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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.

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.



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