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Leicester v Arsenal review – Transfer needs highlighted by draw

With no Olivier Giroud and just over a day of the transfer window left, Arsenal’s trip to Leicester was the last chance for Arsene Wenger to see whether Yaya Sanogo and the other striking options really could be enough for the Gunners. There was also the small matter of three Premier League points at stake.

Well Sanogo and Arsenal got off to a good enough start, with the Frenchman providing the assist for Alexis Sanchez to put us in front after a beautiful pass from Cazorla. Sanogo was looking dangerous, if a bit clumsy at times. He works hard and has plenty of ability, but he still looked badly in need of his first BPL goal.

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.

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.

Arsenal v Besiktas review – Alexis puts 10 man Gunners through – JUST

With Arsenal having to do without some big players like Aaron Ramsey, OLivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Mikel Arteta, thisd delicately poised second leg Champions League play-off was always likely to be a tricky encounter for us.

And so it proved in the first half, with Slaven Bilic’s Besiktas team being well organised defensively and causing the Gunners some problems at the other end. We were nervous as well and survived a couple of possible penalty calls before Alexis Sanchez put us ahead on the stroke of halftime with his first goal for his new club.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Besiktas

This is the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal, with the winner taking a place at the top table of European club football and the loser getting their midweeks off for the next few months. A 0-0 draw with Besiktas in Turkey leaves the Gunners slight favourites with tonight’s match at the Emirates, but the away goal situation does leave us in danger.

Will Arsenal’s unfit forwards cost Champions League place

It is far from being an ideal situation for Arsenal in the Champions League play-off tonight. We simply need to beat Besiktas in the second leg at the Emirates tonight, but the injury to Olivier Giroud has left Arsene Wenger in a very tricky situation.

Because of the World Cup and injuries disrupting our pre-season preparations, it looks like the Gunners may be forced to start the game tonight with a front three of players who are not really ready for action. Yaya Sanogo missed the last two games with injury and even if he has recovered properly, I doubt whether he is at 100 percent, but Wenger has little option but to start with the young French striker down the middle.

Arsenal v Besiktas Preview, Line up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Besiktas Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

This has become a tricky game after the news that Giroud is potentially out for 3 months. We will be facing this Besiktas side with Giroud, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott and Gibbs. They are all certified starters in my opinion and with no away goal as a cushion; this sets us up for a very nervy night.
Even with all these injuries/suspensions, we still have a strong enough team to beat Besiktas fairly easily providing we take charge early on. We need to dictate possession immediately and I’d like to see an early goal so we don’t become more and more nervous as the game wears on.

Has Giroud finally silenced his Arsenal critics? Wenger thinks so!!

Arsenal fans have been waiting and hoping all summer for Arsene Wenger to go into the transfer market and come out with a top class striker, one that we feel will give us that extra edge up front to really challenge for major honours.

Well there is not much time left and it looks like the manager is not going to do it. In fact he seems perfectly happy with his striking options at the Emirates, particularly with his fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud, as his interview on Arsenal.com makes clear.

Five BIG things we learned from Arsenal at Everton

Arsenal have now played two Premier League games and the first leg of the Champions League play-off against Besiktas, but we are still looking rusty. There were some encouraging signs of improvement during the game at Everton yesterday, but are still trying to find some of the attacking fluency that was on show last season and, strangely, during the comfortable Community Shield win over Man city at Wembley.

Everton v Arsenal review – Giroud makes a point!

With the midweek game against Besiktas in mind and some of the Arsenal squad still to get up to speed, Arsene Wenger opted for a bit of an experimental selection for the away game with Everton. And with last season’s naive performance at Goodison still fresh in the memory, the Gunners were determined to be more solid and hard to beat.

It was working fairly well until Everton stunned us with the opening goal against the ruin of play. A bit of a defensive switch off and a great ball in from Gareth Berry left Coleman the freedom of the penalty area to head past Szczesny.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal trip to Everton

This is a big game for Arsenal, with last season’s away game at Everton being one of those that Arsene Wenger, his players and the fans would like to put behind them as quickly as possible. But with an even more important game against Besiktas in the Champions League on Wednesday, it comes at an awkward time for us.

But the Gunners are determined to stay as loyal as possible to their football philosophy and to be fair, we have not really got the players to park the bus, so the boss has gone for a pretty attacking and creative line-up, with the big news being that Alexis Sanchez gets his chance to show what he can do in the centre forward role, with Olivier Giroud dropping to the bench.

Arsenal set to sign another Chilean star to partner Alexis?

There are some more interesting Arsenal rumours emerging that the Gunners are close to sealing a one year loan deal for the Chilean international Eduardo Vargas from Napoli. Vargas and our very own Alexis Sanchez made an impressive pairing at the World Cup, and perhaps Wenger thinks they could perform just as well for Arsenal.

Vargas’ agent Cristian Ogalde admitted that he is likely to be on his way out on loan again, after spending last season with Valencia. Ogalde was quoted as saying to the Chilean newspaper Emol: “Edu is working well and will fight as long as he possibly can to earn a place in the Napoli shirt,”