Arsenal face a daunting month ahead after the international break

Month of September will be crucial to Arsenal’s season by SE

After enjoying a slick start to their season, with wins over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield and Crystal Palace in the Premier League opener, Arsenal just had a slight dip in form towards the end of August. That, however, didn’t impede them from progressing to the Champions League group stages for the 17th year running, and remain unbeaten in the league, albeit two draws in a row will hurt Arsenal.

Arsenal Tactics – Who should partner Ramsey in midfield?

Who should partner Ramsey in that advanced midfield role – Cazorla, Wilshere or Ozil? by SE

In what has been a relatively busy summer at Arsenal, with Wenger bringing in the kind of personnel who he deems is ‘appropriate’ to his plans, the system that he would have to play has been of equal speculation if not more. With the acquisition of Sanchez, in addition to the plethora of wingers Wenger has at his disposal, he needed to shift to 4-3-3, to get the best out of all his key players. Sanchez is one; Walcott, when he becomes fit, is going to be one; Add Chamberlain, Podolski and Cazorla to the mix, Wenger has at least 5 wingers to choose from.

Sanogo WILL score and shine for Arsenal says Flamini

You would have to think that Yaya Sanogo is a lot better in front of goal when he is training with the Arsenal squad, otherwise he would never get a game with the first team. But it is also clear that the lanky young Frenchman lacks confidence in front of goal during a competitive game.

Wenger has obviously seen plenty from Sanogo since he joined us from Auxerre last summer on a free transfer. And to be fair to the lad, he surprised us all when the Prof started him against Bayern Munich and Liverpool in key games last season.

A review of Arsenal’s performances in August

How would Arsenal look back at the month of August? by SE

With Arsenal’s draw against Leicester bringing an end to the month of August, we take a look back at how Wenger’s men fared in the first month of their 2014/15 campaign.

FA Community Shield
On the 10th of August, last season’s FA Cup winners took to Wembley, to take on the defending Premier League champions in the annual curtain raiser. Arsenal were slow off the blocks, but did make staunch impact on the game through Sanchez and Ramsey. Manchester City were caught napping on many an occasion, as the North Londoners enjoyed a slick start to their campaign, with a 3-0 plundering over the Etihad outfit.

Arsenal Debate: The case AGAINST Arsene Wenger

My opinion ? The problem is Wenger. by Tom Friend

Too long at Arsenal:
I find it alarming that Wenger’s ego is tolerated for so many years. Wenger has all character trades of a man who believes he doesn’t need any advice and the results are bad… really bad…
While teams like Liverpool and Everton are developing under modern managers, Arsenal has to make up with a guy who still wants to play like it’s 2004.

Arsenal’s Wilshere will be England star says Hodgson

It seems as though Jack Wilshere has been talked about as the future of the England national team ever since he first broke on to the scene as an Arsenal teenager. But that expectation has turned into criticism in recent years, with most of those critics completely ignoring all the times spent on the sidelines with various injuries.

But it was clear that Roy Hodgson was a fan when he took over the manager’s job two years ago, calling Jack up for the squad whenever he could and playing him, over playing him in the eyes of some Arsenal fans, when he was fit enough.

Stats show Arsenal made a MASSIVE mistake on Sanogo

With Arsenal failing or turning down the chance to sign a new centre forward to cover for the injured France international Olivier Giroud, you would have to assume that Arsene Wenger thinks he has got enough options in the Arsenal squad already to cope until Christmas.

And with his reluctance to use either Walcott or Podolski in the middle, or Joel Campbell anywhere, that leaves just Alexis Sanchez and Yaya Sanogo for the central striking role. Arsene Wenger certainly seems to have faith in the young Frenchman signed for nothing last summer, but the stats do not agree.

Arsenal need extra time but SHOULD seal deal for Welbeck

Well Arsenal fans, how much did we enjoy that transfer deadline day? About as much as the first visit to meet your girlfriends parents or maybe the last time you went to A and E and had to sit all night to see a stressed out nurse to have splinters of glass picked out of your buttocks maybe.

And it is still not over as the deal, the only one we have, for Danny Welbeck from Man United has been held up and Arsenal have asked and been given an extension to get the transfer done and dusted. I am not staying up any longer, no way, but as long as Welbeck is a Gunner by tomorrow it will not have been a complete disaster in my opinion.

WOW! Welbeck stats suggest Arsenal get Giroud upgrade!

I can understand why Arsenal fans are less than thrilled about us signing Danny Welbeck. After the hope of getting Falcao and due to the last minute nature of the transfer, it feels like Arsene Wenger is settling for second best, but I have just been looking at Welbeck’s stats for last season and you will not believe what I found.

Remember that he only played 25 Premier League games for Man United last season, with quite a few of them as sub and that he was not in the centre forward position which he is likely to take for Arsenal. According to the comparison matrix on Squawka.com and going by a score per 90 minutes, Welbeck beats the Frenchman in most of the key areas.

Will Bony and Reid appease Arsenal fans?

Right about now, Arsenal fans, I would settle for Arsene Wenger signing just about any player he could get his hands on. But that is just the deadline day jitters getting to me and in the cold light of day, I agree that there is no point bringing in a player just for the sake of it when they are unlikely to play.

We don’t want another Kim Kallstrom or Park Chu-Young but if we are not going to get a top, top, top player then maybe a couple of pretty handy ones would do. So I was hoping that the latest Arsenal transfer rumour reported by Metro has some truth to it. The paper claimed that Wenger was to make a late double swoop for Wilfried Bony and Winston Reid.

Even El Tel urges Arsenal to sign more players!!!

Former England manager Terry Venables has no reason to want Arsenal to do well, having played for and been manager of our fierce north London rivals Tottenham, but even he is desperate for Arsene Wenger to see sense and see that the squad needs some top quality players bringing in to allow us to fight for major honours, as an Evening Standard report reveals.

Venables feels that the Gunners are on the edge of being able to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Man City, but unless Wenger signs another two players before the transfer window closes, which is looking increasingly unlikely, then Arsenal are set to come up short again.

Hang On! Welbeck to Arsenal NOT done yet!

It shows just how bad the transfer window’s deadline day has been for Arsenal fans that I am not getting worried that the late deal to bring in Danny Welbeck from Man United may not go ahead after all. And I was just warming to the idea as well.

According to the BBC there are still two other Premier League clubs trying to beat the Gunners to the 23-year old forward and so I assume the reports that Welbeck was having his Arsenal medical were a bit premature to say the least.