Arsenal vs Everton Preview

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Arsenal will be flying high after beating Bayern Munich on Tuesday, which ended Munich’s 100% start to the season. With a win, Arsenal will move to the top of the table and show that the London club are serious Premier League title contenders. Everton will be looking for a scalp to keep them in touching distance of a European spot.

Team News

Aaron Ramsey pulled his hamstring midway through the second half and will therefore miss this game, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to step in for the injured Ramsey.

Wenger’s also stated that Sanchez is close too being exhausted, following a hectic schedule, but he should start.

Both Tom Cleverley and Steven Piennar made their returns from injuries in Everton U21’s on Tuesday, and should make the squad for the trip to the Emirates.

Kevin Mirallas is back from suspension, while Tony Hibbert, Muhamed Besic, Leighton Baines are all out but.

Key Battle: Alexis Sanchez vs Seamus Coleman

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Coleman faces a tough test on Saturday evening when he faces the tough job of putting shackles on the in-form Chilean. Coleman didn’t have the best of outings last week vs Man United, so he’ll be looking to make amends with a solid display at The Emirates.

Last 5 meetings

  • Arsenal 2-0 Everton (PL, Mar 15)
  • Everton 2-2 Arsenal (PL, Aug 14)
  • Everton 3-0 Arsenal (PL, Apr 14)
  • Arsenal 4-1 Everton (FAC, Mar 14)
  • Arsenal 1-1 Everton (PL, Dec 13)

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NEW: WILL ARSENAL SIGN PETR CECH?

 Yes.

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Player Ratings vs Aston Villa

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Arsenal cruised to a 5-0 win over Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium to move back up to fifth in the Premier League.

ospina      13: David Ospina      8/10

Not tested until the end where he made 2 great saves to keep his 4th clean sheet. It seems that he has to make a few mistakes before allowing Szczesny back in as No.1

Bell      39: Hector Bellerin      8.5/10

Every time he gets a chance, he grabs it with both hands and feet. he seems to be getting better every time we see him. Has pace to burn. Defensively assured today and bagged his 1st arsenal goal with a composed finish.

 Mert      4: Per Mertesacker      8/10

Good game from Merts. Confident on the ball. He nearly set up Akpom from the left wing with some nice play.

Koscielny      6: Laurent Koscielny      8/10

Koscielny was Koscielny. Never looked troubled throughout the 90 minutes. Solid.

Monreal      18: Nacho Monreal      8/10

Another solid performance from Nacho. Good defensively who also provided a decent attacking outlet on the left.

Theo      14: Theo Walcott      7/10

A strange game from Theo. Struggled to get into the game. Had a few chances that he should of done better with. Scored a great goal off a great run. Getting back to full fitness slowly.

Coq      34: Francis Coquelin      8.5/10

Everyone suddenly can’t get enough of Coq. 5 tackles made. 5 tackles won. 92% pass accuracy. Does what he needs to do. Will sign a new long-term contract soon.

Ramsey      16: Aaron Ramsey      7/10

A bit like Theo, struggled to get into the game at times. Worked hard all game as usual and was unlucky not to score with a shot stinging Guzan’s palms.

MESUT-OZIL      11: Mesut Özil      9/10   MOTM

That’s 2 goals in 2 games from Ze German who has come back from his injury looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Scored a nice goal and set up Giroud, which will surely get assist of the season.

SantiCazorla      19: Santi Cazorla      8.5/10

Is Santi in the form of his career? Another brilliant display from the magician. His ambidextrousness makes him so comfortable on the ball. Got lucky with the penalty, but it went in and that’s the main thing.

oliver-giroud      12: Olivier Giroud      8/10

Seems to be hitting a purple patch at the moment. Long may it last. Only thing letting him down at times is his decision making. He received the ball 6 yards from goal and instead of shooting, he looked for the 1-2. Got himself a goal and as assist.

‘Abroke Diaby’ to ‘Wayne Gooney’- What next?

A little bit about WayneGooney..

In the world of Arsenal, the last thing we’d want is false transfer news that would crush our dreams when we find out it will not come to fruition. So why on earth do some people have the urge to make stuff up? Does it make you feel good? I doubt it.

