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Arsenal reveal new Puma home kit for 2015-16 season

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  • Arsenal launch Puma kit on stage outside Emirates Stadium on Monday night
  • Hector Bellerin, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal model shirt 
  • Fans gather outside the stadium to catch a glimpse of their heroes as Thierry Henry acts as presenter
  • Red and white home strip is Puma’s second with Arsenal since starting their kit deal last year
  • Rosicky says that Arsenal’s aim next year is to win the Premier League title
  • Cazorla believes the Gunners can improve by bringing in more players this summer  

Arsenal have launched their Puma home kit for the 2015-16 season, with some special help from Thierry Henry and current stars at the Emirates Stadium.

The red and white strip was unveiled at a packed event outside the home ground on Monday night, and is Puma’s second with the Gunners after starting a £30million-a-year kit deal last year.

Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck joined Henry to help reveal the new kit, which Arsene Wenger will hope his side are successful in next season as they aim for more major honours.

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The new Arsenal home kit will be on sale on June 25

The atmosphere outside the Emirates Stadium was similar to that of a match day, such was amount of fans and their desire to get a glimpse of their heroes.

Supporters belted out Arsenal chants as the countdown started on the stage before fireworks and confetti greeted the five stars.

Bellerin said: ‘It’s really nice, obviously red and white like people like it. It’s got some nice features, bit stylish, I think it’s going to look really good on all the fans.’

And Welbeck was also complimentary about the strip, adding: ‘I like it. It’s a bit classic, it’s not as tight as last season so I can breathe on the pitch.’

Arsenal claimed their second FA Cup in succession after defeating Aston Villa at Wembley last month, though finished 12 points adrift of champions Chelsea in the Premier League.

Rosicky, who also modelled the strip in front of the fans, said there were more important things than fashion for the players next season.

‘I think there is only one aim from us – to win the title,’ he said. ‘I have to say the squad is really big so the talent is there.’

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Fans queue to get close to the stage by the Emirates Stadium ahead of the Puma home kit launch on Monday night

Cazorla echoed his fellow midfielder’s claims and stressed that the Gunners can kick on with some work in the transfer market.

‘The most important thing is to improve next year,’ the Spaniard added. ‘Of course we can win the Premier League. If we sign some good players, we will be even stronger.’

Spectators were queuing up outside the Emirates Stadium long before the event started at around 9.30pm, while fans from around the world were able to watch the spectacular launch via a Puma live stream.

Henry played the role of host next to Nigel Mitchell at the event, entertaining fans and posing for selfies. The former France striker is the club’s record scorer and flourished in his fair share of kits, admitting that he remembers two in particular very fondly.

‘I had some favourite kits throughout the years – it’s kind of difficult to change, it’s always going to be red and white! We changed some little stuff, but it obviously still looks like at Arsenal.

‘I remember the burgundy one – that last year at Highbury was always going to be special, it was a special place for me. I also liked the gold kit, we never lost a game in it.’

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Arsenal players boo club Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis for declining to give FA Cup bonus

While in the Wembley dressing room, celebrating their second FA Cup title in as many years, Arsenal chief exec Ivan Gazidis walked in to congratulate his players. Seeing a prime opportunity to get new cars for the whole squad, Mikel Arteta tells his fellow players: “Ivan, Ivan, Ivan wants to say something. Ivan wants to say something about the bonus for the FA Cup.” But instead of pointing to large briefcase of cash on the physio’s bench, he points to his heart. The players react by booing their chief exec… …who takes it incredibly well, to be fair. Don’t you just have a funny feeling that the Arsenal players might be getting a bonus after all?

Theo Walcott making his case to start as Arsenal’s No. 9 in FA Cup final

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What a difference a game makes. Prior to Arsenal’s match with West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season, Theo Walcott looked destined to spend the remainder of the season confined to the substitutes bench before slinking off in the transfer window. However, the manner in which he seized a rare opportunity to start has fans talking about him as a serious option at centre-forward — both in next week’s FA Cup final and beyond.

