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Petit slams Wenger ‘mistake’ in Arsenal selection

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Arsene Wenger's selection has been at the centre of much talk since he decided to drop Arsenal's record signing Alexandre Lacazette from the starting line-up against Manchester City, and Emmanuel Petit has continued on that. The French defender also claims that it was a strange decision to field midfielder Francis Coquelin as a makeshift centre-back [.

Which Arsenal stars should go if they don’t fit our new formation?

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The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he will be looking to continue his side's progress in the new 3-4-2-1 system next season, after an impressive end to the campaign, The new system accommodates three centre-backs, two wing-backs, but only two advanced midfield players and one striker. This limits the amount of advanced players [.

We have many out-going Arsenal transfer rumours – Who should we keep?

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A whole host of Arsenal players are being linked with a move away from the club this summer, but which of those do we need to keep? Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are of course the most heavily linked with a switch, with the pair entering the final 12 months of their contracts. I'm pretty [...]

Arsenal’s Xhaka labelled ‘brainless’ following near-costly red card

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka got himself red-carded in today's narrow 2-1 victory over Burnley, and he has come under criticism for his actions. The Swiss international arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer, and has already gotten himself sent off twice in the Premier League already. Pundit and former football star Jamie Redknapp has now moved [.

Why are Arsenal going for another centre midfield transfer?

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Arsenal fans may start to feel that the transfer action at the club is something akin to the London buses that go past the ground, as in you wait for ages and then three come along at the same time. That is if the recent Arsenal transfer rumour about the Roma and Argentina international star [...]

Arsenal player ratings from NLD draw – Ozil MOTM

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Even though the summer signing Granit Xhaka had probably his best game in an Arsenal shirt since his transfer from the Bundesliga, I thought that Mesut Ozil just edged him as our best player in the draw with Tottenham yesterday. The German did produce the wicked free kick that led to our goal, after all, [.

Was referee Atkinson rubbish or trying to ruin Arsenal’s day?

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It is not just the fans of Arsenal Football Club who feel hard done by at times by the football officials in charge of our matches and to be honest I think it is just about impossible to be completely neutral and unbiased when it comes to supporting a team. Having said that and still [...]

Should Arsenal rest Cazorla for ‘massive’ game against Ludogorets?

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When Arsene Wenger gives a press conference ahead of an Arsenal game there is usually one of the players there with him to answer questions from the attendant football media, and it is almost always one of the players that the manager plans to be in the starting line-up for the game. So judging by [.

Arsenal boss to back red carded Xhaka with Ludogorets start

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Although some Arsenal fans and plenty of people in the football press have been hammering the Switzerland international Granit Xhaka for his performance against Swansea City in which he was sent off for a tackle on Modou Barrow, the manager was quick to back his big summer signing. Arsene Wenger is never usually one to [.

Xhaka to start Arsenal v Ludogorets despite reckless red card?

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Although some Arsenal fans and plenty of people in the football press have been hammering the Switzerland international Granit Xhaka for his performance against Swansea City in which he was sent off for a tackle on Modou Barrow, the manager was quick to back his big summer signing. Arsene Wenger is never usually one to [.

Why Ramsey AND Xhaka will miss Arsenal clash with Swansea

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Even though the Arsenal and Wales midfielder was supposed to be back before the international break and has already returned to training after being out with a hamstring injury since the opening game of the Premier League season, Aaron Ramsey will not be fit enough to feature on Saturday when Swansea City and their new [.

Arsenal star reveals reason for growing confidence in title bid

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We are always hearing a lot about character in the football world, but too often in the past it has been the lack of character in the Arsenal team that has been the subject of discussion for the football media. Last season, for instance, Arsene Wenger kept insisting that his players had the right character [.

Arsenal player ratings for win at Hull – Walcott MOTM

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I know a lot of Arsenal fans will disagree with me but I am not picking Theo Walcott as my Man of the Match from the 4-1 thumping of Hull City just to be different. I have seen a lot of the papers going on about Alexis Sanchez but for me the Chilean was not [...]

