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Pick your Arsenal side to face Anderlecht tomorrow (plus injury update)

The good news for Arsenal is that Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are now back to fitness and should figure in the squad, but the loss of Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Rosicky (not to mention Ozil!) after the international break has put a bit of a damper on the celebrations.

With the long-term injuries to Giroud and Debuchy, and with Sanogo still not recovered from his hamstring problem, Wenger will not have a large choice of players to choose from for tomorrow’s Champions League game in Belgium. One easy decision he will have is the goalkeeper as Szczesny is banned and David Ospina is also on the treatment table, so Martinez will definitely get a rare chance to impress.

Arsenal should GRACIOUSLY kick Wenger upstairs…

Thoughts on Arsene Wenger and his transfers by Antonio Jackson Adebayo Cruise

With all due respect to Wenger, I, along with millions of Arsenal fans around the world, love him and respect everything he has achieved over the years. He is definitely a MANAGERIAL LIVING LEGEND, Nevertheless, I am afraid that we (including all the members of the board) are allowing this great man do destroy all the wonderful work he has done, by allowing him to continue managing the team when we can all see that he is sinking the ship.

Full Arsenal injury update finally GOOD news for Gunners

There are still a few international games to be played before Arsenal fans can relax and look ahead to the Gunners getting back to club action. But as long as the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Wojciech Szczesny come through their respective games without picking up any problems, then things are starting to look up on the injury front for Arsenal.

It looks like the slight fears over the fitness of our England striker Danny Welbeck and French centre back Laurent Koscielny will be groundless, as both Gunners are expected to be available to play against Hull City at the Emirates stadium on Saturday.

Can Wilshere/Ramsey combo solve Arsenal’s midfield problems?

Ask an Arsenal fan what they think has been one of the biggest problems with the team in recent years and a large number will point straight to the lack of a proper defensive midfielder. But it seems clear that Arsene Wenger does not want a player that will just break up play.

The Fre4nchman has experimented with a certain amount of success by converting Mikel Arteta into a deep lying playmaker, operating a bit like Xabi Alonso and using his passing ability to control the game rather than energy and tackling. But the Spaniard is getting older and slower and is often exposed in the bigger games when he is put under serious pressure.

Wilshere hands Arsenal BIG champions League boost – Is Jack back?

There is some great news for Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger today, as Jack Wilshere took part in the training session at London Colney, as reported by ESPN, to prove that fears that his turn of an ankle in the north London derby on Saturday would leave him on the sidelines with our captain Mikel Arteta and last season’s Player of the Year Aaron Ramsey.

Not only is this a real boost for the Gunners in a difficult week, with a home tie in the Champions League against Galatasaray followed by a crucial Premier League away day at Chelsea, but it could be seen as the end of Wilshere’s terrible run of bad luck with injuries.

Are Arsenal’s injury problems just BAD LUCK after all?

When we saw the Arsenal team sheet for the Capital One Cup game against Southampton last week, we knew that the Gunners would be up against it with the Saints having a great start to the season and able to pick more of their first choice players. But we understood.

After all the problems Arsenal suffered with injuries last season, Arsene Wenger accepted that he sometimes over played certain players and he brought two new experts to the club in the summer to help him to avoid a repeat of the situation this season. So resting the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta seemed like a risk but the right thing to do in looking at the long term picture.

Arsenal crocks to be given new contracts – and injury update

There has been good and bad Arsenal injury news in the aftermath of our disappointing draw with Tottenham. The bad news is that both Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are both going to out for up to a month, although even that estimate could probably be taken with a pinch of salt considering past forecasts.

The good news is that Jack Wilshere has suffered no damage to his ankle after looking to be in terrible pain himself during the Spurs game, and it is even possible that he could be fit to face Galatasary tomorrow evening. This could be a godsend as Arteta and Ramsey will be going to the treatment room to join Giroud, Walcott, Gnabry, Debuchy, Monreal and Yaya Sanogo. It looks like the Gunners medical team are going to be extremely busy for the forseeable future…

Has Schneiderlin proved that Arsenal SHOULD have signed him?

I am not just writing this article because Arsenal have a central midfield crisis on our hands, with injuries and fitness issues making it appear that we could have no Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby or Mikel Arteta available for the next two very important games against Galatasaray.

But it does highlight the fact that signing the France international Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton this summer would have been a very useful piece of transfer business indeed. The 24-year old capped off a great season for the Saints by breaking into the France team and appearing at the World Cup finals and he has started this campaign in even better form.

So which Arsenal players can cover central midfield injuries?

It is not really going too far to say that Arsenal v Galatasaray on Wednesday night is a must win game for the Gunners, at least if we are to keep our hopes alive of actually winning our UCL group this time and avoiding the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the first knockout stage.

New Arsenal DM – Fabian Delph would be a better buy than Rabiot?

There is no doubt that Arsenal need a new young, strong and steady defensive midfielder even though Arsene Wenger has been burying his head in the sand to ignore the fact for the last few seasons. But now Mikel Arteta and Matthieu Flamini are both getting older, slower and accident-prone, Wenger will simply have to accept that neither those two or the like-a-new-signing Abou Diaby are going to be able to do the job next season.

There were numerous Arsenal rumours with links to the promising PSG youngster Adrien Rabiot, but the latest reports are saying that 19 year-old has set his sights on moving to Roma in Serie A. Personally I would have thought this was a large risk despite his promise.

Is Ox right about Arsenal starting to click?

It was a frustrating north London derby for Arsenal in many ways, but it could have been much worse, especially after Tottenham took the lead against the run of play. The visitors certainly put up a sterling effort to stop us from scoring, so finding a leveller took a great deal of desire and determination.

Arsenal v Spurs Confirmed Teams – Arteta plays – Ozil back on wing

“You enjoy it after the game if you win,”

“You feel suddenly on the Monday before the game that something has changed and you wonder first of all what has changed. Of course it’s the tension before the derby.

“Before you have the tension and you have the focus to prepare and to give your team the best chances to win the game. That’s what you focus on. Satisfaction comes with the feeling that you have done a good job so let’s do a good job first.”

says Arsene Wenger.