Category Archives: Arsenal tactics

How will Arsenal line up after internationals?

Arsene Wenger will be working hard on the training field over the next two weeks with the Arsenal players that have not gone away on international duty. And, of course, he will be hoping that the Gunners’ bad luck with injuries stays away so that he can get on with the season with an almost full strength squad.

Aaron Ramsey will still be a couple of weeks away, but if all goes well, only Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud will be left in the treatment room. And Arsenal have a really good looking run of fixtures ahead of us to get our Premier League and Champions League campaigns firmly back on track. Hull at Home, Anderlecht away, Sunderland away, Burnley at home, Anderlecht at home and Swansea away before Man United come to town.

Clean sheet is Key to success for Arsenal in Champions League

Arsene Wenger is still hopeful and confident that his Arsenal team can have a good run in the Champions League this season, but he also knows that we need to get going as soon as possible, starting this evening with the visit of Galatasaray.

The game marks the 18th anniversary of the Frenchman taking over as Arsenal manager, a very successful spell with one notable exception. Despite a UEFA cup final in 2000 and a Champions League final in 2006, Wenger only has domestic titles to his name and he thinks that the way modern football has progressed makes it even harder for that to change, as an ESPN report reveals.

Wenger pinpoints a BIG Arsenal problem

Arsenal have got to start turning our dominance into the wins that our play deserves. Too many draws have seen us slip to six points behind the Premier League leaders Chelsea, although the Gunners do have a chance to cut that lead when we travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Arsenal have been playing pretty well, to be fair, and were the better side against the Spuds again, but one stat has made Arsene Wenger pinpoint one particular area in which we could do better and that is the set pieces. The Gunners took an astonishing FIFTEEN corners in the north London derby – but not only did we fail to score from them, only one of them created a chance.

Why Flamini NOT Arteta should start Arsenal v Tottenham

Why Arsenal Should Start Flamini Against Spurs! by AT

Following a disappointing Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of Southampton, Arsenal welcome Spurs to the Emirates for the first North London derby of the season. Both sides have endured a rather mediocre start to the new campaign and will be looking to gain momentum from what is surely the biggest game of the season.

Speaking in terms of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, apart from his defence, has a lot of tricky decisions to make in his team selection. But one position he won’t give much thought about is defensive midfield, Mikel Arteta is definitely the first choice at the moment. But in my opinion, I think Mathieu Flamini should get the nod for the clash against Spurs.

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 Arsenal.com, 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.