Arsenal star reveals tactics for Liverpool match

It appears that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal team are so confident that we will be too strong for our struggling Premier League rivals Liverpool at Anfield tonight that we are happy to give Jurgen Klopp an early heads up about the tactics the Gunners will be employing for the game this evening.

Either that or the England international Kieran Gibbs will be in big trouble with his boss when Wenger sees what the left back has said in a report on the Arsenal website today. The defender reckons that the game will be all about who controls the possession of the ball and while that might sound obvious it is not.

Because over the last year or so Wenger has sometimes employed the different tactic of conceding the ball at times but defending on numbers and hitting the other team on the break. The prof has used this Plan B mainly in the bigger games and so he might have been expected to do it tonight.

Gibbs said, “They are a team that likes to keep possession and so are we. The game is going to be won on who can dominate and we need to dominate every match we play. I think it is going to be a tight game and [because] every game is so tight it is hard to predict the results because it is so up and down.

“There are not many teams who can beat us. Liverpool is a great club and their fans and stadium are great. It is going to be a hard game – they have a new manager who has come in and improved their team.”

Which makes you wonder why Gibbs is telling him our tactics, unless Arsenal are so confident that they do not care who we play. The other option, of course, is that Gibbs is telling porkies and hoping to take the scousers by surprise. How do you think Arsenal will approach this vital Premier League match?

Arsenal injury boost as international Gunners rested

There will still be two Arsenal players starting in today’s international games, but the good news for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners is that the two key Arsenal players that could have been in line to start for their countries, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla, will be on the bench for England and Spain respectively.

Both countries have already done their job in winning their qualifying groups for Euro 2016 and so the managers Roy Hodgson and Vicente Del Bosque are able to experiment a little and give some game time to the fringe players in their squads.

That means that Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come in for the away game with Lithuania, although the latter has been a regular starter for England in the past. Both Gibbs and the Ox could do with the game time as they have not been playing much for Arsenal so far this season and as long as they do not pick up an injury on the artificial pitch then it will be a good day all round.

Walcott and Cazorla should now be as fit and fresh as possible to face Watford at the weekend and after both scored last week, they will be full of confidence as well. So far so good Gooners….

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.

The other change I expect is in the middle, with either Coquelin or Cazorla getting a well earned rest and the club captain Mikel Arteta coming for a rare start. So this is how I think Arsenal will line up against Dinamo Zagreb.

Cech
Debuchy, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs
Arteta, Cazorla
Walcott, Ozil, Alexis
Giroud

What do you think of this team Arsenal fans, and is is strong enough to bring all three points back to north London?

Arsenal in Bundesliga transfer move to replace Monreal?

If the Arsenal transfer rumours are true and Arsene Wenger really is holding talks with the representatives of the 20-year old full back Abdul Rahman Baba about a possible move to the Premier League this summer, it surely must mean that our Spanish international Nacho Monreal could be heading out of the Emirates.

Monreal has been linked with a transfer back to Spain´s La Liga before and on Saturday Metro reported the latest, with Athletic Bilbao ready to bid for him. The 29-year old had a great season for the Gunners though and Wenger would not be trying to sell him against his will.

So the Metro report about Wenger plotting the transfer of young Baba from the German club Augsburg suggests to me that Monreal wants to leave. This would be a blow but in Kieran Gibbs Arsenal have a very good and ready made replacement. Baba I think would be one for the future but he is very highly rated after impressing in his 31 league games last season.

SHOCK Arsenal starting XI for Sunderland clash!

With Arsene Wenger having spoken about consistency and cohesion in the build up to this last but one game of the Premier League campaign, most people were not expecting many changes to the Arsenal team. And with the Frenchman having selected the same line up for the last six league games in a row, it could easily have been seven.

But a touch of flu for Laurent Koscielny means that Wenger is likely to start Gabriel and I do not think the changes will stop there. I am actually expecting Wenger to pull a bit of a surprise on Sunderland and their manager Dick Advocaat who will surely have prepared his team to nullify our passing and creative game.

The Arsenal boss has good options and I would not be surprised to see him use them as this would also give some key players a rest in a hectic week. Perhaps Walcott of Alexis could replace Giroud, while we have Wilshere and Gibbs gagging for some game time.

One change that most people are expecting is to see Ramsey go back into his best position in central midfield but what else do you expect to see?