Will strong performance at Forest get Xhaka into Arsenal XI?

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One of the big questions on the lips of Arsenal fans before the Premier League win over Hull City this weekend was whether Arsene Wenger would hand the big money summer signing Granit Xhaka his third start of the season or leave him on the bench for the third match in a row. The boss [...]

Can Arsenal contain PSG ‘magician’ in midfield battle?

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Arsenal are in France as they await to take on French champions PSG in the Champions League group stages, and Coqueiln believes the midfield battle will be key. The Gunners boss has a conundrum on his hands as he looks to steer his side to get a result against Paris Saint-Germain today, with a number [.

Fight for places after transfers is GREAT says Arsenal star

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Even with Arsenal having allowed Jack Wilshere to go and join Premier League club AFC Bournemouth on loan for the season and with Aaron Ramsey not expected back in action from his hamstring injury until next weekend, the Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin could well find himself sat on the bench today as the Gunners [.

Pick your Arsenal midfield to face Liverpool

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With just a day to go before the Arsenal get the Premier League campaign underway, I assume that Arsene Wenger already knows what starting line up he will pick to take on Liverpool at the Emirates. With the injury and fitness problems the boss has to cope with, both ends of the pitch are lacking [...

Wenger has already found answer to Arsenal defensive crisis

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Well that did not take long Arsene! Just a few days after Arsenal fans were given the bad news about our seemingly constant problems on the injury front striking at the heart of the Gunners back line, with the German World Cup winning centre back Per Mertesacker ruled out for a significant part of the [.

Kante to Arsenal transfer will only happen if…

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I have to think that Arsene Wenger was having a little bit of fun with the football media this week, as he spoke about some recent Arsenal transfer rumours. The Frenchman was being asked about the Jamie Vardy saga after the England international striker opted to stay at Leicester City and sign a contract extension [.

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger refuses to rule out managing elsewhere

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Arsene Wenger was asked about taking over the manager's role for his country of birth France after leaving Arsenal, and he refused todeny the possibility. The 66 year-old is into the last 12 months of his currentdeal and has come under pressure from Gunners' fans in recent years. Supporters have grown frustrated with the lack [.

What’s in a number Xhaka?

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Gunner Granit changes squad numbers! It was only last week that Arsenal secured their first new signing of the summer, with the Gunners getting Granit Xhaka to sign on the dotted line. The former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder signed for the Gunners officially last week in a rumoured £30 million deal, on a long term contract.

Xhaka Special Analysis (2) – Who will be his midfield partner?

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Who starts with Xhaka in Arsenal's midfield??‏ by JH Having just written an article on how good a signing Xhaka is, before he has kicked a ball or even been announced, I thought I might as well go all out and discuss who i feel will be the best option to sit next to him, [...]

New Arsenal signing snapped wearing official new kit

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Granit Xhaka is expected to be announced as having joined Arsenal in the coming hours, having been snapped in the official new kit of next season. The Swiss international has been watched on a number of occasions this season, with the Gunners believed to have prioritised his arrival, and they now appear to have wrapped [.

Arsenal player ratings from Aston Villa win – Giroud MOTM

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It has been quite a while since Olivier Giroud got anything but a hefty slating in my Arsenal player ratings, but fair play to the big striker today as he scored a very good hat-trick and gave Arsenal the perfect send off to a season that once again flattered to deceive. Other notable performances came [.

Nominate your choice for Arsenal Player-of-the-Year

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You can feel the disappointment from most Arsenal fans that we didn't win this years Premier League title, but there is no doubt that there has been many highs and lows over the campaign. There has also been some extremely entertaining games, Olympiakos away anyone? Or Man United at home?, and some desperately depressing for [.

Arsenal first-team regular left out of Euros by France boss

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France have announced their provisional squad for the upcoming European Championships this summer, and will be taking two Arsenal stars to the tournament. The Gunners have one last Premier League match this weekend before their players depart to join up with their respective international sides, but a number of Arsenal's first-team will not feature in [.

