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Sunderland v Arsenal: Team News, Tactics, Line-ups, and Prediction

Saturday’s match at the Stadium of Light pits two teams coming off disappointing results in their last English Premier League matches. Sunderland got destroyed by Southampton, suffering an 8-0 defeat. Arsenal played poorly against Hull City, with about 20 minutes of good play being sufficient to get a point out of a match where they should have expected to get all three. For Arsenal fans, this match against Sunderland should not feel too different to many of Arsenal’s encounters this season. The question will be whether Arsenal have found some new ways to attack these all too familiar strategies and tactics. Read more »

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Arsene Wenger: Sunderland Will React After Embarrassing Defeat

Arsenal manager admitted he considered selecting Theo Walcott for tomorrow’s game against Sunderland but conceded that he is not yet match fit. The England international is closing on a first-team return after featuring for the under-21s last week, and the manager has been impressed by Walcott’s positive attitude during this nine-month lay-off. “He had a very difficult time,” said Wenger. “He’s a very polite and social guy, but behind that, he’s mentally strong as well.” “For what he has gone through in the last nine months, you gain even more respect for him, because he had some difficult times and always responded very positively. He’s got a young baby, where they had some problems, but he has done extremely well.” “[Theo] had some difficult times and always responded very positively. I am not sure to involve him tomorrow. Certainly next week.” “He has to get used to contact again. He has been out for nine months, it was a big […] Read more »

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Arsenal – Podolski Will Talk To Wenger About Possible Departure

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will discuss his situation with manager, Arsene Wenger and may leave the club in January. The German international is yet to start a single Premier League game for Arsenal this season, enjoying just 37 minutes of action on the pitch, and was again ignored in the 2-2 draw against Hull City on Saturday. With Theo Walcott reaching full fitness, the chance of Podolski starting a league game are thinner than before and the 29-year old admits a move away from the London club might be ideal for his career. The 29-year-old told Sport Bild: “I have a contract with Arsenal until 2016. I feel at home in London and get on with the fans very well.” “Nevertheless, I will try to speak with the coach and the club to see what is best for all parties. “I want to play football and am not the type to sit on the bench until my contract expires.” Lukas Podolski […] Read more »

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Anderlecht v Arsenal – Team News, Tactics, Line-Ups and Prediction

Anderlecht v Arsenal Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Anderlecht 23 October 2014, 18:45 GMT *** Arsenal visit Belgium to face Anderlecht in their third Champions League clash in the group stage. Anderlecht have only gained one point in the Champions League so far when they drew against Turkish side Galatasaray. The club has very little chance of progression as they are placed in a tough group alongside Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund. The focus for the Belgian champions will be to finish above Galatasaray and head to the Europa League. Meanwhile, Arsenal have had a mixed start to their campaign, losing their first game against Borussia Dortmund and winning their second against Galatasaray. Finishing above Dortmund seems like a tough task for the Gunners. But Arsene Wenger’s team should aim for just that and try to win rest of the four games in the group stage. Team News Anderlecht Anderlecht have only won 2 points in eight Champions League games and it […] Read more »

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Arsenal 2-2 Hull City – Welbeck’s Late Equalizer Secures A Point For Arsenal

Arsenal had to rely on a stoppage time goal from Danny Welbeck to deny Hull a victory at the Emirates Stadium. The season is getting from bad to worse for Arsenal as the London club barely escaped an embarrassing home defeat at the hands of Hull City. A goal from Danny Welbeck in the injury time helped Arsenal secure a point from the game, leaving them 11 points behind league leaders Chelsea. Arsenal were off to a good start as the Gunners were the dominant force in the first 20 minutes of the game. Hull City were laidback in their approach as they allowed Arsenal to create number of chances early in the game. Keeper Steve Harper was forced to make two saves early in the game, when the veteran kept out a Welbeck attempt and tipped over a curling shot from Santi Cazorla. Arsenal were successful in beating the Hull City defence when a low shot from Alexis Sanchez […] Read more »