Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Preview: Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s London derby between top-four hopefuls Arsenal and Crystal Palace, including prediction, teams news and head-to-head records. Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday knowing that anything other than victory could see them surrender the initiative in a fiercely-competitive top-four race. Only goal difference is currently keeping the Gunners above the dotted line, and they take on a Crystal Palace side that needs just a draw to reach the 40-point mark. Arsenal © Reuters It has not all been plain-sailing for Arsenal in the post-Arsene Wenger era so far, but as things stand Unai Emery is on course for a successful first season at the helm. Charged with getting the Gunners back into the Premier League, Emery still has two routes open to ...

Sokratis: ‘Arsenal win over Watford is perfect preparation for Napoli’

Sokratis Papastathopoulos believes Arsenal‘s win at Watford on Monday night has prepared them to repeat the feat in Naples and secure a place in the Europa League semi-finals. The Gunners have struggled on the road this season and an unconvincing 1-0 victory against a Watford side which played for 79 minutes with 10 men was only their sixth Premier League win away from the Emirates Stadium. While the challenge of facing Napoli, second only to Juventus in Serie A, poses a different challenge Arsenal do head to Naples defending a 2-0 lead from last week’s first leg. And Sokratis, who was banned for Monday’s game at Vicarage Road, feels Arsenal can take something from a rare away win as they look to reach the last four of the Europa League for the second successive season. A...

How Arsenal could line up against Watford

Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up for Monday night’s Premier League trip to Watford. Arsenal will be aiming to put an end to their poor away record when they travel to Watford in the final match of the Premier League weekend. The Gunners have collected just 19 points from a possible 45 on their travels this term, most recently losing 1-0 to Everton last Sunday. Unai Emery is still yet to work out a system that best suits his side away from home, but with four of their last six league matches being played outside of North London, he is running out of time to get things right. Ahead of Monday night’s trip to Vicarage Road, Sports Mole looks at how Arsenal could line up. Out: Rob Holding (knee), Hector Bellerin (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle), Sokratis Papastathopoulos ...

Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Watford

Sports Mole rounds up Arsenal’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Monday’s Premier League fixture with Watford. Arsenal head into Monday’s Premier League encounter with Watford having to contend with three games in the space of a week. The Gunners are targeting a top-four place in the standings, but Unai Emery must contemplate changes with a fixture against Napoli in the Europa League to come just three days after the game at Vicarage Road. Arsenal face the Hornets having registered a 2-0 triumph over the Italian giants at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Emery’s side ahead of the encounter with the FA Cup finalists. ARSENAL’S INJURY LIST © Reuters Status: DoubtType of injury...

Preview: Arsenal vs. Napoli – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the first leg of the Europa League last-eight clash between Arsenal and Napoli. Two of the Europa League‘s big guns face off at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening as Arsenal and Napoli battle it out for a place in the semi-finals. The Gunners cruised through the group stage but have made hard work of their two knockout-stage fixtures thus far, while Napoli travel to London for this first leg on the back of wins over also-rans FC Zurich and Red Bull Salzburg. Arsenal © Reuters Unai Emery‘s debut campaign in English football can still go one of two ways as we approach the final weeks of the season. The Gunners remain on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League and Europa League glory, though t...

Sokratis Papastathopoulos bemused by Arsenal away struggles

The Gunners have won only once on the road in the Premier League since late November. Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos insists Arsenal do not have a mental issue with their away form but accepts they have to be more competitive if they want to break their woeful run. The Gunners slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Everton as they conceded in a 15th consecutive top-flight away game for the first time since February 1985. They have won just once on the road in the league, at relegated Huddersfield, since late November but Sokratis denied it was becoming something of a mental hurdle. Arsenal have won only one of their past nine away matches in the Premier League (Peter Byrne/PA) “I don’t think so because if you see big teams like United and Chelsea they also lost a lot of points,” ...

Result: Arsenal brush aside Newcastle United to move into third place

Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette strike as Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to move up to third in the Premier League. Arsenal have climbed into third place in the Premier League thanks to a 2-0 win over Newcastle United in Monday evening’s clash at the Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring for the Gunners 30 minutes in, having earlier had a goal disallowed, and Alexandre Lacazette killed off the contest late on. A 10th home league victory in a row for Arsenal, who later lost key man Ramsey to an injury, lifts them above Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur after playing the same number of matches. © Reuters Arsenal thought that they had opened the scoring 13 minutes in, only for referee Anthony Taylor to rule out Ramsey’s close-range...

Preview: Arsenal vs. Newcastle United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Newcastle United, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Arsenal will be looking to pick up from where they left off when they welcome Newcastle United to the Emirates Stadium on Monday evening. The Gunners defeated Manchester United in their most recent league match to leave their top-four fate in their own hands, but any sort of slip-up over the remaining six weeks could prove costly. Arsenal © Reuters Perhaps more than any other side, certainly among those battling it out for a top-four finish, Arsenal have quietly gone about their business this term and are already within three points of their points tally from the end of last season. Unai Emery deserves great credit for that, having made A...

Result: Arsenal ease into Europa League last 16 with win over BATE Borisov

Arsenal register a 3-0 win over BATE Borisov in Thursday’s game at the Emirates Stadium to progress into the Europa League last 16 by a 3-1 aggregate scoreline. Arsenal have overturned a first leg deficit to progress into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over BATE Borisov on Thursday night. An early own goal from Zakhar Volkov set the Gunners on their way, and headers from Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos sealed the club’s progress through to the next round by a 3-1 aggregate scoreline. Arsenal wasted no time in going in search of the goal that they required to level the tie and shortly after Alex Iwobi had sent a shot straight at Denis Scherbitski, the Gunners went in front. A cross from the right from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not come close t...

How Arsenal could line up against BATE Borisov

Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match between BATE Borisov and Arsenal, Sports Mole looks at how the visitors could line up in Belarus. Arsenal head into the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with BATE Borisov looking to register back-to-back wins for the first time since the start of 2019. The Gunners have suffered three defeats in their last half-a-dozen outings, although Unai Emery‘s side did register a 2-1 victory away at Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon. Arsenal reached this stage of the competition by recording 16 points from their six group games, as well as keeping five clean sheets. Emery has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of Thursday’s match, and here Sports Mole looks at how the North London outfit could line up against the Belarusian ...

Preview: BATE Borisov vs. Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Thursday’s Europa League last-32 tie between BATE Borisov and Arsenal. Arsenal head into the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with BATE Borisov looking to register a third victory over Thursday’s opponents in the space of 18 months. BATE play host to the Premier League side having not played a competitive game since the end of the group stages due to their new domestic campaign not starting until March. BATE Borisov © Reuters BATE were placed in a group which included Chelsea and PAOK before the start of the main stages of this competition, and it meant that the Belarusian champions were only regarded as outsiders to progress through to the last 32. That remained the case as they lost three out ...

Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. BATE Borisov

Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Arsenal ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with BATE Borisov in Belarus. Arsenal will put their top-four chase on hold over the next fortnight to focus on Europa League duties as they take on BATE Borisov in the last 32. The first leg of that tie takes place in Belarus on Thursday evening, where Arsenal will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since January 5. The Gunners have won five and lost none of their six Europa League outings so far this season and have kept clean sheets in each of their last five en route to top spot in their group. Unai Emery‘s side will also be favourites to progress from the double-header with BATE, and here Sports Mole rounds up their latest injury and suspension ne...

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