Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Everton FC vs. Arsenal FC

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday, March 19 – 12:45 GMT (08:45 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 13/8 – Draw 5/2 – Arsenal 6/4

Match Preview

Everton play host to Arsenal in this weekend’s early kickoff on Saturday, in a clash that will conclude what has been a huge week for the Gunners.

Everton enter this game off the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend in the FA Cup and will hope to follow that victory up with a positive league result against Arsenal.

Everton are seen as massive underachievers in the league this season, as despite scoring 13 more than any other team in the bottom half, they find themselves sat in 12th place.

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It really is remarkable how Everton are in the bottom half, considering their free-scoring approach, but defensively they have been poor and are 13 points off the top four – with European football highly unlikely to be returning to Goodison Park next term.

Some may argue that they are only playing for the FA Cup now, with a semifinal at Wembley to look forward to, but Roberto Martinez will be desperate to try and see his side finish in the top half.

Arsenal on the other hand are still in title race, just. That’s despite a poor recent run of results which has left them 11 points off leaders Leicester, with a game in hand.

They were knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup over the course of the last seven days and are left with just the Premier League to fight for. Arsene Wenger’s position is under immense scrutiny and it looks like Arsenal’s wait for the title will be extended this year.

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This is crunch time for Arsenal. Despite the huge gap they have to overcome, Arsenal will still need to press for the title because Manchester City and Manchester United are breathing down their neck for a Champions League spot – something Wenger’s men need to wrap up at the very worst.

The reverse fixture ended 2-1 to Arsenal at the Emirates back in October, although the Toffees have only lost one of their last four home clashes against Arsenal and will hope to pick up at least a point on Saturday.

Team News

Everton will be without Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar and Tyias Browning through injury. Bryan Oviedo is a doubt with illness. Gareth Barry will also miss out as he serves a one-game suspension.

Arsenal have as many as six first-team regulars on the sidelines for this one as Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out with injuries. Danny Welbeck will hope to continue to lead the line in place of Olivier Giroud.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/L/L/D

Key Stat: Everton have only won one of their last 18 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, losing 11 of them.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German playmaker has been quiet by his standards recently and the Gunners need him more than ever. Whether he plays well or not, his performance will have a huge effect on the result here.

Score Prediction

Everton 1-1 Arsenal – Arsenal will feel proud of their fight and effort at the Nou Camp midweek but this Everton side is tough to break down, so taking three points from the Toffees will be a really tough task. Both sides will expect to score and a score draw looks the most likely outcome.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Bournemouth vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – AFC Bournemouth vs. Arsenal

Venue: Vitality Stadium – Sunday, February 7 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Bournemouth 13/5 – Draw 12/5 – Arsenal 21/20

Match Preview

Bournemouth welcome title contenders Arsenal to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon in an important match for sides at either end of the Premier League table.

Bournemouth return back home after beating Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night with a 2-1 scoreline extending their unbeaten run to three matches.

Former Gunner Benik Afobe scored the winner with what was his third goal since joining the club last month, having already scored against Sunderland and Norwich. The Cherries’ record signing looks to be a shrewd piece of business by Eddie Howe, and his goals could keep the club in the Premier League.

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The Vitality Stadium has seen some surprising results this term, such as the victory 2-1 against Manchester United and the crushing 3-1 loss to West Ham. An impressive away win over Chelsea will remain a fond memory for Bournemouth fans and they’d love to take three points from Arsenal this weekend too.

Arsenal have slipped to fourth, and are five points off leaders Leicester City after a poor run which has seen the club fail to score in three-straight matches for the first time since 2009.

This season is probably Arsenal’s best chance of lifting the title since they last won it in 2003-2004 and this fixture could get their title push back on track if they can seal the win they’re expected to earn.

Arsenal are winless in four league matches, firing blanks at home to Southampton last time out in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw. That followed a home loss to Chelsea by a single goal, and these poor results have seen them surrender top spot.

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Arsene Wenger needs to get his troops rallied for this one, as the last time they visited the south coast, they were annihilated by Southampton 4-0.

Alexis Sanchez is now back and fit. He’l need to fire on all cylinders for the rest of the campaign, while Francis Coquelin’s return should help protect the back four.

A lot of people will be expecting Arsenal to get all three points but Bournemouth will be resilient as they have been all season.

The reverse fixture at The Emirates saw Arsenal run out 2-0 winners but it could have easily been six or seven that day with the amount of chances Arsenal wasted.

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Team News

Bournemouth have doubts over Junior Stanislas but Callum Wilson (knee), Max Gradel (knee) and Tyrone Mings has been removed from the squad for the rest of the season.

