Could these three players be leaving Arsenal as well as Alexis Sanchez?

It’s no secret that there is some trouble behind the scenes at Arsenal. Once again their fans are having to deal with mid-season struggles as well as some discontent in the squad. This summer could mark the biggest changes at the club in recent history, with the possibility of Arsene Wenger leaving and a number of players who could be departing the club.

There has been plenty of uncertainty over the future of Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean has looked a lifeless figure at times, not helped in part to his attitude according to fans and pundits alike. If the goal-machine does decide to ply his trade elsewhere it could spark an exodus from a number of other members of the Arsenal side. But a possible departure of Sanchez may not be the only reason these three players decide to knock their time in North London on the head…

Mesut Ozil

The German playmaker is one of the most talented players in the Premier League, whether or not he puts in enough effort and does it on a consistent basis is another question. He has appeared very happy since joining the club and has a good relationship with Wenger. If both Sanchez and Wenger were to leave Ozil’s mind may be swayed. He is 28 now and Arsenal’s chances of winning the league have all but passed for another season and they’re heading out of the Champions League barring an astonishing turn-around. Ozil is a winner and another season without the top prizes could prove to be too much for him.

If another high profile European club came in for his services Ozil could be convinced to leave the club. He will want to continue to compete at the top and there are no guarantees that Arsenal are going to finish in the top four in what looks like the tightest race for the European places to date.

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Santi Cazorla

Cazorla has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season due to a long-term injury. The Gunners have definitely missed his influence on games and other players have suffered from his work-rate being absent from the side. The Spaniard’s contract is up this summer and a new one has yet to be confirmed.

While we’re not suggesting Cazorla is definitely going to depart, he may decide to call it time at the end of his 5th year at the club in favour of a change up and a better chance of silverware. At 32 he has a lot to offer still and many clubs would be interested in his abilities.

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Jack Wilshere 

When talking about Wilshere it’s already looking like a case of ‘what could have been’ – the Englishman has had absolutely no luck with injuries, but it’s worth mentioning his time at Bournemouth has seen him play on a more regular basis. The loan move to the South Coast was a bit of a strange transfer at the start of the season and although Wilshere hasn’t necessarily had the number of assists expected from him, he has looked happier playing week in, week out.

Whether Wilshere and Arsenal decide to part ways at the end of the season remains to be seen, but if he has any feeling that a return to club entails time spent on the touchline he may just fancy the chance at another Premier League club.

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Could Arsenal afford to lose all three of these midfielders as well as Sanchez? Is it time to revamp the squad in a bid to win the Premier League again?

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Arsenal

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, November 19 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Man United 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Arsenal 9/5

Match Preview

Manchester United host Arsenal as the Premier League springs back into life in emphatic style following the latest international break.

Both sides will be looking to climb the table when they meet on Saturday, with Arsenal two points off the top in fourth and United six points further back in sixth place.

It’s a huge game on the pitch, but the battle in the dugout between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will be sure to draw attention throughout. The long-time enemies will face off in this fixture for the first time since Mourinho moved to Manchester here and it’s expected to be as tense as ever.

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Wenger has still never beaten Mourinho in a Premier League game, but the visitors will be confident given United’s stuttering form so far this season.

The Red Devils won 3-1 at Swansea two weeks ago, ending a four-game winless run in the Premier League, but they still have a lot to work on if they are to finish the season in the top four, let alone challenge for the title.

Injuries and suspensions have left Mourinho short of options ahead of such a crucial game but he will have to trust some of his fringe players to step up and deliver, as they did in Swansea before the international break.

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For Arsenal, this is a huge game. They haven’t won a league game at Old Trafford in ten seasons but come into Saturday’s game with a very strong chance of getting three all three points.

Wenger has some injuries of his own to worry about but they are unbeaten since the opening day and have won each of their last four away games in the top flight.

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Their 1-1 draw against North London rivals Tottenham two weeks ago raised some concerns but they know they have the quality to beat anyone on their day, and this should be a thrilling clash as a result.

United beat Arsenal 3-2 back in February in the most recent meeting between the two. A lot has changed since though, most notably in the dugout, and so this is sure to be a fascinating contest.

