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Kolasinac or Monreal? Is Sead the new Arsenal fans favourite?

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Sead Kolasinac just picked up his second Arsenal Player of the Month Award, but was he really our best? Nacho Monreal was voted the PFA Player of the Month for October, with players from the whole division as competition for the award. The Spaniard played a key role in helping us win five of our [...

Should Monreal’s PFA Player of the Month award shock anyone?

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Arsenal's Nacho Monreal has been named the PFA Player of the Month for October after an impressive spell, and some have been surprised by the decision. The defender has been one of our best players since the start of the campaign, alongside Aaron Ramsey and Sead Kolasinac, and added two goals in the calendar month [.

Arsenal boss hails trio for stand-out displays in West Brom win

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Arsene Wenger has praised Mohamed Elneny, Nacho Monreal and Alexandre Lacazette for their performances for Arsenal against West Bromwich Albion last night. The Gunners snatched a 2-0 win in the Monday Night Football encounter at the Emirates Stadium yesterday, but the scoreline doesn't reflect the overall play.

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea : 4 things we learned

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Arsenal got a well-deserved draw when nobody expected us to get anything at a ground we haven't won...

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Season Assessment: Full Backs

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If you have been reading AA over the past few years you will know that BR knows sweet FA about tactics. This makes it difficult to judge the effectiveness of our full backs whose jobs change depending upon the formation. It was much easier to critique a performance in the days of Bob Mcnab and Pat Rice; things changed with the excellence and athleticism of Ashley Cole.

Is this summer the wrong time for Arsenal to sell Kieran Gibbs?

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Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs is being targeted for a move this summer, but could he still play a role for us this coming season? The England international has played a bit-part role in our first-team squad in recent seasons, and is being eyed by Newcastle, who are supposedly willing to pay£15 Million for his signature this [.

Do Arsenal need to drop Monreal for Gibbs?

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Arsenal's defensive record has not been the best so far this season, with the Gunners failing to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League since their 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough. There are a number of reasons which could explain the poor defensive show, many of which have already been discussed, but one change I [.

Super Spaniard hands Arsenal BIG fitness boost for derby

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When Arsene Wenger gave us the latest Arsenal injury update the other day, there was a lot of concern that our annual bad luck was coming back to cause us problems at the worst possible time, with the first north London derby of the season coming on Sunday. Although it still looks like the manmager [.

Which player on the BIG Arsenal injury list will be missed most?

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Maybe it is because we are so used to Arsenal being plagued by injury problems year after year that it seems normal, but it does seem a bit odd that a lot of the talk in the football media in the build up to the north London derby this weekend is about the injury problems [...]

Should Gibbs now be first choice Arsenal (and England) left back?

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His latest chance to impress Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans may have come about due to the supposedly minor muscle injury picked up by the usual first choice left back Nacho Monreal, but I think that Kieran Gibbs was already knocking on the door and so his impressive performance in the 4-1 win at [.

What is the Arsenal ‘weak spot’ Ludogorets will target?

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With the Gunners facing what is supposed to be the whipping boys of Champions League group A this evening and the match being at home, most Arsenal fans will be expecting a reasonably comfortable Arsenal victory over Ludogorets Razgrad. Perhaps we should not be too confident, though, because Arsenal have slipped up plenty of times [.

Arsenal International round-up – Watch Iwobi’s maiden Nigeria goal

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A coupleof Arsenal stars were in action yesterday in World Cup qualifying matches,while on-loan Joel Campbell appeared for Costa Rica in a friendly match. Campbell is currently plying his trade in Portugal, having joined Sporting Lisbon until the end of the season, but remains under contract to Arsenal, and is well worth a mention, having [.

Panic over! Key Arsenal defender back in full training

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Hector Bellerin had to be subbed off during a qualifierfor the Spain Under-21 side last week, and Arsenal had feared the worst about a potential ankle injury. The right-back has been dropped back down to the Under-21 side after a campaign with the senior side at the European Championships, but was unable to complete the [.