Arsenal starting XI for Swansea – Wilshere IN

The injury to the Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has forced the hand of Arsene Wenger a little, even though the Welshman is back in training I do not think Wenger can take any risks.

With Ramsey having been played on the right in recent games though, the manager has got a few options in the Arsenal squad, with Theo Walcott clearly one of them. But I feel that he will go with Jack Wilshere, just as he did when making the change against Hull City last Monday.

Wilshere is much more similar to Ramsey and so the system and style can stay the same with just a different player. I think Wenger will make a change at left back as well, bringing in the extra pace of Kieran Gibbs to cope with Swansea´s Nathan Dyer, while the Englishman adds a bit of attacking threat as well and this is a home game.

Apart from that I expect the same team that has been doing so well and although the Welsh club are a good side and are in good form, I cannot see anything but an Arsenal win tonight.

Arsenal prepare BIG money summer swoop for La Liga star

If there really is truth to this latest Arsenal transfer rumour then it shows us fans a few things. One is that Arsene Wenger has no problems in continuing to spend the big money on the sort of transfer deals that we had not seen for years before the stunning signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Because £25 million for a defender would represent another break from tradition for the Arsenal boss and that is what a Metro report claims that we will pay Madrid for another of their stars Fabio Coentrao in the summer.

Another thing this will show the fans is that Wenger is really serious about his defence, which many have blamed for a lot of the club’s struggles this season. And finally it will show that the Frenchman is not entirely happy with one of his current left backs, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal.

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.

Wenger said, “The only negative today is that we lost another experienced defender with a dislocated shoulder. That gives us a problem because we are already short of experienced players at the back.

“He has a dislocated shoulder. It’s difficult – you need a diagnosis from a specialist. We don’t know yet but he will certainly not play next week. Kieran Gibbs still has an inflamed ankle. The test yesterday told us it didn’t work.

“We were in the market anyway. Monreal and Debuchy can play centre back, but if Gibbs is not here Monreal cannot play centre back and if Debuchy is not here he cannot play centre back. This is a position where we are short.”

With a crucial EPL game away to Man City coming up on Sunday, Arsenal need that extra cover at the back sooner rather than later, so will this week see Wenger make his first Arsenal transfer of 2015?

Even Rooney looked shocked at beating Arsenal

Even though Arsenal fans were maybe a little more confident than usual, we also know that Manchester United are always a tough team for us to beat and our form so far this season is hardly inspiring enough to give us much confidence.

And that was proved right as Arsenal somehow lost a game we dominated, once again. Even the United captain and scorer of their second goal on the break looked surprised that they had won as he gave his post match interview. And the stats certainly support him saying that they rode their luck.

He also suggested that their game plan worked out, but I hardly think that Louis van Gaal told them to allow Arsenal to attack at will and rely on David De Gea to bail them out of trouble, which he did no many occasions before their luck opener.

They had not had a single shot on target when they jammed an opener in the second half and they still had not afterwards because Valencia’s shot was going well wide before it struck Kieran Gibbs to go in. And Szczesny had no chance to stop it because he had collided with Gibbs in the build up and had to be replaced by Martinez. And to complete our bad luck and United’s fortune, Fellaini was offside in the build up.

Wilshere was already off after a studs up tackle into his ankle that did not get a free kick or a card and he was really making things happen for us. It was not all down to bad luck, however, as better finishing and decision making would have seen us way in front before Gibbs’ goal, but a point was the very least we deserved.

Arsenal to have FIVE starters for England v San Marino

The old line about there being no easy games in international football does not really hold for San Marino, who will turn up to face an England side full of Arsenal players at Wembley tonight with just a couple of goals in mind. The first will be to not lose TOO heavily and the second will be to somehow manage to score another goal.

And that is pretty unlikely, because the minnows have managed just international goals from their 123 games, while conceding a whopping 531. So it should be a nice easy night for the Arsenal players involved and there could well be as many as five Gunners featuring for Roy Hodgson at Wembley.

Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are sure to start after their recent form and performances and it could be a great night for them, especially the striker, to get some more goals or assists under the belt. And Hodgson is a big fan of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has missed a lot or recent England games through injury, including the World Cup, so I would not be surprised if the Ox starts as well.

Then there are our two young defenders, Calum Chambers and Kieran Gibbs who will be keen to play and gain the valuable experience. Let’s just hope the San Marino players do not go flying into tackles to make a name for themselves.