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We’re now midway through the 2016/17 campaign and Arsenal are there or thereabouts at the top of the Premier League table. The Gunners are nine points behind current leaders Chelsea but a new arrival in the upcoming transfer window could give Arsene Wenger’s side a much-needed boost ahead of the business end of the season.

Valencia left-back Jose Gaya has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium before the end of January and most Arsenal fans would welcome another addition in defence. The 21-year-old has been labelled as one of Europe’s top defensive prospects and Wenger will be quietly confident of luring the Spaniard to the Premier League.

He was linked with a transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid last summer but pressure from Valencia’s passionate supporters put an end to a proposed £30 million move. However, his time at the Mestalla Stadium may be running out. A fresh start in England’s top flight and the chance to feature in the Champions League may make his mind up for him.

 Gaya has made 14 appearances for Valencia this season, helping Cesare Prandelli’s men to avoid defeat in exactly half of those fixtures. Incredibly, he has picked up just one yellow card in 845 minutes of La Liga football and his reliable disciplinary record will go down well with supporters at the Emirates Stadium should a move materialise.

It would be unfair to claim that Gaya has fallen out of favour under Prandelli but rumours surrounding his future have certainly rocked his focus in recent weeks. Because of these links, the Valencia left-back has played just 170 minutes in their last four encounters – and this could suggest that the club are willing to sell the youngster if a decent offer comes in.

Arsenal will face stiff competition for Gaya’s signature and the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool – three of Arsenal’s main title rivals – could be set to enter a bidding war with Wenger’s men. The Gunners, 6/1 to win the crown with, may be the best fit for Gaya; especially as compatriot and current left-back Nacho Monreal could help him to settle and adjust to life in England.

At 31 years old, Monreal isn’t getting any younger and it might be time for Wenger to bring some fresh blood into the defence. Shkodran Mustafi’s arrival has certainly helped to shore up the back line in the first half of the campaign and another addition might give Arsenal that added edge in the title race. Wenger’s side have conceded 19 goals in 17 league games this season and Gaya’s reliability on the flanks would provide some additional cover for the back four.

Gaya is one for the future and Arsenal should seriously consider paying up to acquire the Valencia star. The 21-year-old is only going to get better as he continues to develop and Wenger cannot afford to pass up on the opportunity to sign such a talented young player. It might take some time for Gaya to fully adjust to the pace of England’s top flight but all signs suggest that he could enjoy a fruitful career in the Premier League.

The FA Cup, the oldest competition in British football, returns to our screens in the New Year and all of the Premier League teams will be in action. Current holders, Manchester United, will take on Championship side Reading, with their own former player Jaap Stam at the helm. Mourinho’s former side, Chelsea await the outcome from the Notts County vs. Peterborough United replay, Liverpool also await a replay in the form of Plymouth Argyle and Newport County.

Meanwhile, Arsenal, the joint record holders for most FA Cup wins, look set to add to their 12 wins this season, especially in what is rumoured to be Wenger’s final season.

Preston North End

It’s been a mixed season thus far for Preston. Simon Grayson’s side suffered defeat in six of their first eight games. They currently find themselves in 14th place in the Championship, and have already crashed out of the EFL Cup following a 6-0 defeat at Newcastle. With a league victory highly unlikely, the FA Cup remains their only (albeit slim) chance of winning any silverware this season. There has also been controversy off the pitch with Preston starting their new sponsorship deal with 888sport. Pressure from Preston fans has seen 888sport agree to remove their trademark tangerine colour from Deepdale. The general consensus was that the tangerine colour was too similar to the colour of Blackpool, fierce rivals of Preston.

Arsenal’s Form

It has been a very strong season for the Gunners. An opening day loss against Liverpool looks like little more than a hiccup as they have been unbeaten in the 13 subsequent league games. Along the way they have enjoyed a 3-0 win over Chelsea, and 5-1 over West Ham in their new ground. They are also unbeaten in the Champions League with four wins and two draws, allowing them to finish at the top of their group for the first time in four years. Despite their good form, Arsenal crashed out of the EFL following a fifth round defeat to Southampton.

Key Players

On paper, Arsenal should win this one fairly easily. However, they have already suffered having underestimated Southampton, and will be keen to avoid making the same mistake twice this season. Alexis Sánchez has been Arsenal’s best player this season with 13 goals in 20 appearances. He has looked like a new player where he has started most of his matches up top as the striker, as opposed to his regular wide position. Theo Walcott, now a veteran of the Arsenal team now in his 12th season, has been playing some of his best football and has scored 6 goals from his 17 appearances. If both Sanchez and Walcott play against Preston, then Gunners fans should be rest assured of a win at the Deepdale and progression into the fourth round.

Following the Champions League last 16 draw on the 12th December, it is now revealed which teams will play each other in the first of the knock out rounds, and the path to the final looks a little clearer. In what could potentially be Arsene Wenger’s last season as manager of the Gunners, he will undoubtedly be looking to win the only trophy that has eluded him for his entire management career. With a final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the cards, there is still a long way to go, but for now, Arsenal remain focused on progressing past the round of 16.

