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Anderlecht v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Anderlecht vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

We still haven’t really kicked on this season and even though we managed to beat Galatasaray fairly comfortably a few weeks ago, a poor decision by Szczesny leaves us with reserve keeper Damian Martinez starting in a Champions League game that we need to win.

Our defence is suffering numerous injuries which has forced us to play players out of position or to dip into our reserves and that puts a lot of pressure on our midfielders. They will need to dictate the tempo of the game far better than we did against Hull and to ensure that the first counter attack isn’t a goal.

Koeman set to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager?

The poor start to the season from Arsenal has once again piled a whole heap of pressure on the shoulders of Arsene Wenger. But just last week the chief executive Ivan Gazidis highlighted the fact that the club hierarchy are scared about replacing the Frenchman, mainly because they are not confident that anyone coming in could do a better job.

But Ronald Koeman may have changed all that, by coming to Southampton and taking the Premier League by the scruff of the neck. The Dutchman has a long season ahead of him, of course, but he has already started to show that he has all the right qualities to prosper and thrive in the English Premier League.

Don’t Panic Arsenal – Top four place is NO problem!

While I know that Arsenal fans, me included, were hoping for a lot more from the Gunners this season, and while I hate the phrase `Wenger trophy` it is still absolutely vital that that Arsenal finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Do not let the jibes from the media and opposing fans fool you into thinking that our remarkable achievement of qualifying for the Champions League every season is nothing, because there have always been and always will be plenty of clubs who would sell their kidneys to be where we are.

Why Wilshere suspension NOT so bad for Arsenal

It was surely no surprise to Arsenal fans when Jack Wilshere fouled Hull City’s Gaston Ramirez after about an hour on Saturday and even less of a surprise that the referee showed him a yellow card for the challenge. Because that is unfortunately a part of the England midfielders game and the fact that it was his fifth Premier League booking of the season clearly highlights that.

More proof that the media LOVE to HATE Arsenal

It is something that has become so much the norm that Arsenal fans hardly bother to even moan about it any more, but for some reason the football media seems to take pleasure in poking fun and being disrespectful to Arsenal, much more than any club, never mind the big clubs that make their jobs possible and profitable.

I don’t know whether it is because Arsene Wenger is more mild mannered than the spiky Jose Mourinho or Alex Ferguson type of managers, or whether there is a spud fan high up in these media organisations, or maybe they are just cheesed off that Arsenal spoiled their fun by winning the FA cup last season. Oh how they loved trawling out the old `trophy drought` line.

Does this CLASS spud mashing prove Podolski is NOT leaving Arsenal?

I must admit that I was more than surprised to see that the Arsenal team sheet for the Premier League home game against Hull City on Saturday did not include the name of Lukas Podolski, not even as a substitute. After the German striker had complained about his lack of time on the pitch this season and the injury to Mesut Ozil, I expected it to be the other way around.

Pick your Arsenal side to face Anderlecht tomorrow (plus injury update)

The good news for Arsenal is that Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are now back to fitness and should figure in the squad, but the loss of Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Rosicky (not to mention Ozil!) after the international break has put a bit of a damper on the celebrations.

With the long-term injuries to Giroud and Debuchy, and with Sanogo still not recovered from his hamstring problem, Wenger will not have a large choice of players to choose from for tomorrow’s Champions League game in Belgium. One easy decision he will have is the goalkeeper as Szczesny is banned and David Ospina is also on the treatment table, so Martinez will definitely get a rare chance to impress.

Arsenal linked with £36m wantaway Argentina star

Although January seems a long way away, there are still many Arsenal transfer rumours flying around. Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he intends to strengthen the defence in the upcoming transfer window, but the Daily Star reckons that Arsenal are intending to bid for the Benfica and Argentina star midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, who has a £36m buyout clause in his present contract.

Arsenal fans need to be patient with Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chamberlain shouldn’t be judged on his performance against Hull City by SE

Ozil was out injured, and will be out for a long time. Walcott isn’t fit enough to return to first team action just yet. Subsequently, there was no doubt that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain would find himself in Arsenal’s starting XI against Hull City, as the Englishman would have wanted to harness the game time he gets and rubberstamp a place for him in the Gunners’ first-choice XI, while the big names are out. However, very un-Chamberlain like, during a season which has already been a good one for him, he mustered a below-average performance, and failed to do himself and Arsenal any good. Looking ahead, though, inferences shouldn’t be drawn on the Englishman’s performance against Hull City.

Jack Wilshere tells The Ox he will be dropped for Walcott!

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been impressing for club and country this season, especially since this injury crisis hit the Gunners, but his Arsenal and England team-mate Jack Wilshere has made it clear that once Theo Walcott is back to full fitness, the Ox will have to be relegated to the bench.

“He gives us something different – he gives us pace,” Wilshere said on Arsenal.com. “I know we’ve got Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who gives us pace but Theo gives you something different without the ball.

Arsenal need to move fast if they are serious about German’s signature

Arsenal’s long-term target Marco Reus is attracting the interest of Bayern Munich at present, and will have to move quickly or risk losing out. Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge today told the press that they are seriously contemplating another attempt to raid their main Bundesliga rival, this time for Dortmund born winger Marco Reus.

Bayern have signed Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from their German counter-parts in recent seasons, and has angered their rivals with the way they do business. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s recent comments will not have helped their relationship in the slightest.

Roma defender reveals Arsenal DID try to sign him this summer!

There have been a lot of doubts from Arsenal fans and members of the football media about why Arsene Wenger did not strengthen the Arsenal defence more in the summer transfer window. And for those of us that are not entirely convinced by Arsene Wenger’s vague words about not being able to find the right player available, there is today some evidence that he did at least try.

According to a Sky Sports report, the Greece international defender that we were linked with in various Arsenal transfer rumours over the summer, Kostas Manolas, has revealed that he did have the choice of Arsenal and the Italian champions Juventus.