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Arsene Wenger has hailed Ainsley Maitland-Niles as a big part of Arsenal’s future after another impressive performance from the youngster today. The 20 year old, making just his second Premier League start, was asked to play at left-back again and not only did he defend well, he contributed in the final third too. One particular […]

Today’s 1-0 win over Newcastle was our first since beating Huddersfield 5-0 last month, and the three points put us back into the top four at the time of writing. It wasn’t the greatest performance though. Here are the on the whistle thoughts of James from @gunnerblog.

arsenal 1-0 newcastleIt was nice to get back to winning ways, even if the performance wasn’t quite as impressive as we might have liked. A sensational first half goal from Mesut Ozil (read the report and see the goal here) won the game for the Gunners, but it was a bit precarious without the cushion of scoring […]

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Wilshere, Iwobi, Ozil, Alexis, Lacazette Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Coquelin, Kolasinac, Elneny, Welbeck, Giroud — An outstanding first half goal from Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates this afternoon, although the overall performance was far from convincing. Arsene Wenger made just one change […]

Arsenal are looking for their first win in four games when they face Newcastle United at the Emirates this afternoon. Arsene Wenger has made just one change today, with Olivier Giroud making way for Alexandre Lacazette. Here are today’s official line-ups. Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Wilshere, Iwobi, Ozil, Alexis, Lacazette Subs: Ospina, […]

The Newcastle midfielder takes on his former club Arsenal wondering what might have been but for a tackle in training by Mathieu Flamini the day before he was due to make his Premier League debut for the Gunners

Isaac Hayden had waited a lifetime for the moment. The midfielder had dreamed the dream and, when it came true, the elation was overwhelming. He was 19 years old, a product of the Arsenal academy and Arsène Wenger had told him he was about to make his Premier League debut. It was October 2014, the fixture was Hull City at the Emirates Stadium and Hayden was in the starting XI. What happened next – in training that morning – would turn his life upside down.

“I remember coming out with the ball, I passed it and then Mathieu Flamini has come in,” Hayden says. “He’s come in and caught me on the inside of my ankle, above the bone, and the ankle has just turned. It has clicked. I actually heard two clicks.”

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Rafael Benítez has tried everything in recent games – different formations, different personnel – and the captain, Jamaal Lascelles, admitted there had been harsh words after Wednesday’s loss to Everton. But Newcastle United have been unable to stop their slump; it is now seven defeats in eight and, unsurprisingly, the nerve ends on Tyneside are raw. A visit to Arsenal does not seem like the best medicine but Arsène Wenger’s side are also jittery. David Hytner

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Arsène Wenger has used his press conference ahead of his Arsenal side's match against Newcastle to give an update on Jack Wilshere's future contract prospects and whether he thinks Manchester City can be caught this season

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Will there be goals galore again at the Etihad, could West Ham finish off Hughes and is Jack Wilshere the man to bring some beauty back into Arsenal’s play?

Since 2010-11, when the two games between these sides featured one goal between them, this has not been a fixture for goalkeepers. In 12 meetings there have been precisely 50 goals, scored at the rate of 4.2 per match. There is a recent history of mayhem, which coupled with the recent improvement in Tottenham’s form makes this probably the most likely moment for a while for the leaders’ successive-win juggernaut to come to a halt. Between this game and the visit to Arsenal at the end of February, City play Leicester twice, Newcastle twice, and five times against sides they have already beaten this season by an aggregate score of 24-3 (though that includes a visit to Liverpool). Should Pep Guardiola’s side emerge victorious on Saturday it becomes troublingly difficult to see where in the near future they might falter. Last season’s 2-2 draw in this fixture was memorable for some particularly poor goalkeeping: both City goals were down to Hugo Lloris clangers, and Claudio Bravo only faced two shots on target and let them both in. Ederson will present a more formidable obstacle for Spurs on Saturday. SB

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• Wilshere: ‘I’ve only read what the boss has said in the media’• Midfielder’s contract with club is due to end in the summer

Jack Wilshere says there has been no progress on his new contract talks at Arsenal but he is focused solely on keeping his place in the club’s Premier League team.

The midfielder was the principal beneficiary of Aaron Ramsey’s hamstring injury on Wednesday night at West Ham United and he started his first league game of the season – and his first in Arsenal colours since May 2016.

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