Arsenal have a fresh injury concern in Tomas Rosicky, who could now miss three months after picking up a thigh injury against Burnley in the FA Cup. Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined.

Key Points

Bournemouth’s last five: L/D/W/D/W

Arsenal’s last five: W/D/D/L/D

Key Stat: Bournemouth have only registered three victories at home this season. Only Aston Villa have a worse record with one.

Key Player: Benik Afobe – The former Gunner will be out to prove he could of filled the void that predecessors before him have failed to live up to. He would love to help the Cherries to victory by netting against his former club.

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Score Prediction

Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal – Both teams play attractive football and this should have goals in it as a result. Bournemouth play much more open than their opponents and if Arsenal can get their groove back on, they are so difficult to stop. An early goal could set the tone, but Arsenal should get their title tilt back up and running with a win.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Southampton 

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Tuesday, February 2 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 EST)

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/5 – Draw 5/2 – Southampton 18/5

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Southampton to The Emirates in a key midweek Premier League clash on Tuesday night, with the home side looking for a first league win in four here.

Arsenal come into the game without a win in three after back-to-back draws with Liverpool and Stoke were followed by a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea last weekend. Their title bid is now being questioned and the team need to respond.

They do remain just three points off leaders Leicester and it’s quite remarkable how they are still in the hunt after the amount of injuries suffered to key players over the course of the campaign.

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This is probably Arsene Wenger’s best chance at winning the title in over a decade and so they need to win games like this if they are to be crowned champions come May.

Arsenal’s Premier League record: P23 – W13 – D4 – L5

Southampton will arrive in north London in high spirits after a fine January run. The Saints have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches as the return of Fraser Forster has helped them defensively.

Winning those three matches in the league has helped to fight off questions of ‘second-season syndrome’ for manager Ronald Koeman and he will be relieved to see his side playing confidently once more.

New striker Charlie Austin is an excellent addition to the squad and should add more goals to their season. He got off the mark with a late winner at Old Trafford last time out and would love to follow that up with a goal at The Emirates on Tuesday.

Southampton’s Premier League record: P23 – W9 – D6 – L8

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Southampton thumped Arsenal 4-0 on Boxing Day and will now be dreaming of completing a league double over the Gunners.

That won’t be an easy task though as Arsenal are unbeaten at home to Southampton in 20 league matches. The Saints last won a league game at Arsenal in 1987.

Team News

Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are still missing with ongoing injuries. Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky will also miss the clash as they are weeks away from returns.

Southampton are still without Florin Gardos through injury. Graziano Pelle, Jay Rodriguez and Steven Davis are all doubts.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/D/D/L

Southampton’s last five: L/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Southampton have only won once on their last eleven visits to Arsenal in all competitions.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean superstar is back from injury and the Gunners will need him in the upcoming race for the title. He should provide a tough test for goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 1-1 Southampton – Southampton have reignited their spark after three wins on the bounce, much to the credit of returning goalkeeper Fraser Forster. However, Arsenal are a team with title ambitions and will probably end the winning run. Though a hard-fought draw between the pair could be on the cards.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Stoke vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Stoke City vs. Arsenal 

Venue: Britannia Stadium – Sunday, January 17 – 16:15 GMT (11:15 EST)

Match Odds: Stoke City 3/1 – Draw 12/5 – Arsenal 19/20

Match Preview

Stoke City play host to league leaders Arsenal on Sunday afternoon in a fixture that has seen the home side win in each of their last six Premier League meetings.

Stoke have recorded three wins in their last five in the league with a very impressive young and attacking side.

Mark Hughes has transformed the style of football the Potters play and they may even be able to outplay the Gunners on Sunday afternoon. How times change.

Stoke City’s Premier League record: P21 – W9 – D5 – L7

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Arsenal have suffered a whole host of injuries over the last few years and this term has been no different. Star players like Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez have been on the sidelines for extended periods of time and the Gunners are perhaps starting to struggle without them, having only won two of their last four.

They came from behind twice to lead at Anfield on Wednesday night but a late Joe Allen goal saw the game finish 3-3. Arsene Wenger will have been disappointed with that result and will need to try and rally his troops for what is always a tough trip to the Britannia for Arsenal.

Importantly, they last beat Stoke away in the league in February 2010, which is quite astonishing for a big club like Arsenal.

It is well documented that this is Arsenal’s best chance of a title in years and the injury-stricken Gunners will need every point to win the coveted Premier League crown in what looks set to be a tight title race until the last gasp.

Arsenal’s Premier League record: P21 – W13 – D4 – L4

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The reverse fixture between the two at the Emirates ended 2-0 to Arsenal, with goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud sealing three points for the Gunners in September.

