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Sokratis wants to see the squad stay together 0

Posted on November 21, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is certainly confident that the club can turn things around over the course of the next few months, and while some fans may not believe in that quite as strongly, you have to admire his tenacity.

“It is a season that has a difficult moment, but we have still a lot of time and we need to improve, we need to play better and of course we have the time to do it. We also have the quality to do it,” Sokratis told Arsenal Player.

Sokratis opens up on Watford mistake 0

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal defender Sokratis was having a fairly decent game against Watford at the weekend, and then, in the blink of an eye, one mistake changed all of that. Sokratis allowed the Hornets to make their way back into the game and while some fans are understandably upset, the man himself was more than happy to own up to the error – as confirmed by

on the game…
I think that I cost the game for the team. It was my mistake for something simple that I don’t have to do. I think this was the problem why we lose the three points.

Wolves v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on April 23, 2019 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal travels to Molineux to face Wolves, as the Gunners look to enhance to their chances of securing a Champions League spot for next season.

Wolves have hit a slight slump in form of late in the Premier League. The side from the Midlands are currently tenth-place in the table after just one win in their last five league games. Last time out, struggling Brighton held Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to a goalless draw.

The side from the Midlands have been involved in a lot of low-scoring games of late in the top-flight, with seven of their last nine league games producing under 2.5 goals.

Watford v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on April 14, 2019 by David Nugent

On Monday night, Arsenal travels to Vicarage Road to face Watford, in a Premier League game that could prove crucial to the Gunners chances of a top-four finish this season.

Watford are currently tenth place in the Premier League table. However, they have two games in hand on some of their rivals for seventh spot. A victory would move the Hornets up to seventh place.

The home side’s recent Premier League form has been inconsistent. In fact, Javi Garcia’s team has won two and lost three of their last five league outings. However, those three defeats were at Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Arsenal looking to offload attacking midfielder 0

Posted on March 27, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are looking to offload Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer in order to lower the wage bill.

The 30-year-old is one of the biggest earners at the club, earning a reported £180,000 per week at the north London club. The Mirror report claims that Arsenal boss Unai Emery believes his wages can be utilised on signing players for a different of the team.

Arsenal set to offload a number of players this summer

As we all know, boss Unai Emery has not exactly been handed a massive transfer kitty since his arrival in north London. One of the theories behind the club’s caution is the clubs massive wage bill.

Draw at Tottenham may turn out to be a good result 0

Posted on March 03, 2019 by David Nugent

As we all know, Arsenal drew 1-1 with north London rivals Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime in an eventful clash.

For all the disappointment at not winning the game due to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last gasp penalty miss and referee Anthony Taylor’s often poor decisions, a draw against Tottenham may not turn out to be the worse result in the world for Arsenal.

Not a great performance

In truth, Arsenal did not produce a great display at the national stadium. In fact, if Tottenham had not been so flat and produced a better performance the Gunners may have suffered a familiar result at Wembley.

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.

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.

Did Arsenal’s heavy defeat at Liverpool really surprise anybody? 0

Posted on December 30, 2018 by David Nugent

When I read back my article for yesterday, I felt like I was maybe bigging Liverpool up slightly too much. However, I published it anyway, as it seemed to be the right thing to do at the time.

It turns out after the Merseysiders hammered the Gunners 5-1 that my opinion of Liverpool’s attack was rather understated. Jurgen Klopp’s team produced a devastating attacking display helped by a terrible defensive display to record a comfortable victory.

Major defensive concerns

I understand that the Gunners have some injury concerns and Liverpool are explosive going forward. However, their defensive display at Anfield was nothing short of embarrassing.

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