Team News

Manchester United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who misses out through suspension. Wayne Rooney is unlikely to deputise after off-field controversies have surrounded him this week, so Marcus Rashford is set to start up top. Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling are all sidelined through injury, while Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini are doubts.

Arsenal have been dealt a blow as Hector Bellerin will be out for the next four weeks, while fellow defender Per Mertesacker remains out. Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Lucas Perez and Chuba Akpom are also out, while Alexis Sanchez is a doubt after picking up a knock on international duty. Mesut Ozil will be fresh after being given two weeks off to rest by German head coach Joachim Low.

Key Points

Man United’s last five: D/D/L/D/W

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/D/W/D

Key Stat: Jose Mourinho has never lost a Premier League game against Arsenal in 11 previous contests, winning five and drawing six of those.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German playmaker will be one of the freshest on the field after being given time to rest during the international break. Regardless of that, he is one of the league’s most talented players and will look to break down a weakened Arsenal backline here. He scored at Old Trafford in February and will be hoping to put in a commanding performance on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal – There is very little to separate these two sides ahead of such a big game. Mourinho has the edge over Wenger but there isn’t much to split the two teams on the field, with injuries likely to affect both as equally as the other. An excellent game is expected but ultimately, this one looks likely to end in a draw, which won’t do either side too many favours.

Panic for Arsenal just days before new season as star could leave

Some worrying news for Arsenal fans has emerged just days before they kick off their Premier League season at home against Liverpool as German newspaper Bild report Mesut Ozil would be immediately ready to return to Real Madrid.

Arsenal’s struggles are already being widely spoken about as they prepare to start the season with a squad with some major problems. Arsene Wenger looks like he is going to have to drop Laurent Koscielny in at the back without undergoing preseason as Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are both injured.

Wenger has already claimed players who featured in Euro 2016 could struggle in the early weeks of the season and rumours of an Ozil exit will only have intensified panic.

The Arsenal manager’s transfer policy has come under scrutiny once again as he has yet to bring in a big-money high-profile striker, one position fans are desperate to see filled.

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Although there is plenty to be positive about for Arsenal, this is certainly a concerning time for fans and the potential departure of Ozil would be devastating.

Why would Ozil returning to Real Madrid be a huge blow for Arsenal?

Assists:

No Arsenal fan needs telling how influential Ozil is. The German playmaker registered 19 assists in the Premier League last season, the highest total made by any player in the 2015/16 campaign.

Chances created:

Ozil created a whopping 144 chances for teammates in the league last season. Another reason why Arsenal fans are so desperate for Wenger to sign a word-class striker. Ozil would arguably become an even more important player for the club with someone in front of him to constantly put the ball in the net. His reputation for supplying Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid was one reason why Arsenal fans were so excited to see the German join back in 2013.

Passing: 

The German made 1936 successful passes last season with 1242 of those being forward passes. If those statistics aren’t impressive enough on their own, he averaged a pass completion of 87%.

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Arsenal quite simply wouldn’t be able to replace Ozil if he left this late on in the transfer window, this close to the start of their season. His influence on the side is huge and along with his passing and assist statistics he also scored six league goals in 2015/16.

As far as things stand there has been no contact reported from Real Madrid for the Arsenal man, and fans will be hoping that nothing changes in the time remaining in the summer transfer window.

How important is Ozil to Arsenal? Will he return to Madrid this summer?

International Friendly Preview and Prediction: Germany vs England

Competition: International Friendly – Germany vs England

Venue: Olympiastadion, Germany – Saturday, March 26 – 19:45 GMT (15:45 ET)

Match Odds: Germany 8/13 – Draw 29/10 – England 17/4

Match Preview

Three-time European Championship winners and current World champions Germany welcome England to the Olympiastadion on Saturday evening in a friendly tie that should be full of action.

The footballing machine that is Germany are arguably the best national team in the world at the moment and have a squad brimming with confidence.

They do however come into this friendly off the back of a 2-0 loss to France last time out in a game that will live long in the memory of players and fans alike for heartbreaking and disastrous reasons off the field.

This should be a good test for Germany ahead of the Euro’s and a tie for all to enjoy. They face Italy next so it’s going to be a tough international break for Joachim Löw’s side. Germany have won three of the last four meetings between these sides and will expect home advantage to help them through.