Team News

Stoke City may be without Stephen Ireland, Marc Muniesa and Geoff Cameron, who are all doubtful. Jon Walters is supposedly out with a knee injury and Ryan Shawcross is set to be out for three months with a back injury.

Arsenal are without Jack Wilshere, who is still suffering with a leg injury. Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Francois Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are all out with knee injuries. Alexis Sanchez is nearing a return after a long spell on the sidelines and could make the squad here.

Key Points

Stoke City’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Arsenal’s last five: W/L/W/W/D

Key Stat: Stoke City are unbeaten in their last five matches against Arsenal in all competitions.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The silky German has been quiet recently but has been sensational this season. Arsenal need him to regain his consistency if they are to win the title this term.

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Score Prediction

Stoke City 0-1 Arsenal – Both sides are usually defensively sound so a low scoring affair is a good bet. We do expect Arsenal to take all three points however, despite Stoke’s strength at home.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Southampton vs. Arsenal

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Saturday, December 26 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Southampton 12/5 – Draw 5/2 – Arsenal 11/10

Match Preview

Southampton welcome Arsenal to St Mary’s Stadium for the final game of the evening in what promises to be a pulsating Boxing Day bonanza in the Premier League.

The Saints are struggling at the moment and a 2-0 defeat at home to Tottenham last weekend extended their run of games without a win to five (D1, L4).

It’s the first time Ronald Koeman has really found himself in this situation since he took over at St Mary’s and he’ll be desperate to turn things round quickly – something they are more than capable of.

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Southampton are unlikely to find themselves in a relegation scrap and will expect to bounce back, although it may not happen here against Arsenal – the Saints have failed to win against any side in the top 13 as it stands (D4, L6).

Arsenal’s crucial 2-1 win against Manchester City on Monday night saw them become favourites for the Premier League title with the bookmakers, despite still trailing first-placed Leicester by two points.

Winning games like this one at Southampton will be imperative for the Gunners if they have any serious hopes of lifting the trophy that has eluded them for over ten years.

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Arsene Wenger’s side have won three on the bounce after a slight wobble in November, which saw them pick up just two points from a possible nine.

The Gunners struggled away at West Brom and Norwich – both of which were fixtures they would have expected to win – so they must avoid a repeat of those disappointments and seek a vital three points here.

The last meeting between these two sides saw Southampton ease past Arsenal on New Year’s Day at St Mary’s with a 2-0 victory after a calamitous performance from then Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Team News

Southampton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg could return to the starting lineup in place of Paulo Gazzaniga after recovering from a toe injury. 

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Arsenal’s squad remains thin on the ground as they are still without the injured Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.

Key Points

Southampton’s last five: L/L/D/L/L

Arsenal’s last five: L/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have failed to win on their last four league visits to Southampton (D3, L1).

Key Player: Olivier Giroud – The Frenchman is continuously questioned and people continue to ask whether he is good enough. But he keeps on scoring goals and producing the performances. He will hope to be on the scoresheet again on Boxing Day.

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Score Prediction

Southampton 1-2 Arsenal – The Gunners have traditionally struggled at Southampton in recent history, but the Saints are at one of their lowest points for quite some time and come up against a confident and in-form Arsenal side.

Premier League Prediction: Arsenal vs West Ham United

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. West Ham United 

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, August 9 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – West Ham United 9/1

Match Preview

Arsenal play host to West Ham United on Sunday as they kickstart their season at the Emirates Stadium after winning the Community Shield last Sunday.

The general consensus now suggests that the Gunners are genuine title contenders and with the addition of veteran ‘keeper Petr Cech, they now have arguably the best defensive unit in the league.

There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger has an incredibly talented group of attackers at his disposal and now he has arguably the strongest squad since the ‘invincibles’ side of 2004.

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They will expect to start the new year with three points in front of their own fans against their London rivals here.

West Ham come into the new season with new coach Slaven Bilic replacing Sam Allardyce at the helm in what will be the Hammers’ final season at the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham will be hoping to match the early season form of last term which saw them in the top four at Christmas, but a trip to the Emirates presents a very stiff test on the opening weekend, especially off the back of their Europa League game on Thursday night.

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Consistency is key for the Hammers this season as they lost pace in the latter half of the season and another collapse of that magnitude could see them lose their Premier League status if they are not careful.

The arrival of Dimitri Payet is an exciting one but he may not get the space he needs to create chances at Arsenal this weekend.

