Is Arsenal or Man United injury crisis worse for EPL clash?

There is no doubt that the big game of the Premier League weekend is the trip of Arsenal to face our old rivals Manchester United, and with all of the other main players in the EPL title race playing games after us that we really expect them to win it is a hugely important away game for Arsene Wenger and his players.

As usual, however, the month of November has thrown a number of problems at the Gunners and the manager has revealed in the press conference which you can see in full on the Arsenal website that our brilliant young defender Hector Bellerin will miss the trip to Old Trafford and around the next four weeks of action as the Spanish international has an ankle problem.

That makes it six Arsenal first teamers in the treatment room as Santi Cazorla is not yet back in training and Mertesacker, Welbeck, Akpom and Lucas Perez are still out. According to the sports injury website we are no worse off than United though, as Mourinho is also without six players.

Two of those are Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia and there is a good chance that one or both could play against Arsenal, so is our situation worse? I do not think so personally as they are without Smalling and Bailly which weakens their defence and their centre forward Ibrahimovic is banned so United have problems at both ends of the pitch.

They have been struggling for form as well so I reckon Arsenal still go into this game as the favourites, but can we make this advantage count and come back to London with all three points?

Brilliant news for Arsenal fans on defender transfer

Arsenal have already signed a new defender this summer, although there has not been too much fuss over the transfer as it was for Rob Holding, a 20-year old who has only played one full season for Bolton Wanderers as they finished bottom of the division below us.

He has been included in squad for Arsenal’s mini pre-season tour of America, though, so we should at least get a chance to have a look at what Arsene Wenger has brought to the club. Another player included in that squad is much more important to us and his name is Hector Bellerin.

There have been some worrying Arsenal transfer rumours recently linking him with both Barcelona and Man City and some reports claimed that the young right back was interested, so the news reported by today that he has made it clear that his football home is in north London is a huge relief.

It looks like he might have more competition for his first team place from Matthieu Debuchy this season but that can only be good for the Gunners. With Gibbs and Monreal competing for the left back position and with Holding joining Mertesacker, Chambers and Koscielny, do Arsenal really need any more defenders?

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The good news for Arsenal fans is that our Spanish international right back appears to happy with his life as a Gunner, for now at least. It does not take a great feat of memory for Gooners to recall the bad old days when we seemed unable to hold on to our best players, though, so maybe we should be worried about the transfer interest in Hector Bellerin.

It was bad enough when we kept seeing Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that Bellerin’s boyhood club FC Barcelona were keeping track of the former La Masia academy defender and had put him on their list of possible replacements for the Brazilian star Dani Alves, who moved to Serie A to play for Juventus this summer.

Now The Mirror says that our Premier League rivals Man City are also thinking about trying to sign Bellerin and apparently the Spanish media have heard from a source close to the young Gunner that he is flattered by the interest, especially as it comes from the former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.

This source is supposed to have told them, “He is happy at Arsenal… but the option of City exists, it pleases him and what’s more, Pep [Guardiola] is there.”

There is no indication yet of any bid coming in for Bellerin or that he would try to force a move away from Arsenal but do you think we should be worried?

Arsenal delighted at HUGE Barcelona transfer boost – Messi next?

The Arsenal transfer rumours have been growing steadily ever since the young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin was drafted into the first team last season because of an injury crisis and started to show just how good he can be.

So with the club he spent most of his youth career with, Barcelona, being well known in the past for pinching Arsenal stars like Thierry Henry, Marc Overmars and of course that infuriating saga over another of their former players Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal fans had good reason to worry that we might lose our brilliant Bellerin to the Catalan giants.

Now, though, the just turned 21-year old has given Gooners everywhere even more reason to love him, as he is reported in The Mirror dismissing the reported interest from his former club and pledging his future to the Gunners. Even the recent struggles of the Arsenal team have not made him think about leaving, as Bellerin seems to be loving life exactly where he is at the moment.

He said, “I left Barca without looking back. I left focused on London and Arsenal and I am really happy there.

