Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

Do Arsenal have NO CHOICE but to risk Ramsey at QPR?

I am sure that Arsene Wenger would have liked to be able to ease the Arsenal and Wales international star Aaron Ramsey back into the Gunners side, perhaps with a run out as a sub tomorrow night against QPR and then again at Old Trafford in the FA cup on Monday night.

Ramsey’s previous return from injury lasted just nine minutes, as he came on as a sub late on against Leicester and then had to be replaced himself shortly afterwards. Not ideal and so there is bound to be some concern in Wenger’s mind.

Why Arsenal must put focus on DEFENCE against Everton

Of course with Arsenal playing at home in the Premier League today, the fans will want all three points. And the fact that it is an Everton side that has struggled in the league this season will only increase expectations.

Add to that the need for the Gunners to quickly put the Monaco nightmare behind us and the fact that the race for the top four is tougher and tighter than ever and you have a recipe for Arsenal to go on the attack right? Wrong, in my opinion anyway.

Monaco openly expose Arsenal’s tactical weaknesses

It is one thing for Arsenal fans to think that Arsene Wenger’s team simply had a “bad day at the office”, but it is quite another when the opposition admit that they knew exactly how Arsenal would perform, and how easy it would be to counteract their game plan.

The Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov, who had lavishly praised Wenger before the game, made it clear that the Gunners had played into their hands. He was asked in the Guardian if he had been surprised to have found so much space in the Gunners defence.

The Arsenal fringe players to start against Monaco?

There will be a number of the fringe players at Arsenal hoping for a start in the Champions League against Monaco tomorrow and I think that some of them have a real chance. With a crucial Premier League clash against Everton coming up on Sunday, it is feasible that Arsene Wenger will shuffle his Arsenal pack a little to keep things fresh.

The Frenchman may also pick his team with the strengths and weaknesses of Monaco in mind and this could open the door for a few of the Gunners. The boss refused to say which keeper he would be using but both are fit. Szczesny does have more Champions League experience and will be desperate to impress, while missing a cup game and coming back at the weekend would not harm the confidence of Ospina.

How Alexis effect is taking Arsenal to the next level

Arsenal have been accused of being a one man team this season after the summer signing from Barcelona, Alexis Sanchez, exploded onto the Premier League stage and often saved the Gunners from a poor performance. This happened a lot in the first half of the season and the likes of anti-Arsenal football pundits like Adrian `donkey` Durham and the ever deluded spuds fans used this to claim that we were basically rubbish and the Chilean was holding us up.

Is Wenger right to pick Welbeck over Walcott for Arsenal?

I have been scratching my head recently about the decision by Arsene Wenger not to start with Theo Walcott in his Arsenal starting line-ups. After all, the England international forward has the speed of an exocet missile and has already showed his improved finishing since his return from injury.

But after Danny Welbeck had another good game today, winning the penalty for Santi Cazorla to give us an early lead away to Crystal Palace and then bursting into the box and forcing Speroni to parry into Giroud’s path for the crucial second, I am starting to understand.

Arsenal should play Gabriel with Mertesacker this weekend

Only Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez have played in more games than Per Mertesacker for Arsenal so far this season and only the Chilean super striker has started as many as our lanky German centre back. So I am not surprised that it was our BGF that made way for the debut of our January signing Gabriel Paulista against Boro in the FA cup on Sunday.

Arsenal debate – Gibbs v Monreal – Who to start?

Arsenal fans have been crying out for a stronger Arsenal squad as well as more quality in the first team for years and this season, despite the fact that Arsene Wenger has still been forced to deal with a constant and lengthy injury list, the Gunners do seem to be in a batter situation.

In most of the positions in the team there is good competition for a place in the starting line-up and nowhere is that more true at the minute than at left back. While at the start of the season it was looking as if our academy product and England international Kieran Gibbs had pretty much nailed down his place, all that has changed recently.

Arsenal NEED to make changes for Leicester clash?

It is absolutely crucial for Arsenal to get right back on track in the hunt for a top four finish in the Premier League this season. And we have a great chance to do that with the visit of the division’s bottom club Leicester to the Emirates stadium on Tuesday night but how much should Arsene Wenger ring the changes for that game?

Did Wenger mess up with Arsenal subs?

There were a lot of comments on the website today that suggested that the Arsenal fans were a bit nonplussed by the substitutions made by Arsene Wenger today and that was while the game was poised at 1-1. I don’t think anyone would blame the boss for replacing Francis Coquelin with our young striker Chuba Akpom after Tottenham took the lead but the two before can certainly be called into question.

Could Villa game see Arsenal attack go to next level?

I know that I am second guessing the Arsenal starting line0up for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa here, but everything seems to be pointing towards the Frenchman agreeing with me, at least as far as the attacking players of the Gunners are concerned.

I am not talking about being complacent or not giving Sunday’s visitors Aston Villa respect, but we have a week between games here and the next one is a much tougher looking trip to White Hart Lane. So I think the boss will hand starts once again to the returning pair of Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil.

Hang on Ox! These 2 Arsenal stars could nick your place!!

The Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been speaking about two of his recently returned team mates and has been nothing but fulsome in his praise. But I am not sure that I would be singing the praises of Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil quite so much if I was him, because these two Gunners could well cost the Ox his starting place.