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Shkodran Mustafi’s injury: How hard it hits us and what are the ways out

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Arsene Wenger has another headache to cope with Dreaded November is coming and the early signs are...

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Bayern Munich target rules out summer Arsenal exit

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Laurent Koscielny is happy with Arsenal, and can see no reason why he would want to leave the club. The French international defender signed a new contract back in November, tying him to the Gunners until the summer of 2020, and has no intentions of leaving the club prior to the end of his deal. [...

Injury crisis grows for Arsenal ahead of FA Cup final with Chelsea

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Arsenal lost two players during the weekend's win over Everton, and a thirddefender is now a strong doubt for the FA Cup final against Chelsea. The Gunners beat Everton 2-1 yesterday in the final Premier League fixture of the season, but that win was not enough to seal a place in the top four, and [.

Arsenal’s pointless win comes with a damning cost…

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Arsenal's win over Everton today proved to be pointless with no Champions League place earned, but the match has also cost us two of our defensive stars. We had to go all-out today for the win to have any chance of qualifying for next season's elite European competition, but also needed either Liverpool not to [.

Arsenal boss gives injury update ahead of decisive Everton tie

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Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest on his Arsenal squad ahead of the upcoming Premier League decider on Sunday. The Gunners will welcome Everton to the Emirates Stadium at the weekend as we look to secure a place in next season's Champions League competition. We will need Liverpool to not win, or Manchester City to [.

Arsenal injury update including doubts over Kosc and Alexis

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Arsenal are set to take on Sunderland tomorrow evening, and may have to do so without key duo Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny. The Gunners need to win both of their remaining Premier League matches to have any hope of reaching the Champions League places, and first they will have to take all three points [.

Arsenal injury update with Koscielny and Xhaka set for tests

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Arsenal could be without Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny for their trip to take on Southampton tomorrow. The Gunners need a strong finish to the season to have any hopes of climbing their way back inside the top-four, and in-turn qualify for next term's Champions League competition, and face a tough task away to the [.

Arsenal transfer rumour round-up – Van Dijk, Dembele, Benzema, Kosc exit?

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Arsenal'scampaign took a harsh blowon Sunday when losing to neighbours Tottenham, so we thought we'd distract ourselves by looking at possible incomings instead... The Gunners are expected to have a busy summer, whether Arsene Wenger decides to extend his stay in North-London or not, and rumour has it the work has already begun.

Injuries to decide Arsenal manager’s formation for Spurs battle?

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Arsene Wenger has decisions to make ahead of Sunday's crunch tie between Arsenal and rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The Gunners boss has recently opted to follow the lead of table-toppers Chelsea and revert to a 3-4-2-1 formation, in order to give his defence extracover as they look to save their campaign.

The Case for the Defence

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In the last 6 games our defence has conceded 18 goals (excluding the FAC where we played non-league clubs).

Why?

Individually our defence looks very good. Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Kos and Monreal are all quality defenders. Ospina, Gabriel, Holding, Gibbs are sine replacements. In front of them Coq, Xhaka and Ramsey are a decent shield (or should be), so how is it possible that in 6 games we have conceded more than a George Graham team would concede in an entire season?

To Ozil or not to Ozil? That is the Question.

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Hard to predict this one; we could win handsomely or get tanked. Neither team is playing well and yet both are capable of pulling out enough moments of quality to win the game. Should be interesting.

We lost at home on the opening day of the season in a strange game we dominated for 70 minutes Liverpool had 5 shots all game yet we conceded 4.

Arsenal’s Koscielny refusing to give on Champions League hopes

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has refused to rule out a possible dream comeback against Bayern Munich, despite a disastrousloss in Germany. The Gunners succumbed to a devastating 5-1 defeat last night, and now face a dreading three week wait until they get the chance to try and save face withtheir own win in London.

Half-time + video: Arsenal lucky to lead Swansea

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Arsenal take a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to Olivier Giroud, but I cant help but want to thank MikeJones. Swansea have come into this game fired up, and had much the better chances in the opening 45, and will be frustrated to have come into the interval a goal down. Alexis Sanchez managed [...]

