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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.

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.

The trip to Southampton could prove tricky for the Gunners 0

Posted on December 16, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal face a trip to struggling Southampton later today and it is a game on paper that the Gunners should comfortably win. The home sides form and confidence are currently very poor, but there are some issues that suggest this could be a banana skin of a match.

The new boss bounce

One of those issues is the prospect of the Saints prospects improving because of the appointment of new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Austrian has had just one game in charge of the team from the south coast, a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff.

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.

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.

Arsenal v Manchester City Premier League Preview 0

Posted on August 12, 2018 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal begins a new era, as new boss Unai Emery takes charge of his first competitive game as Gunners boss. The Spaniard could not have asked for a tougher challenge for his first game, as Manchester City visit the Emirates Stadium.

There is a new positive atmosphere at the north London club. The signings of Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have improved the Gunners squad.

The Gunners finished sixth-place last season in the Premier League, having endured an inconsistent league campaign. Their final six games of the last season’s campaign summed-up their season, as they won three and lost three of their final six games.

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.

Sokratis set for Arsenal announcement 0

Posted on July 02, 2018 by Harry Kettle

After weeks upon weeks of speculation, Arsenal are finally set to announce the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos according to multiple reports. The 30-year-old Greek defender has enjoyed a five-year tenure with Borussia Dortmund, but now, it seems as if he’s finally ready to test himself within the realms of English football. As a centre-back who will be competing for the Gunners, you could easily argue that he couldn’t have picked a more high-pressure place to start.



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