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Arsenal trio return to training

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According to Arseblog News, first-team trio, Per Mertesacker, Hector Bellerin and Olivier...

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Should Giroud stay as Arsenal’s “supersub” or start every game?

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It is quite amazing that Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last five games for Arsenal, but he has actually only started one game, and in that match it was the first one that he didn't score from open play. So would you say that the French hitman has earned a starting place [...]

Arsenal, PSG draw to take battle for top spot to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal, PSG draw to take battle for top spot to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw with PSG, battle for top Champions League spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw with PSG, battle for top Champions League spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal draw 2-2 with PSG, battle for top spot goes to final match

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London (AFP) Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger's side were on course to secure top spot and a possible easier draw in the last 16 after taking a 2-1 lead in the second half.

Arsenal boss Wenger denies Sanchez risk

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger has insisted the Gunners are looking after the fitness of Alexis Sanchez just fine.

The striker featured in the whole of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United despite suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with Chile.

Sanchez, who scored twice for his country while carrying the injury, was a doubt for the Old Trafford clash right until the morning of the game.

Arsenal boss Wenger denies Sanchez risk

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger has insisted the Gunners are looking after the fitness of Alexis Sanchez just fine.

The striker featured in the whole of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United despite suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with Chile.

Sanchez, who scored twice for his country while carrying the injury, was a doubt for the Old Trafford clash right until the morning of the game.

Should Arsenal start with Giroud against PSG?

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Arsenal managed to pull off a last gasp draw with Manchester United yesterday, with the Gunners scoring an equalising goal in the 89th minute. A Olivier Giroud header was enough to peg back the hosts, who had looked far superior throughout the match, against an Arsenal side that just didn't look on the ball.

Arsenal were more steel than style at Old Trafford

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Arsenal came away from yesterday's game at Man United with a point, despite lacking the usual freeflowing attacking football that we are used to seeing. In fact the Gunners did not have a shot on target until Olivier Giroud's late late equaliser from Oxlade-Chamberlain's superb cross. Most Gooners were at a loss to understand why [.

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal: Game in 10 Tweets as Giroud rescues the Gunners

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A big weekend of domestic football kicked off at Old Trafford, with Saturday's early game seeing Arsenal visit old rivals Manchester United. SEE ALSO: 3 To See: Manchester United vs. Arsenal...

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Does Sanchez’s injury spell the end for Arsenal’s title chances?

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Arsenal’s bright start to every season and title hopes comes crashing down after a player gets injured. This happens every single year. Like clockwork.

There are worrying reports from Chile that the Alexis Sanchez has suffered a muscle tear. Some are suggesting that it’s a minor issue, while some are hinting at him being out for six weeks.

Should (or will) Olivier Giroud leave Arsenal next summer?

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There's been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Olivier Giroud these last few weeks, with the Frenchman struggling to get minutes on the pitch. After a very slow start to the season for Giroud, who struggled with fitness following on from an extended summer break. Giroud was given extra time off in the summer [.

Alexis Sanchez long term injury? I don’t believe it!

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In an earlier post today I made the terrible mistake of saying that Olivier Giroud would only get his starting spot back for Arsenal if Alexis Sanchez got injured.... I reckon the writers at CNN in Chile must have been reading that, because they are now reporting that our superstar has had to leave training [.

Should Giroud stop moaning about being on the Arsenal bench?

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Poor old Olivier Giroud, he has been Arsenal's top scorer for three years in a row, but he has never been truly admired by many of the home crowd, in fact he has been vilified as the reason for us not winning the title last season after failing to score for 15 games in a [...]

Arsenal: Olivier Giroud Admits He Had An Irrational Childhood Fear Of The TV Sitcom Puppet ‘ALF’

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He may be a big, strapping lump of a man now but Olivier Giroud has admitted that, as an impressionable 10-year-old, he developed an irrational fear of 1980s sitcom puppet ALF.

