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Arsene Wenger has rejected claims that Liverpool could be without a number

Arsene Wenger has rejected claims that Liverpool could be without a number of players when they are up against the gunners this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp has been complaining about the long list of injuries that his team has suffered in the last few weeks. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are out for a considerable amount of time. This is in addition to the ever present injury problems for striker Daniel Sturridge. A number of young players from the youth team were picked for the recent FA Cup match against Exeter City by Klopp.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager says that he could adopt a similar policy for the replay at Anfield after the two teams could only manage a 2-2 draw. Liverpool’s inability to perform against the lower teams has been an issue underKlopp. However, they have alternatively managed to raise their games to new levels against the top teams. Wenger expects a very tight contest at Anfield this weekend. There is a possibility of Arsenal going five points clear at the top or they could succumb to pressure and suffer a loss on this away trip. The next few weeks could be a major test for Arsenal since they not only take on Liverpool but also Chelsea. Continue reading

Flamini own goal denies Arsenal victory

A ninetieth minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave Swansea City a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening, further denting Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the title.

The visitors took the lead on eleven minutes through Wilfried Bony, though two quick fire second-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud turned the game on its head.

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Arsenal looking to bounce back at White Hart Lane

Arsenal will be looking to put their Champions League disappointment behind them when they travel to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

Arsene Wenger’s side could be as much as ten points behind leaders Chelsea at the time of kick off, as the Blues travel to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon while Manchester City will also move ahead of them should they win at Hull City.

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Arsenal set up semi-final against holders Wigan

Arsenal remain on course to end their trophy drought after booking their place in this seasons FA Cup semi-finals with a fine 4-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Mesut Ozil ended his goal drought to put the host in front on seven minutes with a composed finish, only for Romelu Lukaku to draw the visitors level just past the half-hour mark.

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Arsenal ease past Sunderland to stay second

Arsenal have kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea after thumping relegation threatened Sunderland 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners took the lead after just five minute through Olivier Giroud before the France International, who sat out of the 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening, doubled the host’s advantage just after the half-hour mark.

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Arsenal hoping to bounce back at Sunderland

Arsenal will be looking for an immediate response to their midweek Champions League disappointment against Bayern Munich as they take on Sunderland, searching for three points that will keep them firmly in the Premier League title race.

The Gunners will remain without Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen, with both expected to return to first team action next month. Loan signing Kim Kallstrom is still side-lined, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby are long term absentees and Kieran Gibbs is doubtful after limping out of the action on Wednesday evening.

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Arsenal miss chance to return to summit

Arsenal missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League after being held by champions Manchester United at the Emirates yesterday evening.

The hosts had the majority of the possession and the chances in a largely disappointing encounter, with Olivier Giroud coming closest to making the breakthrough while Santi Cazorla drew two fine saves out of United keeper David De Gea late on.

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Giroud: Lloris keen on Gunners move

Olivier Giroud has said that his international teammate Hugo Lloris is keen to join Arsenal from North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Metro.

The Gunners top scorer is close friends with the goalkeeper, who according to the striker is willing to make the controversial switch.

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Arsenal held by Southampton at St Marys

Premier League leaders Arsenal dropped points in the title race after being held to a 2-2 draw at Southampton yesterday evening.

The south coast club took their lead on twenty-one minutes through Jose Fonte, though two goals in four minutes early in the second half from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla handed Arsene Wenger’s men the advantage.

However, the Gunners lead was short lived as Saints captain Adam Lallana fired in to draw level, and give Mauricio Pochettino’s men a share of the spoils.

Matthieu Flamini was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on fellow Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin with ten minutes on the clock, and will now miss the forthcoming matches against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Arsenal are now just two points clear of second place Manchester City, who along with Chelsea could move above them this evening.

City travel to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea host West Ham United, so any of the three could end the day in top spot.

Elsewhere yesterday, fourth place Liverpool thumped Everton 4-0 in the 222nd Merseyside derby, while champions Manchester United beat Cardiff City 2-0, with former Gunner Robin van Persie scoring on his return from injury.

Sczcesny and Giroud to return for Southampton clash

Arsene Wenger is set to recall Wojciech Sczcesny and Olivier Giroud to the Arsenal starting line-up for this evening’s game at Southampton.

The pair were rested for Friday night’s 4-0 FA Cup fourth round win over Coventry City on Friday evening, though Giroud did make a cameo appearance, getting on the score sheet despite not coming on until the 79th minute.

Midefielders Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta and defender Thomas Vermaelen are all set to return to the match-day squad after recovering from their respective injuries, though Jack Wilshere is doubtful with an ankle problem.

Meanwhile, the club have agreed a deal with sportswear company Puma, according to the Mail Online.

The German manufacturer will become the Gunners kit suppliers from next season, ending their twenty year partnership with Nike.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United have accepted an offer for midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain, Sky Sports understands.

Arsenal had been interested in securing the services of the France international themsleves, and saw a bid of around £10m rejected back in August.

However, the 28 year old now looks set to secure a move back to his home country, after two-and-a-half seasons with Alan Pardew’s side.