The match against the Baggies was Walcott’s first start for Arsenal since mid-March. He had been named as a substitute for the previous 10 games in succession. Publicly, Arsene Wenger has insisted that the decision to keep Walcott in reserve was related to his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury. However, there has been a lingering suspicion that Walcott’s berth on the bench has stemmed from the stalemate in his contract talks.

On Sunday, Wenger had no choice but to start him. His customary centre-forward, Olivier Giroud, had failed to score in his last seven appearances and was beginning to look weary after a draining second half of the season. With Danny Welbeck also sidelined with a knee problem, Walcott was the only senior forward remaining. He had made an electric cameo as a substitute in the previous match against Sunderland, so a start was the natural progression.

His impact was tremendous. As soon as the game kicked off it became clear Walcott was determined to make an impact. He has long craved the opportunity to play as a central striker and was patently fired up for this rare chance to shine in his preferred role.

Arguably, it makes more sense than ever to deploy Walcott through the middle. In his absence, Arsenal have developed a style dependent on wide players who are defensively diligent and prepared to track back. That’s not Walcott’s forte, but playing him in the centre frees him of some of those responsibilities. He can concentrate on what he does best: using his searing pace to offer a threat in behind.

He can finish, too. Although Walcott occasionally fluffs his lines when given time to think, at his instinctive best he can be ruthless. The dipping strike he sent beyond Boaz Myhill to open the scoring was as good a finish as the Emirates has witnessed this season. His second goal was less spectacular, but showcased surprisingly good touch and awareness to allow him to evade his marker before slotting into the near post.

Arsenal’s creative players seemed to relish the chance to play with Walcott ahead of them. The likes of Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil took visible glee in sending perfectly weighted passes beyond the West Brom back four for the No. 14 to race on to. That’s the thing with Walcott: even if the pass is a touch too heavy, he invariably has the pace to get there. After the match, West Brom boss Tony Pulis admitted that his team had simply been unable to cope with the variety and speed of Walcott’s movement.

Wenger must know be wondering if Aston Villa would struggle similarly. Giroud came off the bench to replace Walcott but showed no sign of recovering his spectacular form of a couple of months ago. The Arsenal manager will understandably be eager to reward those who’ve contributed most over the course of the season with a place in the final, but Walcott’s relative freshness must be a consideration. The likes of Ron Vlaar and Ciaran Clark are already tired after a grueling campaign, the last thing they want is to be chasing Walcott in their final game.

With no substantial progress in his contract negotiations, Walcott’s long-term future is still a subject for debate. However, the FA Cup final selection has to be about short-term pragmatism. With Giroud sapped of energy and confidence, Walcott should start at Wembley.

Emirates Cup 2015

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Olympique Lyonnais, Villarreal and VfL Wolfsburg will join Arsenal for the Emirates Cup 2015 on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.

It will be the eighth staging of the tournament, which has been a regular part of the club’s pre-season schedule since the move to Emirates Stadium.

As in previous years, supporters will enjoy two matches on both Saturday and Sunday, with one ticket giving access to both matches on a particular day.

Nicklas Bendtner is set to return to Emirates Stadium with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, who will take on Santi Cazorla’s former club Villarreal in the opening match of the tournament at 2pm on Saturday, July 25. Arsenal will then host Lyon at 4.20pm.

Arsenal MUST move Ramsey back to a central role

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Why Arsenal Need to Move Ramsey Back To Midfield! by AT

Following the game at Old Trafford in which Arsenal came away with a point, the Gunners star Aaron Ramsey has once again earned a lot of plaudits for his performance. The midfielder was at the heart of Arsenal’s renaissance in the second half and it was his long ball that sent Theo Walcott through to score the equaliser. But on close analysis of the game, it is not hard to notice that it was when he was moved into midfield that he truly established his influence on the game.

In addition to playing splendid passes from midfield, the Welshman was also putting his foot in to win the ball and was also seen making those late runs from midfield and getting into great positions, attributes that were so characteristic of him last season. Now although his failure to produce more such performances this campaign can largely be put down to injury, I do feel that Wenger playing him on the right flank takes a fair bit out of his game.