Team News

Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky for the opening day. Jack Wilshere is out for around 6-8 weeks but could return sooner. Alexis Sanchez is unlikely to start as he is not yet fit enough. Hector Bellerin is set to get the nod at right-back.

West Ham United are without Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, who are both out with knee injuries. Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien and Pedro Obiang are doubts but should be fit to start. Carl Jenkinson won’t feature against his parent club.

Key Points

Arsenal’s preseason form: W/W/W/W/W

West Ham United’s preseason form: W/W/D/W/W/L/D/W/D/L/L

Key Stat: Arsenal have only lost two of their last 37 home matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Petr Cech – The big Czech stopper was sensational in the Community Shield and his experience will be key to their title challenge this term.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United – It’s easy to back Arsenal as they are in superb form and look very hard to beat. Expect them to be too strong for West Ham, who were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Arsenal suffer blow as Atletico looking to complete move for £25m striker

Atletico Madrid are looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of highly rated FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, according to A Bola.

The news comes after Juventus manager Massimo Allegri confirmed that Atletico striker Mario Mandzukic will make the move to Juventus in a deal worth up to €18 million, leaving Atletico a little bit light in the striker department.

It was said last week that AC Milan had agreed to pay the €35 million release clause in Martinez’s contract, with a Milan club doctor heading to Chile – where the 28-year-old forward is playing in the Copa America with Colombia – to complete a medical.

Though that doesn’t appear to have happened and Atletico Madrid are now looking to pounce.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with the Porto captain with Martinez previously admitting he was a boyhood Gunners fan: “I cheered for Arsenal when I was a kid – I love their style of play,” he said back in 2014.

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Martinez told A Bola: “Arsenal are a great team, playing in one of the best leagues in the world.”

Atletico Madrid have been known to do swift business with FC Porto in the past, with Radamel Falcao making the move from Portugal to the Spanish capital back in 2011.

Both Atletico Madrid and Arsenal can offer Champions League football after finishing third in their respective leagues, whereas AC Milan have failed to qualify for European football for the second season in a row.

That would imply Martinez has a choice to make between both Atletico and the Gunners, but any decision is likely to be made after he returns from the Copa America.

Should Jackson Martinez look to sign for Atletico Madrid or Arsenal?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Sunderland

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Wednesday, May 20th – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – Sunderland 9/1

Match Preview

Arsenal welcome Sunderland to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night for the penultimate game of the Premier League season with both sides in need of just one more point to secure very different objectives.

The Gunners are in search of one more point to ensure they finish in third place above Manchester United and avoid the Champions League qualification playoff game, while a point for Sunderland will guarantee their top flight status for another season.

Theo Walcott‘s deflected cross off Tyler Blackett rescued a vital point for Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday and kept them two points clear of fourth-placed Manchester United coming into this game-in-hand.

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Arsenal’s fantastic run of eight straight wins has been halted by a run of four games with just one victory (D2, L1), although Arsene Wenger has still done enough to guide his side to a Champions League finish for the 17th consecutive season.

The Gunners have won all but one of their home games against sides in the bottom 11 of the Premier League table this season – a 2-2 draw with Hull City back in October being the only points they’ve dropped against the lower league teams at home.

Sunderland arrive in London having lost just one of their last six games (W3, D2) and their 0-0 draw at home to Leicester last weekend extended their current mini-unbeaten run to four games.

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Despite the good run, Dick Advocaat will know there is still work to do and the final two games are away at Arsenal and Chelsea, so they may be relying on Hull City failing to win against Manchester United on the final day in order for them to survive.

Arsenal won the reverse fixture 2-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to two goals from Alexis Sanchez and have won the last four meeting between the two sides.

Team News

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will face a late assessment as he is suffering with the flu, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are all unavailable because of injury.

Sunderland will be without the injured Billy Jones, Jordi Gomez, Wes Brown, Jack Rodwell and Ricardo Alvarez.

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Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: W/D/W/L/D

Sunderland’s last five: L/D/W/W/D

Key Stat: Sunderland haven’t won away at Arsenal in the league since November 1983 when they beat the Gunners 2-1 at Highbury.

Key Player: Aaron Ramsey – The Welshman doesn’t stop running and his work-rate can’t be faulted even though he’s playing out of position on the right side of midfield.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland – The Gunners’ home advantage will help them just edge past the Black Cats who will go into the final day with it all to play for.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Reading vs Arsenal

Competition: FA Cup semi-final – Reading vs. Arsenal

Venue: Wembley Stadium – Saturday, April 18 – 17:20 BST (12:20 ET)

Match Odds: Reading 12/1 – Draw 5/1 – Arsenal 1/4

Match Preview

Reading and Arsenal clash at Wembley Stadium for the first FA Cup semi-final on Saturday evening as the Gunners look to reach a second successive final and continue the defence of their title.

