BIG Arsenal problems! Walcott out, Welbeck a doubt and NO Koscielny!

Just when it was looking like the injury tide was turning in the favour of Arsenal, with Theo Walcott and then Olivier Giroud coming back to full training with the squad and the hope of Laurent Koscielny coming back after the international break. And we seemed to have got away with no injury problems from this latest break, while tomorrow’s opponents Man United were dropping like flies.

Yeah right, as if Arsenal are going to be that lucky! United’s in form Spanish keeper David De Gea has miraculously recovered from a dislocated finger while Angel Di Maria has also been passed fit to play and they could also have a few of their first choice defenders back, with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Rafael all possible returnees.

Why Wenger is causing a decline at Arsenal

Why I think Arsenal is still in decline and why the blame is Wenger’s. by PA

Wenger has lost his Mojo

I cannot pinpoint exactly when this occurred but the manager we have now is not the same man that arrived at Highbury in 1996 revolutionised the way Arsenal played and led us to an unbeaten season. There has been a subtle change. Sometime in the last ten years the confident and inscrutable mien that we all knew and were fond of, his chutzpah, gave way to a fearful countenance, puerile excuses and touchline tantrums.

How Barcelona will HELP Arsenal solve DM problem in January

I am not sure if you have heard this one before Gooners, but some people think that Arsenal could do with signing a world class central midfielder, a player with defensive discipline, high work rate and the power to battle Premier League opponents. Oh I don’t know, maybe someone like Patrick Vieira perhaps. I seem to remember the Gunners doing quite well when he played for us.

Arsenal stats show Wenger is NOT a great coach

Wenger REALLY isn’t a great Coach by PA

I do not consider myself an AOB or an AKB, I just call it as I see it. I am simply a fan who loves this great club and thinks the club should be greater than any one man.

It is a passionate game, we follow and the clubs we support can come to mean so much for most of us. So it is understandable when emotions heat up the debate and reason takes a back seat. But regardless of where you fall on the divide, AOB, AKB, or neutrals, the truth remains the truth no matter how much we wish otherwise.

Giroud return will give Arsenal a much-needed boost

Why The Return of Giroud Gives the Arsenal Attack a New Dimension! by KJ

As Arsenal get set to welcome Manchester United to the Emirates on Saturday, perhaps the biggest news coming from the Gunners’ camp is that French striker Olivier Giroud has recovered from a fractured leg way ahead of schedule and as Arsene Wenger confirmed earlier, the Frenchman will be available for selection against the Red Devils. While Giroud’s availability for the big clash is certainly welcome news, it also gives this Arsenal squad a much-needed boost on the long run.

Why Wilshere NOT Ramsey should start against Man United

There has been a lot of talk about whether Arsenal should start playing Jack Wilshere in the deep lying holding midfield role that he has started to occupy and do very well at for England. But it seems clear that Arsene Wenger is not so keen and he definitely won’t do it for the first time in a game of the magnitude of Saturday’s clash with Man United.

However I still think that the England international midfielder should start the game ahead of his Welsh counterpart Aaron Ramsey. For one thing, purely on form at the moment, Jack is the better player. Ramsey has not quite got up to his top level yet, partly due to his injury, while Jack has been busy all season improving and proving his critics wrong.

Forget history! Here is why Arsenal WILL beat Man United

Arsenal fans will hardly need reminding that our recent history against Manchester United is far from glorious. But just in case, our Arsenal loving friends over at the Daily Mail have kindly written an article reminding us that the Gunners have won just once against the old rivals from Old Trafford in the last 11 meetings.

But that should not really matter on Saturday, because the tide has turned for both clubs. What the report forgets to mention is that this dreadful run of results for Arsenal has come in the years when our financial shackles were really starting to chafe, while United were the most successful Premier League club.

Stop Rooney and Arsenal WILL beat Man United says Wilshere!

The Arsenal and England international Jack Wilshere has seen at first hand over the last couple of weeks just how much of a threat the England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney can be to Arsenal when Louis van Gaal brings his squad, or the ones left standing anyway, to the Emirates on Saturday.

And that is why Wilshere has warned his Gunners team mates that stopping Rooney is the key to Arsenal recording a rare and vital victory over the Red Devils. In an ESPN report, Wilshere praises his international team mate and captain highly, but all the same things that are good news for England, are bad news for the Gunners if we fail to deal with them properly at the weekend.

Does a fit Giroud spell 4-4-2 for Arsenal?

We do not know for certain whether Arsenal will be able to call on the services of the England striker Danny Welbeck on Saturday yet, after the 23-year old picked up a slight hamstring problem on international duty. Arsene Wenger did not mention him in his latest injury update on Arsenal/com, but I am sure that he will start if fit, as he has been doing well as our new centre forward and will be desperate to face his former club.

Betting preview of Arsenal v Man United – Home win fancied…

Arsenal get back into Premier League action in the late kick off on Saturday, with a very important clash, for both clubs, against Manchester United. Neither of us have had the start to the season we would have wanted, but both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal will know that a morale boosting victory over one of the big rivals could be just what is needed to get going in the right direction.

And for Arsenal, an injury depleted, confidence hit, and under pressure United offer the perfect chance to record a rare win over them. Which is why I am surprised to see that you can still get odds as good as 5/4 on a home win for the Gunners.

Is Wenger being stubborn or cautious over Wilshere’s Arsenal role?

There is a strong belief among many Arsenal fans and people in the football media that Arsene Wenger can have a tendency to be stubborn. They will point at his refusal, transfer window after transfer window, to sign the players to strengthen the positions in the Arsenal squad that most people think we need.

And then there are his tactics, which rarely change, and his way of leaving the making of substitutions until it is so late in the game that the players coming on hardly have time to get used to the pace of the game, much less have an influence on it.

Why Arsenal MUST play Podolski this week!!

Why This Forgotten Arsenal Star Deserves More Chances! by AT

As a result of Arsenal’s rather mediocre start to the new season, there have been a handful of players who have been subject to criticism as a result of their poor performances. However, there are also established first-team players who have been more or less left in the wilderness as the Gunners continue to struggle for form. One of those players is Lukas Podolski, who chose to speak out about his situation following Germany’s 1-0 win over Spain.