Arsenal v Man United review – No luck and no points for gutted Gunners

Louis van Gaal changed his tactics to try to surprise Arsenal and counter his team’s defensive problems, with three central defenders and with Luke Shaw and Valencia playing as wing backs in a midfield five, with Rooney and van Persie up front. But it was not really working as the Gunners tok control of the first half and really should have scored at least one goal before the break.

Wilshere had an eventful half. He could have been sent off, should have won a penalty and found himself one on one with De Gea. But while his finish should have been better, the United keeper was in top form and he also denied Chamberlain and Welbeck with great work.

Official teams and preview for Arsenal v Man United

Arsene Wenger must have been mightily relieved when the in form England striker Danny Welbeck passed his late fitness test and as expected, the Frenchman has stuck with the pacy and hard working front man instead of bringing back Olivier Giroud who has made an early return to fitness and is on the bench to face Manchester United today.

Louis van Gaal has had some good news of his own, with De Gea, Shaw and Di Maria all in the starting line up after their own injury concerns, but their back four still looks weak, and the Gunners will hope that it is the visitor’s defence rather than our own which is the most busy.

Come on Arsenal – We all want Bellerin!

Another Solution for Arsenal’s Defensive Problems by AT

As we all may have realised by now, the unfortunate injury to Laurent Koscielny has had a very significant impact on Arsenal’s season, not only because of the sheer quality of the French international defender but more so because of Arsenal’s lack of cover in that position. It is an issue so significant that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has to play Nacho Monreal, who isn’t quite up to the mark in his more natural left-back position, as a centre-back in the heart of the Arsenal defence.

Arsenal boss urges positivity and patience to defeat Man United

Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players are apparently feeling a lot better about life than they were about two weeks ago, when the Gunners had just thrown away a second leading position in the space of a few days. That loss against Swansea City meant we headed into the international break with confidence low.

It also put us within touching distance of today’s opponents Manchester United, who will leapfrog Arsenal if they win at the Emirates today. So why is Wenger sounding so positive in his pre-match statement to Arsenal Player? Well as he says, the international break was good to all the Gunners that went on it for one thing, with Alexis, Welbeck, Chamberlain and Sanogo scoring. Everyone else played and did well so they have returned in a much better frame of mind.

Where has Arsenal’s creativity gone?

Is Lack of Creativity to Blame for Arsenal’s Problems? by KJ

With Arsenal having a rather mediocre start to the season, there have been a lot of theories put forward in regards to the reasons as to why Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to hit in the ground running in a campaign where they were billed as one of the top title contenders. While long-term injuries to key players and lack of defensive depth are two obvious reasons, there is also one more which I would like to highlight.

Arsenal v Man United Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Manchester United Preview, predicted line up and score by KJ

This international break was probably the least annoying of all the ones we’ve had so far. Most fans were pretty annoyed at our last result and this has given us ample time to distance ourselves from the result and the performance and this has no doubt rejuvenated our hope that we can actually start playing good football again.

With Shaw out can Arsenal play Chambers as centre back?

It was looking like Arsene Wenger would probably stick with the same back four set up to face Manchester United later today, as neither Laurent Koscielny nor Mathieu Debuchy is fit to play. And that means that our Spanish left back Nacho Monreal would partner Per Mertesacker in the centre of defence, with young Calum Chambers at right back.

But I think the boss would agree that Chambers is the better option alongside our BFG, as long as we did not need him on the right. With Chambers’ fellow Southampton academy graduate and England international Luke Shaw supporting Januzaj or Di Maria on the left flank, however, Wenger probably thought Chambers would be better on the right than young Hector Bellerin.

Will Arsenal v Man United turn into Welbeck v RVP?

It looks like the fears that Arsenal may have to do without Danny Welbeck as well as Theo Walcott for the crunch clash with Manchester United later will prove to be unfounded, The England international was due to face a fitness test yesterday and was then pictured training normally, so hopefully that means he will fine to start.

Welbeck will be delighted as it is his first chance to face his former club and perhaps to prove once and for all that their new manager Louis van Gaal made a bit of a blunder when he allowed the 23-year old to join the Gunners. Van Gaal has restated his reasons for allowing the transfer, insisting that his striker options would all be in front of Welbeck, as reported by The Mirror.

How Arsenal can beat Man Utd without Walcott and Welbeck

We already know that Theo Walcott will not be on the pitch or on the bench for Arsenal tomorrow as the Gunners play host to the old rivals Manchester United. Hopefully though, Arsene Wenger will be able to start with Danny Welbeck up front but the 23-year old may be ruled out with a hamstring problem picked up on England international duty.

Why Arsenal defence WILL be ready for Man United

Apart from the slight groin strain picked up in training by Theo Walcott and the slight knock received by Danny Welbeck during the Scotland v England friendly, it has been a pretty good international break for the Arsenal players, who should all have arrived back in north London in a positive frame of mind.

But perhaps more important than that has been the chance for Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff to work with the players not on international duty. Because the Gunners still cannot call on the first choice French defenders Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy.

BIG Arsenal problems! Walcott out, Welbeck a doubt and NO Koscielny!

Just when it was looking like the injury tide was turning in the favour of Arsenal, with Theo Walcott and then Olivier Giroud coming back to full training with the squad and the hope of Laurent Koscielny coming back after the international break. And we seemed to have got away with no injury problems from this latest break, while tomorrow’s opponents Man United were dropping like flies.

Yeah right, as if Arsenal are going to be that lucky! United’s in form Spanish keeper David De Gea has miraculously recovered from a dislocated finger while Angel Di Maria has also been passed fit to play and they could also have a few of their first choice defenders back, with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Rafael all possible returnees.