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Is Nacho Monreal good enough for Arsenal?

Nacho Monreal and his future in the Arsenal team

Nacho Monreal has always been seen as a solid left back ready to enter the first team any time. Bought in the winter of the 2012-2013 season to replace the injured Gibbs, Monreal has performed reasonably well for the Gunners whenever he puts on the shirt, barring some unfortunate showings. However, he is always seen as the second choice behind Kieran Gibbs.

Why Arsenal SHOULD sell Monreal to Bilbao!

I never thought I would be saying this after Nacho Monreal signed for Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2013, but I reckon it is time to cut the Spanish left back loose and get a replacement.

According to a report in The Express, La Liga side Athletic Bilbao are keen to take the defender back to Spain. The Spanish club have not got much money, but they need to strengthen as they claimed the last Champions League spot available by finishing fourth in La Liga.

Arsenal stars fit and ready to rock for England in Brazil

I still think that there should be three Arsenal players in the England World Cup squad picked by Roy Hodgson. Luke Shaw may have been very impressive as he burst on to the scene with Southampton this season, but Kieran Gibbs has also been brilliant for Arsenal and has more experience, especially at the top level.

There is little doubt that England have got a tough group, maybe the toughest, and the adverse weather conditions are not going to do them any favours either, so Hodgson needs all the help he can get. And the Arsenal duo of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are ready to provide it after giving the England boss a fitness boost yesterday.

Will World Cup snubs help or hinder Arsenal defenders?

All the national team managers have named their provisional squads for the World Cup, all the ones that affect Arsenal at least, and there are not too many surprises as to which Gunners are going. But how will the tournament in Brazil affect the players that go, and what about those with the disappointment of missing out?

What happened to Arsenal’s ‘English Core” – Only two go to World Cup

Last season Arsene Wenger made a big deal of Arsenal signing up his young British talents on long-term contracts, saying that they were going to be the çore’of the side that were going to go on to great things.

Wenger said last December: “We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts. The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players, in order to get them to develop their talent at the Club. Jack is certainly the best known, the leader of this group – but the other four players are exceptional footballers, and we’re very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time.

Official teams and preview of Norwich v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has had a few decisions to make as Arsenal go into the final day with nothing to play for except momentum and confidence. So it is no surprise to see that the Frenchman has made a few changes to his starting XI.

With Wojcicech Szczesny needing one more clean sheet to win the Premier League Golden Glove award outright, I am a little surprised to see him on the bench, but it is all about the FA cup trophy now, so Wenger has given Lukasz Fabianski the nod to give him some match sharpness.

Norwich v Arsenal preview, prediction and line-up

Norwich vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

This is our final league game of the 2013/2014 season and there’s very little riding on it. Arsenal have already qualified for the Champions league (although we have to negotiate the qualifier in August) and the players will have one eye on the game next Saturday against Hull in the FA cup final.

Alarming study of WHY Arsenal’s title challenge collapsed

From first to fourth by Big Gun

Where did it all go wrong for Arsenal this season? We were top of the league over December and looked more than capable of going all the way. As many pundits said at the time, Arsenal’s title challenge should only be taken into account after facing the tougher opponents. In hindsight, they were correct because Arsenal folded like a giant clothes horse after getting thumped 6-3, 6-0 and 5-1 by City, Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. A massive humiliation to say the least.

Full Arsenal injury update shows Wenger still on bare bones

The good news for Arsene Wenger is that he is not going to find it difficult to pick the Arsenal starting line-up to face Pepe Mel’s West Brom at the Emirates on Sunday. The bad news is that the reason the Frenchman will find it so easy is because he has not got a lot of choice.

The prof has given Arsenal.com an injury update ahead of the weekend’s action in the Premier League, and it is not particularly good news. At least there are no new players with injuries, so Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have not suffered any adverse reaction after their recent returns to action, but there are no more players coming back either.

Full Arsenal injury update including latest Diaby setback

With all of the injury problems that Arsenal have had to cope with this season, it was starting to look like the curse of Abou Diaby had rubbed off on the likes of Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil. But the tall French midfielder is still way out in front in the race to be crowned the unluckiest footballer to ever pull on the famous red and white shirt.

Should Arsenal start Vermaelen even if Monreal is fit?

It is no surprise that Arsenal have a few injury concerns ahead of a vitally important away game against Hull City. It would only be a surprise if Arsene Wenger had a fully fit and complete squad of players to choose from. Things are getting better for the Gunners, with Aaron Ramsey already back and Mesut Ozil on the brink, but we still have to do without a major player in Kieran Gibbs.

Arsenal subs and some grit could have saved Wenger’s job!

It wasn’t pretty but we got there in the end! by Ash

As I am sure you are all aware, unless you have been in a coma, Arsenal have managed to reach the 2014 FA Cup final at Wembley for the 17th May in what will be an inviting encounter whoever the opponent, which looks like being Premier League team Hull City.

Arsenal knocked the current holders of the trophy, Wigan Athletic out of the competition after a tense game that resulted in penalties. Lukasz Fabianski, the forgotten man at Arsenal became the hero on the day, fantastically saving two penalties in the shoot out to take the pressure off of Arsenal.