Eyebrows raised at Wenger´s Arsenal team for Bournemouth

Some Arsenal fans and football pundits were left a little confused in midweek after Arsene Wenger chose to hand a rare start to Olivier Giroud. Not because the French international forward is no good but because he finally got a start in a match that was probably the least suited to the big man´s talents as a player.

After starting him against PSG though, we all expected him to be in the line up for the game against Bournemouth in the Premier League today, as it looks to be the ideal sort of encounter for Giroud, against a deep lying and determined defence, but Wenger has surprised everyone again and left Olivier on the bench.

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.

Arsenal FA cup line up with EIGHT changes

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.

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.

How Bellerin injury can work FOR Arsenal in Munich

After hitting Arsenal fans with the bad news about the latest injury blow to his playing staff, with the young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin having to miss out on the Champions League away tie with Bayern Munich, Arsene Wenger softened the blow by revealing on the Arsenal website that the groin problem our defender has picked up is not a major problem.

Hopefully it will allow Bellerin to line up against Tottenham in the north London derby this weekend but if not then at least we have a two week international break in which he can recover. I think he could be a big miss against Spurs on Sunday with his pace and attacking flair but I also think that in Munich tonight the Gunners might be batter off with his replacement Mathieu Debuchy.

Arsenal starting XI for Dinamo Zagreb with FOUR changes

We already knew that Arsene Wenger would be making at least two changes to the Arsenal starting line up from Saturday´s win over Stoke City, as he told us that Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin were staying at home for a rest ahead of the Chelsea clash.

But with less than three days between games, those will not be the only changes made. Mathieu Debuchy will come in for Bellerin and I would be amazed if Kieran Gibbs did not replace Monreal on the other flank as well. As Ramsey has been playing on the right, he could be replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain but I think he will bring in Giroud and push Walcott out wide instead.

Debuchy needs to fight for his Arsenal place

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy admits he considered quitting the club after losing his place in the final XI. With Spaniard defender Hector Bellerin becoming a regular, Debuchy currently is behind him in the pecking order.

Arsene Wenger brought Debuchy to the club last season signing him for £12 million. He was touted to be the long term replacement for Bacary Sagna who moved to Manchester City. Wenger thought that he would grow into the role and reduce his worries.

But, the 30-year-old saw his first season blighted with injuries and made only 11 Premier League starts. Ankle ligaments and a dislocated shoulder kept him out of action.

Arsenal boss ready for defender transfer NOW!

We are all used to Arsene Wenger being very tight lipped and playing his Arsenal transfer cards close to his chest, so when you get a straight answer from the Frenchman it is a pretty good sign. Hopefully that means that the Gunners will soon have another defender in the squad, as Wenger admitted after the weekend win over Stoke City that he was in the market for a defensive transfer.

As reported by Arsenal.com, the boss revealed his intent to move for a defender in the transfer markey was strong before the match, so after losing Mathieu Debuchy to a shoulder injury that could keep the French right back out for a while, that need is even more urgent.

Debuchy – Arsenal NEED to beat West Ham

There is no doubt that today’s game against West Ham United is a big six-pointer in Arsenal’s quest to regain their rightful place in the Top Four, and the French right-back Martin Debuchy is under no illusions about how close the game could be.

Martin said on Arsenal.com: “It will be difficult at West Ham on Sunday, but we need to win, so we have to be 100 per cent. West Ham have a lot of players of quality and they have had a very good start to the season, so we can expect a very difficult game.

Why Arsenal MUST let this defender leave

Following the rapid progress of Hector Bellerin at Arsenal, there is a lot of speculation in regards to the future of Carl Jenkinson, who was loaned out to West Ham United as a result of Arsenal’s capture of Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers. As a result of the Jenkinson’s promising start to life at Upton Park, several media reports suggest that the Hammers’ boss Sam Allardyce has been in contact with Arsenal in regards to make the loan deal a permanent transfer.