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Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Monaco

Arsene Wenger has made two changes to the line up that saw Arsenal take a two goal lead and hold on against Crystal Palace at the weekend and it will be no surprise to most fans that both are in the full back position. So Hector Bellerin comes back in and Kieran Gibbs returns for Monreal.

So Ospina keeps his place in goal ahead of Szczesny and Coquelin continues to be Wenger’s main man in front of the back four. The manager is also sticking with his somewhat experimental and very attacking formation of Cazorla and Ozil in the central areas.

Arsenal v Monaco Preview, Line up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Monaco Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

We were all excited when we drew Monaco in the CL and we’ve improved our form drastically since that – meaning we are in the perfect situation to face one of France’s best teams and yet it will still be a difficult game.

Monaco are known as the “boring team” in Ligue 1. They have scored very few goals and opt for defending with their lives and scoring on the break. It is working for them and it can frustrate the best of teams but this tactic means that getting an early goal completely destroys their game plan. They aren’t used to chasing games and we could punish them massively if we are able to get that early goal.

My strongest Arsenal team to destroy Monaco – What is yours?

So there is just one more day to go before Arsenal’s crucial first leg tie against Monaco and we are all aware of our opponents defensive capabilities. But we also know about our own attacking prowess and I am gong to choose a team that should easily break down the French teams defence.

First of all I am hoping above all that David Ospina has recovered fully from his back strain sustained against Palace. I have a terrible feeling that if Szczesny plays we will definitely concede….

John Toral is playing for his Arsenal future

The young Spaniard Jon Toral arrived from Barcelona along with Hector Bellerin back in 2011, and if anything Toral was touted as thec most promising of the two. But Bellerin has now been promoted to the Arsenal frst team, while Toral is also playing first-team football, but with our lowly London neighbours Brentford.

Toral has been plagued with knee injuries, incurring four operations, in his time with the Gunners, but now feels good and is impressing his new bosses across London. His current contract with Arsenal is up for renewal at the end of this season, and Toral is keen to stay fit and impress Arsene Wenger with his form to earn an extension in the summer.

Arsenal team news! Three Gunners to miss Crystal Palace?

Arsene Wenger has given us the latest update on the injury and fitness situation at Arsenal Football Club. And while there is a little doubt about two more of the players, the news is generally good and positive as we head into a crucial and busy period of the season.

The Frenchman revealed on the official Arsenal website that there are doubts about the fitness and availability of our young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin, who has a minor ankle problem, and our French defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who has an issue with his hamstring. The medical staff will test the pair further tomorrow to see if they can face Crystal Palace, but really I expect Wenger to err on the side of caution and replace them for the trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Bellerin not taking Arsenal starting place for granted

The young Spaniard Hector Bellerin seems shocked that he has become a regular starter for Arsenal, and is determined to keep on working hard and improving to try and keep his place. He made it clear how much he is loving his life at the moment. “Suddenly you find yourself playing every week and it’s a nice feeling because it’s not as if you are playing for just any team, you are playing for Arsenal,” Hector told the official Arsenal website.

“So the fact that I am playing every week for Arsenal, at just 19 years old, is something that I am really proud of.

Chambers does NOT need to worry about Arsenal place!

It might seem to the Arsenal and England international youngster Calum Chambers that things have gone a bit wrong for him recently. Our young Spanish defender Hector Bellerin has done brilliantly in taking his chance to impress in the absence of Mathieu Debuchy. And Arsene Wenger has finally moved to fill the hole left by the sale of Thomas Vermaelen by signing Gabriel Paulista.

All this and the fact that the former Saint has been out of action with illness has meant that Chambers has not started a Premier League game since the dismal defeat to his former club on new years day. And I suspect that the next time either Mertesacker or Koscielny are rested or subbed, it will be our new signing that takes their place.

Bellerin’s stats prove he should be in Arsenal’s First XI

Gary Neville was full of praise for Arsenal’s right-back Héctor Bellerín on Monday Night Football and it’s understandable why after his recent performances against both Manchester City and Aston Villa.

Opta powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have taken a closer look at the 19-year-old’s season so far and the stats impress. The Spaniard has started five of the seven league games that he has featured in, completing a total of 500 minutes.
Over his seven appearances, Bellerín’s pass completion of 78% falls just short of Arsenal’s overall 84%. His 65% success when tackling far exceeds fellow club right-backs Mathieu Debuchy 47.4% and Calum Chambers 48.5% this season.
His impressive defensive stats continue with 3.24 interceptions and 4.86 clearances per 90 minutes. Bellerín has outshone both Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic and PFA Team of the Year 2013/14 right-back Séamus Coleman of Everton this season. Ivanovic has 1.09 interceptions and 4.3 clearances while Coleman has 1.15 and 3.66.

The Reasons behind Arsenal’s MASSIVE improvement

Less possession, more clean sheets, more goals, what changed? by KM‏

So a lot was said about Arsenal in the last two weeks. After a bad start to the season and the New Year, we’re having the absolute best part of our season. We won away at Man City by outsmarting them, we’ve gotten 3 wins in a row for the first time this season, and we survived the FA cup giant killing.

Wenger pleased with the improvement of Giroud, Bellerin and Akpom

Arsene Wenger was understandably pleased with Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Aston Villa, but he singled out the improvement of Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin in recent times, and was very happy with Chuba Akpom on just his second appearance for the Gunners first team.

Giroud has been outstanding since his return from injury and has conributed five goals in his last six games which has coincided with Arsenal’s overal improvement. “He’s much more focused, technically he has improved, his feet have improved, his movement has improved and he has a big presence in the game,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “It’s no coincidence that when he comes back, you feel strong.

It’s Official – Arsenal are NOT a one-man team!

One-Man Team? What One-Man Team?! by Uche

Hello there folks. Still celebrating the Aston Villa assault? Of course you are you drunken Gunners! Boy what a win! Correct me if I am wrong but Arsenal have not scored five goals in a game in… like a century! We played that game like it was a training ground exercise and it could have end up being 9-0. And we did it all without Alexis Sanchez in the side.

Wenger – Arsenal have found form, consistency and confidence!

Arsenal were electrifying in yesterday’s 5-0 win over Aston Villa, and it was brilliant to see the returning duo of Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott clicking straight away and playing like they had never been injured in the first place.

Arsene Wenger was understandably delighted to see the Gunners win their fourth game in a row without conceding, and believes that the squad is now nearly at the top of their game. Le Prof said on Arsenal Player after the game: “We scored goals and didn’t concede. Our offensive game was good even though I believe we had some weaker periods in the game when Aston Villa were in possession. We always looked dangerous when we got in between their lines and defensively we were sound as well.