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Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal: Game in 10 Tweets as champions frustrated by referee

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It was a tight, tense 0-0 between Leicester City and Arsenal in Saturday's late kick off. There weren't any goals but there were talking points. Both sides made changes after disappointing opening...

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Euro 2016: Why Laurent Koscielny must prove leadership credentials to France and Arsenal

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by Adam Boufkir The France squad named by Didier Deschamps for the European Championships is brimming with attacking talents capable of winning matches, making the host nation one of the favourites...

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Giroud double helps France sink Scotland in friendly

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud fired another riposte to his critics with a brace as Euro 2016 hosts France brushed aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz on Saturday in their final friendly ahead of the tournament.

The Arsenal centre-forward was booed by a section of the France support prior to last Monday's 3-2 win against Cameroon but he netted in that game and his brace at the Stade Saint-Symphorien was a further indication that he has what it takes to lead an attack deprived of Karim Benzema.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland in friendly

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud fired another riposte to his critics with a brace as Euro 2016 hosts France brushed aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz on Saturday in their final friendly ahead of the tournament.

The Arsenal centre-forward was booed by a section of the France support prior to last Monday's 3-2 win against Cameroon but he netted in that game and his brace at the Stade Saint-Symphorien was a further indication that he has what it takes to lead an attack deprived of Karim Benzema.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud scored twice as France thumped Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week's Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France.

Arsenal striker Giroud cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and he added a second on 35 minutes after David Marshall could only parry a crisp low drive from Dimitri Payet.

Giroud double helps France sink Scotland

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Metz (France) (AFP) Olivier Giroud scored twice as France thumped Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week's Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France.

Arsenal striker Giroud cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and he added a second on 35 minutes after David Marshall could only parry a crisp low drive from Dimitri Payet.

Arsenal knock back approach from Mourinho for key star

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Manchester United have had a bid for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny knocked back, after Jose...

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Deschamps keeping French Euro 2016 expectations high

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps accepted on Wednesday that Raphael Varane's injury is a blow to his side's Euro 2016 hopes, but called on his men to overcome their defensive absences.

The injury to Real Madrid centre-back Varane comes after his first-choice international partner Mamadou Sakho was also ruled out of the tournament following a failed drugs test while playing for club team Liverpool.

Deschamps keeping French Euro 2016 expectations high

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps accepted on Wednesday that Raphael Varane's injury is a blow to his side's Euro 2016 hopes, but called on his men to overcome their defensive absences.

The injury to Real Madrid centre-back Varane comes after his first-choice international partner Mamadou Sakho was also ruled out of the tournament following a failed drugs test while playing for club team Liverpool.

Your choice of first names on the Arsenal team sheet ….. Poll

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We have been underperforming as a team for some time. Few if any of our players could be described as being in top form. The signs against Barcelona were encouraging and we certainly didn't disgrace ourselves – but two of the best performers (Elneny and Iwobi) weren't what you might consider to befirst team regulars yet.

Laurent Koscielny out of Hull game, doubtful for West Brom

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is ruled out of tomorrow's FA Cup fifth round replay at Hull City, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed....

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Arsenal’s lack of leadership is a key weakness in the Gunners right now

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Arsenal's title hopes took a hit on Sunday following the north London club's 3-2 defeat away to Manchester United. During a recent stretch in which the Gunners have misfired in front of goal, it was the Arsenal defense that stumbled at Old Trafford. The massive match against Manchester United was only the third game during Premier League play this season that Arsenal conceded three or more goals.

Arsenal’s lack of leadership is a key weakness in the Gunners right now

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Arsenal's title hopes took a hit on Sunday following the north London club's 3-2 defeat away to Manchester United. During a recent stretch in which the Gunners have misfired in front of goal, it was the Arsenal defense that stumbled at Old Trafford. The massive match against Manchester United was only the third game during Premier League play this season that Arsenal conceded three or more goals.

Laurent Koscielny forced off with dead leg against Leicester

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was forced off through injury in the first half of the Gunners...

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Arsenal vs Leicester City combined XI – who makes the cut?

