Category Archives: Arsenal Debate

Arsenal Debate – Should Paulista replace the BFG immediately?

BFG, Kos, Chambers and Paulista – Arsenal centre back conundrum by JS

I believe Wenger took a big risk today in mixing up his back five again in trying to give Ospina, Bellerin and Mertesacker a rest. After yesterday’s results and the fact we have a full week before the next game, I wanted to see us pick up where we left off last weekend with maybe a few gentle reintroductions if we managed to get in to a comfortable position in the match. Whilst I love the fact that we are through, we missed the chance to have made a bigger statement with a comfortable 3-0 win. If Wenger was certain that Mertesacker needed a rest then we would have looked much stronger defensively with Bellerin at right back and Chambers in at right centre back and Koscielny in his normal position at left centre back. Anyway, I digress slightly.

Has Bellerin done enough to be Arsenal first-choice right-back?

Has Bellerin overtaken Calum Chambers as Right Back? By Twig

Much has been said about the stellar performances of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin in our last game,
but the very impressive performance of Hector Bellerin has pretty much gone unnoticed. Bellerin has had
both highs and lows at right back for Arsenal. Against Stoke he had a torrid time and had to be hauled off
at half time, but he had been quite impressive ever since. What is most encouraging is his humility and
willingness to learn:

Are Arsenal fans happy with Calum Chambers season so far?

Calum Chambers arrived at Arsenal from Southampton this summer and was immediately thrown in at the deep end due to our massive list of defensive injuries. Most fans were very happy with his early performances, but lately he has come in for a bit of stick from JustArsenal readers.

I think the problem is that fans have forgotten exactly how young adn inexperienced he really is, and in fact he has just reached his 20th birthday. Chambers himself thinks he has definitely improved since his arrival at the Emirates.

Can Arsenal give Alexis a break if Welbeck is back?

The Arsenal and England international forward Danny Welbeck already seemed to be struggling a little for form when he picked up his thigh injury in the win over West Ham on the Sunday after christmas. The former United man did score in that game but had gone six games previously without finding the net.

But we always knew that it might take Welbeck a bit of time to get used to his new club and often a new position, so seven Arsenal goals so far is pretty good in my opinion, especially as his pace, work rate and link up play offers the team a lot more beside goals.

Szczesny needs to train harder to win his Arsenal place back

Arsenal debate – Does Szczesny need to man up? by JO

Over the past few weeks Arsenal fans have been treated to a positive change of fortunes with great results in wins against Hull City, Stoke and latest victims Manchester City. My guess is all Arsenal fans have enjoyed this and we can only hope that it continues for as long as we keep moving up the table.

Should Arsenal recall Szczesny for Man City clash?

The Polish shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny has been on the bench since his howlers against Southampton – followed by the badly-timed smoking incident, but Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said that Szczesny is still considered to be Arsenal’s Number One keeper.

With that in mind, Wenger may decide that the 23 year-old has served his punishment and theenforced rest may have made him realise that he has to up his performance if he is to retain his place, although Wenger refused to confirm his decision one way or the other. When asked in the pre-match conference who would get the nod against Man City, Le Prof said: “I have not decided yet. Ospina has done well.

Arsenal fans are losing patience with Arsene Wenger

Has the time come for Arsene Wenger leave Arsenal? by Demitri

Arsene Wenger was relatively unknown in England when joining, but quickly gained the respect of the players, coaches and pundits, as he led Arsenal to the Premier League and FA Cup double in his first full season in 1997/98. He revolutionised the modern game in the Premier League when joining Arsenal in 1996, becoming the first foreign manager to win the division, and has consistently kept the club in the elite competition of the Champions League. But his acceptance of fourth place every year has led to the demise of the club and the questionable showing of a lack of ambition created unrest with the Arsenal fans. Settling for Wenger’s self-titled ‘fourth-place trophy’ is not appealing to fans anymore, as the club that was once feared throughout Europe, has regressed to a shadow of its former self.

Is Akpom the reason Arsenal are releasing TWO strikers?

The young Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom may only have played for around 10 minutes at the end of the defeat to Southampton the other day, and it having been his first Premier League action of the season, but Arsenal fans could soon be seeing Akpom on a more regular basis.

There are plenty of attacking options for Arsene Wenger, and that is one of the reasons for Lukas Podolski to have arranged to leave the Emirates and play on loan for Inter Milan until the end of the season, but I don’t think the boss would have let the dangerous German international leave if he thought he might be needed.

A serious comparison of Arsenal with Pochettino’s Tottenham team

I watched the Spurs, and I liked it. by JS

As an Arsenal supporter since the early eighties, I have seen good football, bad football, boring football, flowing football and pretty much understand that we will have ups and downs as a club. That being said, for the last 3-4 years, the ups and downs have flowed not so much on a seasonal basis but in chunks or segments of the season. I would be okay with 20 years of dominance, one year in the wilderness and then signs of a strong future like United have had.

Southampton game LAST chance for Podolski at Arsenal?

There has been a whole lot of debate and many an Arsenal transfer rumour about the Arsenal and Germany striker Lukas Podolski in the build up to the January transfer window. In fact it has been a subject of discussion almost since the 29-year old forward joined the Gunners from the German club Cologne back in the summer of 2012.

Is Koscielny the most important player in Arsenal squad?

I don’t know about the rest of the global Arsenal family, as we all prepare for whatever this time of year means to us, but one of the things I am hoping that the house breaker in the red and white suit brings me for being a good little boy is the news that Laurent Koscielny is fully fit and able to play in every game for the Gunner until the end of the season.

What happened to BFG and is his Arsenal career over?

That is twice in a matter of weeks that the Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker has been found wanting when having to defend a ball into the Arsenal box. The German World Cup winner was ruthlessly exposed by the TV pundits on Sky Sports for ducking out of a ball from a corner that led to Stoke City’s third and decisive goal on the stroke of halftime at the Britannia stadium this month.