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Coquelin in Arsenal XI to do over Dortmund again!! 5

Posted on September 16, 2014 by admin

I was one of the Arsenal fans who were surprised to see that Arsene Wenger did not either find a permanent buyer or another long term loan deal for Francis Coquelin this summer. After his loan spell at the German club Freiburg did not really go as hoped, the 23-year old Frenchman seemed to have had his last chance with Arsenal.

But Wenger kept hold of him and so I assume that he might still be in the plans of the Gunners boss. And his versatility could be a major reason for that and could see him start his first senior game of the season away to Borussia Dortmund.

With Ramsey and Ozil doubts, what’s Arsenal XI for Man City? 0

Posted on September 10, 2014 by admin

In some ways it has been a typical international break for Arsenal, with two of our best players coming back from their various countries carrying injuries that could harm the Gunners’ chances. It could be worse, because neither Mesut Ozil or Aaron Ramsey are thought to have long term problems.

But with all the problems Arsene Wenger had to cope with on the injury front last season, I expect the Frenchman to be cautious and so would not be surprised to see the German and the Welshman miss the home game against Man City on Saturday. In which case, what will be the Arsenal starting XI to face the champions?

So who played WELL for Arsenal against Besiktas? 2

Posted on August 20, 2014 by admin

It is fair to say that Arsenal have not really got going properly yet this season. Despite beating the Premier League champions comfortably in the Community Shield at Wembley, the Gunners have struggled in the two competitive games since.

It is far from being a disaster so far, because we got the three points against Crystal Palace and just need to beat Besiktas at home to go into the Champions League group stages, but neither performance was very convincing, with some of our front line players looking like they are still on holiday.

Wenger dashes Arsenal fans’ hopes of Khedira transfer 0

Posted on August 07, 2014 by admin

Arsene Wenger spoke to the press today ahead of the Community Shield clash with Man City at Wembley on Sunday. But predictably, the manager was asked about the Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds at the moment and Wenger had bad news for any Arsenal fans that were still hoping that Sami Khedira would be joining his World Cup team mates Mertesacker, Podolski and Ozil at the Emirates.

The Frenchman was reported by Arsenal.com as saying, “We were never close to signing him because Jack Wilshere has come back fit and in midfield we have quite a few offensive box-to-box players.”

Arsenal ALWAYS have problems with International friendlies 0

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Patrick

Arsenal are a huge club. This would mean that the players we have are regularly selected to play for their respective countries, and we all know there is usually a full round of friendlies after just a few games into the new season. This is often an extremely sensitive issue for many managers. To allow their players to take the risk of injuries or to hold them back and prevent them from representing their nations is often the huge dilemma for many big club managers. What makes this even worst is that international football are often filled with passion and drive. This means players would give it their all for their nations and the injury risk becomes sky high as a result.

Anchor role for Jack Wilshere in Arsenal’s midfield doesn’t sound right 1

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Patrick

Not so long ago did anyone of us hear that Sami Khedira would be joining Arsenal and fellow German team-mate Podolski on a 20 million pound move from Real Madrid. However, that hot rumour mill seems to have cooled down and Arsenal’s interest in capturing their third signing of the summer is also perceived to have been put off by Wenger.

But, that doesn’t take away Wenger’s imaginative managerial prowess, as he looks set to handover the duties of a holding midfielder to Jack Wilshere. Mikel Arteta played as a holding midfielder 31 times in the Premier League for Arsenal last season, but his lack of pace, finally, seems to have caught Wenger’s eye.

2 BIG reasons to hope Schneiderlin WILL join Arsenal 18

Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin

There is a piece of Arsenal transfer news doing the rounds today which suggests that Arsene Wenger has given up his transfer pursuit of a top quality defensive midfielder, even though it was previously thought that the manager was looking to sign either Sami Khedira, Lars Bender or Morgan Schneiderlin.

The story goes that Wenger is going to rely on what he has already got in Arteta, Flamini and Diaby, while also getting Jack Wilshere to drop back and take on a more disciplined role in the Arsenal team. I don’t really see this happening, because it is the attacking and creative side of the game where Wilshere is best.

The Arsenal boys are back in town! COYG 1

Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin

After Arsenal began their pre-season games with a nice gentle opener against the Conference South team Boreham Wood, things are gradually building towards the serious business of our first Premier League game of the season at the Emirates against Crystal Palace on August 16th. And the Gunners will be desperate to avoid a repeat of the damaging defeat against Aston Villa last season.

So it is great to see the pictures on Arsenal.com of the Gunners latest training session, as the first of the Arsenal players who were involved in the World Cup finals in Brazil are back with their club team mates at London Colney.

Diaby on course to finally shine for Arsenal? 5

Posted on July 21, 2014 by admin

The last time that Abou Diaby was fit and able to make a decent contribution to the Arsenal cause, was nearly two years ago, at the start of the 2012-13 season. The Frenchman started all three of the Gunners opening games and bagged himself a Man of the Match award as we beat Liverpool at Anfield.

But therein lay part of the problem for Diaby and Arsenal, because the lack of options in midfield forced Arsene Wenger to rely too heavily on the Frenchman and that caused his injury problems to flare up again. The 28-year old’s luck then deserted him again with a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for over a year, making his only appearance as a sub in the final Premier League game.

Arsenal boss calmly brushes off Mourinho’s baiting 3

Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin

Well done Arsene Wenger, for keeping calm and holding back from getting in to another war of words with Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea boss clearly sees Arsenal as one of his main rivals for the Premier League crown. He has even said as much himself.

The not very special one was worried about the threat from the Gunners last season as well, as the last minute veto of our loan deal for Demba Ba showed, and he must be even more wary now that Arsenal have signed two top quality players in Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, with more soon to be on their way.

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