Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

Wenger backs Jack Wilshere so Arsenal MUST start him at Everton

I wrote a piece on Arsenal and Jack Wilshere the other day, my point being that the 22-year old midfielder was showing signs of getting back to the form that made him such a sensation before his fledgling career was interrupted and nearly ruined by a series of long term and niggling injuries.

But I also thought that it would be a good idea to rest the England international for tomorrow’s game away to Everton, because the Gunners will need him more than ever for the home leg against Besiktas with Aaron Ramsey being suspended. Jack is the natural replacement for the Welshman and with his fitness issues, Arsene Wenger needs to be careful not to overplay young Wilshere.

Time for Arsenal to start with Alexis Sanchez up front?

I am not one of the Arsenal fans who groans and moans about everything that Olivier Giroud does. I actually quite like the big Frenchman and appreciate what he does for the team, but he was quite honestly shocking against Besiktas on Tuesday and I do not think we should start with him up front on Saturday.

Everton are likely to be just as hard to play against as the Turkish side and their defence should be stronger and faster as well. So Giroud in his current form is likely to give them as much trouble as a sickly schoolgirl and we need to threaten their goal in order to stop them pouring forwards at every opportunity.

Who should replace Ramsey for Arsenal v Besiktas?

Because of the importance of the Champions League to Arsenal, Wenger and the players, the second leg of the play-offs against Besiktas on Wednesday is probably more important than the Premier League away trip to face Everton on Saturday.

However, the Gunners have a big problem after our star player was rather harshly sent off in the first leg. The Welshman would have been a nailed on bet to start, but who can replace him? If he was fit, I would suggest that the job should go to Abou Diaby, but he seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet.

`Desperate` Arsenal to go on the attack at Besiktas?

Although the bread and butter stuff that is the Premier League is always the priority, for Arsenal and all the other top flight English clubs, Arsene Wenger has made no secret of how important the Champions League is to the club. So the two games against Besiktas, tonight and next Wednesday, are huge for the Gunners, but will that affect our approach, and will that have a knock-on affect in the coming weeks?

Arsenal Tactics – Our options with THREE centre-backs?

Should Wenger Unleash a 3 Man Defense Set-Up? by NO

As the season begins, what would be a dream set up? Suppose AW was to take a gamble and try the three man defensive set up? With the riches Arsenal now possesses in the centre of the pitch, it could be option to look at. Should Wenger go for another striker, the three man defensive setup would make even more sense to deploy just in case such an asset is secured. And with the thinning defensive side, perhaps, just perhaps a 3 man defense would be a welcome introduction.

Arsenal tactics – Time to abandon Zonal Marking?

Maybe it’s time Arsene changed tactics and made our players take responsibility! by GunnerJack

I don’t usually criticise AW and I am a big fan. However when a system is used which repeatedly did not work throughout the whole of last season and has already failed in our first game this season then maybe a case can be made for Arsene to consider changing tack.

Who SHOULD be Arsenal’s main striker this season?

Wenger must look beyond Sanogo and Giroud for striking options by SE

It’s absolutely ludicrous on the part of Jamie Carragher to question Arsenal’s striking and goal-keeping options, ahead of the new season. In his interview to Daily Mail, in which he talks about the chances of various Premier League title contenders, the former Liverpool defender was quoted ‘cynical’ of Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League this season. Now, this article isn’t going to reflect on what the delusional Sky Sports pundit has had to say, but introspectively, shouldn’t Wenger be looking at other striking options beyond the French duo of Sanogo and Giroud?

Arsenal Analysis – What is Ozil’s best position?

Mesut Ozil’s role as a winger – A profound analysis by SE

Even before the season has started, there are an exorbitant number of things for an Arsenal supporter to be intrigued about. The primary of the lot is to be considered as genuine title contenders for the Premier League title, which has eluded Wenger and Arsenal time and again in recent seasons. But there’s an air of assertion about the Frenchman’s moves in the transfer market, and the possibility of all the new signings clicking into gear sooner rather than later. And, with the acquisition of new players comes a possible shift in the existing system used by the manager, which is no different in Arsenal and Wenger’s case.

Arsenal Debate – Our best starting XI (including the Germans) ?

Wenger’s first choice XI once the German contingent becomes available by SE

Post his astute transfer acquisitions this summer, Wenger couldn’t have asked for more heading into the new season. But, the cherry was laid on top of the cake on Sunday, when Arsenal annihilated the Premier League Champions, Manchester City, to win the FA Community Shield.

Impressive performances were aplenty from the North London outfit, which had Cazorla and Chambers starring for them in their big win. As unfortunate as it could turn out to be, both Cazorla and Chambers might have to take their place on the Emirates bench come this Saturday or, at the latest, once the German contingent, returning from their World Cup triumph, becomes available for selection.

Arsenal need to be careful in handling Calum Chambers

Wenger needs to be prudent in the way he utilizes Calum Chambers by SE

There is an invigorating sense of calmness and assertion surrounding the Emirates, at the onset of Arsenal’s new season, and they have every reason to be buoyant about challenging for the Premier League title, and with a bit of luck, going on to become the champions of England too. Owing to Wenger’s astute transfer policy, key positions have been bolstered, and it’s that intent, to build a side that will challenge for the Premier League title, which makes it all the more interesting to be a Gunner.

The Arsenal team to start and BEAT Man City!?!

Arsene Wenger has a few selection issues for arsenal ahead of the first final of the English season, a week ahead of the beginning of the Premier League action. They call it the super cup in places like Spain, but here it is now the Community Shield after being known as the Charity Shield (why did they change it?)

Anyway, it is a good one to win, although it does not really count as a major trophy, unless you are Alec Ferguson and Man United. So Wenger will want as strong an Arsenal side as possible to face the BPL champions Man City. At least they face some of the same problems as we do without our World Cup winning Germans, as they had Demivhelis and Zabaleta in the final, with Aguero and Sagna only coming back this week.

Arsenal defence to face Man City for Community Shield?

This will be the first time in years that Arsenal have featured in the Community Shield, in fact the first time since the name change, but it will be a useful exercise for us and certainly a game we want to win, especially as it is against one of the teams most likely to challenge us for major honours.

Somewhere between a pre-season game and a trophy, Sunday at Wembley gives the Gu8nners a final chance to test themselves before the season really starts, as well as a chance to gain some mental confidence and bragging rights, but I am a little concerned about the defensive side of our game.