Theo Walcott has paid the price for his struggles in front of goal for Arsenal recently, as Arsene Wenger has dropped the England international to the subs bench for the trip to Bournemouth today, with the improving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming in to play in the wide forward role on the right flank.
The Ox has not had a great season so far but he has looked a lot better in the last few weeks and now he has a great chance to force his way into the first team on a regular basis. Let’s just hope he grabs the chance with both hands because Arsenal are badly in need of some goals and a win today. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger made nine changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the FA cup match against Burnley on Saturday, but it was still a pretty strong Arsenal side and two of those changes were first team players making their return from injury.
We also saw Mohamed Elneny make his Arsenal debut, while Per Mertesacker was banned after being sent off against Chelsea, so all those changes were not really down to the boss playing a weakened team. So if the boss does make the seven changes that I expect him to for the visit of Southampton today then he will still be selecting his strongest 11 players. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger is having to walk a fine line with his Arsenal team selection today. The Frenchman must balance the need to get through to the next round of the FA cup and stay on track for a record three trophy wins in a row, with the need to treat the Premier League title race as a priority.
He also needs to weigh up the benefits of playing a strong side against the desire to rest some key players like Mesut Ozil agead of the game against Southampton in the league on Tuesday. It is all about risk and reward really and the boss suggested in his press conference that because Arsenal really need a win after three games without one he would be leaning towards as strong a team as possible. ...........Read more
With Arsenal really needing to take all three points from the Premier League home game against Chelsea this afternoon, Arsene Wenger will have been hugely relieved to see two of the club’s best and most important players back in training this week.
And barring any last minute setback, both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be fit to feature at the Emirates Stadium today. If that is the case you do not need me to tell you that the boss will put them straight back into the first team. ...........Read more
Even though Arsenal’s opponents this evening have not been the force that most of us thought they would be this season, currently languishing down in 8th place in the Premier League, and they are also having to cope with a massive injury list right now, I do not think Arsene Wenger will be taking any chances.
A game at Anfield can always be a nightmare and even though Arsenal have only lost once on the last seven visits I expect the manager to pick his strongest starting line up even if some of those players have had a tough fixture schedul and started the FA cup win over Sunderland just four days ago. ...........Read more
I know that the Arsenal team are in a good place right now, and so they should be, but nothing is won yet and we have been here before at the top of Premier League halfway through the season and we ended up finishing in the usual fourth place.
I also understand that because of the struggles that Liverpool have been having this season, which has already cost Brendan Rodgers his job, Arsenal will be heading to Anfield as confident of a positive result as we have ever been, especially as they go into the game with a massive injury list. ...........Read more
The Gunners travel to Anfield today to take on Liverpool for the first time since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside, but the manager is yet to turn the Reds into a team to be feared.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table, are the real team to be feared currently, if you discount the shocking defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day. That loss was sandwiched between seven wins, and this tie looks set to go in our favour also. ...........Read more
Now is the time when having a strong squad really pays dividends and Arsenal have so far managed to cope with the various competitions and the heavy festive fixture list, even though the Arsenal injury list has had some key players on it for a while.
And despite the Gunners being drawn against Premier League club Sunderland for today’s FA cup 3rd round, Arsene Wenger will make some changes to the starting line up with injury concerns and the EPL game away to Liverpool next week on his mind. ...........Read more
Arsene Wenger has reminded his Arsenal players that they have a tough test ahead of them today in the 3rd round of the FA cup against Sunderland, because this season and recent years has taught us that any Premier League team can cause us an upset on their day.
But the Gunners have ways of making sure that today is not their day, by turning up with the right attitude and putting in the right sort of performance from the first whistle at the Emirates stadium. History beckons for Arsenal as this year gives us a chance to be the first club for 130 years to win the FA cup three times in a row but just like in the game today, Arsenal need to be on it from the start to keep this hope alive. ...........Read more