Top class Arsenal star finally gets what he deserves

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While the Arsenal and England left back Kieran Gibbs is well aware that his chances to carry on his international career are suffering because of the lack of football he gets at club level, the player he is trying to replace in the Arsenal team could be forgiven for wondering what more he has to [...

Have Arsenal target’s club accepted his upcoming transfer?

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The chances of Ricardo Rodriguez becoming an Arsenal player this summer and joining his Switzerland international team mate Granit Xhaka at the Emirates is looking stronger by the minute. The only things that could stop it happen are if the rumours about Arsene Wenger wanting the talented young left back turn out to be false, [.

Monreal commits future to Arsenal, but rues Spain snubs

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There were not many Arsenal fans that had heard of Nacho Monreal when he arrived from Malaga three years ago, but he has grown into the role and is now one of the clubs most consistent players after coming to terms with the style of play in the Premier League. He admits that he does [...]

Arsenal v Aston Villa Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

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Match Preview: Arsenal v Aston Villa Aston Villa are Arsenal's last opposition of a truly disappointing 2015-16 Season, which had promised so much more for the Gunners. Although to be disappointed with Arsenal's situation, you cannot help but think about how the fans of Aston Villa must feel right now!

Which Arsenal stars SHOULD be in PFA Team of the Year?

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The PFA have released their respective team of the seasons for the English divisions, and only one Arsenal star was selected for the final Premier League XI. Hector Bellerin was our only inclusion in the line-up, but Nacho Monreal has been one of our stand-out stars this term, while Mesut Ozil has been incredible for [.

International Arsenal defender eyeing summer exit

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Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs is claimed to be considering a move away from the club this summer. The 26 year-old has fallen down the pecking order in North-London, with Nacho Monreal having kept him on the sidelines with very consistent displays this term. The Spanish international has been getting plaudits from all around for his [.

Watch out Watford! Arsenal are hungry for revenge!

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It was a major disappointment to all Arsenal fans when Watford inflicted our first FA Cup defeat in three years just a few weeks ago, but Nacho Monreal reckons that it will be a different kettle of fish this weekend as the Gunners have got bigger fish to fry this time around. The Spanish defender [.

Is Gibbs’ problems forcing Arsenal into the transfer market?

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According to the latest Arsenal transfer rumours one of the bits of business that Arsene Wenger, assuming that the Frenchman is going to be in charge for next season, will be doing is to sign a new left back and according to a Daily Mail report we are going to have to do battle with [...]

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Arsene Wenger was RIGHT not to bring big signings to Arsenal?

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I know that a lot of Arsenal fans will dismiss out of hand the idea that Arsene Wenger and his lack of much action in the transfer market has helped the club to challenge for major honours. I was certainly surprised to see the Frenchman only sign the veteran keeper Petr Cech from Chelsea in [...]

Arsenal star gets stunning praise from Italian great

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We all know that the Arsenal and Germany international star Mesut Ozil is having obne hell of a season in an Arsenal shirt. Because of ouy loyalty to the badge, however, no matter how good we think the creative player is there is always a sense that we might just be seeing things through rose [...]

Should Gibbs should start more games for Arsenal?

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The Arsenal and England international left back Kieran Giibs has been the subject of some Arsenal transfer rumours over the last week or two, as this season has seen him forced to play second fiddle to Nacho Monreal and then some reports suggesting that Arsene Wenger was looking at the transfer of the young left [.

Does Arsenal transfer rumour latest spell end for Gibbs?

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One of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours has the club linked with the young Leicester City full back Ben Chilwell and after Arsene Wenger swooped this month to relieve them of their very successful head of technical scouting Ben Wrigglesworth, the east Midlands club must be wondering what they have done to make us pick [.

Chelsea boss worried about awesome Arsenal full backs?

