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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

Atletico Madrid after Arsenal’s Cazorla? No way Jose!

There have been many Arsenal transfer rumours linking our very own little Spaniard with a move to the La Liga winners Atletico Madrid, but with Cazorla playing brilliantly against Man City in the Community Shield, not to mention the opening goal, there is absolutely no reason why Wenger should get rid of one of our best players.

The ex-Malaga star has himself rubbished any possible move back to Spain this summer, and has made it clear that he is only focused on having another successful season with the Gunners.

Official Arsenal videos from Man City match – Goals and extras

JustArsenal are being provided with official FA videos from this season, so we can happily pass these on to our readers without breaking any copyright laws! It will be great to have this post available to look back at our brilliant start to the season, especially Girouds stunning goal, not that Ramsey’s and Cazorla’s were any less satisfying!

And although most of us saw the game live or on TV, these videos show you previously unseen footage from the heart of Wembley. Wellworth a look!

So lets start off with the video in the tunnel before the game – see if you can name all the players as they arrive…..

Why Arsenal must move on from Rosicky…quickly!

Why Wenger’s love of Rosicky will need to end soon by KJ

Arsene Wenger signed Tomas Rosicky for Arsenal in 2006 from Dortmund and we expected great things. Unfortunately, he was injured for the majority of his time at the club but even at 33, Wenger was happy to give him a 2 year deal at the club. But why?

Rosicky has been injured for so long that unlike a normal player, he hasn’t worn his body out and therefore has more “legs” than a standard 33 year old footballer who was able to play consistently during his prime years. Rosicky still has relatively good pace and stamina for his age and that is why Wenger consistently breaks his rule of not awarding players over 30 with more than a one year contract.

It’s make-or-break time for Cazorla at Arsenal

Cazorla needs to improve for Arsenal this season by KJ

Cazorla lit up the 2012/2013 Arsenal side with brilliant midfield play and decisive goals. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to capture that form during the 2013/2014 season and the summer has been rife with talks of him looking to move on. He’s publicly stated that he’s staying with Arsenal and this coming season is as important as they come for the Spanish magician.

Arsenal star ignores Atletico to target Premier League trophy

There have been Arsenal transfer rumours cropping up all summer, linking our Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla with a possible return to Spain with the current La Liga champions, Atletico Madrid. In fact, Cazorla himself had a lot to do with the speculation, when he spoke before the end of last season about being desperate to win a trophy or two before his playing career is over.

Where will Santi Cazorla fit in at Arsenal this season?

Cazorla’s involvement at Arsenal going forward? by TJ

Signed by Arsenal in the summer of 2012, Santi Cazorla turned out to become one of the most talented players the Gunners ever signed. When Santi first took the field for Arsenal against Sunderland, many were impressed by the talent of this little man. Fast, witty and hardworking, Santi Cazorla instantly established himself to be one of the fan favourites amongst the Arsenal faithful. He finished his first season with the gunners with a respectable 12 goals and 11 assists. In the 2012-2013 season, he was the heart of almost every Arsenal offense. He played in every premier league match that season and was the Arsenal player of the season that year.

Free kicks another string to Rambo’s bow for Arsenal?

Why Ramsey should take free kicks for Arsenal by Sumo

What struck me as odd during the Germany World Cup campaign was the Arsenal midfield maestro Mesut Özil playing second fiddle to Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos in the set pieces. Kroos is a box to box midfielder who has a very good shot on him. He shoots well. But him taking the free kicks for Germany was a bit beyond me (I don’t watch Bayern play).

How will the arrival of Sanchez at Arsenal affect Podolski, Cazorla and Rosicky?

Players who could find themselves in the Arsenal fringes next season by SE

Alexis Sanchez moving from Nou Camp to the Emirates could bring about colossal changes in the way Arsenal setup this upcoming season. The Chilean can play as a right-winger, left-winger and even up top as the central striker. The problem is that the likes of Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott play in a similar position, with attributes akin to Sanchez’. And, with Mesut Ozil a certainty to play in his preferred role at No.10, Arsene Wenger might have a couple of very important team selections to make in every game Arsenal are involved in.