Giroud to start for Arsenal at Man United?

I may be in the minority of Arsenal fans here, but I still believe that our French centre forward Olivier Giroud is a very good player and is a very realistic option for Arsene Wenger to use in the centre forward role. So even if the Chile international star Alexis Sanchez has been passed fully fit and the Frenchman has no qualms about using him then I would not be surprised to see Giroud in the starting line up against Manchester United today.

Even though the game is being played at Old Trafford in front of the United fans who wuill want their team to be on the front foot, this is a Jose Mourinho team we are talking about and I can see them sitting back and trying to stifle our attacking flair. United are the favourites for some reason, but I think Arsenal are much better value for the win, and I will be checking out the free bets at SBAT before splashing my money on the away win!

We all know that the physical attributes and aerial ability of Giroud could be crucial as we could utilise the width of the pitch and get balls into the box and the big striker does give defenders a lot to cope with and he is a very good link up man in tight situations.

Do not forget that Alexis Sanchez has been a very effective player for the Gunners on the left flank or that Alex Iwobi’s performances have dropped off a bit of late and get ready for Giroud. Whoever starts we want it to be a fast one that leads to a dominant Arsenal showing and a vital win. COYG!

Arsenal to start Giroud at Ludogorets but who else?

It is not a 100 percent accurate way of telling which Arsenal players will be in the starting line-up, but almost every time Arsene Wenger chooses one of the Gunners to do a press conference with him then that player will be in the team.

Yesterday the Arsenal boss spoke to the football media as Arsenal prepare for the Champions League away tie with Ludogorets and it was the two goal hero from Saturday’s win at Sunderland, Olivier Giroud, who fielded questions alongside Wenger, as the match preview in best wide online dating sites for relationships shows.

This is hardly surprising with the big French forward back and raring to go after a spell out of the side with injury, but with the manager also stating hi9s determination to finish on top of our Champions League group for the first time in seven years, it will be interesting to see how many other changes he makes and whether he rests some of the big players for the north London derby clash with Tottenham at the weekend.

Wenger said, “Finishing first is our prime target. Step by step: qualify first. We have played Paris Saint-Germain away, and play them at home to come.

“We have a good opportunity to finish top. It is an advantage because you play the second game in the last 16 at home, so you know exactly what you have to achieve at home.

“You have the support. If it goes to extra-time or penalties, you play at home. So it’s a little advantage.

“But if you can finish first, why finish second? We have paid the price many times when we’ve finished second, having to play Barcelona or Bayern Munich. So we think it’s important.”

The prof has learnt the hard way over the last six seasons what finishing second can mean so it sounds like he is determined not to do so this year. However we already have to do without Monreal, Walcott, Cazorla and Bellerin, so I think he cannot afford to rest any more first choice Gunners, making my line-up look like this.

Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs
Xhaka, Ramsey
Chamberlain, Ozil, Alexis

Is this how you want Arsenal to line up tonight?

Wenger reveals secret behind Arsenal striker’s success

I must admit that I was not convinced at all that the Arsenal experiment of playing Alexis Sanchez in the centre forward position would work and for the first couple of games this season it looked like I was right. I have to say, however, that the Chilean is certainly proving me and all the other doubters wrong.

It seemed that the role was not good for Alexis and when the Gunners had tried it in the past it never worked out, so I expected him to be back on the left side as soon as Arsene Wenger had another option, but the 27-year old striker has improved in each game and is really looking the part now.

Another great striker of ours from the past, Thierry Henry, spoke to his old boss about the new role for Sanchez in a Daily Mail report. Our former forward is a big fan of the new system and he asked Wenger what had made him change things around.

The manager replied, ‘First of all I had big competition up front. I thought Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud would play there.

‘I reflected at the end of the season and I decided to try it with Sanchez. He has similarities with (Luis) Suarez. He goes at you.

‘Remember at the start many people questioned the decision. The few times I had tried him there before he was not convincing. In the first two games I was not convinced but now game after game he is growing into this position and getting better and better.’

We can all remember the infamous attempt by Wenger to get Suarez and with the crazy transfer fees being paid for strikers this summer it seems that Wenger’s idea was to get a Suarez like striker without having to break the bank. So far it is working out nicely, so is Wenger’s masterplan going to help Arsenal end our long wait for the title?

Giroud set for Arsenal return against Chelsea

We heard from Arsene Wenger the sort of news that Arsenal fans have sadly become used to in recent years, with the return of the Welsh international star Aaron Ramsey after his hamstring injury having been put back yet again. He has now been out of action since that first EPL match against Liverpool and is not likely to be ready for next weekend either.

Some better news for the boss, however, was that our big French centre forward Olivier Giroud is close to a comeback having come through a training session earlier in the week without any problems. The striker was due to be tested again during training yesterday but as long as nothing untoward happened he should be fit to face Chelsea today.

Whether the manager selects him or not is another matter but I think he will. Having the Frenchman up front may offer less pace and mobility but he does bring a lot of other things to the side and an important one of them could be his size and aerial ability in defending set pieces which is a strong point of today’s opponents.

We also have Alexis Sanchez and either Theo Walcott or Alex Iwobi to give plenty of pace and movement to the attack, so I expect to see the big man back in the starting XI to face Chelsea today. Do you agree that this is the best way for Arsenal to get a result against our bogey team?

Arsenal team for West Brom clash – Giroud to start

Arsenal fans were delighted to get our England international striker Danny Welbeck back from his long term injury lay-off recently, and the former Man United man came back with a bang and after the shocking form in front of goal we have seen from Olivier Giroud since the turn of the year it was no surprise to see Welbeck starting ahead of the Frenchman.

