Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

Creativity and corners costing Arsenal dear this season

Maybe Arsenal should try to start a new type of football where points are awarded for possession and passing statistics, because we absolutely rock at that side of the game. Until then, however, we need to find a way to win football matches the old boring traditional way.

And that means scoring more goals than the team you are facing, something the Gunners do not seem to be able to do this season. If the other team scores two, then so will we, eventually, and if we score first then it’s time to let one in.

Will Arsenal play 4-4-2 when Giroud returns?

Will Wenger go with two upfront over the course of this season? by SE

For the exquisite brand of football that Arsenal play, and retain possession of the ball for long periods in the game, Wenger’s wizards don’t score the number of goals you expect of them. This season the trend hasn’t been any different, with Arsenal managing just 11 goals from the first 7 Premier League games and 4 goals (all of them against Galatasaray) in their 2 Champions League fixtures. Days ago, Wenger was referring to Giroud’s return from his ankle injury, and the prospect of the Frenchman combining with Welbeck to make it a two-prone Arsenal frontline. Will the long-serving Arsenal manager take a more flamboyant route, for once, and deploy two strikers any time during this season?

Will Walcott return give Arsenal a new formation?

How does Wenger go about getting the best out of Walcott and Sanchez? by SE

The prospect of having Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez – two goal-scoring wingers – play for Arsenal shouldn’t be too long from becoming a reality. Walcott has been back in full training for quite some time now, but making the transition from plain training into playing a high-voltage game can be significantly different, and it is primarily due to that reason why Walcott might not see enough action in Arsenal colours for the next couple of weeks at least. However, as and when he makes the starting XI for Arsenal, how does Wenger go about accommodating the Englishman and Sanchez?

It’s time for Cazorla to shine for Arsenal

What will be Santi’s role with Özil out injured?

It’s going to be a long few months without Mesut Özil. He is without doubt the heart of this team and was just getting back to full fitness as we got into the meat of the season but his opportunity to shine has been taken away and now that gauntlet has fallen to our Spanish magician, Santi Cazorla.

He’s had a rather mediocre season last year that was saved by some really good form from March onwards and I believe he’s carried that on into this season. We’ve played some of our best football when he’s started and that’s no coincidence. He offsets Sanchez’s explosiveness with calm, controlled football.

Bookings ANOTHER reason Wilshere should be Arsenal’s number 10

The Arsenal and England international star Jack Wilshere has been talking about how sorry he is for his club team mate Mesut Ozil after the German playmaker picked up a knee problem and could be out for up to three months. And with news of Tomas Rosicky also having an injury, it leaves young Wilshere as one of the few players in the squad who could cover for Ozil.

Perhaps that is why he also talks about his different playing positions for club and country in a Daily Mirror report. Because of the different playing sylrs and formations used by Arsenal and England, Jack feels that his new deep lying role at international level would not suit him for the Gunners.

How should Arsenal line-up now without Mesut Ozil?

How could Ozil’s absence affect the way Arsenal lineup? by SE

Mesut Ozil, having suffered a partial lateral collateral ligament tear on his left knee during Arsenal’s 0-2 defeat against Chelsea before the international break, is set to miss up to 10-12 weeks of action. While the German’s absence shouldn’t really be a whammy to the North Londoners, considering Ozil’s below-par performances until his injury, the way they lineup becomes an intriguing matter altogether. So, ideally, how could Arsenal lineup in the 25-year old playmaker’s absence?

Now Podolski really CAN play his part for Arsenal

I was hoping that the Arsenal and Germany international forward Lukas Podolski was given a good run out by his national coach Joachim Low tonight, as the World Cup holders play host to Republic of Ireland in a Euro qualifying group. But now I am not so sure.

The way that our luck with injuries is going at the minute, I would rather that Podolski is not used at all. The reason for my change of mind is that the growing injury list that now includes Tomas Rosicky and Mesut Ozil means that the statement by Arsene Wenger reported by Sky Sports the other day will now almost certainly come true.

Can Wilshere/Ramsey combo solve Arsenal’s midfield problems?

Ask an Arsenal fan what they think has been one of the biggest problems with the team in recent years and a large number will point straight to the lack of a proper defensive midfielder. But it seems clear that Arsene Wenger does not want a player that will just break up play.

The Fre4nchman has experimented with a certain amount of success by converting Mikel Arteta into a deep lying playmaker, operating a bit like Xabi Alonso and using his passing ability to control the game rather than energy and tackling. But the Spaniard is getting older and slower and is often exposed in the bigger games when he is put under serious pressure.

How will Arsenal line up after internationals?

Arsene Wenger will be working hard on the training field over the next two weeks with the Arsenal players that have not gone away on international duty. And, of course, he will be hoping that the Gunners’ bad luck with injuries stays away so that he can get on with the season with an almost full strength squad.

Aaron Ramsey will still be a couple of weeks away, but if all goes well, only Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud will be left in the treatment room. And Arsenal have a really good looking run of fixtures ahead of us to get our Premier League and Champions League campaigns firmly back on track. Hull at Home, Anderlecht away, Sunderland away, Burnley at home, Anderlecht at home and Swansea away before Man United come to town.

Clean sheet is Key to success for Arsenal in Champions League

Arsene Wenger is still hopeful and confident that his Arsenal team can have a good run in the Champions League this season, but he also knows that we need to get going as soon as possible, starting this evening with the visit of Galatasaray.

The game marks the 18th anniversary of the Frenchman taking over as Arsenal manager, a very successful spell with one notable exception. Despite a UEFA cup final in 2000 and a Champions League final in 2006, Wenger only has domestic titles to his name and he thinks that the way modern football has progressed makes it even harder for that to change, as an ESPN report reveals.

Wenger pinpoints a BIG Arsenal problem

Arsenal have got to start turning our dominance into the wins that our play deserves. Too many draws have seen us slip to six points behind the Premier League leaders Chelsea, although the Gunners do have a chance to cut that lead when we travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Arsenal have been playing pretty well, to be fair, and were the better side against the Spuds again, but one stat has made Arsene Wenger pinpoint one particular area in which we could do better and that is the set pieces. The Gunners took an astonishing FIFTEEN corners in the north London derby – but not only did we fail to score from them, only one of them created a chance.

Why Flamini NOT Arteta should start Arsenal v Tottenham

Why Arsenal Should Start Flamini Against Spurs! by AT

Following a disappointing Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of Southampton, Arsenal welcome Spurs to the Emirates for the first North London derby of the season. Both sides have endured a rather mediocre start to the new campaign and will be looking to gain momentum from what is surely the biggest game of the season.

Speaking in terms of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, apart from his defence, has a lot of tricky decisions to make in his team selection. But one position he won’t give much thought about is defensive midfield, Mikel Arteta is definitely the first choice at the moment. But in my opinion, I think Mathieu Flamini should get the nod for the clash against Spurs.