Preview: Everton have never defeated Arsenal at the Emirates
The last time Arsenal took part in a match at Wembley, things did not go as planned. A late miscommunication between Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny handed Birmingham the Carling Cup.
On Saturday, the Gunners will get a chance to make their way back to Wembley. But in their way will stand an Everton side that has been impressive under Roberto Martinez.
Everton come in as clear underdogs, but the last time they were at the Emirates, they proved that they are far from pushovers. A 1-1 draw against the North London side had Roberto Martinez happy, considering his fought back after a Mesut Ozil goal gave the hosts the lead.
Preview: Last victory for Arsenal at the Britannia was in 2010
The last time Arsenal won a match at the Britannia, was in February of 2010. A 1-3 victory for the Gunners was the least of their concerns that day, as Aaron Ramsey was stretchered off with a broken leg, after a Ryan Shawcross tackle at midfield.
Ramsey will not be available for Saturday’s match, but two of the scorers from that victory will.
Nicklas Bendtner got the Gunners on the board that day, after they went down in the eight minute. A 90th minute spot kick from Cesc Fabregas gave the Gunners the lead, with Thomas Vermaelen adding his name to the score-sheet in the 94th minute.
Preview: Arsenal welcomes Bayern Munich to the Emirates exactly one year later
Arsenal’s last meeting with Bayern Munich had a positive outcome, despite the English side having been eliminated from the Champions League. The away goal rule placed a dark cloud over a brilliant performance from the Gunners at the Allianz Arena.
That 0-2 victory offered Arsene Wenger’s side a breath of fresh air. They began to believe in themselves, and went on to finish strong in the Premier League.
Bayern Munich now returns to the Emirates, where they defeated the Gunners 1-3 last season. Oddly enough, the first leg last season took place on February 19th, which is the same date of this season’s first leg at the Emirates. But will the result repeat itself?
Preview: Recent defeat and Champions League will be on Arsenal's mind
It was not too long ago that both Arsenal and Liverpool met at Anfield. Things did not go so well for the Gunners, who headed home with a heavy defeat, with four of Liverpool’s five goals coming in the opening 20 minutes of the match.
They will now get a chance to bounce back against the Reds, but this time at the Emirates.
One of Arsenal’s concerns will be their upcoming fixture against Bayern Munich. The North London side will go head-to-head with the German champions mid-week, which could cause Arsene Wenger to make some changes to his squad.
Preview: Meeting at the Emirates is highly important for both clubs
Frustration and disbelief are perfect words to describe Arsenal and Manchester United's results at the weekend. Now they will both try to bounce back after dropping points.
Arsenal's heavy defeat at Anfield at the hands of an inspired Liverpool side raised a lot of concerns. Sloppy passing and not a lot of movement was Arsenal's downfall, which led to four goals in the opening 20 minutes. They will have a chance to sort things out Wednesday night in front of their fans.
For quite some time, football analysts and fans have been patiently waiting for the Gunners to crash and burn. It has happened far too often over the years, but this season Arsene Wenger's squad has managed to hold on tight.
Preview: Liverpool will try to break a bad streak against the Gunners
It has been quite some time since Liverpool has managed to defeat the Gunners in Premier League play at Anfield. You have to go all the way back to 2007, when the Reds defeated Arsenal 4-1, with a hat-trick from Peter Crouch.
Nearly seven long years since that victory, Brendan Rodgers will hope his squad can change their fortunes.
Earlier this season when these two sides met at the Emirates, the North London side came out on top 2-0. A first half goal from Santi Cazorla was capped off with a brilliant strike from Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh international will not feature due to an injury, but Liverpool's back-four will have to keep a close eye on the Spaniard.
Preview: Arsene Wenger will want a better performance
When it comes to performances, Arsenal's latest against Southampton was not that impressive. A two goal draw allowed Manchester City to top the Premier League, with a one point advantage.
On Sunday, the Gunners will get a chance to pass the Citizens once again. They will welcome a new look Crystal Palace to the Emirates, with Palace looking to continue their turn around under Tony Pulis.
The Gunners have won eight of their last 10 at home, and drew twice. In that stretch, they have outscored their opponents 19-1. With Palace only managing to score five away goals in 11 Premier League fixtures, the visitors could be forced to really dig in.
Preview: Arsenal look to stay top of the EPL, and add pressure to their rivals
Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at Southampton brought a breath of fresh air to the club. His style of play is very easy on the eyes, and this season, despite a few mishaps, the Saints have played fairly well.
But after a few internal issues, the Southampton manager will be hoping that his side can respond on the pitch.
Their ownership saga has caused some club officials to step down, while Pablo Osvaldo's altercation with Jose Fonte was the icing on the cake. With the former Roma forward suspended, Pochettino can now focus on a difficult task on Tuesday night, as his side welcomes league leaders Arsenal to St. Mary's.
Preview: Fulham are still looking for their first victory away against Arsenal
Arsenal continued their good form on Monday with a 1-2 victory over Aston Villa. Two quick goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud in the first half were enough to put the Gunners back on top of the Premier League.
