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'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 vs Watford Preview | Team News & Key Players

Arsenal vs Watford Preview | Team News & Key Players

Arsenal are riding high after winning four straight Premier League matches and six straight matches overall. While they have not played particularly well in any of their Premier League matches, they have been getting results. They'll look to continue that against Watford, but the Hornets have started well themselves. The Gunners will have to hope they find some continuity in Emery's system for this match, or they could risk dropping points they need to be competitive in the fight for …
Newcastle United v Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Players & Prediction

Newcastle United v Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Players & Prediction

Newcastle have come alive at just the right time. The Toon have won three matches in a row moving them into the top half of the table and 10 points off relegation with six matches to play. This hot streak has comfortably pushed Rafa Benitez's men out of the relegation picture and into the safety of mid-table. At this point, Benitez's side can relax, but they would love a win against Arsenal to push them over the 40 point mark. …
Arsenal v Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal v Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal have had a very eventful week.  At time of writing, Theo Walcott has been sold to Everton, while deals for Alexis Sanchez to move to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going to the Emirates, Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang moving to Arsenal, and Malcom to go to the Gunners are all being discussed, according to various sources, including David Ornstein of the BBC.  While there is a lot of talk, nothing has been completed, at time of writing, so they could be …
Arsenal v Tottenham Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Arsenal v Tottenham Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Arsenal and Tottenham will rekindle their fierce rivalry on Saturday as the Gunners welcome Spurs to the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal went into the international break with a 3-1 loss to Manchester City, dropping them to sixth in the table. A win on Saturday would move the Gunners only one point behind their North London rivals, but their recent record against Tottenham is quite poor.  Arsenal have not won against Spurs in the league since March 2014 and lost 2-0 in …
Arsene Wenger's Risks Did Not Pay Off - Player Ratings v City

Arsene Wenger's Risks Did Not Pay Off - Player Ratings v City

To say this is a familiar feeling for Arsenal fans would be an understatement, to say the least. An away day at a top-six club ending with questions, frustration and ultimately disappointment is becoming more than an annual event for the Gunners faithful. This time they faced Manchester City; a team who have now scored a record 52 goals after just 17 games in all competitions. Based on this – and when remembering Arsenal’s previous falters away to top sides …
Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

After their respective European exploits over the week, Arsenal and Manchester City return to the Premier League to face each other in a massive match before the international break. Manchester City return from Naples as triumphant winners and already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.  They'll come back to Manchester to play what should be an easier match.  Arsenal have struggled away from home in the Premier League in 2017, while City are yet to drop a …
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