Reading are undoubtedly major underdogs coming into the game as they sit eighteenth in the Championship and many will struggle to see how they can overturn Arsenal, but the beauty of this competition is that anything can happen.

Few would’ve predicted Bradford winning at Chelsea or Middlesbrough winning at Manchester City in the fourth round, so the Royals can approach the game with a nothing to lose attitude.

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Steve Clarke’s side are without a win in five games in all competitions and their last victory came in the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Bradford – the Royals have won just two of their last 12 (D5, L5). Reading have also seen off Huddersfield, Cardiff and Derby in their run to the semi-final.

Arsenal are the FA Cup holders and arguably the best team in the country right now after a run of eight straight wins has lifted them to second in the Premier League – the Gunners have also won 15 out of their last 16 domestic fixtures.

Arsene Wenger‘s last taste of defeat in the FA Cup was against Championship opposition in February 2013 when Blackburn Rovers won 1-0 in a fifth round tie at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are undefeated in 10 FA Cup ties since then, including victories over Hull, Brighton, Middlesbrough and Manchester United in this season’s competition.

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It will be the Arsenal manager’s tenth FA Cup semi-final and should the Gunners go on to lift the famous trophy once again, they will become the most successful club in the history of the competition – they currently share the record for most FA Cup titles (11) with Manchester United.

The last time these two sides met, Arsenal ran out as 4-1 winners in a Premier League game back in March 2013. The last cup meeting between the two was that enthralling 7-5 League Cup comeback win for Arsenal in October 2012 at the Madejski Stadium after Reading had taken a 4-0 lead.

The Wembley stage is set and the FA Cup semi-final is always a great day for both sets of players and fans alike. Arsenal are heavy favourites, but Reading will relish the occasion that marks their best achievement in the competition since 1927 as they attempt to reach their first ever FA Cup final.

Team News

Reading will be delighted that striker Pavel Pogrebnyak will be available after struggling with a knee injury, although they will be without the on-loan Nathan Ake and Kwesi Appiah as they are both cup tied.

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Arsenal have rarely had so many options at their disposal in recent years as only Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are unavailable with injury. Wojciech Szczesny will start in goal as he continues his role as the ‘cup goalkeeper’, while Wenger could also rotate on-pitch slightly from the team that faced Burnley last weekend. Mathieu Debuchy and Jack Wilshere are both fully fit and available for selection.

Key Points

Reading’s last five in all competitions: L/D/D/D/L

Arsenal’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have won all 12 of their previous matches against Reading, so the Royals will be making history if they win this one.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German has put in some excellent performances in the last few months and on a big Wembley pitch, this is the type of game where he could really pull the strings and open up Reading’s defence.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-0 Reading – The FA Cup is a magical competition but it’s so hard to see how a struggling Reading side are going to upset the rhythm of an Arsenal team that can’t stop winning. The Gunners will be made to work hard but should ultimately win the game comfortably.

Olivier Giroud ‘proud’ of Arsenal’s fighting performance at Burnley

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has praised his teammates for their performance at Turf Moor against Burnley on Saturday after the Gunners secured a hard-fought 1-0 win.

The Frenchman has been on fire in the last few weeks and Burnley are the first team to stop him scoring for six Premier League games but Giroud is still happy with an eighth straight victory for the team.

“It was a tough game for us and we were a bit lucky. We did well to score early in the game because it was really hard for us. Burnley play with a lot of determination and it was a big fight, but we succeeded and it was a big win for us,” Giroud told Arsenal’s official club website.

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Arsene Wenger‘s side have often been criticised in the past of not being able to win games when they aren’t playing well, but the win at Burnley was certainly an occasion when Arsenal did just that and Giroud has echoed the importance of doing so.

“Sometimes you can’t play your best football every game and we tried to focus on not conceding a goal. It’s one more clean sheet so as long as we were winning the game, I don’t think we were too much in danger.

“If we were told that we were going to win this game 1-0 I would’ve taken that straight away. It’s never easy to win here. We kept our calm today, especially in the first half because they played really tough and it was a big fight.”

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Arsenal’s recent run has given them an outside chance of challenging Chelsea for the Premier League title, and while it is extremely unlikely the Gunners will bridge the gap on their London rivals, all they can do is keep on winning their own games and continue the winning streak

“It’s really good for us and I’m really proud to take part in these performances. We don’t want to stop here, though, we want to carry on and keep this good run and momentum going,” said Giroud.

Can Arsenal continue their good run of form until the end of the season?