Southampton vs Arsenal Preview

The congestive EPL festive fixtures continue and Arsenal will be hosted by Southampton on the New Year’s Day. The Gunners will hope to leapfrog the Saints in the race for fourth spot.

Arsenal will travel to the South Coast without the suspended Oliver Giroud. Arsene Wenger has also revealed that Welbeck faces a late fitness test. He however confirmed that Walcott is fit enough to earn a start. The Saints will miss the services of Morgan Schneiderlin who was suspended in the last clash with Chelsea.

The Saints will be confident in this tie as they have avoided a defeat in the previous three ties with Arsenal at the St. Mary’s Stadium. The Saints have also lost only 2 points form a winning position this season. The Gunners, however, have not lost to the Saints in an EPL tie since 2002.

Good Luck to the Gunners.

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Arsenal linked to Petr Cech

Petr Cech’s agent has encouraged Arsenal and Liverpool to make their bids for the Chelsea Goal keeper. Cech has become the second choice goal keeper after the arrival of Thibaut Courtois. Even though his agent has been quoted saying his move his unlikely, speculation suggests that he could be on the move.

Arsenal will gain much more from the experience of Cech. I don’t believe that the acquisition of Cech will be a luxury one but will bolster the goalkeeping options for Arsenal. Ospina and Szczesny have a lot to learn from Cech who I believe is still one of the best goal keepers around.

Again, it is about that time we have to keep up with rumors from all corners. Hope Wenger will grab whatever player that will improve the squad.

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Arsenal just cannot hold on

Arsenal fans will be delighted with the score line after being completely dominated by Liverpool for major parts of the game. In fact, the Gunners had the lowest possession since 2003. It seemed like the boys were suffering from stage flight. Perhaps last encounter’s mauling was still fresh in their minds.

Arsenal looked on course to escape with a lucky win against the 10-man Reds apart from loss of concentration in defending the 95th minute Liverpool’s’ corner. Up to now we have never learnt how to defend corners. Just like we don’t know how to take them.

Both sides could not afford a loss. However, Arsenal might feel lucky or frustrated depending on which side of the coin you look at it. They could have won the game and they could have deservedly lost. None of those happened.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: News, Preview and Prediction

Many Arsenal fans won’t relish the memory of this fixture last season. Arsenal were abysmally thrashed by Liverpool. By 20 minutes the score line read Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal.

This season, Liverpool FC have been pretty awful. Repeating their stellar performance of last season is far from imagination. Since the departure of Suarez and injury to Sturridge, the Reds have failed to rekindle the performance of last season.

Arsenal will be full of confidence ahead of the tie after an impressive win over Newcastle. Despite injury concerns of the Ox, Ramsey, Monreal and Walcott, the Gunners have plenty of options to give Liverpool a torrid time.

Prediction: Both teams are struggling to live the glory of their past. However, Arsenal has had the best of Liverpool over the recent history. In fact, the Gunners have lost twice to Liverpool in the last 14 matches. With that in mind, I believe the Gunners will prove to be too much for Liverpool.

Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

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Will Arsenal get another Henry?

The Arsenal legend announced his retirement from football to join Sky Sports as a pundit. Not only Arsenal fans that have plenty of memories about Thierry but also supporters of other football clubs around the world. The French International has unparalleled success in football world.

Since his departure, Arsenal has not been able to land / recruit a player of Henry’s caliber. Arsene Wenger will admit to say how easier it is to manage a team with star players like Henry.

Arsene has been known for nurturing talents. It will not be long before he develops a player to hit the heights of players like Henry. The problem is whether the club will be able to sustain such players due to the rigid wage structure and diminished competitiveness in football.

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Monaco it is: Wenger handed dream draw

The draw for the UCL was out and Arsenal were paired with French side Monaco. Before the draw Wenger had joked about seeking religious intervention to get a favorable draw. His prayers seem to have been answered as the football deities offered him a reprieve.

Arsene Wenger will be delighted to have drawn Monaco. Probably the fairest draw he could get. Additionally, Le Professor will have a reunion with a club he spent seven years in charge.

Arsenal cycle of dreadful draws seems to have come to an end this season. Even though Arsenal has not met Monaco in a competitive match, Wenger will relish the encounter.

Arsenal has now the opportunity to progress to the quarter finals after being handed what seem as a kind draw. The team and the manager cannot be afforded with excuses this time. They should/must beat Monaco (no pressure).

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Impressive Arsenal thrashes on-form Newcastle at the Emirates

Arsenal’s start stop campaign continued. When they are form, Arsenal are a formidable force. Newcastle just like Galatasaray were left wobbling after getting thrashed by the Gunners. Two goals apiece by Cazorla and Giroud were enough to finish the job.

Arsenal were impressive on the day. They displayed an entertaining performance accompanied by a plethora of attacks on the opponent’s goal. That what the fans like. Even with a makeshift defense that looked nervy at times, the Gunners decimated almost all the attacks that came from the Magpies.

What has been lacking this season in this Arsenal side is consistency. With this win, Arsene Wenger will be desperate that the team capitalizes on this performance to get positive results in the remaining games.

But for now, Oh! Oh! To be a Gooner.

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Arsenal vs Newcastle: News, preview and prediction

The Gunners will entertain the on form Magpies in a late EPL kick off at the Emirates. Newcastle are on a good run and currently are level with Arsenal on points. However, recent history favors Arsenal as they have lost one of the last 14 encounters with Newcastle. They have won all the last five encounters with Newcastle.

