Can Theo Walcott give Arsenal an immediate boost?

Can Theo Walcott start producing the goods right after returning from his knee injury? by SE

Theo Walcott, after enduring an excruciating 9-month period due to the knee injury he picked up in January, isn’t too long from returning to action for Arsenal, which will be crucial to the North Londoners’ prospects this season. Unlike last season, the Gunners have been far too pedestrian in their passing, and Walcott’s pace and propensity to retain width could just be the answer to Arsenal’s tethering problems. However, given the length of time that the Englishman has been out of the game, can be start producing rollicking displays from the off?

Cazorla needs to step up for Arsenal to improve

Is Santi Cazorla doing enough playing in the creative midfield role for Arsenal? by SE

Santi Cazorla was going to be one of the key personnel for Arsenal this season, as the North Londoners were without Mesut Ozil to start off with, and Alexis Sanchez was new to the club. Cazorla, who plays as an attacking midfielder and winger — positions that Ozil and Sanchez play, needed to fire for the Gunners to enjoy a slick start to their season. But as has been the case with Cazorla in the last couple of seasons, the Spaniard continues to disappoint with his performances when Arsenal desperately need somebody to take control of proceedings and deliver at the most critical of times. Looking back, how has the Spaniard fared for the North Londoners so far?

Alexis easily wins Arsenal Player of the Month again

It will be no surprise to any Arsenal fan or anyone who has been watching the Gunners play recently, to hear that the Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez has been voted by the fans as the Arsenal Player of the Month for October.

In fact, it was such an easy decision that the 25-year old got a massive 90 percent of the votes, with the player in second place, Danny Welbeck, getting less than five percent and Kieran Gibbs in third getting less than two percent. That makes two of these awards in a row for Alexis and you have to wonder whether he is going to do what Aaron Ramsey did last season and just keep winning it.

Arsenal to miss out on Klopp as new manager?

I am not one of the many Arsenal fans that cannot wait for the club to replace Arsene Wenger as the man in charge. I have had my moans about the Frenchman but also feel that he has done a remarkable job in difficult circumstances for the last 10 years.

But even the fans that think Wenger fully deserved his new Arsenal contract after a good title challenge for most of last season and an FA cup trophy for us to celebrate, are already looking to the future knowing that it will be sooner rather than later that the club has to find the man to replace the Prof at the top.

Can Cazorla smile help him on the pitch for Arsenal?

I am not too sure what the Arsenal and Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla has to smile about at the minute. The 29-year old ballooned a couple of great chances to get his scoring off the mark against Sunderland miles over the bar.

The Spaniard has so far failed to take his chance to shine in the number 10 role in the absence of our German play maker Mesut Ozil. Cazorla did get Arsenal off to a great start this season, scoring the first of three goals as the Gunners comfortably beat the Premier League champions Man City in the Community shield. But just as that result was followed by a disappointing run of results for Arsenal, Cazorla has yet to score again and has been largely disappointing.

Arsenal to start `proud` Wilshere against Burnley?

I am fairly sure that I was not the only Arsenal fan to be a little bit surprised to see the Gunners starting XI for the trip to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. My main surprise was to see both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini on the team sheet, but then Jack Wilshere was suspended for that game after picking up five Premier League red cards.

But I expected Aaron Ramsey to come in for the England international midfielder and the fact that the young Welshman only came on for the last few minutes suggests to me that Arsene Wenger is being very cautious in bring Ramsey back into full action after his latest injury problem.

Could Alexis really be as good as Thierry Henry for Arsenal?

With eight goals already from his first 15 games as an Arsenal player, Alexis Sanchez is proving to be a fantastic summer signing by Arsene Wenger and a vital part of the Gunners team. But it is not just his goals that have been so impressive.

His amazing appetite for the success and for the game have really caught the eye, with his new team mates as well as the fans. And he seems to be having the effect of making those other Gunners around him put in the extra effort as well, just as our former superstar Thierry Henry had such a galvanising effect on the whole team with his abilities on the pitch.

Arsenal already HAVE next season’s star striker!

Arsenal may have bought Danny Welbeck without Arsene Wenger’s permission, and we may have the crocks Olivier Giroud and Sanogo also fully fit next season, but I think that NONE of the above will be leading the line for the Gunners next season.

We already have a fully-matured hitman in the form of Benik Afobe, who has been a revelation since moving to MK Dons on loan this season. The 21 year-old scored his SIXTH goal in the League Cup last night, including two when the Dons knocked out the mighty Man United earlier on in the competition.

Arsenal “desperate” to sign experienced international defender in January

There is doubt that Arsenal need some serious backup in defence in January, and Arsene Wenger has already admitted as much at the annual AGM as our usual lengthy injury list has decimated the squad.

We all know that Wenger is not keen on spending money in the winter transfer window so the news that Celtic’s 10 million-rated centre-back Van Dijk is one of our top targets, but we could also use a new right-back to provide in depth backup for the rest of the season.

In-depth 5 year analysis of Arsenal’s injury problems – The facts!

Every year it seems that Arsenal have an ever lengthening injury list from the beginning of the season until the end, and according to a new in-depth injury analysis by cuteinjury.com.

This fascinating study gives us a warning that things could still get worse this season, as Arsenal’s worst month for injuries is January (26 in last five years) closely followed by November (24) which is just around the corner!

In total, the Gunners have succumbed to 194 different injuries in the last five seasons, which averages out at 38.8 injuries per season – or just over 1 injury for every Premier League game! This adds up to 362 playing hours lost which is about 6 years per season.

Arsenal Tactics – Should Wenger persist with 4-1-4-1 formation?

Are Arsenal struggling because of the change in system? by SE

For a whole lot of reasons — acceptable or aberrational — Arsene Wenger decided to adopt a new system, 4-1-4-1, replacing the in vogue 4-2-3-1 system. Two and a half months into the new season, and the Arsenal players are yet to adapt to the new system, which subsequently is failing to produce the enviable results. So what really is causing the problems for Arsenal? Is it the players who are failing to come to terms with the system deployed by their manager or, is the system incongruous to Arsenal’s style of football given the kind of players Wenger has at his disposal?

Will Chambers drop to the Arsenal bench when everyone is fit?

Can Calum Chambers cement a place for himself in the Arsenal rearguard? by SE

Calum Chambers, in whatever we have seen of him during his early days at the Emirates, has done well and lived up to the lofty expectations of an Arsenal player. At just 19 years old, Chambers has shown a good head on his shoulders, and handled things pretty smoothly for a player who is still a new kid on the block and has a fair bit of learning to do. Fortunately, however, the former Southampton defender has found hell of a lot of game time, due to Per Mertesacker’s exertions at the world cup to go with injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny, than what he would have anticipated at the time of completing his move to Arsenal. Going forward, can Chambers cement a place for himself in the Arsenal rearguard?