The Group Stage

Throughout the UEFA Champions League, there is a perceived importance placed upon finishing in the top spot of your group as it means you will avoid playing the other top finishing teams in the knockout rounds. Prior to this season, Arsenal hadn’t managed to do that since the 2011-12 season, which for those keeping score, was when Robin Van Persie still played for the Gunners and Sir Alex Ferguson was still Manchester United manager. In recent seasons, Arsenal have finished second before crashing out in the last 16 to the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
This season, Arsenal avoided defeat all the way through the group stage with four wins and two draws, enabling them to finish at the top of the group for the first time in four seasons. It could all be to avail though, as Arsenal have drawn Bayern Munich once again, who finished second in their group on this occasion

Bayern Munich

It is a period of transition for the Bayern, as Pep Guardiola left the club at the end of June where he won three Bundesliga’s, two Cups, one UEFA Super Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup, the only title that eluded him while Munich manager was the Champions League itself. Carlo Ancelotti took over the club in July, the well travelled manager has previously won the Champions League with Milan and Real Madrid. However, this season they lost away to Athletico Madrid and Rostov in the group stage, meaning they finished second behind Athletico.
One of the rewards of topping your group is that you get to play the away leg first, which means Arsenal will be heading to the Allianz Arena in Munich on the 15th February. If you’re one of the many thousands expected to pack out the stadium that night, remember to apply for your European Health Insurance Card at The card will entitle you to free or reduced cost healthcare, should you require it while you stay in Munich. The return fixture at the Emirates will then take place on the 7th March.

Class vs. Form

Alexis Sánchez has been the top goalscorer this season, with 11 goals in 15 appearances, followed by Theo Walcott with 7 in 14. Rounded out with Mesut Özil, Arsenal have a handful of top quality players who are currently enjoying a very good patch of form. Wenger will be hoping he guide these players through the comngested Christmas fixture list without any injury as he will come to rely on them in the New Year if he as any intention of progressing past the final 16.


Arsenal campaign in the 2016/17 Premier League season has continued to show impressive performances, which gives them an opportunity to be viable contenders to the title. The Gunners forward, Alexis Sanchez will be playing for his country in Santiago on Tuesday night against their bitter rivals Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier match. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is currently concerned about Sanchez’s performance in that game as his team approaches their upcoming fixture with Manchester United this Saturday and how it could affect the outcome of the game as well as the online betting on any major sportsbook.

Alexis Sanchez suffered a torn muscle during training a few days ago and Wenger thinks his involvement in today’s game against Uruguay would be a suicidal decision. The Frenchman has showed deep concern for Sanchez’s injury, which according to doctors, is a hamstring problem. Evidently, the manager fears that that he might lose the Chilean again, the same way a hamstring problem ruled him out for six weeks last season from November 29 to January 24. Even though Sanchez missed 11 matches, while the Gunners lost two of those games and bagged maximum points in seven, a similar tend would be costly in a hotly contested 2016-17 season.

Despite his ordeal, Sanchez has recuperated tremendously and Arsenal could lose his attacking prowess if he succumbs to another injury. Currently, the False No. 9 is the top scorer for the Gunners and he admittedly never wants to rest even when he is injured. His fighting spirit showed during training with Chile when he barely sat on the bench even with the heavy strapping. He always wants to be part of every game regardless of his health condition. Sanchez’s relentless attitude contrasts that of Manchester United’s Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw Mourinho, who Jose Mourinho last week criticized for not showing the required bravery during crucial games. However, the problem with Sanchez is that he does not know when to stop.

A few days before suffering the injury, the Arsenal forward admitted his reluctance to heed Wenger’s cautionary opinions about his fitness because he does not want to rest during the matches. Currently, Chile fully depends on Sanchez to produce a win against Uruguay because even though they have clinched the past two Copa America titles, they are ranked fifth in the standings. Therefore, trouncing their bitter rivals at home is important because their next competitive match will be in March and any injury suffered by Sanchez would probably not affect them.

Such circumstances for Chile will have to push Chile national football coach Juan Antonio Pizzi to play Sanchez on Tuesday night. Their qualification for the World Cup could be at risk if they do not win over Uruguay, which means they could also lose financial rewards for the federation. Even though Arsenal pays Sanchez’s wages, the national side also needs his input and Wenger should live up to that fact unless the injury is declared too serious.

Besides, Wenger is arguable not an expert in managing players injuries as seen in December 2014 when he declared Sanchez to be in the red zone, but went ahead to feature him in 10 consecutive matches for six weeks. Furthermore, Wenger admitted that he forced Aaron Ramsey to play on their first match of the season against Liverpool, which led to the midfielder suffering a hamstring injury.

