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Arsenal boss to drop Ozil AND Ramsey for Dortmund game?

With two tough games in just a few days, it was always likely that Arsene Wenger would rotate his Arsenal squad a little. But the Frenchman would also want to play his best starting XI against Man City and Borussia Dortmund, as both games could end up having a huge impact on the Gunners’ season.

So the fact that both Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey put in below par performances against the Premier League champions at the Emirates stadium today has made the Frenchman’s job on Tuesday a lot easier. I am surprised he even risked Rambo today to be honest and he must surely play Man of the Match Jack Wilshere in the box-to box role in Germany, with the Welshman on the bench.

Why Walcott MUST start for Arsenal when fit

Why Walcott starts for Arsenal when he’s fit again by KJ

Slowly but surely, Theo Walcott will finally be fit to start for Arsenal again and this is as exciting as a new signing for me. It looks like the beginning of October is our best bet but either way, it is refreshing to know our most clinical and most dangerous player is a matter of weeks away from playing for the club again. Some may think that his place as an Arsenal starter is potentially under some question but I think he starts for us regardless for these reasons.

The 3 Arsenal stars of the season so far!

Three players who have been superb for Arsenal so far by SE

In what has been a moderate start to the campaign for the Gunners, it’s worth mentioning that they have had spirited performances coming from unexpected corners of their squad. When the season started, Ramsey was expected to continue from where he left off last season; Sanchez, although a spark in Arsenal’s season so far, hasn’t really set the stage on fire; Wilshere continues to be a skeptic of his own self. In the meantime, however, Arsenal have had some stellar performances coming from relatively unexpected individuals in their squad:

An analysis of Ramsey’s performances for Arsenal so far this season

How Ramsey has fared this season, so far? by SE

An Overview
Aaron Ramsey’s rise to prominence in Arsenal colours has been slow, and yet a progressive one. And, it’s fair to say that last season the Welshman had everything going for him. As a midfielder, he was driving forward; scoring goals at will and, more importantly, was productive for Arsenal. At times, his linkup play with Ozil was a sight to behold. Now, the apparent thing is that it is one hell of a predicament to repeat such performances in the following season, which, in my opinion, is what is happening, so far.

Arsenal’s options for Man City after Ozil injury?

It turns out that the reason that Lukas Podolski was the only Arsenal player in the Germany squad that was beaten by Argentina 4-2 in a friendly repeat of the World Cup final, was that Mesut Ozil had picked up an injury in the Gunners’ disappointing draw at Leicester City last weekend.

The German playmaker flew out late to meet up with his international team mates, as revealed in a Daily Mail report. So although it does not sound like a long term problem, it could see Ozil miss the Euro 2016 qualifying clash with Scotland on Sunday and, knowing our luck, he may not be ready for the visit of Man City to the Emirates next Saturday.

Is Rosicky right to question Arsenal NOT using him?

Tomas Rosicky must have been pretty pleased with himself at the end of last season. Despite having turned 33, the Czech midfielder had earned himself a two year contract extension after a very good season which saw him feature in 39 games for the Gunners in all competitions, the most since he joined the club back in 2006.

He had also played in the FA cup final which gave him his first taste of a trophy with Arsenal and although he only scored three goals during the season, one of them against Sunderland was described by Arsene Wenger as one of the best we had scored and the other two were in victories over the old enemy from down the road.

Analysis of why Arsenal couldn’t beat Leicester

What cost Arsenal from picking all three points against Leicester? by SE

Wenger’s men drew against Leicester last night, as they failed to capitalize on Manchester City slipping up at Etihad, on Saturday. A win for Arsenal would have seen them pip, both Man City and Liverpool, to 3rd place in the embryonic Barclays Premier League table. But what cost Arsenal from picking all three points against a spirited Leicester side?

Should Arsenal accept Campbell request to join Benfica?

I know that Arsene Wenger has mentioned Joel Campbell many times recently as part of his striking options for Arsenal. Not only that, but the Frenchman said straight out the other day that he was not going to let the young Costa Rica international go anywhere, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The Frenchman said, “We’ve had lots of enquiries and turned them down. There have been plenty of clubs interested, but I don’t know how many.

“Once I say to my assistant he won’t go out on loan, even if people ask about him, my assistant doesn’t even tell me. When I say no it’s no.

Arsenal v Besiktas Review – It was Wenger what won it!

Arsenal vs Besiktas: Wenger’s team selection deserves plaudits by SE

An Overview
It was one tantalizing tie to overcome for Arsenal, who were hoping to make it to the Group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the 17th year running.

The Gunners, more ominously, had lost the core of their squad for last night’s game, which didn’t make matters any easier. Besiktas, on the other hand, were in buoyant mood, after playing out a goalless draw in the home leg and thought they could cause a colossal upset against a depleted Arsenal lineup. On the night, however, it was Wenger, who, despite all the repeated skepticism over his managerial prowess, affected the game positively for Arsenal, solely through his pristine team selection.

Arsenal v Besiktas Preview, Line up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Besiktas Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

This has become a tricky game after the news that Giroud is potentially out for 3 months. We will be facing this Besiktas side with Giroud, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott and Gibbs. They are all certified starters in my opinion and with no away goal as a cushion; this sets us up for a very nervy night.
Even with all these injuries/suspensions, we still have a strong enough team to beat Besiktas fairly easily providing we take charge early on. We need to dictate possession immediately and I’d like to see an early goal so we don’t become more and more nervous as the game wears on.

The changes Arsenal MUST make for Everton clash

Following a tough night in Istanbul, Arsenal are left with no room for easing off when Slaven Bilic brings his Besiktas team to the Emirates on Wednesday night. Before then, however, Arsene Wenger has got a tricky trip to face Everton at Goodison Park to think about.

With the Frenchman already admitting that some of the players are not 100 percent, physically, he may well have to think about some of them not being able to start both of these next games, so here are my thoughts as to how the Gunners should line up on Saturday.

Arsenal v C. Palace – Confirmed line-ups – Giroud on the bench!

So the season begins for Arsenal at last! There have already been some interesting results, not least Man Utd losing at home to Swansea, and Everton only drawing with Leicester, so nobody can expect any easy games in the opening games.

Here is the confirmed starting teams:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Sanogo

Substitutes: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Chamakh, Campbell

Substitutes: Hennessey, Delaney, McCarthy, O’Keefe, Bannan, Gayle, Murray