Posted on November 06, 2014 by ADMIN

Arsenal tactics – Chambers for Monreal in central defence?

The options are not great for Arsene Wenger when it comes to the Arsenal back four at the minute. Maybe the Frenchman is now regretting not pulling out the stops to sign another defender in the summer, but he is stuck with what we have until January at least.

Until the two France internationals Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are available again, Wenger seems to have only two realistic options. Either Calum Chambers at right back with Nacho Monreal in the middle or Chambers in the middle and Hector Bellerin on the right, but has the manager got it right?
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I can understand why he went with Monreal against Anderlecht because it was the fifth game in a row for the Spaniard in the middle and the previous two ended with clean sheets, but he was exposed against the Belgians, especially against the extra strength of Mitrovic. On Sunday we travel to Wales to face Swansea City and I fear for Monreal against the strength of Wilfried Bony.

The Welsh club also have some real pace in Routledge and Dyer while Sigurdsson can pick a pass to unlock defences. In my opinion, Chambers is the better central defender and should come in for that game at least. It does mean starting with the young and inexperienced Bellerin at right back, but one of the kid’s main attributes is the pace to deal with the Swansea wide men.

What would you do Gooners?

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33 thoughts on “Arsenal tactics – Chambers for Monreal in central defence?

    1. almostawinner

      wenger culpable :
      1. not “pulling out all the stops” (arent we supposed to be pulling out all the stops every year?)
      2. not realizing Arsenal have more injuries than others, so our squad size needs to be bigger than others,

      i miss the old silky beautiful arsenal & holding our heads up high.

      i guess the money’s just too much for the old codger to have some style and resign after his FA win.

      i dont want to give him the “le prof” respect anymore.
      he should be questioned, rightly, and doggedly.

      all this talk about other teams being good and so on: what excuses!
      not buying, not subbing, not closing shop, too cheap …
      GO AWAY MR WENGER: we will do fine w/o you.

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    2. goldfish27

      @KickAssFan…U got Wenger lover here they have no option here but to support the crusade of “WENGER OUT”

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  1. Tope

    Try to always give relevant comments. Wenger wont leave until it pleases him, this is fact. So, deviating from the topic makes this forum kinda look one way. You and i know that no amount of our comments here would change this.so, lets just discuss the article before we make a nuissance of ourselves.thanks

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    1. davidnz

      @dope.
      Are you the new idiotor ?
      I thought Bob was the editor.
      Best I get with the programme 🙂

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      1. Usmanov

        @davidnz.
        I have come to discover one important lesson in life:

        These days, to be an AFC fan and to be at peace with yourself at the same time, you have to lower your expectations (if they were previously low, still lower them a bit).

        But the best is to be completely apathetic to the club’s mediocrity on the pitch.

        The worst, however, is what someone referred to as BEBA -Blame Everyone (including my grandma) But Arsene. This is what will transform a fan to an Idiotor.

        Now that last one is bad for my health.

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        1. davidnz

          Ha ha ha,
          Yeah guess I am
          frustrated and snappy.
          Your right though.
          How to always dream the dream of victory
          but accept and even celebrate EPL 4th
          and ECL last 16 is an annual challenge.

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    2. supertuur

      Yes all these #wengerout comments every article make me want to go #justarsenalout

      Yes defense looks sh!t. All gunners need to get the message across to Management and Wenger we need to buy DM & CB this winter. Lets bring out the banners and get the airplanes flying over the stadiums.

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  2. Thando

    Chambers should be paired with koz when he returns from his injury,im tired of watching a scary movie with per in defence

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  3. Tope

    Try to always give relevant comments. Wenger wont leave until it pleases him, this is fact. So, deviating from the topic makes this forum kinda look one way. You and i know that no amount of our comments here would change this.so, lets just discuss the article before we make a nuissance of ourselves.thanks. To the article: i support the idea of chambers replacing monreal while bellerin start at right back because my mind tells me that we will eventually see this knowing the injury status of gibbs which monreal will have to cover for.so, why not give bellerin the chance to make that position his own. Bellerin i believe is a better right back than chambers.i see chambers as future dm

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    1. Thando

      We have been crying for that for a long time, all these last three games were perfect for bellerin because they are lowly ranked

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    2. KickAssFan

      @Tope, how wise of you to say, “You and i know
      that no amount of our comments here would
      change this”. The article ends by asking, “What would you do Gooners?.” You went on to post your suggestive comment “HERE” by saying Chambers should replace Monreal while Bellerin should play as RB and you consider him better in that position.

      I ask you, why post it “here”? Why come up with such suggestions “here”? Will you suggestion be acknowledged or taken by Wenger? Will your suggestion that’s been made here change anything?