Only two Arsenal stars in best EPL team – NOT who you think

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With Arsenal having so far during the current season further increased our reputation for playing fluent and attractive football that is often more focused on the creative and attacking side of the game, you might think that the Arsenal players most likely to have made the Premier League team of the season so far would [.

Wenger blames derby draw on Arsenal nerves and poor penalty call

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Looking at things from an Arsenal point of view I definitely agree with Arsene Wenger's suggestion that the penalty awarded against the Gunners today was a soft one and that Moussa Dembele was looking for it when he ran into the box and into three Arsenal players that he was never going to get past. [.

Is Gunners legend being too harsh on Arsenal defence?

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Arsenal do not have the best defence in the Premier League, in terms of goals conceded at least, with 10 going into our net so far in 10 EPL games. But that is only one more than two of our main title rivals Man City and Chelsea and three fewer than another one Liverpool. So [...]

Mustafi explains double dynamism in Arsenal defence

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Arsenal have had some very strong central defensive pairings over the years, perhaps more notably back in the days when that was seen as the strongest part of our game, which gave rise to the famous chant of '1-0 to the Arsenal'. Even in the two decades with Arsene Wenger as our manager, with the [..

Big up for brilliant Arsenal star from Man United forward

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Arsenal will not have to face our Premier League title rivals Manchester United until after the next international break, but when the Gunners do travel up to Old Trafford for the match on the 19th of November, one of the players that could prove to be the keys to an Arsenal victory is the France [..

Here’s one TOP player who will NOT be leaving Arsenal

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Hopefully times have totally changed for arsenal and the long suffering Arsenal fans will no longer have to se our best players like Fabregas, Nasri and the little boy inside Robin van Persie abandon north London for what looks like greener grass elsewhere. The money situation at the club is certainly a lot better and [.

Arsenal star with very bad news for teammate Giroud

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You have to feel a little bit sorry for the Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud, as not much has been going right for the big fellow of late. Take the Champions League for instance, when he came on and was sent off soon after for a second yellow which replays showed was completely undeserved. [.

Mustafi the leader AND defender Arsenal have needed?

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One of the criticisms that has been aimed at Arsene Wenger and Arsenal over the last 10 years, while the Gunners never really came close to winning the Premier League title that we all want, was that he failed to recruit the players that Arsenal needed. It was not just that the Frenchman seemed to [.

Dramatic Burnley win proof it´s Arsenal´s title year?

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A team needs to have a lot of things in order to win the Premier League title, as Arsenal's 12 year spell without the coveted trophy despite the consistency of never dropping out of the top four will tell you. But it is really starting to look like Arsenal might just have everything we need [...]

Arsenal boss has winning goalscorer well-trained…

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Laurent Koscielny pulled an 'Arsene Wenger' by claiming he did not know if he handled the ball to score the winner for Arsenal yesterday. The French manager has regularly claimed to not see such goings on during the game, from deliberate fouls, dives,and various other precarious occurrences on the field, and today is no different.

Last-gasp winner puts Arsenal up to third

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Arsenal managed to steal all three points today, with a questionable winner which will no doubt leave our opponents reeling. There was little to talk about from the first-half of the match, with many passes being over hit, and both defences clearing up any attacking threats, and the second-half wasn't much better.

Arsenal youngster set for Champions League debut against PSG

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Rob Holding is set to make his bow in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain this week, following the injury suffered by Laurent Koscielny at the weekend. Theyoung defender, who turns 21 next week, joined the club from Bolton Wanderers this summer, but has already made his mark on the first-team due to a number [.

Arsenal player ratings from Southampton win – Cazorla MOTM

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This was probably the easiest choice of which of the Arsenal players to give the Man of the Match award to ever. Even if the little magician that is Santi Cazorla had not been given the chance to show his nerves of steel by drilling the injury time penalty straight down the middle to give [...]

Arsenal v Southampton review – Cazorla penalty saves Gunners blushes

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Arsene Wenger chose to leave Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud on the bench thinking, I believe, of the trip to PSG on Tuesday and assuming that we would still beat Southampton. That complacency was evident on the pitch as well and we nearly paid for it but were saved by the award of an injury [...]