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England have a lot to be optimistic about heading into this tie in what is a new era for Roy Hodgson’s side. There are a lot of young and upcoming top talents in the squad and two exciting goal-machines upfront in the form of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy – the Premier League’s top two goalscorers.

Hodgson will be able to test out some different variations in this tie and it will again provide a test for the squad he has chosen. This will be also be a tough international break for England, as they face the Netherlands three days after this outing, so rotation is expected throughout.

England also played France in their last outing but they had a more favourable result, winning 2-0 at Wembley.

Hodgson’s side are held in high regard by Löw, who expects them to challenge to win Euro 2016 in France this summer, so this is a great chance to prove to any doubters England are more than capable of causing problems for the very best.

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Team News

The German squad is as strong as ever, with some of the highest regarded players once again earning a call up. The fierce attacking options at Löw’s disposal are frightening, with the likes of Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil and Karim Bellarabi expecting to start in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira are expecting to fill the holding role, with Mats Hummels and Shkodran Mustafi in line to feature as the centre-back paring. Familiar faces included in the squad such as Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Mario Gomez and Emre Can will all be pushing to feature. Bastain Schweinsteiger has been ruled out through injury.

England are without regular goalkeeper Joe Hart, so Jack Butland is expected to start. The Tottenham Hotspur contingency in the squad, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane will hope their fine Premier League performances this season will be enough to gain some minutes in this tie. Hodgson has a solid squad heading into the clash with the likes of Jamie Vardy, James Milner, Chris Smalling and Jordan Henderson all having consistent domestic seasons. Danny Drinkwater will be itching to make his senior England debut and what a game it could be for him to feature in. Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling are both out through injury.

Key Points

Germany’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

England’s last five: W/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: England have only lost once in their last 17 games.

Key Player: Manuel Neuer – The German ‘keeper, widely regarded as the best in the world and equally as good with the ball at his feet, will prove as always so difficult to get the better of.

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Score Prediction

Germany 2-1 England – The German national side will prove to have just a little too much for England to deal with on Saturday. This game should provide both sides with a taster of what is to come from the Euro’s this summer and give both head coaches ideas of areas they will need to improve upon with just over two months to go.

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.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Arsenal

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, February 28th – 14:05 BST (09:05 ET)

Match Odds: Man United 11/5 – Draw 11/5 – Arsenal 13/10

Match Preview

Manchester United welcome title chasing Arsenal to Old Trafford on Sunday in a game which could have a great impact on both sides’ seasons.

United have been inconsistent this season and their league position is proof of that. They sit 5th in the Premier League, six points off of the top four and look unlikely to catch the pack despite the season still having some time to run.

They come into the game off the back of their 5-1 win in Europe in midweek. It was a result which will have restored some confidence to the side – especially seeing as their last domestic outing was the 2-1 loss away at Sunderland.

This is a huge game for Louis Van Gaal’s United side, who can close the gap on the top four with a win, but they will have to work incredibly hard to do so.

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Arsenal come into this game off the back of their midweek loss at home to FC Barcelona in the Champions League. Arsene Wenger was clearly demoralised by the performance and he will be looking for his side to bounce back here in what is another huge match.

The Gunners last outing in the Premier League was their crucial 2-1 win over Leicester City. They showed great resilience by taking all three points late on in that one and need to show that fighting spirit the rest of the way now.

Wenger’s side are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the league this season, but they have to consistently win games until the end of the campaign if they are to do so.

A loss here would be a crippling result and a huge step backward after their last Premier League game, so there is added pressure for Arsenal. Given Manchester United’s injuries, the Gunners will be expected to win this one.

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Arsenal thumped United 3-0 in the reverse fixture at the Emirates back in October but have not won a league game at Old Trafford since 2006.

Team News

Manchester United have a squad riddled with injuries. Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Will Keane and Antonio Valencia are all expected to miss out here. Things don’t get any easier for Van Gaal as David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial and Cameron Borthwick Jackson are all doubts. Marcus Rashford could well lead the line here if Martial misses out – he netted two in midweek for United and took his chances with great confidence.
Arsenal have a few key players expecting to miss this one. Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are all out while Gabriel Paulista is a doubt. Danny Welbeck will be pushing for a start against his former club after looking dangerous since returning from injury.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five: W/L/W/D/L

Arsenal’s last five: D/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: Inconsistent – United have only won ten of their last 27 games in all competitions and will desperately be looking to make it back-to-back wins after restoring some confidence in their 5-1 victory over Midtjylland on Thursday.

