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SWANSEA VS ARSENAL: Five Players that can make a difference today….

The Gunners will be travelling to South Wales to lock horns with the relegation threatened Swansea City side who had already fired two managers notably Bob Bradley in just few games in charge in an attempt to crawl out of the danger zone following a run of poor performances in the Premier League this season.

The visitors also are not having the best of time as they picked up 7 points out of a possible 12, dropping 5 points all during the Christmas period as the London side found themselves out of the top four (fifth position on the league log) following a 3-3 comeback draw with Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth side at home.

Arsenal v West Brom betting preview and score prediction

Arsenal play host to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day, which will be no formality after recent events.

The Gunners failed to pick up any points from their last two matches despite taking an early lead against both Everton and Manchester City, and will now have to battle with themselves mentally before they will stand a chance of overcoming the recent results.

The safest bet to start you off with should be both teams to score which is currently priced up by CrownBet online odds at 5/6 (1.88). In each of the Gunners last eight Premier League matches, this type of bet has come in, and judging by their mental frailty at present paired with the fact that centre-back Shkodran Mustafi is out injured, this should be a near-certainty.

Should Arsenal be moving now to secure Simeone for next season?

arsene-wenger-thearsenalblogArsene Wenger is in the final year of his current contract with Arsenal, and many of us would like to see the back of him before the start of the 2017-18 season. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has been touted as a potential replacement for the Frenchman and may be just who Arsenal need if they are to undergo a renaissance.

Recent reports suggest that Inter Milan are ready to spend huge sums on bringing their former player back to the San Siro, though. And if Arsenal doesn’t want to miss out on one of the hottest managers in the world they should act fast.

Spurs captain admits tough times ahead of Arsenal tie

Hugo Lloris has confirmed the feeling that Tottenham could not be in worse shape ahead of the North London Derby with Arsenal.

Spurs come into the tie having failed to win each of their last six matches in all competitions, and directly coming to the match after a thoroughly disappointing loss to Bayer Leverkusen, which leaves them on the verge of elimination from the Champions League at the group stage.

The Tottenham goalkeeper and club captain has now revealed his disappointment in his side’s recent slump, and dismal midweek display.

Lloris said: “We cannot be in a worse situation.

Sunderland v Arsenal preview and betting prediction

Arsenal make the long trip north to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland on Saturday, and will be looking to return with all three points.

The odds on Arsenal winning the game are not huge, but the form of the two sides only points to one possible result.

The Gunners come into the match having eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, with Middlesbrough the only team to come away with a spirited draw.

Sunderland come into the match in disgraceful form on the other hand, with two draws and seven losses from their nine league matches this term, picking up only one point from their four home matches.

Should Arsenal bring back Dennis Bergkamp?

Whilst rumours over the past day may suggest that Arsene Wenger is swaying towards another season with the club after this campaign, it doesn’t stop the stories and questions surrounding who his potential successor could be. Diego Simeone and Jochaim Low may be big names in the limelight, but Arsenal have also been linked with the lesser known managerial gems of Eddie Howe and even our very own former player Dennis Bergkamp.
Bergkamp who retired from professional football with the Gunners after many glorious years in North London under Arsene Wenger, has always been one name to be tipped as a potential candidate to take over the Arsenal post once Wenger decides enough is enough. The former forward currently has a role in management at Dutch side Ajax, where he admits he is very happy, but there are also hints he could soon be ready to take the next step up as a manager elsewhere.
Of course the rumours then set in and the media links Bergkamp’s interest with the potential slot available at Arsenal in the not too distant future. But would Bergkamp seriously return to London with Arsenal?
Speaking about his career at this point, Bergkamp said: “At the moment I am happy in my role at Ajax. I have a say in sporting terms and in policy making. Besides this I like being on the training pitch with the first team and helping the players improve, so at the moment I’m happy. Though I won’t rule out making a move to another country and working abroad in the future, either as a coach or in another staff position.”
It’s the last line of his statement where the media make their links to Arsenal and of course there’s no doubt that he probably would be interested in working with Arsenal again if the chance was to arise. However realistically I don’t think there’s a possibility of Bergkamp coming back to the Gunners, mainly hinging on the fact that he does not like flying. It was a well known fact during his time at Arsenal, that Bergkamp did not like flying at all and as a result of this, he missed many key games for the Gunners.
If it was the case where he was the Arsenal manager, this would put a strain on the club’s fixtures in Europe, as well even long trips to other part of England where Arsenal choose to fly rather than use other modes of transport. Not having the club’s team manager present for these games, or reduced time in preparation is exactly the reason for why Henry wasn’t allowed to coach the Arsenal youth team and stay at Sky Sports at the same time. I therefore highly doubt they would allow such a case regarding the first team managers position!
I have no doubt that Bergkamp would have the right ideas and an interesting philosophical approach to the game. In fact I think Bergkamp shares a similar approach to Arsene Wenger when it comes to understanding the game and how it should be played. Bergkamp would therefore be in a similar position to Wenger when he joined as a relatively unknown figure in football management, with extremely little experience.
Would Bergkamp be someone the big bosses at Arsenal would be interested in? Personally I don’t think they would be interested in appointing him as the club manager, but it would no doubt be good to have the Dutch master back at the club in some coaching capacity.
By AH

Are Arsenal now ready to win the Champions League?

Will It Finally Be Arsenal’s Year In Europe Or Will The Good Start In The Champions League End?

Say what you like about Arsene Wenger, and people frequently do, but the man has consistently got Arsenal into the Champions League competition every year since 1998. Consistent performances in the Premier League have seen them finish in the top 4 year on year earning them the right to compete with the most elite clubs in Europe. Despite 19 appearances in the competition the Gunners have only made the final once and never won. Wenger, who is currently in the last year of his contract, may sense the clock is ticking and believe this is his last chance to finally win the major title that has eluded him.
Here we take a look at Arsenal’s football odds over this seasons Champions League campaign.

The latest Perez setback for Arsenal has to be a joke?

Reports in Spain are claiming that our deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna’s Lucas Perez could be off, after Arsenal insisted on paying the £17 Million fee in two instalments, and this idea is infuriating me…

We have been in the hunt for a new striker since the end of the last campaign, with Jamie Vardy turning down our advances before the European Championships, and we have since looked at signing a number of alternatives.

The long-running saga concerning our chase of Alexandre Lacazette continues, but his recent five goals in only two matches seems to have raised his asking price beyond the reality of an Arsene Wenger bid.

Can we expect another Arsenal v Liverpool thriller?

The Premier League season kicks off in exactly one months time, and we start our campaign with a home tie against Liverpool FC.

The last time the two teams met, it ended with a third equalising goal of the game scored bye Joe Allen, denying the Gunners the full three points they had been hoping for.

The Reds led twice during the first half, only for our side to level the scores four and six minutes later, in what was a highly intense and exciting match-up.

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Chelsea now favourites as Arsenal ruled out of Morata signing

Alvaro Morata will not be playing for Arsenal next season, after Real Madrid upped their asking price to £60 Million, which immediately saw Arsenal drop out of the betting in every online sportsbook. Juventus confirmed that Real would be triggering their right to buy-back Alvaro Morata this summer, for a fee believed to be in the region of £25 Million.

Old Lady chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said: “Real Madrid have informed us of their intention to exercise the right to buy back [Morata], we are just waiting for a written offer.”