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"Alexis caught on camera" (CC BY 2.0) by  Ronnie Macdonald 

It’s the time of the season when teams need to call upon their big guns. The Premier League title is within reach for a number of teams still, but now is where the pressure really starts to mount. This is when those expensive marquee signings have to step up and make a difference.

Premier League ladder on hityah has some of the most talented players in the world, but they must justify their price tags. Strikers like Chelsea’s Diego Costa, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Robin Van Persie during his stay at Manchester United all proved pivotal players as their clubs took home the Premier League title in recent years. That is not to say that others played key parts as well, but it could be argued that these decisive players were the difference makers.

Alexis Sanchez should be this player for Arsenal. He is one of the most exciting signings that Arsene Wenger has made in recent history, and his first season at the Emirates was full of such promise. According to, tickets for Arsenal are in high demand, and being able to watch players like Sanchez is one reason why tickets are so sought after. He put away 16 goals and assisted 8 in the league alone last year, and made the switch to the English style of play look seamless. In contrast, his midfield counterpart Mesut Ozil had a slow start in English football, but the German playmaker has finally started to justify his price tag and has had an excellent season. It seems that the roles have been reversed.

At the time of writing, Sanchez has played 21 league games, and scored in only 4. Add two measly assists to that record and it doesn’t make for good reading. The Chilean was laid off for 8 matches through injury, but prior to that he was off form and has failed to hit his stride since his return. The troubling thing is, he is still registering plenty of shots on goal, and only has the equalising goal against Tottenham Hotspur to show for it. Could it be that he is suffering a lack of confidence due to being overshadowed by Arsenal’s new key man? Or will his strike against Arsenal’s title rivals now lead to him opening the floodgates?

Whatever the problem is, Wenger needs Sanchez to rediscover that devastating form again - and fast. He showed glimmers of his talent against Spurs, but the Gunners need more. Ozil can’t be relied upon to do all the work, Olivier Giroud is also suffering and Theo Walcott has so far failed to justify being given the central striker’s berth. With the Gunners in need of goals - Sanchez needs to prove that he isn’t just another one season wonder.

Arsenal have some ground to make up on the leaders, Leicester City, although there is still time for them to catch up should the Foxes suffer any setbacks, but the Gunners need to put a run of form together and end the season in strong fashion.


With just under a quarter of the season left, the Chilean attacker still has the opportunity to better his goal scoring record of last season and for the sake of Arsenal’s title hopes, he needs to start firing on all cylinders sooner rather than later.

There is no doubt that Giroud is an impressive player but there are a few arguments that have been brought forward about whether he can fill the big shoes left by Thierry Henry. Although the French striker has had some great moments and achievements, the consistency in his form is questionable. It seems as though some days he is on fire and others he doesn’t reach the level we all know he is capable of. Maybe it’s just because the fans are just used to Henry never letting his form slip and that gives a harsh measuring stick to use on Giroud.

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Yeey, winter is finally here! There is snow (not), and ice (not), and the winter holidays (which are over)! And cold, and wet, and generally a time when my immune system tends to go on vacation, leaving me with a runny nose quite often. This week I'm once again confined to bed, with a fever and some home remedies on my side. Unfortunately this means that the women in my life (mom, in-law and wife) don't let me take off to the game. What should I do? Watching the game on the telly is the closest thing I get to going out, but even that is far from being the real thing. Not to mention that there are times when no games worthy of mention are on. Reading about it is a bit better, but still not enough to give me a fix. What now, what now? While preparing a blog post (I do that from time to time) I've set out to find some trivia on the greatest football stars of the past. Imagine my surprise when one of my searches pointed me to a place called the Royal Vegas Casino. As it turns out, it's a real money gaming venue - not unlike DoubleDown, my favorite game on my phone. Royal Vegas Casino Canada offers games like Football Star, and other slot machines. In short - it has both things I love in one place. First of all, let me introduce you to my new favorite game. Football Star was launched at the Canadian Royal Vegas Casino in 2014, a few days before the FIFA World Cup. Without a doubt, the goal of the venue was to ride the wave with this new game. But it has stood the test of time - right now Football Star is among the most played games at Royal Vegas. What makes it interesting for me is that it doesn't focus on a single team. It could have - the developer behind it is based in the Isle of Man, which has its own league to get inspiration from. Instead, the game is inspired by - and paying a tribute to - the game itself. And it does it in a way that's worth a mention or two. First of all, it makes me feel like being at the stadium. Its background images and sounds lend it a look and feel that's similar to what you might experience when sitting on the bleachers - without the whole "going out into the cold with the flu" thing. Second, it even has quite some action you might see during a game, which makes it my new best friend - at least until my bed confinement ends. Because then it will be back to the game with me, for sure.

Aaron Ramsey continues to be the Arsene Wenger on the football pitch.

