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Was it REALLY just a fitness issue for Ozil at Arsenal?

A large part of the talk among Arsenal fans and in the football media concerning the Gunners this week is the return to form of the club record signing Mesut Ozil. That is only fair really, after the Germany international was the focus of all the attention while he was struggling for form.

Many people have had their say as to why we finally saw the Ozil that helped his country to win the World Cup and was such a mainstay of the Real Madrid side under Jose Mourinho, with many focusing on him being moved back into the niddle by Arsene Wenger.

The REAL reason Ozil has been out wide for Arsenal?

Poor old Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal boss cannot do right for doing wrong it seems, even with the Arsenal fans who are supposed to support him. It has not quite reached the Alan Pardew stage yet, with fans printing thousands of leaflets demanding his sacking, but if the Gunners had not managed to win at Aston Villa then things could have started to get a bit uncomfortable for the Frenchman.

Do Arsenal need adversity to thrive?

It is no exaggeration to say that Arsenal were really under pressure to produce something at Aston Villa today, with a woeful display in Dortmund meaning that Arsene Wenger and a large number of his players coming in for some fierce criticism from us fans and the football media in general.

But it should be no surprise that the Gunners stepped up, because we have done the same thing so many times in recent years. In fact, some of the best Arsenal performances in the last few years have come on the back of similar situations.

Time for Arsenal to unleash the Ox? He’s ready!!

One of the most noticeable things about the way Arsenal struggled against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, and there were plenty of them, was that we looked like we had much less energy than the Germans. They seemed faster and fitter all over the pitch.

Arsene Wenger could not really explain why that was and it should not have been the case, despite a tough game against Man City on the previous Saturday. But it was also noticeable that the introduction of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Mesut Ozil on the hour mark.

Arsenal must hope to outscore Aston Villa on Saturday!

Match Preview: Aston Villa At Villa Park

Arsenal fans may still be upset with Tuesday’s Group D Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund. However, this coming Saturday’s league tilt against Aston Villa offers the Gunners a great chance to get our title credentials back on track. While not viewed as a contender in the EPL, Aston Villa have proven time and time again to be a pesky side. In recent seasons, they have taken top clubs down to the wire on several occasions, particularly early in the season. Take a look at Aston Villa’s 2013-14 league results at ESPN and you’ll recall early-season wins over Arsenal and Manchester City and tight, one-goal losses to Chelsea and Liverpool.

Awesome Akpom’s goals promise fantastic future for Arsenal

Despite being young enough, at 18-years old, to play for the Arsenal under 18 team, Chuba Akpom is firmly established in the under 21s and if he keeps on going the way he has been of late, it will not be too long before he is involved in the first team squads as well.

Predict the Arsenal result at Villa to win exclusive T-shirt

It is competition time again Arsenal fans. Nine days after the Gunners completed a fantastic and comprehensive win over north London rivals Tottenham in the FA cup, Arsene Wenger takes his players to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa. And you can make the day even better by entering our competition and winning yourself an exclusive Just Arsenal T-shirt.

Arsenal need to win to go back above Chelsea and Man City to reclaim top spot in the Premier League. On paper this should be no problem, especially after a nice break for the Arsenal players to recharge their batteries. Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are definitely back, but Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey are only possibles. Part of the competition is predicting the first Arsenal player to score, so obviously guessing the right starting XI is a bonus.

Brillant news for Bendtner and Arsenal on ankle injury

It is safe to say that Arsenal Football Club are sick and tired of injuries. After Arsene Wenger wielded the axe in the summer, releasing lots of young and fringe players, the Gunners were left with a squad best described as lean. And so the last thing Arsenal needed was lots of injuries, but that is exactly what we have had ever since the first day.

Why Arsenal must NOT drop a point in next 4 games

Next 4 League Matches are Winnable and Must Win for Arsenal by Rabiul

Arsenal had achieved a vital win against Cardiff. With the side severely injury ravaged (Ozil, Gibbs, Ramsey, Giroud), it was a commendable victory and took us back to the top. Now to look ahead for the next few matches.

Arsenal will be playing the following next 4 matches:

13th Jan: Aston Villa (Away)
18th Jan: Fulham (Home)
28th Jan: Southampton (Away)
2nd Feb: Crystal Palace (Home)

The next matches after these are the following:
8th Feb: Liverpool (Away)
12th Feb: Man Utd (Home)
22nd Feb: Sunderland (Home)
1st March: Stoke (Away)

Why Ox can be major player for Arsenal this season…

It seems a long time ago now, but Arsenal got off to a disastrous start to the season. After a confidence boosting win over Manchester City in the final pre-season friendly, and an early goal from Olivier Giroud, it all went wrong for the Gunners. With a bit of help from the referee, Aston Villa came back and Arsenal wilted.

To cap it all off, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced at halftime and has not played for us since, due to an unfortunate knee injury. However, according to physioroom.com, the talented young Englishman is penciled in for a return on January 13th. Funnily enough, Arsenal’s opponents that day will be Aston Villa and it could be the start of a great few months for Chamberlain.

Arsenal keeper transfer news – Guzan and Macey

The transfer rumours linking Arsenal with a large number and wide variety of goalkeepers has been going on for some time now, but they were especially fervent this summer. It is understandable really, because of the somewhat erratic performances of the young Polish international keeper Wojciech Szczesny, and the sale of Vito Mannone.

When the 27-year old Italian Emiliano Viviano was brought in on loan for the season in the last few days of the transfer window, it appeared that Wenger was happy to keep faith with Szczesny, and he has not been disappointed so far. The 23-year old is looking as sharp as he ever has and has spoken about how the wake-up call he got when Wenger dropped him last season has done its job.

Arsenal can leave Benteke for Tottenham!

Who needs Benteke? by Stefan

Today Christian Benteke, the reported Tottenham and Arsenal target, has handed in a transfer request to Aston Villa – and their manager Paul Lambert continues to be defiant over letting the big Belgian go.

You would have to say that Tottenham have been far more active in their pursuit of him than Arsenal and that’s okay. I’m here to say that Arsenal do not need Benteke and we can let Spurs have him and laugh next season as they finish fifth, once again failing to qualify for the Champions League.