While I do acknowledge that Ramsey is also effective playing out wide, an even stronger opinion of mine is that his best position is in central midfield and his best attributes come to life when he is deployed there. As we all saw last season, Aaron is very capable of scoring 15 goals a season and notching up a handful of assists to go with it.

When Arsenal play big teams such as Manchester United, perhaps Wenger is justified to deploy him on the flanks because there is a great need for work-rate, something that other options like Theo lack when compared to Rambo. But in matches where the onus is on us to attack, I’d really prefer to move Santi out wide or bring in Walcott or Welbeck in order to slot Ramsey next to Coquelin in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield.

It may have been an entirely different story if Ramsey had started in midfield in last week’s defeat to Swansea…

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Theo Walcott: I need to play!

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The England international has made 19 appearances for the Gunners this season – 13 as a substitute – after spending nearly a year on the sidelines with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Walcott came off the bench again yesterday to force Tyler Blackett’s own goal as Arsenal rescued a late point at Manchester United.

And the 26-year-old, who is being linked with a summer exit, is hoping to feature against Sunderland and West Brom in the Premier League and in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Walcott said: “I’ve been very patient coming back from injury.

“I just need more minutes really. As a substitute you need to be positive. It was a great result today.

“When you come to Old Trafford and you get a positive result, it showed how fit we are as a team.

“It’s a crucial point and we just need one more point for third because of goal difference.

“It’s always tough coming back but I feel part of the squad. The manager’s been patient with me. I feel like I’m getting stronger and quicker.”

Arsenal vs Swansea

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Arsene Wenger hoping history repeats itself as Gunners have won their last three matches after a general election.

Arsene Wenger hopes that history repeats itself for the fourth time tonight after highlighting that Arsenal have won their first match after the last three general elections.

The Gunners are looking to keep pace with Manchester City in the battle to finish runners-up to Chelsea in the Premier League table, and Wenger’s side will also have revenge on their mind when they take on Swansea at the Emirates.

However, the Frenchman has pointed to a rather unusual record in the hope that his side continue a trend that has its ties in the political world more so than the football world, and he also revealed his hidden interest in how the country takes to the polls when the general election comes around.

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“I’ve been told that we have won our first match after each of the last three general elections,” Wenger said in his programme notes for tonight’s match.

“That’s a good habit and one we want to continue. I love to watch politics because I sometimes look at it like a strategy and a game as well – who makes the points, who comes out as a winner. It’s very interesting but you have to think that the country plays its future every time, because the people vote for the people who will represent them.

“The thing I regret in modern day is that e sometimes neglect to vote and forget that people did fight for their lives to get the right to do it. We think it’s absolutely natural but it’s very important.”

Looking back at the trip to the Liberty Stadium last November – where Arsenal went ahead through Alexis Sanchez only to concede twice and suffer a 2-1 defeat – Wenger admitted that he wants to make up for the loss and take the Gunners’ record to 31 points taken from the last 33 available.

“We want to continue to win – for me that is absolutely vital for our ambition,” he added. “In this season’s away fixture we had a big disappointment because we were 1-0 up and lost 2-1 but we want to put that right and continue our run tonight.”

He also took the time to praise his opposite number Garry Monk, and congratulated the former Swansea defender on impressing in what is still only the first full Premier League season of his young managerial career.

“Garry Monk has done very well for his first complete season,” said Wenger. “He’s a very young manager so that’s absolutely amazing and promises a bright future for a guy who has just started.

“To put Swansea at the level that they are now is absolutely outstanding.”

Theo Walcott not good enough to play for a big club like Liverpool, claims ex-Manchester United defender

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Paul Parker wrote in his Eurosport blog that Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott is not good enough for a big club and should be sold this summer.

The former England and Manchester United defender was cutting in his assessment of Walcott and questioned why Liverpool would want to sign him this summer given his ability – with the Daily Mirroramong those to credit the Reds with holding an interest.

Parker wrote: ‘’As for Walcott, it might be the right time for him to leave but he is only being linked with big clubs, like Liverpool, and it doesn’t add up.