“I signed a new deal last year and there’s still a lot in front of me. It’s true that on a club level things aren’t going as we wanted and that’s complicated things, but personally I am really happy with how things are going

“My future is there and I am happy where I am. A lot of things can happen in football, but I am at Arsenal, giving my all for the club. I am not thinking of going anywhere else.”

Good lad Hector, now if you could just pass on to your old mate Lionel Messi how good it is to be an Arsenal player, that would be great.

Were Arsenal too soft in letting Debuchy leave?

The Arsenal and France star Mathieu Debuchy managed to get his wish and leave the Gunners on loan in a deal done in the last few hours of transfer deadline day. I can understand that it was frustrating for the right back to not be playing much and that he was worried about his place in the France team for the Euro 2016 tournament in his home country this summer.

But at the end of the day, he is an Arsenal player first and foremost and it is the Gunners that pay his very good salary, so I am not sure why he feels vindicated after Arsene Wenger allowed him to join Bordeaux on loan for the rest of the season, as a report in The Sun explains.

The French defender said, ““First of all, what I’m expecting is to find joy again, because these last few months I haven’t had much joy as a football player.

“I want to be back on the pitch, to touch the ball again … and further to that I need playing time in order to go to the Euro, which is one of my main objectives.

“If I’d stayed at Arsenal without playing, I don’t think I would have been part of the squad and that’s normal.

“That’s why I came here, to play as much as possible, enjoy myself, give as much as possible to Bordeaux to they can reach their objectives and to play in the Euro in France.

“It all happened very quickly. When I got up on Monday morning, I didn’t think I was leaving anymore because a lot of doors were shut on me.

“I went to see the coach (Wenger) one last time, I showed him Bordeaux’s offer and after that it was all taken care of in half an hour.

“We all know Bordeaux, the history of the club, all the players who have played here. I’ve played for Lille so I know a little about what it’s like here and I didn’t hesitate.”

The thing is, though, we paid a fair bit of money for him and with Arsenal still fighting on three fronts we need a strong squad. What happens now if Bellerin gets an injury? You see plenty of clubs hold on to players that want to leave, like the Berahino saga, but Arsenal always seem to give the players what they want.

Hopefully this decision will not come back to haunt us but were Arsenal too soft on Debuchy in the first place?

Arsenal set to complete 2nd January transfer deal

It might not exactly fill the average Arsenal fan with delight, but this second transfer deal of the January window should at least put a smile on the face of our French international right back Mathieu Debuchy.

The 30-year old has made no secret of his frustration at having to play second fiddle to the young Spaniard Hector Bellerin and with the Euro 2016 championships being played in his home country this summer, Debuchy has begun to really up the ante with his grumbling.

So it appears that Arsene Wenger is not going to stand in his way and with Metro reporting that the player is wanted by two Premier League clubs in Aston Villa and Sunderland, it is almost certain that Debuchy will be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium some time in the next few days.

It is only going to be a loan deal and with both of the prospective new clubs still to play a few of our Premier League rivals that could even help out title bid. However, it will leave Arsenal exposed if Bellerin picks up a knock. We have Calum Chambers but would he be good enough to cover for the super Spaniard?

Arsenal star and Germans agree – Ozil is the BEST!!!

There is a theory in the football world that Arsenal fans can sometimes be a bit hard on our own players, and on Arsene Wenger of course if things are going badly. But as Isaac Newton said, everything has an equal and opposite reaction.

Even though the 17th century scientist did not have football and Arsenal in mind, there is another quite different theory about Arsenal fans that says that we sometimes hijack online polls to make sure that our players win, such as when Jack Wilshere stormed in late to win the goal of the season award on Match of the Day last season.

A Metro report reckons it is happening again, because the Arsenal assist king Mesut Ozil is apparently way out in front of the poll to select the German player of the year.

Maybe there are a few Arsenal fans affecting the outcome, but would it really be wrong for this brilliant player to win it? Hector Bellerin would definitely say not, as the Spanish international right back has told The Sun that he thinks that his German team mate is the very best in the world in his position.