Key Player: Mesut Özil – The German playmaker has an astonishing 17 assists already this season in the Premier League and will look to prove clinical against what could be an inexperienced United side on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal – This is a fixture which rarely fails to disappoint and is certainly one to watch this weekend. United’s injury woes will hamper their chances of winning, while Wenger will be expecting his side to step up their efforts in the hunt for their first Premier League title since the 2003/04 season. An Arsenal win looks the more likely, though there could be goals in this.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Chelsea

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, January 24 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Chelsea 5/2

Match Preview

The latest Arsenal vs. Chelsea clash takes place at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon in a game that will see Guus Hiddink face off against Arsene Wenger in this fixture once again, after last meeting seven years ago.

It’s the Gunners who come into this one as favourites as they sit top of the Premier League after 22 games, 13 places and 19 points better off than the Blues.

Arsene Wenger knows his side have their best shot at winning the Premier League in a decade and will want to beat reigning champions Chelsea to reaffirm those hopes after drawing their last two league games at Liverpool and Stoke.

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Wenger has not beaten Chelsea in the Premier League since 2011 and knows this is a really important game for both him, and the Arsenal supporters.

He will reignite his rivalry with Guus Hiddink here. The interim Chelsea boss beat Arsenal in both the FA Cup and Premier League when he was previously in charge in 2009.

He has improved Chelsea’s fortunes since replacing Jose Mourinho before Christmas, with the Blues unbeaten in six league games now (W2 D4).

Back-to-back draws with West Brom and Everton will go down as disappointing results but preventing losses has to go down as a positive in what has been a disastrous season.

The Blues’s hopes of making the top four look to be all but over but they will be desperate to take points off Arsenal on Sunday and that should ensure it is another feisty clash.

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Chelsea won the reverse fixture 2-0 in September in a game remembered for Diego Costa’s antics that saw Gabriel Paulista sent off at the end of the first half. Costa can expect a hostile reception from Arsenal fans here as a result.

Team News

Arsenal look set to welcome Alexis Sanchez back to the squad in what is a huge boost for Arsene Wenger. He might have to come off the bench as he works towards match fitness again, while Francis Coquelin is also close to making a full return. However, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere remain out.

Chelsea are set to welcome back a star player of their own as Eden Hazard looks set to return after a three-week absence, while Diego Costa is also set to start, despite being listed as doubtful. Radamel Falcao is the only certain absentee as he remains injured.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: L/W/W/D/D

Chelsea’s last five: D/D/W/D/D

Key Stat: Arsenal have not beaten Chelsea at The Emirates in the Premier League since 2010. The Blues are now unbeaten in eight league games against the Gunners.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German playmaker has been Arsenal’s best player this season. He missed the game at Stoke last weekend but will return here and will look to lead his side to victory.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea – This should be another cagey affair between these two London rivals. Chelsea might be 13 places lower than the Gunners in the Premier League, but will look to continue their fine record against their rivals by earning at least a point. The pressure is on Arsenal to go out and win the game and that might play into Chelsea’s hands.

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: Arsenal vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League –  Arsenal vs. Manchester City

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Monday, December 21 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Arsenal 11/8 – Draw 13/5 – Manchester City 9/5

Match Preview

Arsenal host Manchester City in a colossal Premier League clash on Monday night in a game that many feel could act a potential title decider, with both expected to battle for top spot until May.

Leicester’s win on Saturday means that neither Arsenal or Manchester City can top the table on Christmas Day but that won’t stop either from seeing Monday’s clash as a pivotal one.

Arsenal sit second, one point and one place better off than City coming into the game, and know a win will leave them just two points off high flying Leicester.

Arsenal’s Premier League record: P16 – W10 – D3 – L3

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The Gunners have plenty of injury worries but they’ve been very professional in their last two outings, beating Sunderland and Aston Villa in solid displays.