‘’Are they really looking for a player of his ability and quality? His value is high because he is English, not because he is a great player.’’

Is Parker right – is Walcott a poor player?

Walcott has been tormented with injuries throughout his career but to suggest that he is a poor player would be foolish as he has proven, when fit, that he can make a huge impact.

In the past three seasons, the England international has scored 21 goals in 55 Premier League appearances and claimed 14 assists. It’s a record you would only associate with a very good Premier League winger, which Walcott is.

The issue for Liverpool to consider, should they pursue the attacker’s signature, would be his fitness rather than his ability, and rightly so.

If he does move on from Arsenal this summer, then the question marks will be on whether he can remain match fit and integrate into a new side after so long at Arsenal.

At 26, he still has plenty of time left in his career and could argue that he is approaching his peak.

Hull v Arsenal match preview

What a strange day Sunday was. Normally there’s football on the TV but as far as I could see there was nothing happening at all yesterday, and of course if nothing happened then nothing happened so there you go.

I mean, even if I was the most magnanimous person alive, there’s simply no chance that if anything did happen I’d a) acknowledge it and b) do something daft like congratulate some people in the name of decent sportsmanship. They say the league table doesn’t lie, and that’s probably as true a maxim as there is in football, but very often the league table has a pack of outright wankers at the top of it, so that’s where we are (if anything had happened yesterday. Which it didn’t).

Tonight we’ve got a game against Hull, that traditional bank holiday Monday evening kick-off that everyone loves so much. The only real injury doubt today is Mathieu Debuchy with a slight hamstring strain, although Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also not considered quite ready for this one.

With the team on an unbeaten run in the league that stretches back to February 7th, there’s no real need for the manager to change things around – other than, perhaps to add a little freshness to the team (but with an 8 day gap between games it’s not like we’ve been run off our feet).

He’s spoken about how difficult it is for players to get back into the team, using Jack Wilshere as a specific example:

Every week he is stronger, he is getting back to the level now. This week was the first week he is sharp again. His strength is in the final third, offensively. That is where he really expresses his talent. It is difficult to get in this team, I don’t deny that. If you consider any individual case you can say you are sorry that he doesn’t play.

But who do you drop for Jack Wilshere? With Coquelin holding, and the other three – Cazorla, Ramsey and Ozil playing so well – there’s no room for him right now. Maybe some minutes here and there as a substitute will allow him to build some match sharpness, but bar injury, suspension, or a dramatic loss of form, he’s just going to have to bide his time.

It’s hard to envisage any change from the team that drew with Chelsea, although the noises he’s making about using his squad make me think he might tweak a couple of things here and there. There’s a balance to be found between competition for places, and just having a load of players who never get to play. Does the odd bit of tinkering with the selection keep players on their toes?

Hull have pulled themselves out of the mire a little bit in their last two games. It’s looking a lot less bleak than it was before they beat Crystal Palace and Liverpool, but it’s so tight down the bottom they’ll be scrapping for anything they can get from this game. Last season we went there and won pretty comfortably but at that point they had a 6 point cushion between them and the relegation zone – now they’re just one point it so I think that will be reflected in their performance today.

We currently lie third in the table, three points behind Man City but with two games in hand. A comprehensive win might see us reclaim second on goal difference but, frankly, a win of any flavour would do just nicely. We had our struggles against Hull at home in October, one of the low points of this season really, so it would be nice to put that to bed a bit with a win today.

Meanwhile, some stuff from the manager on Thierry Henry’s comments about Olivier Giroud. He’s given his backing to the current number 12, saying:

I can accept that is an opinion, but the comment on Giroud was a bit more wrong. Especially because I heard the same thing being said about Anelka, about Thierry Henry himself and about Robin van Persie, and they all became world-class players themselves.

You’ve gotta say the man knows his strikers. But then he also bought Park Chu-Young so now I’m confused. Anyway, the only man who can really answer the criticism is Giroud himself, and that means scoring goals. Let’s see how he goes tonight


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