Category Archives: Arsenal News

Arsenal to start `proud` Wilshere against Burnley?

I am fairly sure that I was not the only Arsenal fan to be a little bit surprised to see the Gunners starting XI for the trip to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. My main surprise was to see both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini on the team sheet, but then Jack Wilshere was suspended for that game after picking up five Premier League red cards.

But I expected Aaron Ramsey to come in for the England international midfielder and the fact that the young Welshman only came on for the last few minutes suggests to me that Arsene Wenger is being very cautious in bring Ramsey back into full action after his latest injury problem.

Could Alexis really be as good as Thierry Henry for Arsenal?

With eight goals already from his first 15 games as an Arsenal player, Alexis Sanchez is proving to be a fantastic summer signing by Arsene Wenger and a vital part of the Gunners team. But it is not just his goals that have been so impressive.

His amazing appetite for the success and for the game have really caught the eye, with his new team mates as well as the fans. And he seems to be having the effect of making those other Gunners around him put in the extra effort as well, just as our former superstar Thierry Henry had such a galvanising effect on the whole team with his abilities on the pitch.

Arsenal already HAVE next season’s star striker!

Arsenal may have bought Danny Welbeck without Arsene Wenger’s permission, and we may have the crocks Olivier Giroud and Sanogo also fully fit next season, but I think that NONE of the above will be leading the line for the Gunners next season.

We already have a fully-matured hitman in the form of Benik Afobe, who has been a revelation since moving to MK Dons on loan this season. The 21 year-old scored his SIXTH goal in the League Cup last night, including two when the Dons knocked out the mighty Man United earlier on in the competition.

Arsenal “desperate” to sign experienced international defender in January

There is doubt that Arsenal need some serious backup in defence in January, and Arsene Wenger has already admitted as much at the annual AGM as our usual lengthy injury list has decimated the squad.

We all know that Wenger is not keen on spending money in the winter transfer window so the news that Celtic’s 10 million-rated centre-back Van Dijk is one of our top targets, but we could also use a new right-back to provide in depth backup for the rest of the season.

In-depth 5 year analysis of Arsenal’s injury problems – The facts!

Every year it seems that Arsenal have an ever lengthening injury list from the beginning of the season until the end, and according to a new in-depth injury analysis by cuteinjury.com.

This fascinating study gives us a warning that things could still get worse this season, as Arsenal’s worst month for injuries is January (26 in last five years) closely followed by November (24) which is just around the corner!

In total, the Gunners have succumbed to 194 different injuries in the last five seasons, which averages out at 38.8 injuries per season – or just over 1 injury for every Premier League game! This adds up to 362 playing hours lost which is about 6 years per season.

Arsenal Tactics – Should Wenger persist with 4-1-4-1 formation?

Are Arsenal struggling because of the change in system? by SE

For a whole lot of reasons — acceptable or aberrational — Arsene Wenger decided to adopt a new system, 4-1-4-1, replacing the in vogue 4-2-3-1 system. Two and a half months into the new season, and the Arsenal players are yet to adapt to the new system, which subsequently is failing to produce the enviable results. So what really is causing the problems for Arsenal? Is it the players who are failing to come to terms with the system deployed by their manager or, is the system incongruous to Arsenal’s style of football given the kind of players Wenger has at his disposal?

Will Chambers drop to the Arsenal bench when everyone is fit?

Can Calum Chambers cement a place for himself in the Arsenal rearguard? by SE

Calum Chambers, in whatever we have seen of him during his early days at the Emirates, has done well and lived up to the lofty expectations of an Arsenal player. At just 19 years old, Chambers has shown a good head on his shoulders, and handled things pretty smoothly for a player who is still a new kid on the block and has a fair bit of learning to do. Fortunately, however, the former Southampton defender has found hell of a lot of game time, due to Per Mertesacker’s exertions at the world cup to go with injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny, than what he would have anticipated at the time of completing his move to Arsenal. Going forward, can Chambers cement a place for himself in the Arsenal rearguard?

Is Jack Wilshere really back to his best for Arsenal?

A few years ago Jack Wilshere was hailed as the next big English star and was loved for his do-or-die attitude for Arsenal. Due to injuries and lay-offs that expectation has waned a bit, but the player himself feels that he has now regained his golden touch for the Gunners.

He told Arsenal.com today: “I’ve been very pleased. I said at the start of the season that it was going to take me a few games to come back to the level I was at.

Arsenal Tactics: 4-4-2 is Boring but Effective!

There are very few Arsenal fans that were impressed with the 2-0 away win at Sunderland this weekend, but the fact that we came away with all three points should alert us to the fact that we kept a clean sheet and capitalised on Sunderland’s defensive errors.

Mikel Arteta worked alongside Matthieu Flamini in central midfield to protect the defence and he thinks it was good for the team. He told Arsenal.com: “We wanted to give a bit more freedom to Alexis, playing a bit behind Danny [Welbeck], more like a 4-4-2, which we haven’t played for a while. It worked – I think Alexis did very well today so we’re happy for him.”

Arsenal’s Player-of-the-Month? No contest!!

In August Alexis Sanchez was just out-voted by Calum Chambers for the Arsenal Player-of-the-month, but in September he easily topped the poll to win his first award. Now October comes to an end surely there is no other choice but to vote for the brilliant Chilean yet again.

Okay I think that Danny Welbeck should get a few plaudits for his (first ever) hat-trick against Galatasary and his last-minute equalizer against Hull, but for consistent week-in week-out performances there can only be one winner for me.

Arsene Wenger is “Very Happy” – Why aren’t Arsenal fans?

With all the criticism of Arsene Wenger on JustArsenal over the last week, an outsider looking in would think it was safe to assume that Arsenal had lost their last two games and are way behind the leaders in the Premiership. But the reality is that we have WON our last two games and are currently fifth in the table, just two points behind the reigning Champions Man City in third place.

After the 2-0 win at Sunderland, Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “It was very pleasing. The team was very focused, very united, very concentrated not to make mistakes.

Hummels transfer to leave BFG out of Arsenal line-up?

There is another development in the Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with a possible swoop for the Borussia Dortmund star defender Mats Hummels in the January transfer window. According to a report in the Daily Star, one of our main rivals for the signature of Hummels has dropped out of the race.

The paper claims that news from Russia suggests that the Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is now looking at Ezequiel Garay, the Argentina international centre back currently playing for Zenit St. Petersburg, as his top transfer target in January. This apparently leaves Arsenal in pole position to sign the Germany international.