In the eyes of many, Arsenal’s £35 million signing Granit Xhaka has had an underwhelming debut campaign in London. Collecting eight yellow and two red cards and sitting out seven games through suspension, he has carried his Bundesliga reputation to England as observers view him as a hothead who hardly bothers about the repercussions of 

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It is Groundhog Day again. Sitting 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and on the cusp of the seventh successive round-of-16 exit in the Champions League, Arsenal’s season is already over although almost four months of competitive football has yet to be played. The Arsenal supporters, even a considerable number of those who had 

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Despite Arsenal’s dire need of central midfield additions, the winter transfer window largely birthed rumours linking their talisman Alexis Sanchez with an Emirates Stadium exit. The rumours have, in turn, birthed reports suggesting they had already lined up replacements.   Heavily-linked Fresh reports from Telegraph Sports revealed on Friday night that Marco Reus would top 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Sitting fifth in the Premier League after match day 20, Arsenal’s chances of usurping clear favourites Chelsea to lift the Premier League title in over 13 years seems bleak, at least according to the slightly pessimistic Gooner demographic. However, should the results go their way between now and the 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. The Sun reported last week that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri would be interested in replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal if the latter were to step down in the near future. Although he has hardly been tipped to become Wenger’s successor, Arsenal may not identify a more capable gaffer to 

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  Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Former Arsenal player Denilson found his loan move to Cruzeiro terminated after making just two starts earlier this month. Having returned to UAE side Al-Wahda, his parent club, his future now looks bleaker than ever before. Born in rowdy favelas in Sao Paulo, Denilson earned a move to 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Arsenal succumbed to their second consecutive loss on December 18 at Etihad Stadium as a Sergio Aguero-less Manchester City drubbed an allegedly soulless Arsenal 2-1. The defeat followed another capitulation at Goodison Park as Everton had beaten them by the same scoreline just three days earlier. The Gunners are 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Rumours linking Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez with a move away from Emirates Stadium had begun emanating from the British media the moment the club announced his arrival from Barcelona for £32 million. However, with recent reports suggesting that Chinese Super League clubs are poised to offer him a £400,000-per-week 

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Arsenal currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, just a single win off the top spot that houses local rivals Chelsea. However, had they changed their approach to convalescents, they could as well be the table toppers, never mind winning the title at least once in the past decade. Arsenal’s treatment room currently features 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Arsenal travel to Manchester United in search of their first win at Old Trafford since September 2006; however, the Saturday’s early kickoff presents them an easy opportunity to overcome the United hoodoo given the form of either side heading into the game. On the back of a 16-game undefeated 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Arsenal’s new centre-back partnership featuring Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi has been somewhat impressive since their first game together in the Premier League, but they are still far from the finished product. Earning plaudits from right and left, the imaginatively named Kostafi have helped the Gunners remain undefeated across 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Arsenal overcame the Swansea City voodoo when they handed the Swans a 3-2 defeat at Emirates Stadium in Bob Bradley’s first game in charge. Although the win barely ranks amongst Arsenal’s best defensive performances – statistically, at least – it highlighted the attributes Arsenal’s six consecutive Premier League wins 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. With only a few hours left until the end of current international break, Arsenal supporters are hoping to see their personnel return in the pink of their health. Their fear is definitely justifiable, as many first teamers have often returned to London Colney carrying an injury sustained during the 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Having notched up five goals and two assists in eight starts playing as a centre-forward, Alexis Sanchez has justified Arsene Wenger’s decision to deploy his best winger as the number nine. However, whether he can be Arsenal’s go-to for goals against all sorts of opposition remains a question. It 

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Praveen’s latest “The Arsenal Annals” column. Theo Walcott has been earning plaudits for his improved attitude, and the player himself recently admitted to have tweaked his attitude in an attempt to reinvigorate his career that had lacked direction. However, most of the appreciation he has been garnering seems rather premature. After a brilliant start to 

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