Should Arsenal be wary of Sunderland backlash?

Next up for Arsenal is the trip north to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. And you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the perfect time to face Gus Poyet and his team, as they are still reeling from their worst ever defeat in the Premier League, an 8-0 battering at the hands of high flying Southampton.

Ramsey convinced Arsenal can still win trophies this season

Arsenal may be wracked by injuries and are languishing 11 points behind Chelsea in the Premiership table, but the Welsh wizard Aaron Ramsey still believes that the Gunners, strengthened by our new arrivals, can add to last years FA Cup win by taking more trophies this season.

Ramsey was quoted in the Express as saying: “We know we have the ability to go on and challenge and to win things,”

“We’re hoping this season that we can deliver.

Merson slams dismal Arsenal and Wenger in Champions League

Former Gunners star Paul Merson could not keep his Arsenal fan persona down as he worked as a pundit for the Champions League game against Anderlecht tonight. And even the fact that Arsenal produced a stirring last few minutes to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat was not enought to pacify him.

The former midfielder laid into the performance from Arsenal, declaring that Alexis Sanchez was the only Gunner who could be pleased with his showing. And it is hard to argue with his assessment, although he clearly feels it more than most. It was like the frustration and pressure had been building inside Merse and just had to blow.

Anderlecht v Arsenal review – Podolski pinches Gunners win

Arsenal needed to get off to a good start, with our Belgian opponents Anderlecht having their own problems with injuries, form and recent results. This game offered the Gunners a great chance to claim a morale boosting win and keep the hopes of winning the group alive.

But we started porly, giving the ball away and not playing with enough tempo. So that encouraged the home side and they started giving us problems at the other end, which did not help our nerves. Arsenal still created chances, of course, with Alexis Sanchez looking the most likely to find a way through a hard working defence.

Official teams and preview of Anderlecht v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has had a few key decisions to make over the last few days, but most of them are about how to ensure that Arsenal are stronger defensively than we have been of late. The attacking and creating side of the game has been pretty much okay, but we need to have that solid platform o build on to make sure that we beat Anderlecht tonight.

A win is a must if the Gunners are to keep the hopes of winning the group over Borussia Dortmund alive. So as expected the Frenchman has kept our most combative midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the starting line up. And having Aaron Ramsey back in the middle with the in form Jack Wilshere should also help to protect that back four.

Flamini and Chambers keys to Arsenal beating Anderlecht

It is clear that Arsenal simply have to beat the champions of Belgium tonight, not just to keep us in with a chance of winning the group stage ahead of Borussia Dortmund, but to get the confidence flowing and get the season back on track after a string of disappointing results.

The Gunners need a similar sort of morale boosting result as the 4-1 drubbing of Galatasaray in our last group game. But even that game showed why we have struggled so far, because despite dominating the game we could not keep a clean sheet. And that goal came with a red card for Wojciech Szczesny and with David Ospina ruled out with injury, Arsenal will have to start with the inexperienced youngster Emiliano Martinez.

Has Wenger lost his Midas Touch for Arsenal?

Having come under intense criticism over his ineptitude or unwillingness to bring the needed top players to Arsenal, in addition to his continued disinterest towards tactical flexibility, Arsene Wenger must be a hugely worried man. However, it would be lunacy to question Wenger’s integrity, as the Frenchman will always be a part of the Arsenal folklore and, rational or not, should know what he is doing. Personally, when he analyses how Arsenal have fared so far, will Wenger be satisfied?

Arsenal must kick-start their season tonight

Win over Anderlecht could be the springboard to Arsenal rediscovering their form by SE

Arsenal indeed have made an unimpressive start to their campaign; however, with a couple of good performances, form and the season that’s increasingly going on a downward spiral can be rectified. Last weekend’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates against Hull City cannot be an ideal preparation, going into a crucial Champions League fixture as Arsenal do when they take on Anderlecht at the home of the Belgium champions. While you go into every game of the season looking to win, every result — win, draw or defeat — that Arsenal manage from here on, could have a bearing on their faint mindset.

Anderlecht v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Anderlecht vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

We still haven’t really kicked on this season and even though we managed to beat Galatasaray fairly comfortably a few weeks ago, a poor decision by Szczesny leaves us with reserve keeper Damian Martinez starting in a Champions League game that we need to win.

Our defence is suffering numerous injuries which has forced us to play players out of position or to dip into our reserves and that puts a lot of pressure on our midfielders. They will need to dictate the tempo of the game far better than we did against Hull and to ensure that the first counter attack isn’t a goal.

Koeman set to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager?

The poor start to the season from Arsenal has once again piled a whole heap of pressure on the shoulders of Arsene Wenger. But just last week the chief executive Ivan Gazidis highlighted the fact that the club hierarchy are scared about replacing the Frenchman, mainly because they are not confident that anyone coming in could do a better job.

But Ronald Koeman may have changed all that, by coming to Southampton and taking the Premier League by the scruff of the neck. The Dutchman has a long season ahead of him, of course, but he has already started to show that he has all the right qualities to prosper and thrive in the English Premier League.

Don’t Panic Arsenal – Top four place is NO problem!

While I know that Arsenal fans, me included, were hoping for a lot more from the Gunners this season, and while I hate the phrase `Wenger trophy` it is still absolutely vital that that Arsenal finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Do not let the jibes from the media and opposing fans fool you into thinking that our remarkable achievement of qualifying for the Champions League every season is nothing, because there have always been and always will be plenty of clubs who would sell their kidneys to be where we are.

Why Wilshere suspension NOT so bad for Arsenal

It was surely no surprise to Arsenal fans when Jack Wilshere fouled Hull City’s Gaston Ramirez after about an hour on Saturday and even less of a surprise that the referee showed him a yellow card for the challenge. Because that is unfortunately a part of the England midfielders game and the fact that it was his fifth Premier League booking of the season clearly highlights that.