Arsenal v Leicester City - Friday Night Football at the Emirates

Arsenal v Leicester City - Friday Night Football at the Emirates

The 2017/2018 Premier League season kicks off Friday with Arsenal hosting Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.  The two former Premier League champions hope to grab the first three points of the season and get themselves to the top of the table early. Arsenal will be desperate to win the Premier League this year.  With Alexis Sanchez refusing to sign a new contract, it looks like the Chilean will play out the final year of his contract and sign for …
Arsenal 2017/18: Season Preview

Arsenal 2017/18: Season Preview

On one side of the coin, the upcoming season presents many a familiar challenge for Arsenal; the fans' opinion on their long-serving manager remains split, and key players are linked with moves away. But on the flip side, the new campaign provides a host of fresh hurdles for the Gunners, particularly with the prospect of Europa League football as opposed to the Champions League for the first time in years. The weekend's Community Shield win over Chelsea will have given …
Why Michy Batshuayi needs to leave Chelsea this summer

Why Michy Batshuayi needs to leave Chelsea this summer

Chelsea are entering the season with a new striker in the form of Alvaro Morata and they could yet sign another to compete with the Spanish international. However, Michy Batshauyi is making a case for himself during pre-season with some great performances. The Belgian was underused last season and it appeared that Antonio Conte wasn't a huge fan of the striker. He arrived with a growing reputation and was regarded as a greater talent than Alexandre Lacazette when he left …
Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Olivier Giroud: Arsenal’s Unappreciated Goalscorer

Last year, Arsenal were that close to signing Leicester’s Jamie Vardy for a £25 million transfer fee. But Vardy never put pen to paper. Upon reflection, between his tins of Thunder snuff tobacco and cans of Red Bull, Vardy made one of his better decisions. He realised that his limited, direct attacking skills did not fit well with Arsenal’s more intricate, build-from-the-back, short passing in tight spaces requirements. Vardy backed out of the move. Had the transfer been completed, the addition …
The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
Arsenal's Options in the wake of another Santi Cazorla Injury

Arsenal's Options in the wake of another Santi Cazorla Injury

Things are looking up this Summer at the Arsenal; Alexandre Lacazette recently became the club’s record signing and various reports from Chile hint at star man Alexis Sanchez remaining a part of Arsene Wenger’s squad for next season. Alongside this are the continued reports linking the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe to the club, with Mesut Ozil’s recent renewal of his Emirates Stadium box brightening the N5 skies that little bit more. But news breaking early …
3 transfer targets for Arsenal this month

3 transfer targets for Arsenal this month

After Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year extension on his expiring contract less than two weeks ago and then vowed to challenge for the 2017-18 Premier League title, Arsenal are expected to be busy in this summer's transfer window. The Gunners have already landed 2016-17 Bundesliga Team of the Season left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke 04 as Wenger looks to upgrade his squad. Here are three more players Arsenal have been linked to already this month: Arda Turan The Turkish …
Lacazette or Cornet: Which Lyon Forward Should Liverpool Go After?

Lacazette or Cornet: Which Lyon Forward Should Liverpool Go After?

Daniel Sturridge would perhaps rate as one of the most frustrating players in the Premier League and perhaps in Europe. The people getting frustrated with him have changed but he continues to vex people. During his early Liverpool career, he used to frustrate the opposition defences and for the last two seasons he is frustrating his manager, team mates, and fans. It seems that he cannot seem to find the three Fs – fitness, favour, and form simultaneously. It seems …
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