Both teams face crucial absenteeism ahead of the tie. Arsenal face massive defensive injury crisis. With Monreal and Kolscieny ruled out and Chambers suspended, Arsene Wenger will have to deploy a makeshift defense. Ramsey has also been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Newcastle also have a fair share of absentees. Notably, Sissoko and Steven Taylor will miss with suspensions. Coloccini also remains a big doubt for the encounter.

Prediction: The Gunners have displayed mix performances in recent weeks making prediction a nightmare. However, my intuition tells me Arsenal will edge past the Magpies.

Arsenal 2-1 Newcastle United

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CL: Arsenal wins but misses top spot

Arsenal never ceases to amaze. The Gunners produced a stellar performance to humble Galatasaray despite an inauspicious performance away to Stoke City on Saturday. Two goals apiece from Ramsey and Podolski ensured that the Gunners walked out of Turkey with all the three points. And Oh My! what a strike by Ramsey! Definite contender for the goal of the year.

Arsenal finished the group level with BVB but the Germans have a superior goal difference. That means that Arsenal will face either Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Monaco or one of PSG or Barcelona.

Arsene Wenger will rue a missed chance to top the group courtesy of the dreadful draw with Anderlecht. For them to proceed past the round of 16, they need to get tougher regardless of the opponent. The soft underbelly needs to harden.

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Arsenal Wenger has lost the touch but abusing him is distasteful

Football is supposed to be fun. Abuse and unruly behavior beats the purpose of a unifying factor in football. On Saturday, Arsene Wenger and the team met the wrath of frustrated fans who hurled unprintable insults to them at the train station.

We all understand that Arsenal fans are frustrated. Wenger is not the same as he was a decade ago. As a result, Arsenal regression is there for all to see. However, abuses and severe vilification of Wenger are just not right.

Arsene Wenger is the villain at the moment but fans should not forget what he has done. Frustrated fans can express their opinions through polite means rather than abuses.

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Another fruitless outing for Arsenal at Stoke City

Dear oh dear, Arsenal crumbled again. Arsenal first half self destruction allowed Stoke City to put three past the shambolic defense. It was one of those games. Abject defending, insipid attack and lack of spirit. Arsenal fans must be livid at such lack of character by the team especially in the first half.

Stoke city didn’t wait for long before getting in front. Crouch scored within the first 20 seconds of the game. Arsenal defenders were absolutely oblivious of the danger their opponents posed in counter attacks and set pieces. In the process, they let in three easy goals.

Arsenal’s resurgence in the second half wasn’t enough as Stoke held on. Their spirited second half performance was not helped by the sending off of Chambers for a second yellow.

Arsene Wenger’s post match interview drawing out positives from the match doesn’t help the situation. Arsenal looked ill prepared for this game despite their repeated hoodoo at Britannia Stadium. After a recent winning run, the defeat at Stoke sees the team back to square one.

In Arsene we trust?

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Stoke City Vs Arsenal: Preview And Prediction

Arsenal face a heavy task when they face the Potters in the weekend premier league match on Saturday. Stoke City has been a perennial bogey team for the Gunners who are yet to record a PL win at the Britannia Stadium (D2 L4) since the return of Stoke in premier league in the year 2009.

The Gunners are on a good run after winning their three consecutive games and keeping clean sheets in those games as well. Stoke are on a run of three back to back losses. The Stoke-Arsenal match will be a hotly contested one owing to previous experiences.

All eyes will be on Wenger to see how he will alter his team to get a win at Britannia Stadium something he has failed in the previous seven occasions. For the Gunners to get a result at Britannia, they also need to overcome the mental block that has hampered their performances.

Prediction: It will be a physical encounter as always and Arsenal need to step up. They need to fire from all cylinders other than depend on the man of the moment, Alexis.

Prediction: Stoke City 0-1 Arsenal

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Sanchez rescues Gunners again

It has become perennial now. Arsenal scoring late and Sanchez being in the mix. Arsenal left it late again versus Southampton in a tight match at the Emirates. The win helped Arsenal to move within three points behind the Saints who have had a blistering start to the season.

The Saints were crippled by injuries and finished the closing stages of the game with 10 men. Something that fell in favor of the valiant Gunners. Sanchez scored his 14th strike in 22 appearances to put the Gunners in front. He never fails to oblige when we need him.

It was another match that tested the nerves of the Gunners. Taking each game at a time will give the Gunners confidence that has been short. Roll on to the next game. Here we come the Potters!

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Did Wenger deserve the ‘Wenger out’ banner?

On Saturday clash between Arsenal and West Brom, a provocative banner by a section of Arsenal fans was held bearing the message,” Arsene - thanks for the memories, but it’s time to say goodbye”. Are the fans going too far with this?

Arsene Wenger was adamant to respond to questions asked regarding the banner. However, questions will be asked whether the disgruntled fans have a point. The timing of the fans to express their feelings was probably wrong especially after two wins in a row. Had it been brandished after the Man United loss things would have been different.

Arsenal fans need to be united to support the team. Whether the manager stays or leaves, the support for the team should be unrivaled.

Speaking of Arsenal's striking options, who do you guys think is better upfront, Danny Welbeck vs Olivier Giroud.

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