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Arsenal vs Leicester City combined XI who makes the cut? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Leicester City will travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in a match that has is one of the most crucial, if not the most, in this season's title challenge. A win for Leicester couldpossibly confirm the title is headed to Ranieri's men, while Arsenal winning this game might mean the race for the top spot continues.

Arsenal will receive big boost when Santi Cazorla returns from injury

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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil are Arsenal's big guns (I'd also probably add Petr Cech as well), there is no denying that. The dynamic offensive duo are major talents and have been brilliant during the current campaign. Alexis has netted 10 total goals on the season, despite missing a chunk of games due to a knee injury and Özil is within shouting distance of breaking former Gunner Thierry Henry's Premier League season assist record.

Arsenal will receive big boost when Santi Cazorla returns from injury

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Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil are Arsenal's big guns (I'd also probably add Petr Cech as well), there is no denying that. The dynamic offensive duo are major talents and have been brilliant during the current campaign. Alexis has netted 10 total goals on the season, despite missing a chunk of games due to a knee injury and Özil is within shouting distance of breaking former Gunner Thierry Henry's Premier League season assist record.

Grow up! … Arsenal Don’t Need To Sign Any More Players …

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With the end of the transfer window looming and many supporters calling for Arsene to reinforce the squad with new additions, I thought I'd look atthe age range of Arsenal's current EPL squad including some on loan. Obviously age isn't the prime criterion when assessing a player, but it is the significant indicatorin terms oflongevity and therefore team development.

Laurent Koscielny admits rebuffing move away from Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed that he has been the subject of interest from other clubs since his move to England but has rejected leaving the north London outfit.The France international, who is one of the more complete center backs in the Premier League, claims that he is more than content with his current club.

Laurent Koscielny admits rebuffing move away from Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed that he has been the subject of interest from other clubs since his move to England but has rejected leaving the north London outfit.The France international, who is one of the more complete center backs in the Premier League, claims that he is more than content with his current club.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: Koscielny downs Newcastle as Gunners go clear

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Arsenal moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Laurent Koscielny's second-half winner secured an unconvincing 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Frenchman's 72nd-minute winner masked a stuttering display, but if the sign of an effective team is that they win even when below their best, then Arsenal justified their status as favorites to take the title.

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle: Koscielny downs Newcastle as Gunners go clear

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Arsenal moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Laurent Koscielny's second-half winner secured an unconvincing 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Frenchman's 72nd-minute winner masked a stuttering display, but if the sign of an effective team is that they win even when below their best, then Arsenal justified their status as favorites to take the title.

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0 – Video Highlihghts

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Laurent Koscielny after scoring the winner today Here's the video highlights of today's game at Arsenal where we missed at least three golden opportunities to score. But it's the same old story we lost 1-0 for the third game in a row and are now deeper into relegation trouble with Sunderland and Norwich [.

The Best Bits: Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth (Photos)

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Arsenal put their St. Mary's horror show behind them and returned to the top of the Premier League, courtesy of an impressive 2-0 win against Bournemouth at the Emirates.

The hosts, with Calum Chambers in midfield and Kieran Gibbs in at left-back, started nervously but eventually found their stride, with Mesut Ozil at the heart of everything good for the Gunners.

Arsenal vs Manchester City combined XI – who makes the cut?

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Arsenal vs Manchester City combined XI who makes the cut? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Arsenal ready to host Manchester City in a crucial encounter that could determine which way the title goes this season, we pick the combined best eleven from the clash.

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal)

Joe Hart and Cech are two of the very best goalkeepers in the league so Cech just about edges this one.

The two Arsenal players Barcelona fear most

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I was on my way to work this morning listening toan interview withPhilippe Auclair on the radiodiscussing the CL draw. It was suggested to him that Barca would be very happy to have drawn Arsenal again.

On the contrary he said, there are 2 players that Barcelona fear. Immediately the names of Ozil and Sanchez sprang to mind .

Man Utd legend: Arsenal star best defender in the league

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Man Utd legend: Arsenal star best defender in the league - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has developed into a top class defender in the Premier League over the years.

