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Official teams and Preview of Besiktas v Arsenal

This is a massive game for the Gunners, but also one which Arsenal should be confident of getting the right result in. When you consider that we beat what most would say was better Turkish opposition at the same time last season, as well as the fact that we are stronger and more confident this time around, then Besiktas should hold no real fears for us.

And the boss has certainly gone for a fairly strong attacking line-up, with Mikel Arteta preferred to Mathieu Flamini in the deep lying midfield role. Ramsey and Wilshere need to play well to control the game and a lot of the onus will be on the big French shoulders of Olivier giroud in the centre forward position.

Pick the Arsenal team to face Besiktas…..

How could Arsenal lineup against Besiktas today? by SE

It’s that time of the season when you play 3 games within a week if you are a top Premiership club. Arsenal, however, start their Champions League campaign a month ahead of their Premier League rivals, after finishing fourth in the league last season. With congestion of fixtures comes the need for squad rotation and that is the primary reason why you have a bigger pool of players, albeit your core remains more or less the same. Arsenal play their 1st leg away at Besiktas and there will be a couple of considerations for Wenger to take before he picks his starting XI for tonight’s game. Arsenal played a Premier League game 72 hours prior to this fixture, and 72 hours later they will find themselves in another Premier League fixture that will prove indispensable to their title charge.

Arsenal MUST keep a clean sheet tonight

It should be business as usual for Arsenal in their Champions League playoff round

Arsenal, one of the this season’s Premier League title contenders, kick start their Champions League campaign, ahead of their rivals, against Besiktas in the playoff round starting tonight. The first leg of this two-legged tie is at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Turkey.

The buzz and concern surrounding this game, from Arsenal’s perspective, is rather funny. Demba Ba sounds confident of what his new side can achieve against the Premier League heavyweights come tonight. Arsene Wenger was quoted saying ‘no matter what it costs’, which was a tad strange, when asked of Arsenal’s clash against the Turkish outfit. I mean no disrespect to Besiktas and what they might offer, but Arsenal should win this easy over two legs.

Arsenal overcome the Palace wall but must now invade Istanbul!

The Kara Kartallar ‘Black Eagles’ circle in Istanbul by RH

“The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.” Winston Churchill

It is true that Arsenal got their victory against Crystal Palace, marginal albeit. It is a victory that perhaps answered some questions but also asked some more. Churchill’s quote rings true after the weekend’s events but perhaps is also apt, as the great man also new a thing or two about campaigns in Turkey.

Arsenal v C. Palace – Confirmed line-ups – Giroud on the bench!

So the season begins for Arsenal at last! There have already been some interesting results, not least Man Utd losing at home to Swansea, and Everton only drawing with Leicester, so nobody can expect any easy games in the opening games.

Here is the confirmed starting teams:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Sanogo

Substitutes: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Chamakh, Campbell

Substitutes: Hennessey, Delaney, McCarthy, O’Keefe, Bannan, Gayle, Murray

Should Arsenal just pay the £8m for Manolas?

Arsenal are in desperate need of another defender urgently, and everybody seems to agree that our top target is the Olmpiakos centre-back Kostas Manolas, who is also being chased by Juventus, according to the Greek giants representative, Christian Karembeu.

He was quoted in the Telegraph as saying: “We are not willing to negotiate his sale for less than £8m. We have not set a deadline for clubs to bid but, if we receive the right offer, we’re willing to sell him. Otherwise, we will keep him.

“Juventus are interested and have made a sound offer. They are not the only ones interested in him, though.

Pick your Arsenal team to face Crystal Palace….

With the new Premier League season set to get under way, Arsenal find themselves in a very promising position to go all the way when compared to recent years. The breaking of the infamous trophy drought and the summer acquisitions by Arsene Wenger, most notably Alexis Sanchez, are a clear sign of the Gunners intentions for this season.

Arsenal kick off their campaign at home to Crystal Palace, who have just seen manager Tony Pulis depart from the club on debatable circumstances. With a promising start certainly a necessity against a deflated Palace side, just who should Arsene Wenger choose to get Arsenal’s new campaign off to a flying start?

Arsenal need to score first against a defensive Palace

Can Arsenal see off Palace’s threat? by SE

It’s fair enough that Football is a game of glorious uncertainties on the pitch, but off it – you would think that there’s a lot more stability and calmness surrounding Football clubs and their administrative proceedings. However, Pulis walking away from the club last night – on the eve of a brand new Premier League season – tells you a completely different story altogether. And, that should turn out to be a huge factor in tomorrow’s game, which, until last night, was going to be a litmus test for Arsenal. It could still be a test for the North Londoners, but this incident is expected to have an impact on the Palace outfit, which walks out to the Emirates tomorrow.

Will Pulis leaving Palace help or hinder Arsenal?

The 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season was long coming, and, sometimes the wait felt longer than it actually was. Albeit Arsenal’s pre-season campaign gave us some food for thought, it’s nowhere close to the real deal. Isn’t it? To put things into perspective, however, this season would be no different to any other, with Aaron Ramsey convinced that six teams will be competing for the coveted trophy.

Arsenal, going into the new season, will have very high ambitions of being in the title race longer than they managed to last season. And – if they can get to March and April hovering around the summit position – there’s no reason why Wenger’s wizards can’t put the finishing touches to their long-awaited Premier League triumph.

Full Premier League Preview (Every single club!)


I have tried to be as subjective as possible buts it’s hard when you really dislike certain teams, players and managers. It might interest you that, when I started this review, I had Man City as champions but after some research (and soul searching) I came up with the below. It’s only MY opinion and a bit of fun.

Apologies to fans of Man City, Man Utd, Aston Villa, Leicester and Burnley as I am sure my review will differ from where you think your respective teams will finish.

1. Chelsea

Aaron Ramsey analyses Arsenal’s title chances

Arsenal’s star Welshman Aaron Ramsey is fit and well and is raring to get our season off to a flying start. He believes that it is the games against the Big Teams that will again make-or-break the Gunners season.

“I think there’s going to be about six teams involved right until the wire,” Ramsey said on “It’s going to be difficult but I think we have a great team here and great team spirit. We’re in a good place at the moment. Hopefully we can get off to a good start in the season and put ourselves in a good position and hopefully last season where we fell away a bit we’ll improve and put that right. If we do, we’ll have a great opportunity.

Full analysis of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures this season

A review of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures by SE

With just over 48 hours to go for the Premier League season to start, we take a look at how the fixtures stack up for one of this season’s genuine title contenders.

Arsenal kick start their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace, who cantered to finish 11th last season, and will prove to be a stiff test for the Gunners early on in the campaign. Arsenal then face away trips to Everton and the newly promoted Leicester City, to complete their 3 fixtures for August. While Everton away looks to be ‘the’ tough test for Arsenal in August, Crystal Palace and Leicester won’t make it any easier for the Gunners.