Xhaka sees red on bad night for Arsenal international stars

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It was not all bad news for the Arsenal players on international duty last night, as our young defender Calum Chambers, who has gone to Middlesborough on loan, started and completed the match for Gareth Southgate's England under 21s in which they hammered Norway by 6-1, three of them coming from Man United's Marcus Rashford.

Invincibles return to inspire Arsenal to Premier League title?

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It has been over 12 years now since Arsene Wenger and that incredible and invincible Arsenal team lifted the Premier League trophy after doing what almost everyone said was impossible and completing the Premier League season without a single defeat. Coincidentally enough that unbeaten run gave the Gunners beat the record previously held by the [.

Was the Arsenal manager right to risk injury in Leicester draw?

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he took a risk fielding Laurent Koscielny for Arsenalagainst Leicester Cityafter he picked up a knock on Friday. The defender was rushed back into action for the match away at last season's Premier League champions, after Rob Holding and Calum Chambers were unable to stop rivals Liverpool from putting four [.

Is this the Arsenal XI set to start against Leciester?

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After losing the opening game of the Premier league season at home, Arsenal fans can expect Arsene Wenger to make some changes to the starting line-up and probably not just to fill the gaps left by Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi picking up injury problems in the loss to Liverpool. Our manager has been a [.

Could Arsenal be set for a big boost for Liverpool opener?

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Arsenal trio Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny all returned to training today, four days before the trip to Liverpool, and could well be fast-tracked into the playing squad. The French duo were given an extended holiday following their European Championship campaign, as was Mesut Ozil, afterthey helped their sides to reach the final [.

Who will replace Arsenal’s 4 Euro 2016 stars for Liverpool clash?

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It could end up being more than the four Arsenal players who went furthest in the Euro 2016 tournament that Arsene Wenger will have to do without when the Gunners kick off the next Premier League title challenge against Liverpool at the Emirates stadium on August 14th. There is still a question over the ankle [.

Is Vermaelen REALLY waiting for Arsenal to offer him transfer return?

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It did not go down very well with a lot of Arsenal fans when Arsene Wenger seemed to put up no fight to keep our captain at the time Thomas Vermaelen from making the transfer to Spain to play for La Liga giants Barcelona in a deal that was worth around £15 million. Injury problems [...]

France Euro 2016 woe makes CB and striker VITAL transfers for Arsenal

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Just because the home nation France lost out in that surprising Euro 2016 final against Portugal does not mean I am blaming the Arsenal players Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny. Far from it in fact, because I think the two French Gunners have acquitted themselves admirably for Les Bleus this summer.

Ozil reaches out to Bronze Boot winning Arsenal team-mate

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Mesut Ozil sent out a heartfelt tweet to club team-mates Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, who were part of the losing French team last night. France were beaten by Portugal in extra time, thanks to a fantastic long-distance strike by Eder, and will have to find a way to put the pain of that behind [.

Why Euro 2016 could help Arsenal seal Varane transfer from Real Madrid

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Arsenal are one of the many clubs in the Premier League and around Europe that have been linked with the possible signing of the Real Madrid and France international star Raphael Varane, but with the young centre back regularly being talked about as one of the most talented and promising young players in the world [.

Arsenal stars looking to ‘write history’ in Euro final

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny helped their France side to reach the European Championship final. Les Bleus overcome a strong Germany side last night, in order to set-up a match against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Sunday. They did not get there with plain sailing however, after having very little of the possession in the [.

Both Arsenal stars key to France reaching Euro 2016 final

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There were some reports in the football media this week that suggested that the Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud could miss the Euro 2016 semi-final with Germany tonight after the big man picked up a minor knee problem in training, but he is clearly fit enough for the starting line up named [.

The Rest

Season Assessment: Centre Backs

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We have a lot of them don't we? Do we need so many? Are they all good enough to do the job? Do we need to improve on their quality?

The season was definitely split into two as regards the defence, with the move to a Back 3 making giving the CB's more support. But ... one must question why we conceded so many goals whilst operating AW's favoured Back 4 formation, Tony Adams etc were rightly critical.