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I have seen quite a few football pundits this season who have included both of the first choice Arsenal full backs Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin in their Premier League team of the season, and I am certainly not going to argue with them. The Spanish duo are almost certain to start again against Chelsea [.

Wenger and the fans persuaded me to sign…..

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Arsenal may have signed a bit of an unknown entity in Mohamed Elneny, but we know that with the contract extension given to Nacho Monreal we are getting a proven world class player of the first degree. The Spaniard admitted that it was difficult when he first arrived without speaking any English, but he has [.

Arsenal have signed one of Premier League’s best says Wenger

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There have been Arsenal transfer rumours for the last two years about the Spanish left back Nacho Monreal making a possible return to his home country with a number of La Liga clubs linked. But earlier this month the reports began to filter through that Monreal was close to agreeing a new contract to stay [.

Today’s signing enough for Arsenal title win says club great

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The former Arsenal and England forward Alan Smith was clearly not as disappointed as some Gooners with the away point against a difficult and in form Stoke City side at the weekend, especially as the Gunners were without two of our best attacking players in Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. In fact Smudger, who scored [.

Arsenal boss set to give Gibbs more game time?

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So far during the current campaign the Arsenal left back role on the first team has mainly belonged to the Spaniard Nacho Monreal. He has started 19 of the 20 Premier League games, coming on as a sub in the other, and four of the six Champions League games. That must have been frustrating for [...]

Arsenal set to seal deal for brilliant defender

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While this news will be welcomed with open arms by just about every Arsenal fan on the planet, it might not go down too well with the family and friends of a certain Mister Kieran Gibbs, because the England international is having a hell of a job getting a game for the Arsenal first team [...]

An improbable Arsenal win – Relief – The Draw – and next come Villa!

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Brilliant team performances helps us dig ourselves out of a hole! by KM Well it was that night again for Arsenal. The one that in the past five years that was usually in late February or early March, where we had to do the improbable. As history goes we underestimated some of the games and [...]

Arsenal player ratings from Sunderland win – Cech MOTM

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I was very, very close to giving the Arsenal and Germany play maker Mesut Ozil yet another Man of the Match, because he was brilliant again and got the ball rolling with a sublime pass for Joel Campbell to score the opening goal. He was also involved in just about every decent attacking move the [...

Golden Boy Bellerin certain to get full Spain call-up

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Arsenal's newest young star Hector Bellerin has been absolutely amazing since he was pushed into the Gunners First XI a year ago, so much so that he was awarded the Catalan Young Player of the Year. His opposite number in the Arsenal back line, Nacho Monreal, who will be 30 in February, believes that the [.

Spanish Gunner on how to fix old Arsenal problem

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The Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal is one of the few regular first teamers that is not involved for his country during the current international duty, which is good for us with all the concerns about injury problems, but it must seem strange to the 29-year old who is in the form of his left [...]

Top Gunner tells secret of avoiding Arsenal’s old woes

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The Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal is one of the few regular first teamers that is not involved for his country during the current international duty, which is good for us with all the concerns about injury problems, but it must seem strange to the 29/year old who is in the form of his left [...]

Arsenal’s secret revealed!

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All the naysayers are always complaining that Arsenal are always aiming for the Top Four without actually having the ambition to finish any higher, but Nacho Monreal clearly remembers us being top of the League at Christmas just a couple of years ago (do you?) but faded away in the closing stages as injuries got [.

Arsenal star on top of EPL rankings NOT who you’d think

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If you had to hazard a guess as to which of the current Arsenal playing staff was sitting on top of the chart for the best performing player, I reckon that most Arsenal fans or football fans in general would go for one of the attacking stars, such as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez or Olivier [...]

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.

Arsenal. Player Ratings.

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In the absence of both our post game analysts, I will try to fill in.

I have ambivalence happy with a point given our current malaise but disappointed that having equalised we didn't push on and attack a fragile defence.

How many clear cut chances did we created? Hopw many did we allow?