The visit of Manchester City will, though, pose a very different threat. The Citizens might not be in their best form but they are still an elite side and both sets of fans will know this will be a tough game to win.

Manuel Pellegrini will have to try and ignore speculation suggesting Pep Guardiola will be replacing him at the end of the season and will instead need to focus on getting his side to beat Arsenal for the first time in four attempts.

Manchester City’s Premier League record: P16 – W10 – D2 – L4

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City needed a stoppage time winner to edge past a managerless Swansea side last weekend and have not won back-to-back games in the league since October.

They’re winless in their last four away games and the Gunners are undoubtedly favourites as a result.

This should be a really enjoyable game. Both sides are dealing with mounting challenges, whether that be in shape of injuries or media speculation about a manager’s future, and so a win for either side would be seen as an enormous one.

Arsenal won the most recent meeting between the two sides 2-0 at the Etihad in January and will hope that result from 11 months ago can be repeated on home soil.

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Team News

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has very few choices to make when deciding his starting lineup for this game as he still has so many injuries to worry about. Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are all definitely out, while Alexis Sanchez remains doubtful and will likely be a substitute at best.

Manchester City have received a huge boost ahead of this one, following the news that Sergio Aguero has been passed fit to play. He will lead the line at the Emirates, while Kevin De Bruyne should also return to the starting XI. Vincent Kompany remains sidelined, along with Samir Nasri, Pablo Zabaleta and Fernando.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: D/L/D/W/W

Manchester City’s last five: D/L/W/L/W

Key Stat: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Manchester City, winning by an aggregate score of 8-3 over those matches.

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German playmaker has been sensational this season and is enjoying his best spell since joining the Gunners. He has picked up a goal or an assist in his last six home games and will expect to make that seven by the end of Monday night.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City – This is a really tough one to call. Both sides could make a case for victory but home advantage and recent form mean Arsenal should just edge it by the one goal. Injuries have depleted both squads but an entertaining clash between two Premier League heavyweights should be a festive treat for fans across the country.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal

Venue: The Hawthorns – Saturday, November 21 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Brom 11/2 – Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 1/2

Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion welcome Arsenal to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon as Premier League action returns following the international break.

The Baggies have had two weeks to reflect on consecutive defeats to Leicester and Man United, which has left them thirteenth in the table after a satisfactory opening 12 games.

Tony Pulis has seen his side struggle to put the ball in the back of the net this season, scoring just ten goals in the Premier League, meaning they have the joint worst attacking record alongside Aston Villa and Stoke.

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Another problem for West Brom has been picking up points on home soil, recording just one win from six games at the Hawthorns (D1, L4), so they’ll be desperate to put that right.

West Brom’s Premier League record: P12 – W4 – D2 – L6

By stark contrast to West Brom’s home form, Arsenal boast the best away record in the league with five wins out of six on the road.

The Gunners come into this in good form, even though their run of five straight league wins was ended by Tottenham, following the 1-1 draw at home to their North London rivals last time out.

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A win for Arsenal over West Brom would take them top of the Premier League and put pressure on Man City who face Liverpool in the evening fixture on Saturday.

Arsenal’s Premier League record: P12 – W8 – D2 – L2

The last meeting between these two sides was a comfortable 4-1 win for Arsenal on the final day of last season, while the last clash at the Hawthorns saw the Gunners claim a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a Danny Welbeck header.

Team News

West Brom will be without Gareth McAuley who is serving a one-match ban following his red card against Man United. Ben Foster remains out with a long-term knee injury, while the on-loan Serge Gnabry cannot play against his parent club. Chris Brunt’s fitness will be assessed as he has a slight groin problem.

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Hector Bellerin will return to the squad following a groin injury. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) are unlikely to recover in time for this game but could return in midweek. Laurent Koscielny may be rested following an understandably tough week for the Frenchman. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott (calf), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (knee) remain out.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/W/L/L

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/D

Key Stat: West Brom have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 13 meetings in the Premier League (D2, L10).

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German midfield maestro has been influential this season and already has ten assists to his name. He’ll be hoping to continue his fine form.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 0-2 Arsenal  Arsenal have the joint second strongest defence in the league. Combine that fact with West Brom’s lack of goals, poor home form and the Gunners’ excellent away record and you can only really see one outcome here.