This is about a young lad currently named on Twitter @waynegooney18 . Over the past few months I have seen him change from a fellow Arsenal fan who was tweeting for fun to an ‘ITK’. Now what caused that? I don’t know. For followers? Maybe. His first Twitter handle was named @Game or something along the lines. He was lovely then. Few weeks after that he changed it to ‘@AbrokeDiaby’. Having close ties to the man himself I was not so happy to see the handle, nonetheless. Now what did he do wrong? Becoming someone he isn’t. In other words he knows f*ck all.

What did he say?

During the early stages of June, rumours had it that Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney were available to sign for Arsenal. Many reliables on here inc: @GeoffArsenal and @DLDN22 claimed that they could be at Arsenal this summer.

So where did @WayneGooney18 go wrong here? He had basically told the world of Twitter that Cesc Fabregas has categorically signed for The Arsenal, occupying the #4 and that personal terms have been agreed with Wayne Rooney. First of all, his claim on Rooney is wrong. I don’t know where he gets these info from- He’s perhaps related to Ben Fairthorne or Inderpal Kaila, who knows? Lets just get things straight on Rooney. NO Contract has been offered yet, but the bid remains in place. Expect no movement until a transfer request has been made my Rooney. This can also be supported by the Mighty Geoff on twitter. Now regarding Cesc Fabregas? Everything he says, is complete nonsense. If he has signed he cannot train with Barcelona, let alone play friendlies. The last I heard on Cesc? Its hit a snag, he wants to give it one more season, but indications from some other reliables on here is that its still a possibility,however its not DONE-SIGNED OR ANYTHING of sort. I suggest you to stay away from @WayneGooney18 claims as he knows zilch. In Fact people are betting ridiculous amount of money (on Cesc To Arsenal) because of his claims and some may be disappointed at the end.

The Truth about Wayne Gooney

Like I said, he is a fraud looking for Twitter fame, that shall not last long anyway. Does he have info though? Really ? No. When he started his ITK movements, he followed @OpinionDan , @Dialsquare_1886 and Me. He constantly asked us for info with his ‘AbrokeDiaby’ account. During the DM conversations, he cited Opinion Dan as his source, which made me suspicious, obviously, This is because I was told, Opinion Dan was here to wind Gooners up, so citing him was not the best idea, Of course. Soon after he found Dan was not so legit, so he did what most would do,which was him trying to out Opinion Dan, so that he would look legit. Since his source was fake(Dan), he ended up making new rumours regarding Cesar and Fellaini. Wasn’t soon after he changed his handle to WayneGooney, to escape from a few and so that he can start his ITK life. I have tried to frame him once but i failed. His stance was so firm on Cesc rejoining because of Dave Seager on Twitter, but he has himself come out and said he was misinformed..

So now you know the truth about WayneGooney, he knows nothing and i hope you unfollow him so that you do not get fooled anymore. Its sad, embarrassing and desperate, so don’t give him the benefit of the doubt.

Transfer Gossip

Uchida (Schalke) RB – Target
Gustavo (Bayern Munchen) DM-Close (Fee Agreed)

Lets all hope Arsenal have a great Transfer window so we can challenge for the Title this season.

Ree Rahman

Player Ratings vs Newcastle

Wojciech Szczesny: 6

Didn’t have a chance with any of Newcastle’s goals. Decent saves from Marveaux, Tiote. Unlucky to concede 3.

Bacary Sagna: 5

For the first 30 minutes Bac had Obertan in his pocket until the winger started to test him by drifting inside, with a foul leading to the free kick that Ba converted. Looked uncharacteristically shaky.

Thomas Vermaelen: 6

Still hasn’t found top form, with this evening offering little sign of stability. Ba’s presence up front caused problems, good with the ball at his feet going forward.

Laurent Koscielny: 5.5

Started today with Mertesacker fallen ill, but didn’t grab his chance with both hands. Did ok and won a few important headers. Unfortunately for Koscielny, he is 3rd choice CB at this stage.

