Arsenal –Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

Arsenal take on North London rivals Tottenham in today’s clash at White Hart Lane. Spurs currently sit fourteen points ahead of the Gunners in second place, Wenger’s team need three points if they’ve got any chance of playing Champions League football next season.

 

Tottenham might still be dreaming of catching Chelsea, but sit four points behind them. Although this will be the first season that they’ll finish above the Gunners in the last twenty year, Arsene Wenger has reassured fans that one year doesn’t compare to twenty consecutive years…

 

This will be a big game for both sides, with the first game between these two ending in a draw in November, hopefully, we’ll fair better this time around! However, with Tottenham Hotspur comfortably sitting above Arsenal in the league and at home, they’ll be full of confidence.

 

Laurent Koscielny was in full first team training yesterday, so it looks like he’ll be starting the match. Hopefully, Rob Holding will come back into the side also after impressing against Manchester City. With Shkodran Mustafi out injured, it means that Gabriel will come back alongside the other two.

 

Monreal will surely play as left wing back, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to come back in as the right wing back. Although this depends whether Wenger will be seeking a more defensive set up, which might be wise against this attacking Spurs team. Ramsey and Xhaka will start in the midfield, with Alexis and Ozil ahead of them.

 

Wenger will probably start Giroud up top, although it might make it easier for the Tottenham’s defence, he certainly holds the ball up well. If it’s not working that way than Wenger will have the ability to bring Danny Welbeck on from the bench, which will create room for the team as he drags defenders left and right.

 

Wenger really needs to win this one and the rest of the games this season, if Arsenal have any hope of being in the top four at the end of the season.

Arsenal – Leicester City: Match Preview

Tonight Arsenal take on Premier League Champions Leicester City at the Emirates, although there’s still seven games to go the Gunners need to pick up every point possible in order to be playing Champions League football next year.

 

There’s not really any team news as we didn’t manage to pick up any injuries during the win against Manchester City at the weekend, both of which were miracles. However, with the match going to extra time, it’s surely going to have had some kind of effect on the players. Though, with this being a big match against Leicester (who have been surprisingly good of late), is it worth the risk?

 

Oxlade-Chamberlain did leave the ground on crutches on Sunday, yet this was just a precautionary measure and was in full training with the first team squad yesterday. Maybe this could be the sort of game where Luas Perez and others on the fringes of the squad can get some game time.

 

Although Wenger might find this the perfect opportunity to start Welbeck up front and see if he fits into the formation better than Giroud, pushing Perez in behind the striker, maybe giving Ozil or Alexis a rest.

 

The attitude of the team on Sunday was great, with the Arsenal players all working together, for once in a while and even managing to hold onto a lead for more than five minutes, hopefully, this can continue. The manager talked pre-match about needing seven wins to reach the top four, one of which will hopefully be tonight. Although this seems like an impossible task, made even harder by the run in: Tottenham, Manchester United, Stoke and Everton all left to play, it can be done.

 

Hopefully, we can pick up the three points needed tonight and build from there.

Arsenal – Manchester City: Match Preview

The Gunner’s face Manchester City in the F.A Cup semi-final this weekend, with Arsenal a win away from the F.A Cup final. The Gunners go into the game on the back of an away win at Middlesbrough, which the North London club really needed.

 

Arsenal have won The F.A Cup twice in the last three season, however, their concentration is likely to be more focused on the race for Champions League qualification. Arsenal trail City by seven points in the league, and United by three (although the North Wet club have a game in hand).

 

This is a must win for the team, however, the Gunners have a few players out injured with David Ospina, Danny Welbeck, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez all sidelined.

 

With Wenger changing the formation to a three-man defence in the last game it is yet to see whether he’ll try this again. Although it was nice to see a change in the way the team line up and the way the team play, many have questioned whether it actually made any difference.

 

This begs the question to whether Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott will return to the lineup and what the back four/three will consist of with Mustafi out injured

 

This game is a must win for Arsene Wenger, with this being the only hope of silverware the Gunners have this season. If Wenger does sign a new two-year deal, a trophy at the end of the season is going to taste slightly less bitter to Arsenal fans.

Arsenal – Crystal Palace: Match Preview

Arsenal host South London club Crystal Palace on Monday night, with the Gunners trying to make the ground up on Liverpool and Manchester City, in the hope to guarantee Champions League football next season. Arsenal currently sit in 5th place in the league, though they’ll have to catch up as they’re the last team to play this week.

 

In terms of team news, Wenger said Laurent Koscielny is set to be out for a shorter time than expected after the player went off injured with a suspect Achilles injury in the match against Manchester City. The Frenchman will be ruled out for the game against Palace but could be back for next Monday’s match.

 

Emiliano Martinez will be between the sticks for Wenger’s side as Cech and Ospina are still out injured, the Frenchman will be hoping that he’ll be able to keep another clean sheet after his impressive midweek performance.

 

The manager also had a few words to say about Alexis Sanchez, with the player making more headlines every day about a move away from the club. In the pre-match conference, the manager spoke that he believes that the Chilean is happy at the club, and thinks it’s down to his agent and club to reach a figure.

 

Hopefully, the North London club will be able to get the better of Palace, and they’ve certainly got history on their side with Arsenal only losing once in the last 15 meetings (W11 D3 L1). However, Arsenal have always struggled against Sam Allardyce teams, with the way he sets out his team, so hopefully although it’ll be a struggle we’ll be able to come out with three points.

Arsenal – Manchester City: Match Preview

Arsenal takes on Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League tomorrow, with City currently 7 points ahead of the Gunners who sit in 3rd place.

 

With Wenger still not announcing his future plans for him and the club, he will be under even more pressure to get something from today’s game. However, this might be a perfect game for the manager, with Arsenal fans not expecting to get anything from today’s game, the team can play a free flowing attacking game with nothing to lose.

 

In terms of team news for the North London club, Mesut Ozil could make his first appearance after being out for six weeks, but Arsenal’s number one Peter Cech is ruled out with a calf injury, meaning David Ospina will have his chance to impress once again. Lucas Perez is out with a thigh injury, which is good for Wenger…. as he doesn’t have to find an excuse not to play the forward, despite his excellent playing record.

 

Arsenal are going through their worst form with Wenger at the helm, with the Gunners losing four of their last five Premier League games, for the first time since 1995.

 

With even a Champions League spot looking like an unrealistic prospect, they really need to get at least a point from this game. Wenger’s side has two games in hand on Liverpool, but the North West club are 6 points ahead.