Holding Midfielders The Talk Of The Town

Holding Midfielders The Talk Of The Town

The importance of the holding midfielder to any Premier League title challenge has never been doubted. While flashier proponents of the footballing art have rightly been serenaded by fans, there has always been place for the likes of Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane and Claude Makalele in a discussion about modern-day giants. Having the right player in the middle of the park has often proven to be the difference between ending a campaign as league winners or also-rans. Michael Essien’s injury …
Arsenal Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Arsenal Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Arsenal are desperate for a win. The Gunners have dropped out of the top four after a loss to Sheffield United and a draw at home to Crystal Palace. They cannot afford to drop more points and fall further away from the top four. Wolverhampton have rebounded from their slow start. They're unbeaten in their last five matches. That said, they're still settling for too many draws. A win would be huge for their Europa League push. Team News Reiss …
Liverpool Vs Arsenal Carabao Cup Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool Vs Arsenal Carabao Cup Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Organizers of the League Cup must be a bit pleased with the results of the fourth-round draw. The draw resulted in several marquee clashes early in the competition, including five matches to be played by Premier League opponents amongst themselves. One of these marquee clashes will take place at Anfield on Wednesday night as Liverpool host Arsenal. By their own standards set earlier this season and late last season, Liverpool have been underperforming a bit. They had to settle for …
Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace Match Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace Match Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Arsenal are looking to rebound from their disappointing loss away to Sheffield United on Monday. They were able to comeback to win against Vitoria Guimaraes, but the Premier League is the true test. They dropped to fifth after their result on Monday, but another loss could see them tumble further down the table. Crystal Palace have had a fantastic start to the season, accumulating 16 points from nine matches. Their last two losses have come against top six teams, so …
Arsenal's Lack of Link Play Limits Them Against United

Arsenal's Lack of Link Play Limits Them Against United

Arsenal's draw at Old Trafford continued a run of satisfactory results but underwhelming performances. Their plan appeared to be to sit back and hit Manchester United on the counterattack. While the satisfactory result suggests the plan worked, they struggled to counter effectively. This exposed an issue that has manifested itself in a few different ways this season; Arsenal don't have a good link between their midfield and attack. [caption id="attachment_84034" align="alignleft" width="196"] Arsenal's average position map against Liverpool courtesy of …
Arsenal The Team To Fear For The Top Two

Arsenal The Team To Fear For The Top Two

It seems like every defeat these days ushers in the latest round of crises at three of the four clubs that have dominated the Premier League era. Manchester City have been relatively new entrants to the party, but having won only two league titles in their history until 2011, they have added four more in quite a hurry and do not look like stopping anytime soon.  Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal however are at differing stages of upheaval and with …
Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Manchester United are in desperate need of a good result. With only one win in their last five Premier League matches, they are in danger of falling behind in the top four chase. A result against Arsenal would be vital in their chase for Champions League football. A loss could send their season spiralling out of control. Arsenal have had strong results so far this season, but their performances are worrying. Winning when not playing well is important, but the …
Arsenal vs Aston Villa Match Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Arsenal vs Aston Villa Match Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Arsenal need to rebound after an awful result against Watford last week. They blew a 2-0 lead and conceded a record number of shots to the team at the bottom of the table. They'll be back at the Emirates this week against newly promoted Aston Villa. If they can't bounce back in this fixture, the season could go south very quickly. Aston Villa have struggled in their return to the Premier League with only four points in five matches. They …
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