Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

Why the OX is key man for Arsenal at Liverpool today

Arsene Wenger was handed a massive boost as he prepared to head north with his Arsenal squad to face Liverpool at Anfield. Not only do the Gunners need to banish the painful memories of last season, we badly need the three points in order to close to within just a game of our top four rivals Man United and to keep the gap to the top no bigger than 10 points.

Just like last season, however, the Arsenal boss is struggling to cope with injury problem on top of injury problem, so the news reported by The Mirror that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott passed late fitness tests and have travelled to Liverpool with the squad is a huge boost.

Former Gunner issues DIRE warning over Arsenal defence!

I really hope that the former Arsenal, Celtic and Scotland star Charlie Nicholas is proved wrong about the current state of the Arsenal defence, but he is certainly not alone in bringing it up. The 52-year old TV pundit has warned that Arsene Wenger’s failure to strengthen the Gunners options at the back sufficiently has left the team teetering on the brink of disaster.

Arsenal fans everywhere are hoping that the January transfer window and the easing of our crippling injury problems sort out the weakness at the back that has cost us dear already this season, but Champagne Charlie is worried that it might be too late by then.

Should Arsenal pair BFG with Chambers, Debuchy or Monreal?

While the Arsenal injury problems continue to bite and give Arsene Wenger a real selection headache every time the manager prepares for a game, the problem may not be so extreme this time. At least the Gunners have a week off to rest, recuperate and recharge the batteries before heading to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.

As well as Arsenal having the rare situation of being fresher than our opponents, with Liverpool going to Bournemouth tomorrow in the League cup, the Frenchman does actually have some decent options in his defence, although the France international centre back Laurent Koscielny is unfortunately not one of them.

How will Walcott fit in to awesome Arsenal attack?

I am not sure if the Arsenal and England international forward Theo Walcott is worried about getting his place back in the starting line-up for the Gunners, but the 25-year old is going to have to show Arsene Wenger some good form in training if he is to force his way into an Arsenal attacking line in good form and with good options already.

At the minute I expect Walcott and Wenger are focused solely on getting the speed merchant fit again after almost no competitive football for nearly a year. It was great news to hear that he did not need to undergo more surgery to fix that groin problem picked up with England in training about a month ago.

Arsenal tactics – Wingers should be REAL wingers!

Why Arsenal Can Really Benefit From Old-School Wing-Play! by AT

You wouldn’t be very surprised to know that Arsenal have three of the best wingers in the Premier League in Theo Walcott, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and of course, Alexis Sanchez. The trio, in my opinion, give the Gunners the advantage of being the team with the most potent wide-forwards. But whilst we may have three of the best wingers, the wing-play that Arsene Wenger employs in the side doesn’t really live up to expectation.

Arsenal pass-master feels Saints win sets `Perfect` example!

It was not too long ago that Arsenal were doing a lot of things right and still not getting the points we thought that deserved. Arsene Wenger suggested that his team were very close to clicking and although bad luck was a big factor, a few tweaks to the balance of our play was all that was needed for the results to start flowing.

That balance has certainly shifted a bit more towards caution and solidity in defence since then, with three clean sheets in a row testament to that. Arsenal have not been quite so dangerous at the other end, but we have still scored in every one of our last 10 games, since the trip to Stamford Bridge when we should have had a penalty.

Giroud stats prove Arsenal MUST start him NOT Welbeck at Stoke!

Despite the fact that Olivier Giroud only came on to the pitch for Arsenal last night with 25 minutes left on the clock, meaning he played for about half an hour with the injury time added, I think the France international forward was a good candidate for the best player in an Arsenal shirt. The Southampton keeper Frasier Forster easily deserved his Man of the Match award.

Arsenal WILL rest Alexis Sanchez but NOT YET

I have just been reading a preview of the Arsenal home clash with Southampton in the Premier League tomorrow evening and the Talksport report suggests that this game could give Arsene Wenger the perfect opportunity to give a rest to the Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez, but I must say that I disagree.

Not with the general premise that he could do with a rest after looking a bit jaded in the last few games since coming back from his long haul travels during the international break, although Alexis does strike me as super fit and one of those players like Messi and Ronaldo that is happy to play all the time.

Cazorla the key to Arsenal beating Southampton?

Arsenal will be feeling a lot better about life right now and will feel much more confident heading into the Premier League clash with Southampton at the Emirates. Not only have the Gunners finally seemed to get it together, but our visitors are coming off the back of a heavy defeat to Man City.

That, however, does not mean that this game is going to be easy. The Saints have a large store of confidence and will be determined to bounce back. Their manager Ronald Koeman will also be determined not to lose two EPL games in a row and their success so far has been largely based on a solid defensive display.

Our Arsenal strikers CAN work in harmony

After scoring the only goal of the game to give Arsenal a much needed win away to West Brom in the Premier League, Danny Welbeck was asked about whether he would be happy playing on the left side of a front three, as he used to do for his former club Manchester United.

And although he didn’t say he would not be happy there, he stated once more that he sees himself as a centre forward and through the middle is where he wants to play. But with Olivier Giroud back from his tibia injury, that gives Arsene Wenger a problem, so how does the boss keep both his central strikers happy and do the best thing for the team?

How Arsenal CAN beat early kick-off hoodoo!

It became a bit of an issue for Arsenal last year and I think it got into the players heads that an early kick off in the Premier League on Saturday following a midweek game in the Champions League would give the Gunners all sorts of problems.

Arsene Wenger was even asked about it in his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com. The boss was quite dismissive about the issue, as he should be because the last thing the players need is it being built up into a big thing in their minds. We have enough problems winning games in the league without any mental stumbling blocks.

Why Arsenal MUST play Cazorla in the middle at West Brom

The Arsenal and Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla is one of those players that is sometimes a victim of their own versatility. Almost as adept with either foot, he can play on both flanks as well as his best position as a central attacking midfielder pulling the strings.

And Cazorla certainly did that in his first season with the Gunners following his move from La Liga. The little magician also scored 12 goals in that debut season and was voted by the Arsenal fans as our Player of the Year, but has since had to contend with the arrival of Mesut Ozil and now Alexis Sanchez, as well as a few injury problems of course, He does play for Arsenal after all.