Walcott, Welbeck and Sanogo give Arsenal HUGE injury boost!

The Arsenal injury update given by Arsene Wenger today was pretty depressing for Arsenal fans to hear. It looked like the Gunners were going to have to do without almost a full and decent starting XI players, with Danny Welbeck, Yaya Sanogo and Theo Walcott apparently unlikely to return along with out other crocks Arteta, Szczesny, Ospina, Gnabry, Diaby, Debuchy, Ozil and Wilshere.

I am not trying to suggest that our wily old manager is trying to pull a fast one here and surprise tomorrow’s opponents when the teams are announced, but a quick look at the pictures on Arsenal.com of the Gunners training after the manager’s press conference will show Welbeck, Sanogo and Walcott going through the exercises with their team mates.

Ramsey says Arsenal players are lazy (except Alexis!) He’s right!

Aaron Ramsey was obviously pleased with Arsenal’s performance against Borussia Dortmund after the massive disappointments of the miserable start to the season, but he was particularly pleased with Alexis Sanchez’s display as he scored an incredible 13th goal of his short career at the Emirates.

Ramsey said on Arsenal.com: “He works so hard for the team and when he gets an opportunity to score, he scores,” he said. “It took him a couple of games to get into it, but he has not stopped scoring since.

Arsenal Board ready to back Wenger in crucial transfer window

Yet again Arsenal find themselves inundated with further injuries, even though just a few weeks ago we seemed to have turned the corner. Wenger said at the beginning of the month, “We had Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy and Mesut Ozil injured but they are slowly all getting better. Theo is the first to come back but I believe we are at the end of the tunnel.”

Now we have lost Jack Wilshere, Sanogo (surprise!) and Mikel Arteta, who could be another long-term injury. Laurent Koscielny is now available but even Wenger said that the French defender’s achilles injury will have to be managed carefully in the long run.

Have Arsenal got any players left to face West Brom? Full injury update…

West Brom must really be relishing playing Arsenal tomorrow lunchtime. Not only have the Gunners had to play a crucial midweek Champions League match while the Baggies have had a weeks rest since losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but it looks like Arsenal are down to the bare bones of their squad.

For starters in goal Wojciech Szczesny is out with a pelvis injury, and with David Ospina not expected to be back until next year, we are going to have to hope that Martinez has another assured performance between the sticks and that is just the first problem!

Arsenal Debate: WHY does Jack Wilshere keep getting injured?

The Arsenal injury curse and Jack Wilshere’s personal nightmare goes on and on. Young Jack was the subject of yet another crunching tackle as he sprinted into the Man United penalty area last week, and it has resulted in another operation on his left ankle.

Most papers reported that Wilshere would miss three months even if he didn’t need to go under the surgeons knife, but now it could be even an longer period if rehabilitation.

The Gunners have now confirmed the bad news on the official webste. The report said: “Jack Wilshere has had successful surgery on his left ankle and will be out for approximately three months.

A study of Arsenal’s Champions League chances

I have already written about the chances of Arsenal pulling off the incredible and finishing on top of our Champions League qualifying group. I don’t see us beating Galatasaray as the difficult part as they have been woeful, but we need Borussia Dortmund to lose at home to Anderlecht and that is pretty unlikely.

And as Arsene Wenger rightly said in a report on Arsenal.com, the Gunners could do with a bit more luck when the draw is made for the next round. With Bayern Munich twice and Barcelona iin three of the last four draws, you would hope that Arsenal get a slightly easier ride this season and there are some decent options out there for us, although the groups are not all decided yet.

Have Arsenal found right balance between Defence and Attack?

Arsenal finally got a decent and well deserved reward for their efforts in the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund and while Jurgen Klopp was not happy with the performance of his players, Arsene Wenger suggested that it was the Gunners getting the balance of the side right, as an Arsenal.com report shows.

The manager said, “I felt we had a good combination between our usual passing game and our transition from defence to attack. We were highly focused to defend well together from the first to the last minute and we always looked dangerous. Defensively we were very good as well.

Why Arsenal are still hoping to top Champions League group

Arsene Wenger is not getting carried away with the fact that Arsenal beat the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates last night. The Frenchman admitted in his post match interview, reported by Arsenal.com, that it was very unlikely that the Gunners could pip Jurgen Klopp’s side to top the group, but he did accept that it was a possibility and he is right to do so.

He also said that he was not sure how Arsenal would approach the final group game against Galatasaray in two weeks and that it could depend on what happens in the few games there are before that final game in Istanbul.

Arsenal to recall Coquelin to solve midfield problems?

It is bad enough that Arsenal continue to pick up injuries more often than Cristiano Ronaldo picks up a mirror, but we also seem to get a spate of players in the same area ruled out at the same time. Like having to face Borussia Dortmund without our two best keepers Szczesny and Ospina. Or losing the right back Debuchy and centre back Laurent Koscielny for the last few weeks.

And now it is the central midfield area that looks dangerously exposed, after losing Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta to long term injuries in the last two games. With Abou Diaby still not fit enough to feature in the match day squad, Arsene Wenger’s options are almost non existent.

Yesterday’s win was just part of Arsenal’s usual script

You can script this Arsenal season by looking at the last ten! by KM

Arsenal won against a bad Dortmund side sitting in the bottom 3 in Germany, training in the park and playing for pretty much nothing at the Emirates. Dortmund need change as well. Players that played a champions league final and dominated Bayern for a couple of years looked like shadows of their former selves, these are of course the ones that stayed or eventually returned to Dortmund broken. Sadly this win is enough to change the opinion about Arsene Wenger.

The reasons why Arsenal fans are RIGHT to criticize Wenger

Why Wenger IS to blame for Arsenal’s failings by PA

Arsene Stubborn and Impractical
Even before the trophy less spell Wenger was always stubborn, with a rigid adherence to philosophy over tactics. It was always his way or nothing. There are two problems with this.
First his way hasn’t arguably translated to success on the playing field. Success is the great arbiter. If he was successful, in a manner not open to arguments then his philosophy and personality would not ever be questioned.

Would Arsenal fans take Roberto Mancini as new manager?

Mancini Admits Interest in Arsenal Job! by AT

Following Arsenal’s miserable start to the new season, the pressure is continuing to mount on the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger. In fact, the level of dissatisfaction amongst the Arsenal fans is so high that it seems as though the vast majority are calling for the Frenchman’s head. While the Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp seems to be the fans’ preferred choice, another top European manager has today thrown his name into the hat.