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      1. Usmanov

        @KickAssFan.
        Thank you for pointing that out!
        After he reading his earlier comment, I thought that he had a solid point. After all, some have become apathetic to our clubs result on the pitch, and clearly feel we shouldn’t bother about them.
        But with his following comment/suggestion on the topic, I was like -What da fack?!!! Why bother about where Chambers plays? Or whether Bellerin should get a chance?

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  4. Tope

    To the article: i support the idea of chambers replacing monreal while bellerin start at right back because my mind tells me that we will eventually see this knowing the injury status of gibbs which monreal will have to cover for.so, why not give bellerin the chance to make that position his own. Bellerin i believe is a better right back than chambers.i see chambers as future dm

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  5. Thando

    @kickassfan start a movement that will force him to buy players by telling fans to ignored home games leave the stadium empty for just 3 games because wenger wont be leaving anytime sooner.

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  6. Hafiz Rahman

    wenger needs to go back to the basics….play the right players at the right position….

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  7. SoOpa AeoN

    in your Dreams ………. In your dreams …… If there’s any man who doesn’t Learn , Listens or seek counseL , its WENGER … And he will come up with a Line-up of the same tired players and a similar vulnerable back Line containing Monreal and mertesacker (heard Hayden is out….shame) … and yea, what would be the formation this time? 4-5-1 , 4-6-0 , 9-1 ??? .wenger’s selfishness, arrogance, rigidity and indolence have always cost us dearly, it isn’t the 1st time, it certainly won’t be the Last.

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  8. KickAssFan

    @Almostawinner, like I’ve said here before, some fans just don’t wanna accept the fact that for this club to move forward, we as fans have got to take matters into our hands because the board can do and will do nothing, since they and Wenger see the club as a cow worth milking.

    Sir Keswick, chairman of Arsenal Football Club, openly said if Wenger has a plan, they back him, and if he has no plans, they just stay quiet and do nothing. Doesn’t that tell you these guys running the club don’t consider the fans at all? They don’t mind us staying trophyless at all…

    Fans must do something, the club feeds on our love and passion. We are just about the only ones that have the club’s best interest at heart.

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  9. sanmi.marvellous

    Fellow mates, we better prepare for another tension-soaked game Wales this weekend.

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  10. SoOpa AeoN

    @ JustJoy……sorry to break the bad news dear! ………. ur beloved Hayden is out 4 a while ….. He was injury while carrying out arsenaL’s military football training exercise …. But we all know he isn’t wenger’s back-up choice even, so why do we care?

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    1. Usmanov

      @KickAssFan.
      YES! Amen to that.

      However, as you travel this new found path, I sincerely hope you never turn out to become a BEBA* in the end.

      BEBA (Blame Everyone But Arsene) is a rare form of delusion. It is real! It is amongst us!!!

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  11. Usmanov

    @KickAssFan.
    Get over it, man?! This whole “we are fans, we’ve got power, we should change things” has become an impractical joke (much like many of Wenger’s philosophy), considering the body language of the board (that of Sir Kwesky Chips in particular).
    We are not Barcelona FC!
    I am a powerless fan, we are powerless fans. The fans do not have the kind of power you talk about.
    Even if the fans do possess this kind of power, the ones able to use it are the “stadium fans” (season ticket holders), the ones closest to the club’s epicenter of activities.
    But these days, 70% of these ones have become apathetic to how we fare on the pitch. They lack that fire in their belly, the PASSION/strong desire to be winners and not 4th best.
    There is the 20% who are BEBAs (BLame Everyone But Arsene).
    The remaining 10%, I am afraid, can not muster up the power needed to influence change.

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  12. bashman

    chambers is far better as a cb than rb, monreal is helping but isnt as good as chambers. there is also the forgoten man coquelin who can play rb also.

    never thought i’d say this but thank god for the international break, maybe we’ll get koscielny back.

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  13. GoonerG1

    Good article. Sadly, Wenger will not change the line up. Wenger does not make strategic changes to the line up. He has not done so all season. Changes are made only when suspensions or injuries force his hand. Wenger has his preferences and they are very clear. He will continue with Monreal at CB because he thinks Monreal’s experience is better than Bellerin’s inexperience. Never mind that experience means nothing if your name is Sanogo. And never mind that Jenkinson was allowed to go on loan in part on the theory that Bellerin needed opportunities and could provide cover. If the entire world stood up and told Wenger he is wrong, it would not matter one bit to Wenger.

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  14. Ronny331

    Simply yes chambers needs to go to cb. Against swansea we’ll need bellerins pace to counter routledge. I’m sure the stubborn fool wont change things although bould has suggested this change. Swansea could demolish us this wekend. Good luck to the other 3 defenders workibg alongside Per!

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  15. supertuur

    Let Swansea come to Arsenal. Don’t g bombing forward with our full backs. Safety first and we have the speed to counter.

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