Here we go again for injury hit Arsenal – Giroud off?

Can you believe it Arsenal fans? Just after getting back to the top of the Premier League after 20 months, the injury problems that badly hurt our title challenge back then came back with a massive bang in the Capital One Cup today.

You have to feel for Arsene Wenger because his team selection showed how important it was to rest the big players, so Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil did not even travel. How unlucky then were we to lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in the first 20 minutes?

Arsenal´s STRONG starting XI for Tottenham cup clash

Arsenal fans have got used to the manager doing things his way and often seemingly against the general consensus of what he needs to do at certain times, so I would not be totally surprised to see the Frenchman stick with his usual policy of making big chances in the early rounds of the cup competitions.

This time, however, I think that Arsene Wenger will react to the situation and the fact that Arsenal are in dire need of a pick me up and a good result. So I am expecting a strong line up for the Capital One cup game against Tottenham this evening.

The 5 BIG positives from Arsenal v Southampton

Arsenal went out of the Capital One Cup at the first possible stage last night and, although some sections of the Arsenal fans have taken this as another sign that we are going to struggle this season, I am not too concerned and would rather focus on five big positives the Gunners can take from the game against Southampton.

1. Alexis Sanchez had another game full of energy, determination and no little talent. His free kick, which was a pinpoint beauty that gave the Saints keeper no chance, meant that the Chile international has now scored in all three competitions that Arsenal have entered since the start of the season. He really is looking like a fantastic signing by Wenger.

Arsenal practice for Hallowe’en with Horror Show against Chelsea

Last night Arsenal endured a night of horror as for the second time in a week we lost at home arguably to greater opposition. Yesterday Arsenal witnessed defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Gunners own back yard of the Emirates. The 2-0 loss secured the stat of being the first time since the early months of 2013 that Arsenal failed to score a single goal and overall it was a game full of disappointment.

Arsenal must use Youth and Experience to compete in Capital One Cup

Chelsea have beaten Manchester City 2 – 1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to once again another Joe Hart howler. Now they set their sights on the Capital One cup match against Arsenal at the Emirates. And although are going to play the second string, it will not be an easy game for Arsenal.

Even though Chelsea will be playing the game only two days after their previous game, they will still field a very menacing line up. The likes of Willian, Mata and De Bruyne didn’t even start for Chelsea today meaning that we can expect those three behind Eto’o. That’s how ridiculously good their squad depth is at the moment and that’s why I don’t think we can take them lightly. Without starting any of the same players, Chelsea can field a side like this:

Watch out Arsenal fans, Here Comes Bendtner!!

The return of Nicklas Bendtner could finally happen today, with Arsenal set to face West Bromwich Albion in the first round of the Capital One Cup. Bendtner, who has been away from Arsenal for around two or three years now, since his declaration to never play for the Gunners again, looks set for a return and it’s come at a time where he couldn’t be needed more.

Currently with injuries to Podolski, Walcott, Sanogo and any other players that have the potential to play as central striker, as well as the lowering fitness of Olivier Giroud, suddenly Arsenal have been left with just three backup strikers in Park, Akpom and Bendtner himself, with the latter being our main focus of the moment.