Category Archives: Arsenal Debate

Arsenal Debate – Do we STILL need Morgan Schneiderlin this summer?

The ongoing Morgan Schneiderlin to Arsenal transfer rumour shows no signs of going away any time soon. We have been linked with the Southampton star since the summer and it has been mentioned again today but is our urgency to bring in a top class defensive midfielder still valid?

The re-emergence of Francis Coquelin has negated the calls from Arsenal fans to buy a young hardman to be first-choice, and Mathieu Flamini can still do a job against the lesser teams. We all know our captain Mikel Arteta has also been given a one-year contract extension, and surely Wenger wouldn’t have re-signed him if he didn’t think he would play regularly when he comes back from injury.

Is star right to say there’s enough quality AND depth at Arsenal?

For the last few years there has been the feeling that Arsenal did not have enough top quality players to really compete with the big clubs at the top level in the Premier League and Champions League. That was obviously not helped by the financial situation which forced Arsene Wenger to work with a shoestring budget and also to sell the best players at the club.

Do Arsenal STILL need to buy in the summer?

We all know that Arsenal had a terrible start to the season with a glut of draws against average opponents, and we all blamed Arsene Wenger for failing to bring in another top-class defender and a young but promising defensive midfielder.

But we all know that the real reason for our misery was the unrelenting injury problems that left us with only half of our squad for the first six months of the season. Now that Francis Coquelin has comeback as a new man in midfield (and signed a new contract) and the recent arrival of the beast-looking Gabriel Paulista to shore up the defence, we are now looking like the finished article at last.

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.