Bellerin said, “All players have their ups and downs when they arrive in the Premier League.

“We are all very happy he is finding himself and playing even better.

“He is making so many assists and scoring so many goals. There’s not a No 10 better than him right now. We’re very happy to have him.”

With Ozil on fire and well on course to set a new Premier League assist record, can you really argue with him?

Arsenal starting XI for EPL away day at West Brom

The pressure is on Arsenal to win this game and with the home side West Brom having struggled so far in the Premier League this season, you would expect the Gunners to come back to north London with all the points but with Manchester United having scored an early goal away to Watford, there is no room for error.

Arsene Wenger had hinted before the international break that he would be giving the Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez an enforced spell on the sidelines but after it was revealed this week that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be slightly later to return than was first thought, the boss has little option but to start with Alexis.

The rest of the team just about picks itself as well, with Bellerin sure to come back into the right back role, Campbell and Giroud to complete the front three. The set midfield of Coquelin, Cazorla and Coquelin will continue and the only real decision for Wenger to make is to whether Laurent Koscielny is in the right frame of mind to play after the Paris terror attacks.

If not then we have a ready made replacement in the Brazilian defender Gabriel. This team should be enough to beat the Baggies and I hope it is because there will not be a lot of attacking options on the bench.

Invincibles star on why Arsenal WON’T win Premier League

One Arsenal fan, who just happens to be one of our former stars and was a member of the invincibles that last won Arsenal the Premier League trophy, will be crossing his fingers harder than most this weekend and hoping that the current crop of Gunners can bring all three points home from the game against West Brom.

Robert Pires will also be nervously hoping that no more of the Arsenal squad picks up a knock because it is the current injury list and the possibility of it getting longer that the Frenchman feels is the biggest obstacle in the way of Arsene Wenger and the players this season, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Pires said, “We are in mid-November and they are doing well but what can trouble them is the number of players who are out injured.

“Physically, they feel well. Sometimes, I can see similarities with the football we were playing a few years ago – a football played with pace and fluidity.

“The team has done well particularly in the league. I think they are a team that can win the league at the end of the season.

“Of course [winning the title] is possible. It’s plausible because it’s the goal of Arsene Wenger.

“He wouldn’t tell you that, but if he has to choose between the Champions League and the Premier League, he will choose the league because it’s more difficult to win and he is a very competitive person.”

At least Arsenal have Hector Bellerin fit again and it looks like Walcott, Ramsey and the Ox are not far behind, but will our injury curse come back to haunt us yet again?

Arsenal should sell moaning Debuchy ASAP

This is a tricky subject as poor Mathieu Debuchy was unluckily injured soon after joining Arsenal and made only 11 starts for the Gunners last season, and he could only watch from the sidelines as Hector Bellerin stepped up and made the position his own.

The experienced Debuchy was upset that he was not reinstated as first-choice right-back at the beginning of the new season and admitted he had thought about leaving. “It is difficult,” Debuchy was quoted as saying. “Even if I had not played a lot last season, in my head I would return to start after my recovery. But, at the Community Shield against Chelsea, Wenger chose him, Bellerín.

“It was a surprise and a disappointment. Let’s say it [leaving] crossed my mind. But I want to be at Arsenal and to take my place.”

But Bellerin kept his First XI place, and Debuchy has only been used in League Cup and Champions League games, and he was less than impressive in all of them and we lost every game he played in. Now that Hector is injured, Debuchy was expected to step up and prove his worth against Tottenham. Although we actually didn’t lose this one and he may even get a few more games before Bellerin comes back, the Frenchman has told Canal+ that he is still considering moving on in January. He said: “I am dealing with it,”

“I am trying to stay strong.

“We are going to remain concentrated until December, after that I will see.”

Oh the poor thing is trying to stay strong is he? He is getting his 50 or 60,000 a week for sitting on the bench, and when he is asked to perform he has been more of a liability than a help to the team. He is a moaner and I think the sooner we get rid of the miserable git the better for all of us.

Who agrees?