Category Archives: Arsenal Debate

Arsenal Debate – What to do with Jack Wilshere ?

Which is more important to Wilshere – playing time or preferred playing position? by SE

Jack Wilshere’s Footballing career has been on a downward spiral for a good couple of seasons now and, as things stand, it begs to wonder whether his career graph would ever progress in an upward direction again. While his antics off the pitch have dwarfed his on field performances, Wilshere’s wizardry is still very much prominent. Paul Scholes, former England and Manchester United midfielder, has proclaimed that Wilshere is an attacking midfielder and not a midfield anchor – a role he played for his national side in the 2-0 win over Switzerland on Monday. The subsequent question is whether Wilshere should look at getting himself more playing time or, according to Scholes’ opinion, demand playing in his preferred position?

Should Chambers be Arsenal’s new DM?

Should Wenger use Chambers as his defensive midfielder? by SE

An Overview
Calum Chambers’ Footballing career has progressed at such a rate that – in a matter of 12 months from making his Premier League debut for Southampton – the 19-year old Englishman deservedly made his international debut for England last week. Chambers’s versatility, to play as a defender and as a defensive midfielder, was one of the reasons why Wenger had to splash out 16 million pounds to bring him to the Emirates and, already in his short Arsenal career, the Hampshire born teenager has shown that he is worth the hefty fee.

Arsenal Debate – Is Monreal now pushing Gibbs for starting XI?

Monreal has improved over the summer by KJ

Nacho Monreal has received a lot of criticism for his performances last season (including me). He was especially poor against the bigger teams and was specifically targeted because he lacked the protection and pace to offset it.
This season however, he has been far better and that is down to a few factors:

Firstly, he isn’t always rushed back after an injury and is therefore thrown in the thick of it.
His form has clearly improved over the summer and that probably comes from a good pre-season and tactical analysis of his performances over the summer with Wenger coaching him through his mistakes.

Is Wenger now Arsenal’s NUTTY professor ..?

Is Wenger still the professor or now just the nutty professor ..? by SV

Is Wenger still the right man to lead Arsenal into a successful era or is it now time for a new approach from a hungry manager with up to date knowledge and a more determined approach? I feel some of my arguments are echoed by the vast majority..

Unfortunately Arsenal have weak links that run throughout the team and will scupper the chances of immediate and short term success..and therefore we can forget the premiership and champions league – absolutely categorically zero chance.. this current squad will never get out of the group stages and struggle against mid table mediocre in the league.

Options for Arsenal’s Midfield and Defence after the Transfer Window

Options for Arsenal’s Midfield and Defence after the Transfer Window by Supertuur

Being an Arsenal fan on transfer day is a pretty stressful event. Fans would like to see the club buy a central defender, a defensive midfielder and a centre forward for the long term injured Giroud. There were initial talks of Falcao joining Arsenal but that was put to rest quickly when Manchester United closed the deal. Welbeck was the only purchase of the three positions that were needed.

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.

Should Arsenal accept Campbell request to join Benfica?

I know that Arsene Wenger has mentioned Joel Campbell many times recently as part of his striking options for Arsenal. Not only that, but the Frenchman said straight out the other day that he was not going to let the young Costa Rica international go anywhere, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The Frenchman said, “We’ve had lots of enquiries and turned them down. There have been plenty of clubs interested, but I don’t know how many.

“Once I say to my assistant he won’t go out on loan, even if people ask about him, my assistant doesn’t even tell me. When I say no it’s no.

Is Coquelin ready to rescue his Arsenal career?

A lot of the big clubs these days use the loan system quite a lot to help them, and Arsenal are no different. With all the academy players trying to make it into the first team as well as a big squad to start with, sometimes the only way for a player to get some valuable competitive experience is for them to go to another club for a bit.

But often this is the last chance for a player, especially once they get past the age of 20, so I must admit that I thought that Francis Coquelin would probably be leaving Arsenal this summer. His loan deal last season with Bundesliga club Freiburg was beset by unlucky injuries and some of his performances were heavily criticised.

Will Sokratis suit the Arsenal transfer philosophy?

I have been trying to think of a Plato pun but will have to settle for the one in the title. Anyway, Gooners, the Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with the Greece international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos could soon turn out to hit a snag, after the Gunners were drawn against his current club in the Champions League.

Before the draw, according to The Mirror, Borussia Dortmund had offered the 26-year old central defender to us as we looked to strengthen at the back. And apparently Arsene Wenger was fairly keen on Sokratis, although the Frenchman was trying to get him for around £12 million rather than the £20 million that Dortmund were asking for.

Can Arsenal finally win Champions League group?

As usual for an Arsenal fan, I was expecting the worst when watching the UEFA draw for the Champions League group stage. And to a certain extent, we got our usual fair share of bad luck, but compared to last year, I think that the Gunners may have got off pretty lightly.

In fact, with our recent improvement, I reckon that this season offers Arsenal a great chance to at least avoid the really strong teams in the first knockout round by finishing top of the group which includes Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray and Anderlecht.

Will Arsenal’s unfit forwards cost Champions League place

It is far from being an ideal situation for Arsenal in the Champions League play-off tonight. We simply need to beat Besiktas in the second leg at the Emirates tonight, but the injury to Olivier Giroud has left Arsene Wenger in a very tricky situation.

Because of the World Cup and injuries disrupting our pre-season preparations, it looks like the Gunners may be forced to start the game tonight with a front three of players who are not really ready for action. Yaya Sanogo missed the last two games with injury and even if he has recovered properly, I doubt whether he is at 100 percent, but Wenger has little option but to start with the young French striker down the middle.

Has Giroud finally silenced his Arsenal critics? Wenger thinks so!!

Arsenal fans have been waiting and hoping all summer for Arsene Wenger to go into the transfer market and come out with a top class striker, one that we feel will give us that extra edge up front to really challenge for major honours.

Well there is not much time left and it looks like the manager is not going to do it. In fact he seems perfectly happy with his striking options at the Emirates, particularly with his fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud, as his interview on Arsenal.com makes clear.