Can a Fit Olivier Giroud Get Into Arsenal’s Starting Eleven?

Can a Fit Olivier Giroud Get Into Arsenal’s Starting Eleven?

When asked before the Bournemouth game about Giroud’s chance of starting on Saturday, Arsene Wenger gave a reply straight from the Football Manager handbook. A coy Wenger said “It’s just game by game, I make the decision on the next game…I thought in this game [against PSG] his physical presence could give them problems at the back…We need everyone on board and it’s just the next game that matters.” In the two games that Arsenal had played before that question …
Burnley vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Burnley vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On October second, Arsenal travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.  After four straight Premier League wins, the Gunners will be looking to push that streak to five in a row and attempt to gain ground on Manchester City.  Burnley snapped their four match winless streak with their 2-0 win over Watford at the weekend.  They'll be looking to pull off a huge upset and stop the Gunners good form in it's tracks. Team News Burnley will have most …
5 Key Battles for a Starting Place & Who Comes Out on Top

5 Key Battles for a Starting Place & Who Comes Out on Top

The 2016-17 season has already thrown up a few surprises but once again, it's a season which has provided challenges for the Premier League's top managers. Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp have had to make some ruthless choices on starting positions already this season but here's five of the biggest battles so far and who should come out on top... Simon Mignolet & Loris Karius - Liverpool Mignolet's Liverpool career has been nothing short of drama, with the Belgian keeper …
Arsenal vs Basel Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal vs Basel Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On September 28th, Arsenal will be hosting Basel at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League.  Both teams came from behind for 1-1 draws in matchday one. Both teams will look to get three points on matchday two. Arsenal snatched a very undeserved point from their match at the Parc des Princes thanks to a late equalizer from Alexis Sanchez. They'll be looking to improve their result and their performance against Basel. Basel were the beneficiaries of an even later equalizer …
Looking At Lucas Perez's First Week at Arsenal

Looking At Lucas Perez's First Week at Arsenal

After weeks of Arsenal looking at different strikers in the market, they finally settled on 28 year old Lucas Perez.  Arsene Wenger pulled the trigger on the Spanish striker and agreed to pay the £17.1 million asking price.  After years of fans begging, Arsenal finally had a new striker. Immediately after purchasing Perez, there was an international break.  Since he's not a part of the Spanish set up, the striker got to stay at London Colney, train with the other members …
A Statistical-Strategic Approach to Understanding Olivier Giroud's Game

A Statistical-Strategic Approach to Understanding Olivier Giroud's Game

The start to this season has not been the one Arsenal expected. At a time when competitors have hit the ground running, Arsenal have made a slow start. While they did sign Lucas Pérez from Deportivo La Coruna; Olivier Giroud, Arsenal’s main striker for the last four seasons, is expected to continue in his role as the leader of the striking contingent. Arguably, no striker divides opinion like the Frenchman. He has been booed by his own fans and criticism …
A look at Wilfried Bony to Stoke City

A look at Wilfried Bony to Stoke City

After a pretty quiet summer transfer window, Stoke City made a flurry of moves on deadline day, including the loan signing of Wilfried Bony.  While the headlines of the day were dominated by big money buys like Moussa Sissoko and David Luiz, Bony could prove to be one of, if not the most, impactful signings of deadline day. Stoke had a pretty interesting season last year.  They finished ninth on 51 points, as Marc Hughes guided Stoke to a top …
Arsene Wenger vs Jurgen Klopp - Can They Turn Things Around?

Arsene Wenger vs Jurgen Klopp - Can They Turn Things Around?

This season of the Premier League was eagerly anticipated. With world-class players, this time, we could also be able to witness world-class managers battling it out with each other. The likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, and even Conte – to some extent – have brought in sturdy reinforcements, and engaged in playing around with the strategy and formations to see what suits the team best. So far, it has yielded positive results for them. However, what happens to Arsenal …
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