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Fire of Flamini and Ramsey KEY to Arsenal roasting spuds!

Arsenal may be a more settled team than our north London rivals Tottenham, with more talented and experienced players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla, but we have to earn the right to play.

Some people say that the form book goes out the window in a local derby and although that may be an over simplification, there is an element of truth in it. You expect both sets of players to give it their all as a bare minimum requirement and after that you hope that your creative players can work their magic.

Arsenal boss to move Ozil wide again? Is he mad?

We all know that Arsene Wenger likes to keep his plans for Arsenal close to his chest, be it transfer business, tactics or even which players are really fit enough to play. In that he is no different to most Premier League managers, but usually we have a good idea of the tactics and system the Gunners will employ.

If you asked every manager in the Premier League, Arsenal fans and people in the media what you ecpect Wenger to do with Mesut Ozil this week, I think you would get a unanimous answer; play him from the start in the number 10 role. But in his pre-match press conference, reported by, the Frenchman has suggested that he could move the German playmaker out wide again.

Arsenal debate – Chambers or Bellerin to start against Spurs?

One of the big decisions that Arsene Wenger has to make as he gets Arsenal ready for the visit of Tottenham in Saturday’s late Premier League kick off is about who will start in the right back role. With our first choice French international Mathieu Debucky on the sidelines after ankle surgery, at least the boss has options.

Wenger could decide to go with either of the versatile midfielders Mathieu Flamini or Francis Coquelin, as both have played there for us before. It is much more likely, however, to be a choice between the two 19-year olds Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin.

Which of the Arsenal outcasts will Wenger finally use?

The Players Arsenal Seem to have Forgotten About this Season! by AT

It is not very hard to see right now that Arsenal’s defence is being stretched to the limit, even more so now that Mathieu Debuchy is set to miss the next three months of the campaign as a result of the ankle injury he suffered against Manchester City at the Emirates.

But with that being said, that is far from the case when it comes to the offensive side of things. Looking into this Arsenal squad, there are three offensive players who are truly deserving of first-team opportunities.

Arsenal Tactics – Should Wilshere move to the wing?

Wilshere can play on the right for us by KJ

After the impressive performance against Villa on Saturday, there has been a lot of questions over Wilshere’s role in the team. We managed to play good football on Saturday and after Mesut scored, we had the confidence to play incisively as well as being calm enough to see out the second half.

Wenger has notoriously changed our formation this season into a 4-1-4-1 which seems to have been formed for two reasons: firstly, it will somehow better prepare us for the bigger games away from home and secondly, it allows us to play Wilshere in central midfield. The problems however have been obvious with Özil being forced out wide and with Ramsey playing too far up thus isolating Arteta.

The REAL reason Ozil has been out wide for Arsenal?

Poor old Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal boss cannot do right for doing wrong it seems, even with the Arsenal fans who are supposed to support him. It has not quite reached the Alan Pardew stage yet, with fans printing thousands of leaflets demanding his sacking, but if the Gunners had not managed to win at Aston Villa then things could have started to get a bit uncomfortable for the Frenchman.

Has Wenger found Arsenal’s winning formula?

Arsene Wenger made a few changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the trip to Aston Villa and it could hardly have gone better for the Frenchman. The Gunners looked sharp, solid, full of energy and well balanced. So has the boss found the winning formula for the Gunners?

To a certain extent I would say yes, but it is a bit more complex than that. What does eem clear is that Mesut Ozil is finding his fitness and needs to play in that central playmaking role. But the German is really just the grease that makes the Arsenal engine work fluidly and he needs the right players around him to make the most of his talent.

Do Arsenal stay solid or go on attack at Aston Villa?

Arsene Wenger has a big tactical decision to make as Arsenal prepare to travel to Birmingham to face Aston Villa. The Gunners desperately need a morale boosting wing after what happened in Germany on Tuesday, but another defeat would leave us well adrift of the league leaders and even shorter on confidence.

Wenger set Arsenal up to attack Dortmund and to be fair to the Frenchman, the injury and illness situation did not leave him a lot of choice. But with Calum Chambers and Mathieu Flamini available for selection again, the boss could put out a side designed, first and foremost, to be solid and give nothing away.

Wenger explains Ozil form but can Arsenal afford to carry him?

The Arsenal manager has spoken out once again to offer an explanation about why Mesut Ozil is not firing on all cylinders and to defend him against what the Frenchman sees as unfair criticism of his number 11, as a report by reveals.

The Prof clearly feels that Ozil needs a bit of time to get into top form, with the physical and mental hangover from the World Cup finals adventure with Germany still affecting him. And Wenger has called on the Arsenal fans to do their bit by also having patience with the 25-year old midfielder and giving him our full support, which I agree with to a certain extent.

An Arsenal line-up GUARANTEED to score goals!

Why not try this? by Gunnerjack

I know what follows is very experimental and could cost us but I think we’ve got to try something to get out of our present slump. I think the following starting lineup (if all players fit) would do 3 things:

1) score goals and not concede easily
2) have plenty of pace and contains players absolutely bursting to show what they can do for our team
3) get rid of any complacency in those players who are presently under performing but think their place is safe.

Time for Arsenal to unleash the Ox? He’s ready!!

One of the most noticeable things about the way Arsenal struggled against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, and there were plenty of them, was that we looked like we had much less energy than the Germans. They seemed faster and fitter all over the pitch.

Arsene Wenger could not really explain why that was and it should not have been the case, despite a tough game against Man City on the previous Saturday. But it was also noticeable that the introduction of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Mesut Ozil on the hour mark.

Arsenal tactics – Time to go back to basic 4-4-2 system

Forget 4-1-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 We Need to Play 4-4-2 by ES

A lot has been made of the fact that Wenger is playing the 4-1-4-1 formation this season and it has been offered up as the cause of Arsenal’s bad start. Of course there are other factors, players who are simply not good enough, zero tactical nous displayed by the manager and a thin squad but for the purpose of this article I will look at the formation.