Kieran Gibbs: 3

A bad performance from Gibbs today, his biggest problem is Awareness. Did well attacking down the left flank and got an assist for Walcott’s second.

Mikel Arteta: 6.5

Again Mikel went about his business quietly today. Not afraid to track back and do the dirty work. Measured in possession, without ever really providing much of a spark.

Jack Wilshere: 7.5

Didn’t start well when Ba’s free kick deflected in off his head. If he stands up and be brave, Ba doesn’t score. Simple. He was Arsenal’s driving force in the middle of the park manipulating the ball to his desire. Brilliant mazy run and dinked cross in the build-up for Podolski’s goal.

Santi Cazorla: 7

Quiet first half for Santi. After the break he improved drastically and the Santi we all know and love started to orchestrate proceedings with ease using both feet. Anyone know his stronger foot?

Lukas Podolski: 8

Excellent from Ze Fiery German, playing a key part in most of Arsenal’s forward play. He worked tirelessly throughout and tracked back well. An excellent pass set up Walcott for the game’s opener.

Theo Walcott: 9 MOTM.

Did what he does best and that’s play on the shoulder of the last defender and got an excellent hat-trick for his endless running. Classy finish (henry-esque) opened the scoring, before a composed turn under pressure after a fresh air kick from Podolski. His 3rd was a thing of beauty, danced his way past 2, being hacked down in the box, bounced back on his feet and chipped the ball over Krul from a tight angle. Also got an excellent assist for Giroud to nod home. Not the finished article by all means but showing some real promise playing up top. Will he sign?

Oxlade-Chamberlain:7.5

Started well with a rapid counter with him shooting just wide after 70 seconds. Drifted in and out of the game until Santi fed him, good first touch and slotted home with a low drive into the corner. Glad he’s getting a run of games.

Subs:

Aaron Ramsey: 5

Cameo appearance.

Olivier Giroud: 8.5

What an introduction for Giroud. Coming off the bench to lend Arsenal his power and aerial ability. Scored a good header from an excellent Theo cross. His second goal came when he showed a quick set of feet, shifted the ball onto his right foot and powered past Krul. He should of had his 3rd when he flicked the ball towards goal only to be denied by the crossbar.

Francis Coquelin: 5

Cameo appearance, unlucky not to get more game time.

Young Guns: Martin Angha

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On today’s Young Guns, we will be talking about Arsenal’s versatile Swiss defender Martin Angha.

Having signed from FC Zürich at just 15, Martin has taken tremendous leaps and bounds in terms of progression.

Angha is comfortable all across the back four but prefers to play at centre-back and impressed during the first few fixtures at Arsenal. He has even played defensive midfield for Switzerland U17 on a few occasions. At 183 centimetres tall he possesses a threat from set-pieces and was one of the most highly regarded talents at FC Zürich.

Last season Martin made the most appearances for Arsenal’s reserves. Angha shows great composure while on the ball, but also has quick, nimble feet to get him out of trouble if needs be.

Angha is so high thought of within the club, he was due to make his debut last year in Arsenal’s final Champions League match against Olympiakos at just 17. Only for a mix up with registration, Andre Santos stepped in.

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Last March, Martin was awarded with a new contract, he said, “I’m very happy and I’m very pleased because it gives me confidence and belief that the Club trusts me and wants to keep working with me,”.

Martin would go on to make his first team debut 6 weeks ago against Coventry City where he played the whole game and played very well. All through the match he was getting down the wing and delivering some deadly crosses.

You will no doubt be hearing a lot more about this precocious talent in the coming months and years.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Gunners On International Duty

There are 9 Arsenal players out on International duty. Find out who is likely to start and follow their progress here.

Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker have both been called up to the German squad for their friendly against Holland. Reports say both should start tonight.

Santi Cazorla should start on the bench against Panama tonight. He is due back at London Colney at noon on Friday so hopefully he is fresh enough for the North London Derby which is the early kick off Saturday.

Johan Djourou should start at CB for Switzerland tonight against Tunisia. 90 minutes will be good for Djourou who has found minutes for Arsenal hard to come by.

Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny have both been called up to the French squad for their friendly against Italy. Both will be pushing for starts and should get minutes.

Nicklas Bendtner has been called up to the Denmark squad for their friendly against Turkey. Arsenal’s forgotten man should start.

Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson have been called up to the England squad to face Sweden with the latter being called up for the first time. Both will start on the bench. Theo Walcott was called up but had to pull out due to injury.

Here’s hoping for no injuries.

Player Ratings vs Fulham

Mannone 4 – Not great from Vito. Yes, he got a hand to the 2nd goal but should of saved it. For the penalty he watched as it rolled past him.

Sagna 5 – Not the best game from Bac, got caught out of position only for his pace to get him out of trouble. Brilliant in the air and has iron lungs.

Koscielny 5.5 – His error led to the corner for Fulham’s 1st goal. Better in 2nd half and made 2 excellent tackles.

Per 5 – Like Sagna, uncharacteristically caught out of position. Again, improved in the 2nd half.

Vermaelen 5.5 – An improvement from his performance in Schalke. Gave Fulham too much space but ok going forward.

Walcott 7.5 – A good game from Theo, was a constant threat. His crossing is more consistent. 2 assists today. Give him that new contract.

Coquelin 7 – Went about his business quietly. Typical performance, energetic, feisty. Hopefully Arsene uses him more.

Arteta 3 – It hurts to give Arteta such a low rating. You can count on one hand how many bad games he had in the last year. Gave away a penalty. Slow in possession and misplacing passes.

Podolski 6 – Quiet game from Pod again. Apart from a few nice touches and his goal he was quiet. Maybe that ankle injury is holding him back.

Cazorla 6.5 – Good game from Santi but I fear everyone gives him the ball to make something happen. A delight to watch with the ball at his feet.

Giroud 9 MOTM – Wow. An excellent performance from the big French striker. Won nearly every header attacking and defending. Showed great strength and individual skill.

Subs:

Ramsey 4.5 – Not the best of games from Rambo. Could of been sent off. Sloppy with possession.

Ox-Chambo 5.5 Tried hard but couldn’t get into the game.

Arshavin 5 – Won a penalty, not enough time to get involved.

Arsenal’s New Strikers

 

Olivier Giroud was signed by Arsenal last week. Giroud, who was part of France’s Euro 2012 squad, has signed a “long-term contract” for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be £12.8million.

But what do we know about our new French striker?

The 25-year-old netted an impressive 21 goals in 36 league appearances as Montpellier won their first Ligue 1 title last season. Giroud will look to hit the ground running and will aim to make an instant impact.

The deal with Arsenal was made official on July 1, Giroud was full of praise and admiration for his new team. This is what Olivier had to say:

I have always admired Arsenal with its great history and reputation, and I now hope to achieve great things here.

“I am very proud to be a Gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans.

“It is a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it has been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League.

“I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsene Wenger’s ‘touch’ at this club.

“I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football.”

After watching Giroud last season on multiple occasions, I was impressed with his rocket of a left foot, he can/will use his right foot also. He is very dominant in the air and will put his head in where it hurts. I think if you were to take Chamakh’s aerial ability and Bendtner’s body strength you would get an Olivier Giroud.

Heres hoping Giroud will be able to use his towering structure to hold the ball up and win headers. What I’m saying is, I’m hoping he turns out to be like Drogba rather than Chamakh.

Onto our feisty Polish born German Lukas Podolski. Gooners might look at his track record and be concerned, being at one big club(Bayern) and failed to live up to expectation. I say relax, Podolski has matured. He can hold onto the ball, score goals and provide assists. Getting 100 caps for Germany at 27 is testament to how highly he is rated in his homeland. He marked his 100th cap with a well taken goal.

As he has participated in two World Cups and three European Championships, he will bring vital experience to Arsenal. When he arrives in North London, Podolski should have little trouble fitting in.

His no-nonsense attitude will make an instant fan favourite. The presence of fellow German international Per Mertesacker will likely help Podolski settle also.

The question on Arsenal fans lips are, were Podolski and Giroud bought to replace RVP or show him that Arsene means business.