Arsenal fan have to cross their fingers that Sanchez returns to the Emirates on Saturday fully fit because if the half-fit Chilean plays well against Uruguay, he could be the main man against Manchester United. Sanchez has made 14 starts this season, scoring eight goals and five assists for his team. His absence could mean that Wenger would have to change the entire system because Arsenal have no replacement for the forward. Olivier Giroud’s inclusion as a center forward usually changes Arsenal’s attacking angles, thus Sanchez’s fitness is an added advantage against United. Conclusively, the Chile vs Uruguay game stands out as one of the most vital games for the Gunners this season.

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Arsenal lotto is one of many online lotteries available on the net, and it is a lottery that really can offer people impressive jackpot sizes. For one thing, the prize structure is distinctly different with the Arsenal lotto. The Arsenal lotto does not have a jackpot that is based off of the ticket sales. In this regard, it is a lottery that is very different from many of the lotteries that operate on an international level, which should be positive for everyone involved.

The jackpots of online lotteries that are based on ticket sales are often huge just due to the sheer number of people who participate in those enormous lotteries. This is definitely great for the winners. However, this often means that the odds are so strongly against individual players that lots of players are going to give up before they even start. Obviously, the odds are strongly against the people who try to play in the Arsenal lotto as well. This is a characteristic that all lotteries fulfill. However, tilting the odds slightly in one's favor can still make a difference, and the people who play to win when it comes to gambling have usually learned this for themselves on many occasions.

Arsenal lotto is one of online lotteries available on the net, and this is one of the lotteries that gives people more chances to win in the first place, which can help to create more and more winners. The draws both occur on Saturday and Wednesday evening. Many other lotteries have fewer draws, and people have to wait for the chance to actually compete for the jackpots. Having more trials really can make a difference psychologically.

One of the best characteristics of the Arsenal lotto, however, is the fact that there are multiple winning categories. Many people are wary of the fact that lotteries tend to be all or nothing when it comes to the jackpots. This can be a frustrating situation for the people who are interested in getting something out of the risks that they take in participating with any lottery. Fortunately, this is less of a problem with the Arsenal lotto. The estimated odds for winning the tremendously large jackpot are around 139,838,160 to one, and this is for a jackpot worth about seven million Euros. While winning eight euros might not be impressive to some people, the odds of doing so are 57 to one. For many people, even achieving a victory like this can be emotionally satisfying.

Winning nearly three thousand Euros can be exciting for a lot of people, and this is a level that will really allow people to make a dent in their finances in some cases. The odds of managing to achieve this goal are one in 54,201. These odds are steep, but they are not unbeatable, and that should manage to motivate more people to participate in a lottery that is difficult but that is still much more forgiving than most. In summary, the Arsenal lottery is an international lottery that may actually be able to help a lot of people across the globe.

You would think that coming off the back of 6 consecutive wins would be exactly the sort of motivation a team would need for their next home match. Unfortunately for Arsenal this past weekend saw the gunners disappointingly dropped 2 points against visiting side Middleborough.

Since the end of August they’ve managed a brief unbeaten run which included a handful of away results and a memorable 3-0 home win against London rivals Chelsea.

Now since a rather lacklustre performance against an underperforming lower team over the weekend, and one that certainly lacked ideas and any sort of inspiration in that final third, there’s already concerns that this could be a bit of pre-winter lull for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Footballs a fickle mistress and it’s a sport where the critics and fans alike can turn on their team or even their manager at the flip of a switch. Wenger’s side are currently in second place in the Premier League on level points with both Manchester City and Liverpool who sit respectively either side of them.

So is this recent performance really something to concern fans? It’s certainly too early to tell whether or not the team are experiencing a little bit of a crash before we head into the final few weeks of this first half of the season.

But there were still plenty of things on show during that monotonous 90 minutes on Saturday that we should be potentially concerned about.

The team only managed 5 actual on target attempts at goal at the weekend and only one of those shots actually troubled the Boro keeper. Unsurprisingly it was Arsenal who were able to hold most of the possession through the game but possession is only as good as the chances you create as a team, and that’s simply something that Arsenal were not managing against the North Yorkshire visitors.

It was a game they expected to win, in fact everyone expected them to win as even the best betting websites around were predicting. The fact was that Boro battled hard and quite frankly looked like the better team throughout much of the game.

Middleborough were resilient during the game and were able to fend off pretty much anything Arsenal could throw at them, which sadly wasn’t a whole lot. In the after match interviews Wenger commented on the fact that his side were dominant in possession but put it down to tired legs and tired minds which resulted in the lack of imagination and creativity in front of goal.

Aside from their EFL match earlier this week, their next Premier League match will be a lunchtime game against Sunderland on Saturday and it’s crucial that Arsenal are quickly able to figure out exactly what went wrong and what they need to do to rectify the situation.

There was a lot of complacency and a real lack of drive from the vast majority of the team and it’s important that players aren’t suffering from a bout of over-confidence which is leading them to make mistakes and not work as hard as they should be.

A win over minnows Reading does not a title challenge make. Just look at Manchester United hammering Fenerbache only to get hammered themselves by a lacklustre Chelsea. Arsenal need to tread carefully and not get ahead of themselves.

There is still a long way to go until May,


  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more