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Man United v Arsenal FA Cup Travel Arrangements

Wenger-FACupPremier League outfit Arsenal have announced travel arrangements for their FA Cup quarter-final clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford, report the club’s official website.

The highly-anticipated game has been scheduled to take place on Monday March 9, which has not been greeted well by the north Londoners’ fan base.

The prospect of a trip North on a Monday night has, understandably, hardly sparked enthusiasm.

The journey home from the Theatre of Dreams was set to be problematic one for Gunners supporters as no mainline trains are due to run from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston after the match courtesy of engineering works.

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Wilshere returns, Wenger to focus on balance

Jack-WilshereArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has welcomed the return of England midfielder Jack Wilshere from three months out with an ankle injury, but warned the “balance of the team” must always come first.

The 23-year-old has not played since needing an operation after hobbling off in the defeat to Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on 22 November. Wilshere, though, has come through his rehabilitation quicker than expected, and is expected to be involved again at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

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Arsenal’s Centre Midfield Options

Santi Cazorla has impressed following his drop into centre midfield. Here, we compare the stats from his performances in a deeper midfield position with that of Arsenal trio Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey from the 2014/15 Premier League season.

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Is Santi Cazorla HeadIng To Atletico Madrid

santi-corzolaSanti Cazorla has agreed terms on a return to Spain with Atletico Madrid, according to reports on Spanish radio.

Cazorla captained Arsenal for Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium, and has been in his best form since arriving in London back in 2012.

But radio station Cadena Cope has reported that Atleti are already discussing a possible summer move with Arsenal, and that the midfielder has agreed his personal terms.

The 30-year-old began his career with Villarreal, where he caught the eye of oil-back Malaga back in 2011.

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Wenger Pleased With Team’s Focus In Cup Win

AW-Feb 2015Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said he was satisfied with his side’s all-round performance after a controlled display brought a 2-0 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough at the Emirates.

The cup holders were rarely troubled as they eased into the last eight against the Championship side thanks to two goals from Olivier Giroud.

Wenger told his news conference: “We controlled the game from the first to the last minute. They had one chance, and I’m pleased with the way we attacked and defended with good focus.”

However, he was quick to warn players and fans not to take anything for granted, saying:

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Wenger-FACupOlivier Giroud struck twice as FA Cup holders Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in the quarterfinals.

The Gunners avoided going the same way as Manchester City had in round four against the Sky Bet Championship promotion-chasers with two first-half goals from the France forward in the space of as many minutes.

Giroud – out for three months earlier in the season with a broken fibula — blasted the ball past Boro keeper Tomas Mejias from close range on 27 minutes and before the visitors could recover, the forward sweetly volleyed home a corner.

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Theo Walcott Interview

Theo Walcott - BT SportAhead of Arsenal’s FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough on Saturday, They Walcott has given an interview to BT Sport’s ‘Match Day Live with Fletch &Sav’

here are some excerpts from the interview

What does the FA Cup mean to you?

“To me, being English it’s been one of the traditions, I always used to watch with my Dad. I love the fact big clubs go to the lesser teams, no disrespect to them. And the fans get to see the premier players come to their grounds. A lot of fans always want the home matches but I quite like going away from home just for a different experience. It’s nice that fans get to see us in the flesh and to show our stuff and you never know, maybe cause an upset at times.”

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Arsenal Team News: Good News On Injury Front

Arsenal-wilshireArsène Wenger has revealed the following team news ahead of the Middlesbrough game:

on team news…
Aaron Ramsey will be out, he has a little hamstring strain. Alexis is still not able to go out, he could be short again for Sunday. Jack Wilshere’s back in normal training but has been out for [more than two] months and misses competition. He worked very hard and is focused, committed, but it will take him a while to get back to competitive level.

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aaron-ramsey2According to The Telegraph its a mixed bag of news on the injury front for Arsenal fans.

First the good news. It seems that Alexis Sanchez’s knee injury it not serious and Arsenal are hopeful he will be fit enough to be part of the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Middlesbrough.

The bad news is that Aaron Ramsey is expected to be out for at least four weeks with with another hamstring injury.

The Welshman missed six weeks with a similar injury suffered against Galatasaray in December and only made five appearances before suffering his recurrence.

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one_aaron_ramseyArsene Wenger doesn’t Alexis Sanchez picked up a serious injury in Tuesday’s win over Leicester The Chilean attacker was substituted with over 20 minutes to play at the Emirates after suffering a blow to his knee.

However, Wenger admitted he is concerned about the fitness of midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman was also withdrawn after picking up what looked like another hamstring injury.

“Alexis Sanchez does not look bad, a kick on the knee,” said Wenger.

“Aaron Ramsey is a bit more worrying because it is a muscular injury but the fact he had to stop straight away is not a good sign.”

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