Which U21 winners will play for Arsenal against Sunderland?

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As well as the young Gunners that won promotion to the top division this week, there have been some senior Arsenal stars involved in the underage side this season, mainly used to get their fitness and form going after an injury kept them out of action for a long spell. And with the awful luck [...]

Mohamed Elneny earns consecutive Arsenal monthly player awards

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January signing Mohamed Elneny has picked up the Vitality Player of the Month for April, having won the same award in March also. The Eqyptian starseems to have hit the ground running in an Arsenal shirt, having only joined this winter. Elneny has started every match since February 5, and looks very comfortable playing with [.

Cazorla to inspire Arsenal to strong EPL finish?

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Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday that, although Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are not exactly 100 percent match fit after coming back off the injury list, he does have the full squad of Arsenal players to choose from. The fact that this is the first game this season when he has been able to say that [.

Giroud and Ramsey in official Arsenal team for West Brom

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I was half expecting to see the Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud back in the styarting line up tonight. Arsene Wenger spoke in the build up to the game against the Baggies about expecting a strong and committed defensive display from Tony Pulis's team and that means that Giroud's attributes could be [.

Coquelin blames Arsenal title failings on absences

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Francis Coquelin has claimed that the mass of injuries suffered during the season has cost the club their chance to lift the Premier League trophy. Arsenal sit 13 points behind surprise league leaders Leicester City currently, with only six matches left to play. Despite a huge winning streak and a number of other results going [.

Arsenal’s cunning plan to stop West Ham danger man Payet?

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The fact that Arsene Wenger spoke about his fellow countryman during the Arsenal press conference ahead of the match between Arsenal and Dimitri Payet's West Ham just shows how much of a key player for Slaven Bilic is. It also tells you that Wenger sees Payet as one of the biggest obstacles between Arsenal and [.

Should Arsenal drop Elneny when Cazorla returns?

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Arsene Wenger and the other Arsenal players have both pinpointed the additions of Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi to the Gunners first team in recent weeks has brought about an immense improvement in our form, and I honestly can't see that either of them will be dropped from the remaining League games unless they are [.

Coquelin – These two youth players will follow Iwobi into the first team

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Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin has revealed that there's plenty more academy...

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Amazing Elneny stats show Arsenal better off without Ramsey?

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I am not one of the Arsenal fans that were calling for Aaron Ramsey to be dropped from the Arsenal team and even sold a few years ago as he was struggling to find his best form after coming back from that horror leg break and a long injury lay-off. And Ramsey proved his doubters [...]

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Arsenal player ratings from Watford demolition – Alexis MOTM

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There were some fantastic performances in an Arsenal shirt yesterday all over the pitch, as the Gunners romped to a 4-o thrashing of Watford, including a nice dash of revenge for the FA cup exit a few weeks ago. As well as the attacking and creative play, the performances of the central midfielders in snuffing [.

Coquelin motivation the blueprint for Arsenal success?

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When Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal team made the trip to the Midlands in November to take on West Brom it was with the knowledge that a win would at the very least keep us level on points at the top of the Premier League. However, the injury list was already growing and it was [...]

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Time for Arsenal’s ‘Leaders’ to step up! But who are they?

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I was not as furious as some other Arsenal fans when Arsene Wenger decided that Arsenal would be the only Premier League club not to sign a single outfield player in the summer transfer window. After all, the injury situation was looking a lot better and I agreed that the transfer of Petr Cech from [.

Arsenal to start with Elneny alongside Coquelin

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In our quest for a third FA Cup trophy in a row, Arsenal have to eliminate Watford today at the Emirates, and we are hoping that the team is as clinical as they were against Hull City in midweek. In central midfield we saw Elneny and Flamini holding the fort, and our new boy was [...]

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No-one was more relieved than Coquelin!

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Francis Coquelin really made it hard for Arsenal against Tottenham yesterday by getting sent off early in the second half, but he has apologized profusely and honestly believes that he thought he would get the ball. Ten minutes later Arsenal were 2-1 down and I bet you that he was sitting on his own in [.