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The Arsenal team to face Burnley – Gibbs and Wilshere out

Another week, another Arsenal injury. As discussed earlier this week, the Gunners get an average of one injury per game (over five years!) and this week it seems that Kieran Gibbs is the unlucky one. Our defence every week just consists of whoever happens to be fit at the time.

With David Ospina out until next year, there is no competition for Szczesny. I fully expect Hector Bellerin to replace Gibbs in the back line alongside Chambers, Mertesacker and Monreal. I expect Hayden to be put on the bench as that is all the cover we have if (God forbid!) we get another injury tomorrow.

Arsenal must take advantage of Burnley’s woes

Can Arsenal make light work of Burnley’s visit of the Emirates this weekend? by SE

Matchweek 10 of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season for Arsenal sees Arsene Wenger’s wizards play host to this season’s punch bags, Burnley. The Gunners endured a tough time of it last weekend at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland, another tottering Premier League side, but managed to come away with a clean sheet and all three points. Going into this home game against Sean Dyche’s men, Arsenal should be quietly confident of breaking down Burnley without breaking a lot of sweat. In truth, can Arsenal breeze past the Clarets without putting a whole lot of effort into it?

Anatomy of a Gunner: How the Arsenal team inspired me!

Anatomy of a Gunner: How the Arsenal team of 1939 inspired me to write a crime novel
by Philip Kerr

Like Glasgow, Edinburgh has two football teams that divide the city, Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian. I come from a family of Hearts supporters but growing up in the 1960s I found this loyalty strained when I went to a new school and discovered that my new friends were all Hibernian fans. Not only that, but one of them had a father, Lawrence Reilly, who’d played for Hibs and Scotland; quietly, I became a Hibs supporter, which wasn’t such a great hardship as Hibs were actually doing quite well at the time. But my grandfather, who lived around the corner from the Hearts ground, Tynecastle, and had supported them all his life, would have been appalled. Fortunately, he never found out that I’d turned traitor.

Official teams and Preview of Sunderland v Arsenal

I must admit that I am very surprised at the Arsenal starting line-up for the Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. It smacks of extreme caution to me, when I expected the Frenchman to try to build on the midweek win and take advantage of the low confidence that the Black Cats must surely have after shipping eight goals at the home of the Saints last week.

Sunderland v Arsenal Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Sunderland vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score by KJ

We’ve struggled to pick up points against the smaller teams with two disappointing draws against Hull and Leicester. We also just about managed to beat Palace at home thanks to a last gasp Ramsey winner. We have to make a statement in this game that we’re going to destroy the smaller teams to ensure that we at least make the top 4 this season.

Pick your Arsenal team to face Sunderland

Arsenal: What would be the preferable starting XI against Sunderland? by SE

Arsenal, for all the struggles they have endured in the Premier League so far, have done well to pick up 6 points out of 6 in their last two Champions League fixtures against Galatasaray and Anderlecht. That last gasp win on Wednesday night against the Belgium Champions, especially, would have invigorated this Arsenal side that was looking for some sort of inspiration after an insipid display against Hull City last weekend at the Emirates. Thus, going into Saturday’s clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, expect Arsenal to come out all guns blazing and look to get back to winning ways, after losing and drawing their last two Premier League games against Chelsea and Hull City respectively. What should be Arsenal’s preferable stating XI against Sunderland?

Two players Arsenal need to watch out for against Sunderland

Sunderland: 2 players to watch out for when Arsenal visit Stadium Of Light this Saturday by SE

Arsenal take on Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light this Saturday, as Wenger’s wizards seek to get back to winning ways after picking up just one point from their last two league games. For the Gunners to finish in the top four this season, having made an unimpressive start to their campaign so far, they will have to start winning those winnable games and Sunderland are one of those opponents Arsenal cannot afford to slip up against.

Why Podolski is NAILED ON to start for Arsenal tomorrow

The Arsenal manager spoke to the press today ahead of the trip north to face Sunderland in the Premier League tomorrow, as reported by The Mirror. And I don’t think that Arsene Wenger needed to stretch his tactical acumen too far to realise that the home side may well concentrate on their defending after being huniliated by conceding eight goals at Southampton last weekend.

Wenger said, “I think the result (losing 8-0 at Southampton last weekend) will have strengthened their resolve to put on a better performance.

“The danger is that they now focus very hard on defending and that we get very few openings.”

How many points do Arsenal need before the New Year?

What would be a good haul of points for Arsenal at the end of the first round of Premier League fixtures? by SE

Arsenal, having garnered just 11 points from their first 8 Premier League games, look like a side that has its task cutout to finish in the top 4 at the end of 2014/15 Premier League season. Draws against Leicester City and at home to Hull City would have hurt Wenger’s wizards badly, and results in those two games could still be costly in the final analysis of the campaign that hasn’t yet got going. With injuries to key players impeding Arsenal during the first round of Premier League fixtures, what would be a good haul of points come the 28th of December, when Arsenal play their 19th Premier League fixture at Boleyn Ground against West Ham United?

Official teams and preview of Anderlecht v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has had a few key decisions to make over the last few days, but most of them are about how to ensure that Arsenal are stronger defensively than we have been of late. The attacking and creating side of the game has been pretty much okay, but we need to have that solid platform o build on to make sure that we beat Anderlecht tonight.

A win is a must if the Gunners are to keep the hopes of winning the group over Borussia Dortmund alive. So as expected the Frenchman has kept our most combative midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the starting line up. And having Aaron Ramsey back in the middle with the in form Jack Wilshere should also help to protect that back four.

Arsenal must kick-start their season tonight

Win over Anderlecht could be the springboard to Arsenal rediscovering their form by SE

Arsenal indeed have made an unimpressive start to their campaign; however, with a couple of good performances, form and the season that’s increasingly going on a downward spiral can be rectified. Last weekend’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates against Hull City cannot be an ideal preparation, going into a crucial Champions League fixture as Arsenal do when they take on Anderlecht at the home of the Belgium champions. While you go into every game of the season looking to win, every result — win, draw or defeat — that Arsenal manage from here on, could have a bearing on their faint mindset.

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.