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Manchester United are not unbeatable cup opponents for Arsenal 0

Posted on January 08, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal breezed into the FA Cup fourth round by defeating Blackpool 3-0. The Gunners reward is a home tie against resurgent Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. The draw could have been kinder to Arsenal, but at least the tie is on home soil.

A big test of Emery’s Arsenal

There are those who argue that Arsenal are moving in the right direction under Spanish head coach Unai Emery. The Gunners are regarded as a slightly tougher team under Emery, although that may just be down to the presence of the combative Lucas Torreira in the centre of midfield.

Gunners eying a big money move for Bayern star 0

Posted on January 07, 2019 by David Nugent

According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Arsenal are pondering a big money bid for Bayern Munich playmaker James Rodriguez. The Colombian is currently on-loan at the Bavarian club from Real Madrid.

The German giants have an option to purchase the player on a permanent deal. However, Bayern look unlikely to decide to exercise their right to extend the playmaker’s stay in Bavaria beyond the summer.

The 27-year-old has endured a mixed spell with the German giants. Reportedly, the player wished to open talks with Bayern about his long-term future.

Suarez would be a shrewd signing for Arsenal 0

Posted on January 06, 2019 by David Nugent

As one of my colleagues wrote earlier, Arsenal are reportedly close to completing the £14million signing of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez. The Spaniard has struggled for first-team minutes in the Catalan capital.

No shame in failing to make it at Barcelona

Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs to world football, both in profile and their success on the pitch. Along with Spanish rivals Real Madrid, they are a step ahead of the big clubs in other countries.

As such, they tend to sign whatever player want. A case in point was the Catalan giants signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, despite the Reds resisting their overtures for a short while.

Arsenal close to signing Denis Suarez 0

Posted on January 06, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are very close to agreeing a deal to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.

Suarez will have some experience of living and playing in England as his first professional contract was with Manchester City back in 2011. However, he only appeared twice for the current Premier League title holders, once in the FA Cup and the League Cup each, before moving to Barcelona in 2013. There, he initially played for their “B” side and made 36 appearances and scored seven goals. In the deal which saw Ivan Rakitić join the Catalan giants in 2014, Suarez was sent on a two-year loan to Sevilla, where he worked with current Arsenal boss Unai Emery and won the Europa League with him.

Winning the FA Cup would be a good start for Unai Emery 0

Posted on January 05, 2019 by David Nugent

During the latter stages of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, winning the FA Cup seemed to be the thing keeping the Frenchman in a job, as Wenger won the competition on seven occasions. However, it was not enough for some Gunners fans, as they wanted to win the league.

Wenger’s successor Emery comes into the club with very different objectives. A top-four finish in the Premier League is obviously the Gunners main objective this season. However, winning the FA Cup would be a good start for the Spaniard at the north London club. Arsenal kick-off their quest to win the grand old trophy later today at Blackpool.

Gunners look to strengthen in defence in January window 0

Posted on January 03, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has identified Torino centre-back Nicolas Nkoulou as a possible transfer target for the January transfer window.

The Gunners have suffered from defensive problems for a good while now. Their attempts to solve the problem last summer saw Sokratis and Stephen Lichtsteiner arrive in north London. However, in truth, neither player was a massive leap in quality to the players already in situ at the club. Emery’s side has conceded 31 times this season, which for a team chasing a top-four spot is a massive amount of goals.

Is Alexandre Lacazette undervalued at Arsenal? 0

Posted on January 02, 2019 by David Nugent

I have to say one of my favourite Arsenal players is French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The former Lyon striker is not the most clinical, but he always causes opposition defences problems.

Lacazette scored his seventh Premier League goal of the season in the New Year’s Day 4-1 defeat of Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.

Gunners boss Unai Emery decided to substitute the striker in the second half, a decision greeted with boos by the Arsenal faithful. The Spanish boss may have just been giving the striker a rest, but it was not a popular decision from Emery.

Emery explains the Lacazette substitution 0

Posted on January 02, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal sprang back from the horrors of Anfield by thrashing Premier League underdogs Fulham by 4-1. Sometimes, a game against one of the weakest teams in the league is just what you need to regain some confidence after being taken to the cleaner’s by the league’s best.

Alexandre Lacazette had a fantastic game. His recognizable movement and work-rate was of great value to the team, and after Granit Xhaka opened the scoring in the 25th minute, he crowned his performance by finishing off a fluid move to double the lead ten minutes into the second half.

Fulham look like ideal opponents for the Gunners 0

Posted on January 01, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal have experienced an inconsistent few weeks in the Premier League. In fact, it has been the poorest period of Unai Emery’s short time in charge of the Gunners.

Defeats against Southampton and Liverpool have exposed the Gunners glaring weaknesses, particularly at the back. However, a visit of struggling Fulham to the Emirates later today should offer Arsenal the perfect chance to get back to winning ways.

A woeful away record

Fulham are currently second from bottom in the Premier League table. One factor that has not helped the Cottagers this season has been their woeful away performances.

Emery fined for bottle kicking 0

Posted on December 31, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been fined by the FA for kicking a bottle at a Brighton fan during the Boxing Day 1-1 draw between the Seagulls and the Gunners at the Amex Stadium.

The boss was charged by the Association two days after the incident. He walked to the bottle which was lying on the ground and kicked it fiercely in apparent frustration. Seeing the missile fly over the commercial boards and hit the man in the stands, he immediately ran up to offer his apologies, which he repeated later in a press conference.



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