The 30-year-old defender was superb during Arsenal's 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla sidelined for up to 4 months

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Arsene Wenger said on Friday that Santi Cazorla could be sidelined for up to four months after sustaining knee ligament damage in last weekend's draw at Norwich.

The Spain international stayed on the pitch at Carrow Road after taking a heavy knock early in the second half of the game as Arsenal's injury woes continued.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla sidelined for up to 4 months

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Arsene Wenger said on Friday that Santi Cazorla could be sidelined for up to four months after sustaining knee ligament damage in last weekend's draw at Norwich.

The Spain international stayed on the pitch at Carrow Road after taking a heavy knock early in the second half of the game as Arsenal's injury woes continued.

Laurent Koscielny health a boost for Arsenal; Alexis Sanchez still a doubt

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Laurent Koscielny could be fit to play this weekend, but Arsenal do not know how long they will be without star attacker Alexis Sanchez, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. Koscielny and Sanchez both limped off in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Norwich City, the former with a hip injury, the latter with a hamstring problem, while midfielder Santi Cazorla suffered a blow to his knee.

Laurent Koscielny health a boost for Arsenal; Alexis Sanchez still a doubt

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Laurent Koscielny could be fit to play this weekend, but Arsenal do not know how long they will be without star attacker Alexis Sanchez, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. Koscielny and Sanchez both limped off in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Norwich City, the former with a hip injury, the latter with a hamstring problem, while midfielder Santi Cazorla suffered a blow to his knee.

Laurent Koscielny suffers fresh injury blow against Norwich

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Fresh injury blow for Arsenal as Laurent Koscielny forced off

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny lasted just eight minutes of today's Premier League clash with Norwich City before being forced off the...

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny deeply affected by Paris attacks, says Arsene Wenger

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Wenger on @6_LKOSCIELNY: "On Tuesday you could see he was not himself and it affected him deeply." #WBAvAFC pic.twitter.com/Ayif979hXE...

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Arsenal Peck Swans

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Arsenal went to Swansea determined to keep their Premier League hopes alive, and yet filled with a certain tremulation at meeting a club who had outclassed and outplayed them twice last season.

As it turned out, one man who could not wait to get on to the pitch to show what he is made of was Joel 'Gimme a chance ' Campbell, as he chomped at the bit to make his career at Arsenal lift off, rather than warm his ass on the bench.

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French team all systems go for Euro 2016

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Metz (France) (AFP) Despite a troubled build-up to Euro 2016 off the field, France showed that they are ready on it by brushing aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz in their last pre-tournament friendly on Saturday.

A brace from Olivier Giroud and a header from his Arsenal colleague Laurent Koscielny, all in the first half, separated the teams at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and France could have won by a far greater margin.

French team all systems go for Euro 2016

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Metz (France) (AFP) Despite a troubled build-up to Euro 2016 off the field, France showed that they are ready on it by brushing aside Scotland 3-0 in Metz in their last pre-tournament friendly on Saturday.

A brace from Olivier Giroud and a header from his Arsenal colleague Laurent Koscielny, all in the first half, separated the teams at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, and France could have won by a far greater margin.

The Best Bits: England 2-0 France (Photos & Highlights)

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On an emotional night at Wembley, a youthful England side produced a fine performance in an entertaining clash with France, with the hosts running out 2-0 winners.

England started brightly, with Dele Alli catching the eye in midfield and Wayne Rooney impressing on the right of a front three.

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Pies’ Pick: The 10 Most Impressive Players At Euro 2016

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Whereas UEFA have seen fit to crown Dimitri Payet as their player of the tournament, Pies thought we'd take the time to credit a few of the other players that have impressed us in one capacity or another over the duration of Euro 2016.

Just so you're aware, we've deliberately eschewed the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Gigi Buffon and Gareth Bale, who have already had their fair share of the plaudits.

Newcastle Go Down Fighting But Miss Chances Again

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Newcastle played their hearts out at the Emirates Stadium today but for the third game running we lost the game 1-0 and this time we went down to a 72nd winner from Laurent Koscielny, who guided the ballpast Elliot from close range for a simple goal after Newcastle had several chances to take the lead [.