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Sanogo WILL score and shine for Arsenal says Flamini

You would have to think that Yaya Sanogo is a lot better in front of goal when he is training with the Arsenal squad, otherwise he would never get a game with the first team. But it is also clear that the lanky young Frenchman lacks confidence in front of goal during a competitive game.

Wenger has obviously seen plenty from Sanogo since he joined us from Auxerre last summer on a free transfer. And to be fair to the lad, he surprised us all when the Prof started him against Bayern Munich and Liverpool in key games last season.

Stats show Arsenal made a MASSIVE mistake on Sanogo

With Arsenal failing or turning down the chance to sign a new centre forward to cover for the injured France international Olivier Giroud, you would have to assume that Arsene Wenger thinks he has got enough options in the Arsenal squad already to cope until Christmas.

And with his reluctance to use either Walcott or Podolski in the middle, or Joel Campbell anywhere, that leaves just Alexis Sanchez and Yaya Sanogo for the central striking role. Arsene Wenger certainly seems to have faith in the young Frenchman signed for nothing last summer, but the stats do not agree.

WOW! Welbeck stats suggest Arsenal get Giroud upgrade!

I can understand why Arsenal fans are less than thrilled about us signing Danny Welbeck. After the hope of getting Falcao and due to the last minute nature of the transfer, it feels like Arsene Wenger is settling for second best, but I have just been looking at Welbeck’s stats for last season and you will not believe what I found.

Remember that he only played 25 Premier League games for Man United last season, with quite a few of them as sub and that he was not in the centre forward position which he is likely to take for Arsenal. According to the comparison matrix on Squawka.com and going by a score per 90 minutes, Welbeck beats the Frenchman in most of the key areas.

Will BFG help Chambers to become an Arsenal legend?

One of the strongest parts of Arsenal last season was the defence, with the amount of clean sheets in the Premier League allowing Wojciech Szczesny to share the Golden Glove award with Petr Cech from Chelsea. But a lot of that was down to the excellent partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and the departures of Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna have left that the Gunners seriously short of cover.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings at Leicester – Alexis MOTM

Leicester City 1 – 1 Arsenal, Player Ratings

Szczesny – 6.5
He played decently but should’ve done better for the goal I felt. He could’ve moved off his line and tried and claimed the ball. It was close enough to him.

Debuchy – 6
Average performance. Nothing stood out at all and he was caught up field far too many times and Leicester tried to expose our right hand side.

Mertesacker – 6
He was lacking fitness but should’ve played better. Didn’t even try and keep pace with the Leicester City winger who crossed it in for Ulloa.

Official teams and Preview of Arsenal at Leicester

After a slightly slow start to the season, Arsenal have a great chance to go into the international break just two points off the top of the Premier League with a win at newly promoted Leicester City. But Arsene Wenger still has a few injury concerns and a few selection issues to make.

The big team news is that the Frenchman has brought Yaya Sanogo back into the centre forward position to replace the injured Giroud, moving the Chile international Alexis Sanchez back out to the right. Wenger has also dropped Jack Wilshere and stuck with Santi Cazorla on the left, although Podolski, Campbell and Chamberlain are on the bench.

Why Arsenal MUST respond to Chelsea goal power with Falcao!!

Arsene Wenger has got just two days left to add to his Arsenal squad before the transfer window slams shut – until the winter one opens in January. And those players that we have by then are expected to try to win a fairly tough Champions League group and be serious contenders for the Premier League title. I think we need more.

I understand that Wenger has strengthened from last season, when only bad luck and injuries, in my opinion, stopped the Gunners from becoming champions. I also don’t think that we need to worry about the threat from Liverpool as much, while Man United are still a mess and Man City no stronger.

Ozil thanks fans but says he MUST be Arsenal’s playmaker!!

As Arsenal fans, we have all become used to seeing Arsene Wenger play some of the Arsenal players in unfamiliar positions. Now I realise that the Frenchman knows a lot more about football than me and he has had some amazing success, especially in turning Thierry Henry and the traitor RvP into central strikers, but it does not always come off so well.

Andrey Arshavin is a prime example, while Jack Wilshere’s games out wide last season did not help him or the club. But I can still understand why he has used Mesut Ozil in wide areas at times, with the German’s speed and technical ability able to cause problems on the flanks and his eye for a pass able to create chances.

Arteta back but should Arsenal stick with Flamini?

When Mikel Arteta picked up an ankle injury in Arsenal’s away game at Besiktas, there were fears he might miss quite a few games. And I started to worry about the Arsenal injury crisis of last season coming back to plague us again, with Kieran Gibbs having picked up a knock in the previous game.

But maybe the new medial regime at the club is working, because having missed just two games, our Spanish captain is back in training as the pictures on the Arsenal website show. They also show Abou Diaby and I hope to see the Frenchman at some point today. Arteta should be fully fit because he has only been out for a week, but should Arsene Wenger bring him back into the starting XI for the trip to Leicester City?

Why Wenger is key for Ozil to shine at Arsenal

When Arsenal stunned the football fans and followers in England and around Europe last year, by smashing the club transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, the Germany internetional revealed that Arsene Wenger was a big reason for his decision to become a Gunner.

Not only did the Frenchman phone Ozil personally, using his brilliant language skills to persuade him in German, but the Prof’s reputation for looking after and improving the players under him was a factor as well. And Ozil has already benefited from that part of Wenger’s approach.

No Sanogo No Party for Arsenal at Leicester?

If he is fit, and his inclusion in the Arsenal squad for the Champions League second leg against Besiktas suggests that he is, I think our young French striker Yaya Sanogo should start as the Arsenal centre forward for the away game against Leicester City tomorrow. The way Sanchez plays up front is more suited to home games than away and we need to start well and get all three points.

Why Arsenal need to DROP Wilshere for Leicester clash!!

Look Arsenal fans, before you start slating me for being anti-Wilshere, I am actually one of the writers on here that have been supportive of the young midfielder over the last year. And I have been really pleased to see the real Jack Wilshere start to appear on the pitch again recently.

I still think that Arsene Wenger should drop him from the starting line-up for the visit to face newly promoted Leicester City on Sunday. One reason is that the Gunners will have Aaron Ramsey back in the squad and his suspension for the Besiktas game means that the Welshman will be a bit fresher as well as carrying more of a goal threat.