The division amongst the fans when it comes to the Welshman is there for all to see. On one side of the fence he is a player who takes too many touches, gets forward too often and does not do enough defensive work for his team but on the other side of the fan base Aaron Ramsey is central to Arsenal's success and the team should be built around him. If only we had an easy and fast guide to get your bonus if we all stood behind the players in the squad, that way there would be no division at all.

As is often the case the truth lies somewhere in between the two extremes, his partnership with Mathieu Flamini has had many problems that the team have paid for in recent weeks, Ramsey has had an inconsistent time during that period. Scoring some crucial goals but also not looking at his best as we lost control of the midfield battle in some of those fixtures.

But fingers are being crossed that Ramsey could be on his way back up. Against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday, Aaron Ramsey was arguably the man of the match with an assist and a major contribution to the first goal. His long curling pass found the head of Giroud who knocked the ball back to Mesut Özil to fire high into the net for the opener. But it was the rest of his contribution that left Gooners happy. He fought from the first whistle to the last, winning plenty of tackles and making vital interceptions. His passing in between the lines was impressive also.

Francis Coquelin came on as a late substitute in that game and played alongside Aaron Ramsey as Mesut Özil was moved to the right flank.

The hope must be that Coquelin and Ramsey can forge an immediate partnership, If Coquelin can get sharp very quickly along with the return to Aaron Ramsey's best form then maybe they can provide a springboard for the title run in.

There are only 13 games left of this 2015/2016 Premier League season and during those games Arsenal have to go to Tottenham, Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City. Those are not fixtures that Arsenal can stumble through and hope to accumulate enough points to finish top of the pile. We are going to have periods where we have dig in and fight our way to points, Aaron Ramsey will also need to make the difference in the final third at points in those games, so he will need a partner who is capable of keeping it tight when we have to win the ball back, something that Francis Coquelin is actually very good at.

It is going to be very interesting from now until May.

Arsenal got back to winning ways after a professional 2-0 victory away in the Vitality stadium on Sunday afternoon. Arsene Wenger's troops had not managed a win in the four Premier League, they hadn't even managed to score a goal in the last three.

The atmosphere around the club has been somewhat down in recent weeks, understandably so too. It wouldn't be the first time that an Arsenal squad had wiltered when heading into the business end of the season. Our recent form certainly does not make us favourites for the Premier League title. In fact you can check out the latest odds with the Ladbrokes promo code

But usually those circumstances are very different. Usually in February and March the treatment room begins to fill up, games come and go with new important squad players having to limp off, Arsene Wenger then has to quickly remould his team with option of lesser quality.

I mean how many times have we witnessed the likes of Robin van Persie get ruled out for the season? or Cesc Fabregas popping a hamstring? or the times when we would lose all our options from one area of the pitch? This season is similar but different. We've already done the whole losing all our midfielders act, this time we have 98% of the squad returning from injury.

The team have been limping over the line in recent victories or stumbling through bad performances but that could all be about to change as Alexis Sanchez and Francis Coquelin race for full match fitness and sharpness.

Arsenal have some very tough away fixtures coming up from now until season end, fixtures that a midfield combination of Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey will not be good enough to get through. Theo Walcott on the left flank will not be enough to succeed at White Hart Lane, Old Trafford or the Etihad stadium.

Getting Alexis and Coquelin back at their best will boost this team but 30% no doubt about it, but that is not all. Danny Welbeck is back in training, he has already completed 60 minutes of an under 21 match and will be working as hard as possible to get close to the sharpness needed to compete at the highest level.

Perhaps a first team place might be unlikely at this stage of the season but how much of a benefit would it be to the manager to have that option from the bench? In a game where we need to increase energy levels or press tired defenders into mistakes.

Maybe this season is different after all, we will see once Arsenal cruise around the bend into the home straight.

One of the most common things in sports betting is that people bet too much on an event. According to a survey, in a match, approximately 99% bets placed at the sportsbook are of high amount. Sports betting is not necessarily choosing the teams that are going to win, but understanding different money management systems as well. There is a wide range of money management systems available on the internet, and people should stick to flat betting or straight betting as per their needs and preferences.

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It is not guaranteed that you will get a profitable outcome on sticking to straight betting systems. Bettors should also consider flat betting, a betting type in which bettors bet the same amount every time. Most of the people think that by varying the betting amount, they can win more in a long run, which is not right. One should be aware of the fact that by varying betting amounts, the chances of overall loss are much higher.

Betting on sports is exciting and beneficial in the long run for the bettors who have good understanding of money management. Discipline is one of the most common success factors, which people need to maintain during the betting process.

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Marked to replace legendary goalkeeper David Seaman, Wright’s transfer was an epic failure. In July 2001, Wright joined Arsenal from Ipswich Town for £6 million, a significant sum for a goalkeeper at the time. Seaman’s injury rapidly saw Wright starting, but he turned out to be disappointing: notably, his own goal during a match against Charlton Athletic. Following an injury during a Champions League match against La Coruna, he was replaced by the young Stuart Taylor, who quickly 

  • 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