But that initial burst of form and confidence has faded somewhat and Welbeck has been as guilty as any Gunner of missing chances of late and has not scored since the win at Everton over a month ago. That, combined with the expected defensive set-up of West Brom at the Emirates tonight, leads me to believe that Arsene Wenger could bring Giroud back into the starting line up tonight.

His power, stature and hold up play could be a huge weapon against a physical Tony Pulis team and the French forward will be desperate to play well and get his first choice status back. I would keep Welbeck in the team but put him on one flank with Alexis Sanchez on the other and Ozil in the CAM role.

The only other change I would make would be Gibbs for Monreal who has gone off the boil in recent games and does not have the same attacking threat as the Englishman anyway.

Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs
Coquelin, Elneny
Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck

What do you think of this Arsenal line-up?

Arsenal to ask for a favour from England over Welbeck?

Arsenal may be happy to have the international break coming up for a number of reasons but Arsene Wenger also has a problem coming up when the Arsenal players return from representing their various nations and so the Frenchman may have to ask a big favour of the England national coach Roy Hodgson over his use of Danny Welbeck.

While this international break sees fewer arsenal stars than usual heading off, due to the injury problems of Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla and the non-selection of players like Francis Coquelin and Nacho Monreal, we still have plenty of internationally involved players to worry about.

The biggest problem for the next Premier League game at home to Watford next Saturday is in the forward line, as both Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell are set to play World Cup qualifiers in South America in the early hours of Thursday morning.

That leaves us with Giroud, Welbeck, Walcott and Iwobi and we have been hearing that Welbeck has a problem playing two games in quick succession. No problem as long as England start him against Germany on Saturday and not use him much against Holland on the Tuesday, but will Wenger be able to get Roy Hodgson to play ball?

Arsenal XI to face Barcelona – Welbeck to start!!

Arsenal could really have done with our England international forward Danny Welbeck coming back from injury a lot sooner in the season and his comeback may prove to have been too late to save the Gunners from this most frustrating of seasons, but he has at least come back with a bang.

Once again at the weekend he made a big difference after coming on as a sub in the FA cup defeat to Watford. Arsene Wenger suggested after that loss that he was having to ease Welbeck back as he has been out for a long time and is not quite fully match fit yet.

What I think is that the boss was saving him for the match against Barcelona tonight as he possesses the pace and the power to trouble the Barca defence and with Giroud, Alexis and Walcott struggling for form, Welbeck is the in form striker at the club right now.

Apart from that we have Koscielny back and he will probably have the BFG next to him in a full strength back four, with the energy and defensive strength of Coquelin and Elneny to protect them and with Ozil to pull the creative strings.

Finally I would go for Alexis and Campbell but I think Wenger will prefer the pace of Walcott on the right, making the Arsenal team tonight look like this.

Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Elneny
Walcott, Ozil, Alexis

Do you like this Arsenal team and has it got any chance against the might of Barcelona?

Arsenal team to face Swansea – Walcott dropped!

Arsene Wenger has been left with little choice but to change the Arsenal team that played so poorly and slumped to a damaging and dismal loss against Man United at Old Trafford. And he may well need to freshen up the legs of the team as well as the big games have been coming thick and fast.

The first player to be struck off the team sheet will surely be the England international Theo Walcott as he was as bad against United as I can remember. A bigger call but also one I think the boss could make is to rest the under performing Alexis Sanchez as well, although I would still expect to see him from the bench.

Perhaps it could be just what the Chilean needs to spark him back into action. If that happens then Welbeck will play on the left with Joel Campbell the other side of Giroud. In midfield I expect Wenger to stick with Ramsey and Coquelin even though neither was great at the weekend.

But I can see him changing the defence, with Gibbs and Mertesacker coming in for Gabriel and Monreal. He could also give Chambers a run out at right back but I think we will see Bellerin start there once again.

Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Coquelin, Ramsey
Campbell, Ozil, Welbeck

How do you like this Arsenal line up to beat Swansea?

Arsenal line up for Chelsea clash with 2 HUGE comebacks

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.

I also think that Arsenal fans will have to wait a little longer to see our new signing Mohamed Elneny make his Arsenal debut, as I think that Wenger will stick with the experience of Mathieu Flamini for such a key game. Other than that the only real decision for the Frenchman to make is who to play on the other side of our forward line, with Olivier Giroud sure to start in the middle.

For me it would have to be the pace, movement and finishing of Theo Walcott ahead of the fancy footwork and tireless work rate of Joel Campbell. So this would be my starting XI.

Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Flamini, Ramsey
Walcott, Ozil, Alexis

WOW! Arsenal’s MULTI injury boost gives Chelsea NO chance!

Do not get yourself too excited Gooners, because I am pretty sure that the Arsenal injury list on the sports injury website is a mistake. I have been trying it all day, though, and it is still showing some very good news for Arsenal fans and our hopes of giving the reigning Premier League chamnpions Chelsea a good old pasting at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

According to this list both Arsenal and Chelsea will have just a single first team player unavailable for the weekend match, with Jack Wilshere and Eden Hazard the only players in the respective treatment rooms apparently. Has Arsene Wenger been kidding us all and hiding the fact that Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky are all ready to join Ozil and Alexis Sanchez on their return to the natch day squad?

I very much doubt it Gooners. When was the last time Arsenal had just one player out? It does highlight just how much top class the boss has had to do without this season though and as long as we get the Chilean striker and the German assist king back this weekend I will be more than happy and Chelsea are bound to go back to Stamford Bridge with nothing but fresh wounds to lick.