners have lost their last five away games on their travels in the top-flight. In fact, the north London side has won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League.

Mustafi’s warning ahead of CSKA rematch 0

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Having won the first leg of their Europa League clash with CSKA by 4-1, Arsenal play the rematch in Moscow tonight. Shkodran Mustafi believes the team need to be careful, having learned from the experience of Barcelona two days earlier.

In the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against AS Roma, the Catalan giants beat Roma by the same result Arsenal beat CSKA. Nevertheless, with an underwhelming performance in the Italian capital the Blaugrana allowed their opponents to set the overall score level and go through on the away goal they scored. Mustafi stresses that the Gunners must learn from that and not allow themselves a similar mistake.

A few observations from Arsenal’s win over Southampton 0

Posted on April 08, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal beat Southampton 3-2 at the Emirates in their 32nd game of the Premier League season, courtesy of one goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a brace from Danny Welbeck to overrule goals from Shane Long and Charlie Austin for the Saints.

Welbeck and Iwobi

This duo can be fairly considered as a pair of squad players, the manager’s tools for when his preferred options are unavailable or need rest. With the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette fully fit and firing, they are hardly likely to get a look-in.



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