- Written by Praveen
- Sunday, 14 December 2014 15:58
Arsenal are into the transfer market to sign a defensive midfielder in January given Mikel Arteta’s injury concerns and Mathieu Flamini’s inconsistency. Abou Diaby only further reiterates why signing a defensive midfielder is a must.
The Brazilian international made his breakthrough in 2012, when Spartak Moscow lured the holding midfielder away from Vasco da Gama. He has since evolved into an ironman at the Russian club thanks to his natural physical qualities.
- Written by Praveen
- Sunday, 14 December 2014 13:05
Arsene Wenger has been forced to play Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal out of their natural positions thanks to injuries to Laurent Koscielny. With a view of making up for the depleted squad at the heart of the Gunners’ defense, Arsene Wenger is now eyeing up a move for Schalke’s Benedikt Howedes.
The German international is exactly the type of player, whom the Gunners managers would hanker for given his height and versatility. His contract runs till the end of 2016/17 campaign and at £15 million, the Schalke captain comes off as a bargain. Besides, the Schalke defender’s age proves that he could be the Gunners’ anchor at defense for the seasons to come.
- Written by Paul Moore
- Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:29
Arsene Wenger could be accused of not getting the balance or approach to some games quite right this season and it has cost points. He has persisted with the same approach and formation, as well as personal, injuries permitting, even though the opposition have many different approaches. Players like Jack Wilshere for example and Santi Cazorla have been played out of position to accommodate them at times with the balance being adversely affected. Yesterday’s game versus Newcastle required a change in formation largely due to injuries to key players but the effect was positive and effective.
Perhaps the Stoke game has shaken the team up a bit but they all played well and their finishing was good which is key but the formation helped as it played to the team’s current strengths. The best team available to him was played as close to their best positions as possible. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a very versatile player who played centrally against Galatasaray and on the flank today. In both roles he is equally effective with his drive and work rate.
- Written by George Georgiou
- Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:23
Two good wins in a week sort of puts us back on track. But let’s not get carried away.
Galatasaray showed why they finished bottom of the group and Newcastle lacked any sort of threat in the final third.
Unlike previous games this season, a bright start was rewarded with an early goal. If there’s a criticism, we didn’t finish the game off and could have been made to pay if it weren’t for Szczesny’s double save.
That said, there was good tempo going forward – Alexis, Giroud and Welbeck look really good together and the increasingly influential Ox means Walcott may struggle to nail down a regular starting berth when he returns (just ask crowd favourite Podolski).
- Written by Andy Preston
- Saturday, 13 December 2014 19:57
Looking to rectify yet another defeat away at Stoke, Arsenal looked full of energy and ambition as they comfortably beat an in form Newcastle side 4-1, who are currently the only team to beat leaders Chelsea this season in all competitions.
The first half started brightly with Arsenal dominating the play, having 78% possession 20 minutes of the game. The deadlock was broken 15 minutes in to the game, Giroud scoring past Alnwick with a powerful header following some good build up play and delightful cross from Alexis Sanchez.
Welbeck then thought he had doubled the Gunners lead, however the ref disallowed the goal for an alleged foul which looked very soft on the replay. Both sides had strong penalty appeals as Olivier Giroud was tripped inside the box and a Newcastle cross was blocked by the hand of Danny Welbeck, but neither were given.
- Written by George White
- Friday, 12 December 2014 18:20
It is safe to say Arsenal supporters went a bit crazy early this morning when quotes from manager Arsene Wenger were released.
The Gunners boss had his usual press conference earlier today and was asked about whether he would look to buy next month when the transfer window opens.
Wenger’s response suggested he wouldn’t sign anybody if everybody in his team was fit.
- Written by George White
- Friday, 12 December 2014 11:38
Arsenal have joined the race for Juventus superstar Paul Pogba, as Arsene Wenger seeks to strength the squad he has at the Emirates with injuries wrecking havoc with their season.
The Gunners boss has had to content with a number of injuries this campaign and means they find themselves 13 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
They are also four points off West Ham United, who occupy fourth place, and therefore a move for the former Manchester United youngster makes sense.