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The Gunners face the first test of their title credentials at the scene of one of their biggest humiliations last season - and a change of approach is required With the hard yards of Tuesday's goalless draw in Istanbul still in many of his players' legs and others not yet available for selection, issues of the body are pre-occupying Arsene Wenger ... (more)
Last season Arsenal failed to convert one direct free-kick into an immediate goal - and scoring is one department Santi Cazorla wants to help out with.
Cesc Fabregas tops WhoScored's list of debuts from the weekend but you might also be surprised to see Patrick van Aanholt and Andrew Robertson in there... It's fair to say that very few sides really set the world alight in the opening round of Premier League fixtures, with Chelsea - the favourites of many this season - arguably making the strongest ... (more)
The return of Per Mertesacker, Mesut A-zil and Lukas Podolski will allow manager Arsene Wenger to rotate his squad for the coming games Arsenal have started the season almost as well as they could have hoped - with two wins, one creditable draw and one trophy - and yet they are already poised for serious reinforcement.
When you play as well as Calum Chambers did on his Champions League debut against Besiktas, there is nowhere to hide.
Arsenal will have work to do in order to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage following a scoreless draw at Besiktas on Tuesday night in the first leg of their play-off at the Inonu Stadium in Istanbul.
There are better ways to ease your into the season than by playing 90 draining minutes away in Istanbul, under the heavy pressure of a fervent crowd and an incisive opposition, and coming away with bookings, knocks, and a red card.
Just to confirm both starting teams for you this evening: Besiktas: Tolga Zengin, Ismail Koybasi, Ramon Motta, Ersan Gulum, Pedro Franco, Olcay Sahan, Veli Kavlak, Necip Uysal, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Mustafa Pektemek, Demba Ba.
Having ended the previous campaign with their first silverware in almost a decade, the Gunners have enjoyed a stable summer and are ready for another assault on the Premier League.
Summary Mertesacker and his Germany team mates Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski were given the extended break by Wenger after the World Cup triumph in Brazil.
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Those anticipating the Premier League return got just what they wanted - last-minute winners, red cards, the odd mistake and, of course, stand-out performances.
Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters.
Louis van Gaal failed to usher in the bright new era expected at United on Saturday, watching in frustration as the team opened the season with a home loss for the first time in 42 years.
Updated: Fri Aug 22, 2014 01:24 am
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