Discussing the phobia in the Arsenal programme for today's big ding-dong with Tottenham, Giroud revealed that his young soul was tormented by the very existence of ALF, the cat-eating alien star of the American sci-fi sitcom of the same name.

Arsenal still don’t have a Plan B…

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You may have seen recently how Arsenal legend Thierry Henry labelled fellow Frenchman and current Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, as a Plan B option for Arsene Wenger. Giroud, who has fallen slightly out of favour at the Emirates due to Alexis Sanchez's form up front, did manage to make an instant impact by scoring twice [.

Will Giroud accept he is Arsenal’s Plan B?

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Olivier Giroud has been Arsenal's first choice striker for many seasons now, assuming the role left behind from Van Persie's departure in 2012. The Frenchman however never truly replaced Arsenal's spell of great strikers and as of yet, he is still not hitting the heights required from him. Now, after a lengthy spell out with [.

Ozil is better than Bergkamp. Match Report.

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Character building, yes, character building is the way I would describe that win and probably the best preparation for Sunday we could have had. What, I hear you say; surely another six-nil win would have been better giving us the chance to rest Ozil and Sanchez after seventy minutes? Not necessarily, there is no way it is going to be a stroll in the park on Sunday and if we go a goal behind we will have had very recent experience in knowing how to put it right.

City and Arsenal forge ahead, Heaton thwarts Utd

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London (AFP) Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan each scored twice as Manchester City crushed West Bromwich Albion 4-0 on Saturday to reclaim first place in the Premier League from Arsenal.

Arsenal won 4-1 at Sunderland, with substitute Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez both scoring twice, but City's win kept Pep Guardiola's side top on goal difference as they ended a six-game winless run.

Another Goal-Fest?

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Strange how the EFL Cup has become such so much fun. A few years ago it was just anther fixture to be got through in a busy PL/CL season and one we hoped would not result injuries; today it is (IMO) more interesting than Boro last w/e.

Why? Because:

A. It doesn't really matter if we win or lose.

Is Giroud still Arsenal’s main striker in Wenger’s mind?

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is remaining relatively coy over the situation regarding Olivier Giroud, with Le Prof maintaining that Giroud will be an important player for the Gunners once he gets back to full fitness. It is understood that Giroud may be ready to return to the squad within the next week or so, however [.

Why Alexis Is A Better Option Than Giroud For Arsenal

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All summer Arsenal fans clamored for Arsene Wenger to sign up a big-name striker to replace Olivier Giroud as the focal point of the Arsenal attack. Instead Wenger decided that he already had the world-class striker than the Arsenal fans wanted, in Alexis Sacchez. And the stats show that Chile international is a much better option than the French international.

What has happened to Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil?

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Last season Mesut Ozil was the star of the Arsenal show. He was creating hundreds of chances in every game, and would surely have broken Thierry Henry's assist record if our strikers (especially Olivier Giroud) had have not been so profligate in front of goal in the second half of the season. He even broke [.

The REAL reason Arsenal are not starting Giroud?

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So according to Arsene Wenger the Arsenal and France international striker Olivier Giroud has yet to start a single game for the Gunners this season is because he had a long summer and got back late and has not been up to speed. Well speed is probably a bad word to use for Giroud but [...]

PSG’s Verratti has Champions League red card rescinded

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain have successfully appealed against the red card picked up by Italian midfielder Marco Verratti towards the end of Tuesday's Champions League draw with Arsenal, the French champions confirmed.

Verratti was shown a second yellow card along with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud after the pair clashed off the ball in injury time in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes in Group A.

Arsenal’s secret striker!

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All summer Arsenal fans were crying out for Arsene Wenger to splash the cash on a new striker, with Olivier Giroud proving on more than one occasion that he just isn't up to the mark. The Gunners eventually signed Lucas Perez towards the end of the transfer window and although we are yet to see [...]

Wenger wants Hull of an effort from Gunners

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger will expect his Arsenal side to offer more convincing signs of their ability to compete for the Premier League title when they visit Hull City on Saturday after a testing week in Europe.

