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It’s time for Cazorla to shine for Arsenal

What will be Santi’s role with Özil out injured?

It’s going to be a long few months without Mesut Özil. He is without doubt the heart of this team and was just getting back to full fitness as we got into the meat of the season but his opportunity to shine has been taken away and now that gauntlet has fallen to our Spanish magician, Santi Cazorla.

He’s had a rather mediocre season last year that was saved by some really good form from March onwards and I believe he’s carried that on into this season. We’ve played some of our best football when he’s started and that’s no coincidence. He offsets Sanchez’s explosiveness with calm, controlled football.

Bookings ANOTHER reason Wilshere should be Arsenal’s number 10

The Arsenal and England international star Jack Wilshere has been talking about how sorry he is for his club team mate Mesut Ozil after the German playmaker picked up a knee problem and could be out for up to three months. And with news of Tomas Rosicky also having an injury, it leaves young Wilshere as one of the few players in the squad who could cover for Ozil.

Perhaps that is why he also talks about his different playing positions for club and country in a Daily Mirror report. Because of the different playing sylrs and formations used by Arsenal and England, Jack feels that his new deep lying role at international level would not suit him for the Gunners.

Rosicky AND Ozil injuries leave Arsenal on the brink of disaster!!

Maybe it was a bad idea for Arsenal to put a revolving door in the treatment room. That is certainly how it feels for the Gunners at the minute, as no sooner do we get a few players back from injury than they are replaced by other members of the Arsenal squad.

The latest to join the Gunners in the treatment room is our Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky, who was on the bench as his country beat Kazakhstan to top their euro qualifying group ahead of struggling Holland. But as a report in The Telegraph reveals, the Arsenal midfielder was never going to play as he could not even sprint.

These 3 internationals MUST shine for Arsenal FIRST

There are three Arsenal players, at least, that will return to north London after this international break a little disappointed about their lack of play for their respective countries. And it could work in the Gunners’ favour if it makes Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain realise that the best way to remedy the situation is to sparkle regularly at club level.

Why Arsenal could miss Ozil as much as Germany

I know that a lot of Arsenal fans are actually quite glad about the news that our Germany international Mesut Ozil will not be available to play for a while because of the knee ligament problem that was identified when he turned up for international duty this week. But you should be careful what you wish for.

The 25-year old midfielder has certainly been a divisive member of the Gunners since joining from Real Madrid in a club record transfer last summer. He is one of those players who rarely catches the eye unless it is for the wrong reasons, failing to track back or being out-muscled in a challenge, but I also think that Ozil is one of those players whose contribution to a team is often under valued because of the way he plays.

Arsenal hoping for BIG favour from Spain tonight

Arsenal are in dire need of a bit of good fortune, or even a bit of a break from the bad luck would do. As usual, Arsene Wenger is having to cope with an Arsenal squad riddled with injured players and now, before the latest round of international games have even started, we have lost the services of the club record signing Mesut Ozil.

Now whatever you think of the Germany international, it is clear that Ozil is a key part of Wenger’s plans. His technical skill and passing ability are essential to the Arsenal way of playing, but we are going to have to without him for about three months. And those weeks are hugely important ones, with midweek Champions League fixtures along with the usual Premier League fixtures.

Chelsea v Arsenal Review – Creators v Predators

Creators Vs Predators: The Arsenal Dilemma by ElusiveArsenal

When writing an article after an Arsenal match. I find staying off Twitter and taking an hour off to cool down absolutely necessary. Without that, most of this would be filled with curses and rants directed at everyone from the manager to the players to the irritating fans.

I think it’s a sign of the times when a loss to Chelsea is seen as an ‘improvement’ over last season’s match. Sure, we started well, passed well and all that… but that was it. We passed well. Once again, we were caught in the same trap of passing in front of the opposition’s defence with no purpose or cut. It says it all when Podolski’s late cross was more or less the first time we put a decent ball in from wide positions.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings for Chelsea loss – Wilshere MOTM

Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He was sloppy with some of his kicks out. Could’ve done better for the penalty I felt. It was struck without any real pace and he was done by Hazard’s eyes.

Chambers – 5
Struggled massively against one of the best wingers in the world. Completely understandable but showed his lack of experience time and time again.

Mertesacker – 7
Was our best defender today but was unfortunately let down by those around him.

How Welbeck is changing things for Arsenal

After Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for Arsenal in the second half against Galatasaray, the Gunners were already 4-0 up and in little danger of throwing away the win. Even so, we didn’t want to lose any more goals so I was surprised that Wenger took Alexis and Chamberlain off rather than Ozil and Cazorla.

But it worked alright for Arsenal, mainly because of how Danny Welbeck has started to give the Gunners different options. We know that Arsenal have the players to pick a pass but often we have lost it under pressure and that is where we come unstuck.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Galatasaray

Arsenal will want to get their Champions League campaign back on trach this evening and we have a great chance at home against Galatasaray. And not only will a win put us back in a good position to at least qualify, a good performance will go a long way to banishing the memory of the poor showing against Borussia Fortmund two weeks ago.

Arsene Wenger has the usual injury problems to contend with and the Frenchman will also have one eye on the trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday. That is probably the reason for him leaving Jack Wilshere out of the starting line up tonight.

Wenger pinpoints a BIG Arsenal problem

Arsenal have got to start turning our dominance into the wins that our play deserves. Too many draws have seen us slip to six points behind the Premier League leaders Chelsea, although the Gunners do have a chance to cut that lead when we travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Arsenal have been playing pretty well, to be fair, and were the better side against the Spuds again, but one stat has made Arsene Wenger pinpoint one particular area in which we could do better and that is the set pieces. The Gunners took an astonishing FIFTEEN corners in the north London derby – but not only did we fail to score from them, only one of them created a chance.

Welbeck pushing himself TOO hard to improve for Arsenal?

Danny Welbeck has only been an Arsenal player for a month and some of that was taken up by his time with the England national team during the last international break. And most Arsenal fans and pundits have been reasonably impressed with his contribution to the cause so far.

Welbeck may have missed a few chances but he has scored a good goal and provided an assist, which for a player not used to his team mates and with not many proper training sessions to get used to them, that is not bad. But the former Man United forward is harder on himself and was a bit disappointed with his latest showing, against Tottenham in the north London derby, as he explained to Arsenal Player.