Category Archives: Arsenal Debate

Even SPUDS think Arsenal could miss top 4! Should we worry?

One of the few positive things to come out of the Arsenal draw with Liverpool at Anfield yesterday was that, despite being second best for most of the game, the Gunners did come away without another heavy defeat away from home. And the point may be disappointing after Arsenal leading for most of the second half, but at least it meant that we went back above our north London rivals Tottenham in the Premier League table.

Should Arsenal stick or twist on Liverpool return?

If it was not for the size and the manner of the defeat Arsenal suffered the last time we traveled north to face Liverpool in the Premier League, this would probably not even be an issue. That is why Arsene Wenger, as reported by Arsenal.com, has told the Arsenal players that they should not be thinking about that horrible day in February but should be looking on tomorrow’s game as a completely new and different occasion.

Wenger said, “Yes, there might be a few nerves but our job is not about history, it’s about today.”

Arsenal Debate – Who to choose as our next captain?

Who should be the future Arsenal captain? by RC

Many fans believe that Mertesacker and Arteta are both no longer good enough to succeed at Arsenal. The lack of pace that the pair have has proven to cause our defence problems. The pair are very intelligent footballers, and there has been very few games without at least one of them to lead the team. If these players are sold on, not only is there an issue of replacing each of these players, but there is also the risk of losing a large amount of mental and leadership skills that they brought to the side. My personal view is with many fans that our captain and vice captain are not of a league winning standard, but the question then is, who would we make captain?

How will Arsenal cope with pace of Sterling?

It does not take a football genius to work out where the main danger lies for Arsenal when we travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. With Luis Suarez gone, Daniel Sturridge injured and Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli….well let’s be kind and say not very good, the stand out threat is young Raheem Sterling.

Brendan Rodgers has now taken to using the dynamic young player as his central striker, although in more of a false nine or `Messi` role. He looked a bit lost there last weekend against Man United and missed their best chances of the game, but two goals against Bournemouth will have the confidence flowing and the Gunners must find a way to nullify the threat he poses.

Where do YOU think Chambers should play for Arsenal?

It seems as though the Arsenal and England international player Calum Chambers is a bit confused. I sat `player` rather than `right back` or even defender because the `9-year old has already taken up two roles in his fledgling Arsenal career and there has also been talk that he might get a chance to show what he can do as a defensive midfielder.

Blame Arsenal players NOT Wenger blasts OX! Is he right?

There have been many debates about the various problems Arsenal have had already this season and no doubt there will be many more. The Arsene Out Brigade and the Arsene Knows Best faction may never see eye to eye but when the team are struggling on the pitch, the debates are always more strenuous and heated.

The AOBs have recently had the upper hand because of the way the Gunners have stuttered so far in the Premier League as well as failing to win the Champions League group and suffering an early exit from the league cup. But a few good performances and results have swung the pendulum back to the AKBs a bit and now the Arsenal star midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has added his own voice to those Gooners that are fully behind the Prof.

Has brilliant Bellerin ended Jenkinson’s Arsenal career?

Carl Jenkinson only left Arsenal on loan in the summer and as he is a boyhood fan of the Gunners, there is no doubt that he will be desperate to use his time at his current Premier League club West Ham to prove his worth and show Arsene Wenger that he really has got a future as an Arsenal player.

Jenkinson has definitely made a good start to his Hammers time (couldn’t resist) this season, forcing his way into the first team to become a regular starter under Sam Allardyce and helping the east London club to a great start and fourth place in the Premier League table.

Has `Old School` Giroud nailed down Arsenal central role?

Ever since he signed for Arsenal over two years ago, the France international striker Olivier Giroud has divided opinion, both in the football media and among the Arsenal fans. While the big man has had plenty of praise for his hard work and contribution, many of us believed he would never be a good enough finisher to lead the Gunners to real success.

But after beating Aaron Ramsey to be the top scorer for Arsenal last season, Giroud has pushed on again in this campaign, starting with a great goal and a Man of the Match award in the Community Shield. And despite the arrival of Danny Welbeck and the former Man United man settling quickly, Giroud still seems to have his manager’s backing for the centre forward role.

Is Flamini right to blame ALL Arsenal problems on injury?

We all know that Arsenal have had more injury problems than any of our rivals in recent years. And there has been plenty of discussion as to why (and whose fault it is) and also whether Arsene Wenger should have planned better for this sort of situation.

But that is not what I am taking about today. Because Mathieu Flamini has claimed that the Gunners have enough quality in the squad to compete with the very best clubs, in an interview reported by the Daily Star. The French midfielder also believes that only the injury problems have stopped Arsenal from doing a lot better this season and possibly winning the title last time.

Is this REALLY the best Arsenal attack under Wenger?

Arsene Wenger was understandably happy after his Arsenal team not only managed to beat an in form Newcastle United on Saturday, but managed to do it in such a convincing fashion that instead of having personal abuse hurled at him in a dingy train station in Stoke, the Frenchman heard `there’s only one Arsene Wenger` ringing around the Emirates stadium.

Although the manager has praised the team’s dynamic and balance recently, there is little doubt about which part of the Arsenal team was responsible for the fans’ happiness, with 10 goals scored in the last three games and some really top class strikers among them. The Gunners have conceded in all of those games and there is no doubt that our defence has not been the best this season, for various reasons.

Have Arsenal finally found the formula for success?

With five wins now from the last six games for Arsenal, maybe Arsene Wenger was justified in his comments this week that suggested that the terrible first half performance away to Stoke City was just a blip and was a rare exception rather than the mormal way of things for the Gunners.

Even with all of our injury problems in every area of the pitch but especially in defence and central midfield, Arsenal are finding a way to dominate games and more importantly, to win them. That is why the manager spoke to Arsenal Player about his team having the right balance.

Should Arsenal worry about `lucky` Man United results?

One of the few redeeming features about the way Arsenal have stuttered, started and stopped so far this season is that, apart from Chelsea, none of our big Premier League rivals were punishing us. So despite being a massive 12 points worse off than we were at this point of last season, the Gunners went into the weekend just a point or two outside of the top four and with the likes of Liverpool, Man United, Everton and Tottenham not really giving us much to worry about.