A 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain ensured the Gunners avoided defeat in their opening Champions League outing although the point came at the expense of a red card for Olivier Giroud.

Who is Arsenal’s Top Scorer in the Champions League?

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Lovely warm Autumn night, great stadium, very good opponents, a night to look forward to. Win or draw (I never mention a loss) I will enjoy our return to the Champions League, our 19th season in succession.

Can we get further than the last 16? We haven't since 2010; if Arsenal are to be taken seriously as a top team then we must reach at least the quarter-final.

Wenger buoyant for PSG clash after Saints win

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London (AFP) It was deep into injury time and Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side were facing the ignominy of being booed from their Emirates pitch for the second time in this nascent Premier League season.

And then up popped Santi Cazorla to score a controversial spot-kick in the fourth minute of added-on time after referee Bobby Madley judged Jose Fonte to have pulled down Olivier Giroud a decision that left Southampton boss Claude Puel fuming.

Cazorla’s contested penalty sinks Saints

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London (AFP) Santi's Cazorla's controversial stoppage-time penalty gave Arsenal their first home win of the season as they saw off Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

It was a bitter pill for the visitors to swallow, with Southampton still seeking their first win under new manager Claude Puel.

Will ‘unfair’ France fans make striker happier at Arsenal

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While the Arsenal and France international star Olivier Giroud has come in for his fair (or unfair depending on your point of view) share of criticism from some members of the football media in England as well as some Arsenal fans, this is almost exclusively confined to the papers, TV and social media and does [.

Giroud says France won’t rest on laurels

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud said France won't be taking Belarus lightly when they begin World Cup 2018 qualifying in Minsk on Tuesday.

France have been in great form over the summer, reaching the Euro 2016 final on home soil in July before triumphing 3-1 away to Italy on Thursday in a friendly.

Three Reasons Why Arsenal Must Sign £40m French Star

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2015-16 represented Arsenal’s best chance at winning the title. Their main rivals were going through turbulent times. However, Leicester City managed to show the class and confidence one would expect from the Gunners and got the Premier League trophy. One of the major reasons why Arsenal could not end their title drought was because of the striker problem.

Griezmann brace, Arsenal forward impresses in France 2-1 Ireland

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann scored twice as France beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 to move into the last eight of Euro 2016 on Sunday in Lyon.

France manager Didier Deschamps has made four changes to his side that drew 0-0 with Switzerland in their last match with Dimitri Payet, Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud all returning to the starting XI.

Giroud was always Wenger’s Plan B …. Vardy fits Plan A

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Following on from LB's post yesterday asking what we could expect from Vardy in an Arsenal shirt, I thought that I would delve a bit deeper into the factors that would affect that expectation and why he is the type of player we need.

Obviously all this is based on the assumption that Vardy will sign for North London's Finest .

Giroud hails dogged France after Albania scare

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Marseille (AFP) Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud hailed France's never-say-die attitude after a last-gasp 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday sent the hosts into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Giroud missed a few real chances for Les Bleus, notably hitting the base of the upright with a second-half header at a packed Stade Velodrome in Marseille where second-half substitute Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock in the 90th minute.

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Thrashing the Thracians?

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To be quite honest I had absolutely no idea which country PFC Ludogorets Razgrad came from until I started writing this. Bulgaria is the answer and I sincerely hope my appalling ignorance and downright lack of awareness is not matched by the manager and team of Arsenal Football Club.

Looking at Ludogorets' record in the Champions League, their biggest home win was 1-0 v Basel in 2014 and their biggest away defeats were both 4-0 to Basel (again) and Real Madrid (both in 2014).

Donnarumma debuts as Ventura begins with France loss

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Giampiero Ventura handed teenaged AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma his debut but began his reign with a 3-1 defeat to France in Bari on Thursday.

Ventura replaced Antonio Conte last month and pledged to carry on the good work of the current Chelsea manager following the Azzurri's impressive march to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.