Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

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.

Why FA cup draw would be GOOD result for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players will obviously be heading to Brighton today with the idea of beating the Championship side Brighton and booking the Gunners a place in the fifth round of the FA cup. I am not suggesting that we `play for a draw` by any means.

But I am suggesting that we try to play with some of the solidity and determination that won us the game against Man City at the Etihad stadium last weekend. The manager and his players should not go all guns blazing today and they should not worry too much and throw caution to the wind if the lower league side give us a rough ride. Neither should the Arsenal fans be too upset if we have to bring Brighton back to north London for a cup replay at the Emirates stadium.

Relax! Wenger declares Arsenal WILL repeat Man City win!

Among all the excitement and euphoria pouring out of Arsenal supporters the world over last weekend, there was still an element of concern. It was nothing to do with the way the Gunners played, tactically, as a team and with the individual performances from the players. The big question was whether it would prove to be a one-off from Arsenal, a flash in the pan.

The TV pundits did suggest that the tactics of staying solid and compact and playing on the counter-attack without committing too many men forward was something we should have been doing in all the big away games in recent years. They also wondered, however, whether Arsene Wenger had set the Gunners up this way specifically to deal with the little Spanish magician that is David Silva.

ANOTHER reason for Arsenal to unleash Walcott on Brighton

When Arsene Wenger revealed the latest Arsenal injury news, the doubts over the fitness of the two England international stars Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may have been bad news for them and the manager, but one Gunner who may have been less upset is Theo Walcott.

With two of our regular forwards out of action, Walcott has a great chance of starting the FA cup fourth round clash away to Brighton on Sunday and I’m sure that the 25-year old is desperate to start his second game for Arsenal since damaging his cruciate ligaments over a year ago. That other game was the 3rd round victory over Hull City and his final game last season was also in the FA cup, so Walcott seems tied up with the cup competition.

Ozil now needs a HUGE game for Arsenal at Brighton

Of course we do not know what the Arsenal starting line-up will be for the fourth round FA cup clash away to Brighton on Sunday, but I am fairly confident that one of the names on the team sheet handed in by Arsene Wenger will be Mesut Ozil. And I don’t think I am exaggerating by saying that it is a crucial game for our club record signing.

The German may have expected to feature against Man City at the weekend after coming on for the last 20 minutes against Stoke and doing alright and gaining some valuable fitness and match sharpness after his injury lay-off. But the way Arsenal put in a battling and disciplined away performance only highlights the criticism that has been aimed at Ozil.

Arsenal Debate – Coquelin or a new DM?

The Coquelin Case by JA

Hello guys, hope you’re having a good day.

Now I’ve been reading a lot of comments from some people saying we should buy a “world class DM” like Nemanja Matic and use Coquelin as backup. Now that might be a good notion but then is Coquelin going to want to stick his butt on the bench? I’ll have you remember that he considered leaving permanently prior to his Freiburg loan move, and his reason? He wasn’t given enough opportunity the previous season. Now he’s 23, playing great, why relegate him to the bench?
He’s gone out on loan a couple of times and his experience there is beginning to pay visible dividends. Why then buy someone to bench him?

Is Souness right or have Arsenal REALLY changed?

Arsenal got a fantastic win today and finally showed that we are capable of standing toe to toe with teams like Man City on their own turf and getr a result. And there is no doubt that the Gunners went about this game with a different mind set and tactics, which is what got us the crucial win.

Arsenal’s main intention in this game was to frustrate Man City and make the game compact rather than our usual style of going forward and trusting to the creative and attacking skills in the team. And we still created chances and made them count while keeping a clean sheet.

It’s all about the BALANCE for Arsenal boss

I do not mean that Arsene Wenger is planning on supplementing his Arsenal manager’s wages by taking up tightrope walking with the circus. And I do not mean the balancing act that the Frenchman has been forced into while having very little money to spend as the club paid off the debt of building a new stadium while needing to keep the fans happy and the team in the Champions League.

This time the balance that Wenger is looking for is in the team itself and he thinks that he has found that after a couple of clean sheets in a row, as an Arsenal.com report explains, helped in no small measure by the return from injury of Laurent Koscielny at the heart of our defence.

Should Arsenal go with Ramsey or the Ox at Man City?

It was a real shame for Arsenal and for our Wales international Aaron Ramsey, when the central midfielder picked up his latest injury during the Gunners’ thumping of Turkish club Galatasaray in the final Champions League group game. Because despite Ramsey having struggled to recapture the brilliant form that he had shown in the previous season, he was finding it and had just scored one of the best goals you will ever see.

Ozil states HIS case for Arsenal CAM role over Cazorla

We heard a few days from the Arsenal and Spain international midfield maestro, Santi Cazorla, about why he felt that he was more effective in the Central Attacking Midfield role for the Gunners, rather than being stuck out wide as he was for much of last season.

As I wrote in an article for Just Arsenal, I think that his words were instigated by the return to fitness of our German playmaker Mesut Ozil, who is clearly the main rival to Cazorla for that central role. And now Ozil has given Arsenal Player his own say on the matter.

Is Bellerin or Chambers now 1st choice for Arsenal?

Poor old Mathieu Debuchy. The Arsenal and France international right back suffered his second freak injury of the season, with little helping hand from the Stoke City player Marko Arnautovic. And if the Frenchman’s worst fears are confirmed then it could mean that his debut season as a Gunner will have been largely spent on the sidelines.

We all wish him well, of course, but Arsene Wenger has to focus on how best to cope in his absence. Luckily enough, for a change, the right back position is one which Arsenal do have decent options for. In a pinch, the manager could use Francis Coquelin or Mathieu Flamini, as they have both played there before and can do a job.