They will now turn their attention to a home match against Fulham, who have never defeated Arsenal away from home. From their last six meetings at the Emirates, Fulham have lost three, and drawn three, while conceding 12 and scoring only six.
Seeing how things have been going this year, Fulham could be in for another tough match. The Cottagers are currently 16th in the league standings, with only six victories in 21 matches.
After playing 23 Premier League and Champions League games, there is something different about Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud – something which says that the French international seriously needs to throw in the towel for a while and recharge himself.
In the last few games, the striker’s early season sharpness and agility has gone down a notch or two which in a league as tough as the Premier League (apart from the European excursions) makes a world of a difference to the overall performance.
Year after year, Arsene Wenger states his desire to end Arsenal's trophy drought, but at the end the season, the Gunners continue to come up short.
This time around, the French manager went out and made a big purchase by signing Mesut Özil…
Preview: Arsenal look to silence their doubters against a high scoring Manchester City side
If we take a look back to August 2013, on the opening weekend of the 2013/14 English Premier League season, not many football fans would have expected the league table to look as it does.
Not only is Manchester City's four league losses a bit shocking, considering we are only 15 matches in, but Arsenal in first place may come as just as much of a shock.
The signing of Özil and the incredible form of Aaron Ramsey has helped propel the Gunners into the top spot, while they also have the best away record in the league. With five victories away from the Emirates, one draw and one defeat at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger's squad goes into the Etihad on Saturday fresh off a defeat in mid-week.
Preview: Gunners can go seven points clear with a victory on Sunday
Whether you believe it or not, at the moment, Arsenal may be starting to change some doubters into believers. With a four point gap at the top of the table, the North London side will have a chance to jump out to a seven point lead, if they are to overcome a very confident and strong Everton side.
After losing their match at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger's side has rebounded well, having won their last three Premier League matches.
Preview: Both sides enter this match off motivating victories
Few people would have expected Arsenal to be top of the Premier League table after 13 matches, but the truth is that they have deserved it thus far. Great collective play, fighting spirit, and five cleansheets in their last six matches have contributed to their brilliant start.
Despite their injury concerns, the Gunners have managed to remain competitive. The absences of Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain were just three of the injuries Arsene Wenger has had to deal with.
Preview: Arsenal must take advantage of instability
Ian Holloway did a fine job guiding Crystal Palace to the English top flight, but after a poor start to the campaign, both parties have gone their separate ways. A heavy defeat at home against Fulham was the final straw, and now the Eagles will prepare to take on league leaders Arsenal.
Palace has only managed one victory from their eight EPL matches, but they enter Saturday's match on a five match losing streak.
From their four home matches this season, they have conceded eight goals, while only scoring four. And mind you, three of those goals came in one match, when they earned a 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
Preview: The absence of Mathieu Flamini could be a key factor
When Arsenal announced the signing of former AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini, the club's fans were not all that impressed. But the reality of it is that Flamini has been an unsung hero for the Gunners, taking on a role that had not been filled since his departure in 2008.
Having picked up a concussion against Norwich City on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed his absence in Tuesday's Champions League match.
"He is doing well," Wenger told Arsenal's official website. "He has practiced normally but we will not play him because there is a five-day rule that we will respect. We will not take any chances. It was a concussion and the doctor advised us not to play him. He will be ok for the weekend," the French manager added.
Preview: Positive performance needed ahead of important UCL match
Since Arsenal lost their opening day match at home against Aston Villa, they have never looked back. Arsene Wenger's side has put together five victories and one draw in the EPL, and they will look to continue that form on Saturday.
They will welcome Chris Hughton's Norwich side, who has been struggling as of late.
Currently 18th in the EPL standings, the Canaries have only managed two victories from seven matches. Another negative stat will be the fact that they have scored just five goals, while conceding nine. Looking at their negative four goal difference, a meeting with Arsenal's offense at the Emirates could be a serious cause for concern.
Preview: Great match guaranteed at the Emirates with two high-flying teams
When these two sides last met, there were a number of uncertainties in the Arsenal squad. Who was going to come into the squad ahead of the transfer window closing? Was Arsene Wenger going to be able to get rid of the players who have failed to impress?
Now that we are into October and the transfer window has come to a close, Arsenal fans have a permanent smile from ear to ear, but how long will that last?
Their club is first in the English Premier League, they are playing well, and their current run of form is very promising. With a 12 match win streak away from home, Arsenal will look to continue their positive results with another victory at the Emirates, this time against Rafa Benitez's Napoli side.
Past meetings between Wenger and Benitez: Who has the upper hand
In the preseason, Benitez’s side held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in the Emirates Cup. Rafael Benitez has faced the Frenchman twenty times in total. During his Valencia and Liverpool days the Spaniard scored six wins over Wenger lost eight times and managed five draws. Last season when he was the interim manager of Chelsea, Benitez’s side won their home game against Wenger’s side 2-1.
In his Liverpool days, Benitez won just four times against Arsene Wenger. However, it was in the Champions League where Benitez’s side won 5-3 on aggregate against the Londoners in the 2007/2008 campaign. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger won seven times against Liverpool when the Spaniard was in charge there.