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Arsenal Tactics – Who should partner Ramsey in midfield?

Who should partner Ramsey in that advanced midfield role – Cazorla, Wilshere or Ozil? by SE

In what has been a relatively busy summer at Arsenal, with Wenger bringing in the kind of personnel who he deems is ‘appropriate’ to his plans, the system that he would have to play has been of equal speculation if not more. With the acquisition of Sanchez, in addition to the plethora of wingers Wenger has at his disposal, he needed to shift to 4-3-3, to get the best out of all his key players. Sanchez is one; Walcott, when he becomes fit, is going to be one; Add Chamberlain, Podolski and Cazorla to the mix, Wenger has at least 5 wingers to choose from.

The international break will HELP Arsenal for a change

Upcoming international break is ‘gold dust’ for Arsenal’s squad by SE

There is something about injuries and Arsenal that keeps them together, always. One season after another, Arsenal seem to lose their most important players through injuries, and long term ones at that.

But one staunch reason behind such ‘misfortune’ has to be the number of games Arsenal have played so far, in comparison to their title rivals in Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool. What those injuries tell you is that Arsenal’s squad, despite being a huge one, doesn’t look sufficient for the number of games they play in a season.

FULL Arsenal injury update including Giroud surgery

As expected from the initial scan, Arsenal will have to face a long time without our first choice centre forward Olivier Giroud. Arsene Wenger revealed the news after the Gunners narrowly made it into the group stage of the Champions League.

The boss revealed that his fellow Frenchman has already had surgery on his fratured Tibia and that he does not expect the striker to be fully match fit again until the end of December, so that is a massive and damaging four months of football without last season’s top scorer.

Who will line-up for Arsenal against Besiktas

Champions league playoff tie – Arsenal vs Besiktas: What could be the possible changes in Arsenal’s lineup from Everton game? by SE

Arsenal welcome Besiktas to the Emirates tomorrow night, as both sides have different proposition in front of them, albeit with the same ambition. Arsenal ‘simply’ need to win the game, which by no means is going to be a cakewalk for them. Besiktas would look to exploit an Arsenal lineup that could be devoid of a couple of crucial players. The Gunners will also have to contend with the away goal rule, which could see a goal-scoring draw work in favor of the Turkish outfit. Anything goes, what could be the possible changes in Arsenal’s line-up from the Everton game at the weekend?

Gustavo to be a Gunner as Madrid keep Khedira from Arsenal?

Assuming that Arsene Wenger was actually trying to make Sami Khedira an Arsenal player this summer, this weekend will not have been a good one for the Frenchman’s transfer plans. Real Madrid have dug their heels in and insisted that their German midfielder will not be going anywhere, leaving the Gunners in a bit of a pickle.

Wenger now has two options; do nothing and work with the squad he already has at Arsenal or get the scouting notebook out and make some phone calls this week. Let’s look at the two options, starting with the current players available to us.

Everton v Arsenal Player Ratings – sub Giroud MOTM

Everton 2 – 2 Arsenal, Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He was sloppy today and was pretty cocky on the ball which meant he cut it close with a few decisions.

Debuchy – 5
He was poor all game and was absolutely destroyed by Mirallas. He didn’t have much support in attack and was constantly under pressure. He will need to improve sharply over the next few games.

Chambers – 6
He was good on the ball but his off the ball decisions were more than questionable. He clattered into Everton players more than once and didn’t sheppard Lukaku when he had passed Mertesacker (by fouling him). He’ll learn from that mistake though.

Arsenal told to pay £24m for transfer target! Should we pay?

There have been some Arsenal transfer rumours over the last few days that suggested that the deal to bring the young French midfielder Adrien Rabiot from PSG to Arsenal was all but done and dusted. However, it now seems that this is not quite the case, because his current club are demanding much more than Arsene Wenger wanted to pay for their talented player.

Official teams and Preview of Besiktas v Arsenal

This is a massive game for the Gunners, but also one which Arsenal should be confident of getting the right result in. When you consider that we beat what most would say was better Turkish opposition at the same time last season, as well as the fact that we are stronger and more confident this time around, then Besiktas should hold no real fears for us.

And the boss has certainly gone for a fairly strong attacking line-up, with Mikel Arteta preferred to Mathieu Flamini in the deep lying midfield role. Ramsey and Wilshere need to play well to control the game and a lot of the onus will be on the big French shoulders of Olivier giroud in the centre forward position.

Analysis of Arsenal’s free-kick takers over last two years


I know you guys are just as excited as I am that the Premier League has started. However, I’ve noticed that there’s still something missing from Arsenal’s game since van Persie left. And that is scoring from dead balls.

When there was a free kick back in the day, I always thought, “no problem mon” – we have RVP to take it. Nowadays I just shudder. Since 2012, we have scored a meager 3 goals from dead balls including Santi’s crucial goal in the FA Cup Final. We know who to put for PKs – Arteta’s conversion rate from the spot is lethal. For the most part, crosses from a dead ball and corners are taken by Santi and Ozil. But when in scoring range, which Gunner should be over the ball?

Mikel Arteta to leave Arsenal next summer!

I am beginning to think that Arsene Wenger is picking his captains every year in the full knowledge that they will be leaving Arsenal the following year! Everyone knew that Cesc Fabregas was trying to force through a move to Barcelona for years. We were also fully aware that RVP would be in the last year of his contract, and the same goes for Thomas Vermaelen.

Now the poisoned chalice has gone to Mikel Arteta as Wenger confirmed yesterday. “It will be No 1, Arteta and No 2, Mertesacker,” he said.

Does this really mean no DM for Arsenal yet again?!?

With just over a week to go before the start of the Premier League season, it is almost exactly a year since Arsene Wenger was at perhaps his lowest point since taking over as manager of Arsenal Football Club back in 1996. After losing to Aston Villa on the opening day at the Emirates, the Arsenal fans let their anger and frustration out.

It was not just that the Gunners lost from a winning position, though, the main problem was that Wenger had spent the gran total of diddly squat on new players. Even when he did, it was another creative midfielder, when most people thought the main things we needed were a striker and that annual talking point, a defensive midfielder.

Is Ramsey and Flamini the perfect midfield combo for Arsenal?

I bet that the calls for Arsene Wenger to sign a defensive midfielder for Arsenal, such as Sami Khedira or Morgan Schneiderlin, will have died down a bit after the Gunners began the Emirates Cup in such emphatic style yesterday. So has the Prof found the perfect pairing for the centre of midfield?

Wenger started with the Arsenal Player of the Year, Aaron Ramsey, and the combative Frenchman Mathieu Flamini. The 30-year old player who returned to Arsenal last summer after a spell with AC Milan in Serie A, showed that he has the energy, ability and discipline to allow super Rambo to do his thing.