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Arsenal v Aston Villa review – Gunners fill their boots in BIG win

Arsenal needed a win against Aston Villa at home to keep up the fight for the Premier League, and to go back above the Spuds and into fourth place, at least until Southampton play later. But the Gunners would have to do it without our star player, goal machine and talisman, with Alexis Sanchez suffering a hamstring problem.

But Arsene Wenger was happy to be able to give first starts in a while to Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott, and the England speed merchant almost rewarded his manager with a goal in the first few minutes as he raced onto a through ball from Ramsey – but Okore got back to make the tackle.

My Arsenal team to beat Aston Villa – What’s yours?

I am quietly confident that Arsenal are set for a resounding win this weekend against Aston Villa, even without Alexis Sanchez, to set us up for an even easier win at White Hart Lane next Saturday morning. This is my predicted line-up for the game.

Ospina is nailed on to continue between the sticks. Three games, three clean sheets. Nuff said.

Defenders: Koscielny and Mertesacker will continue their partnership, and hopefully both will look to improve to keep Gabriel watching from the subs bench. Bellerin has proved he is a better right back than Chambers and his attacking prowess will be used fully against Villa. Monreal is definitely my preference over Gibbs on current form.

Should Arsenal play Ozil or Akpom if Alexis is out?

All Arsenal fans should be crossing their fingers and toes and anything else that might be crossable in the hope that Alexis Sanchez is available to play on Sunday. The Chile international is currently a doubt for the home Premier League game with Aston Villa and so Arsene Wenger will now be thinking about how to set up his team in the absence of our star man.

With Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also apparently out of action, although thankfully not for long, it leaves the Frenchman with very few options if he is going to play our usual 4-3-3 formation. Olivier Giroud is surely nailed on to be the centre forward and we can only hope that Theo Walcott can complete 90 minutes for us on the right.

Arsenal boss vows to go BIG in Brighton but NO Cazorla

Arsene Wenger has declared that he is determined to build on Arsenal’s fantastic away win over the Premier League champions Man City last weekend. And that starts today, with another away game in the fourth round of the FA cup.

That is why the boss has vowed to pick a very strong starting line-up, even though we are facing a team in the bottom half of the Championship in Brighton and Hove Albion. Wenger also referred to the strength of the Arsenal bench at the Etihad stadium though, which had Szczesny, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Ozil and Walcott, and admitted that some of those players would be starting today.

Cazorla – Arsenal aiming to win the FA Cup AGAIN

Our very own Spanish magician Santiago Cazorla is preparing to face lowly Brighton in Sundays FA Cup Fourth-round tie this weekend, but he is not only thinking about getting in the fraw for the ext round, he wants to see Arsenal go on to lift the trophy at Wembley again.

“It’s similar [to the Copa del Rey] but the FA Cup here is very important for every club,” Santi said on Arsenal.com. “It’s a big, big trophy for all the teams here, and in Spain the Copa del Rey is the same.

Arsenal CAN play Ozil and Cazorla together!

Cazorla Form Doesn’t Spell Ozil Doom ! by JA

Hello guys.Hope you’re having a great week….

Cazorla is in an unbelievable vein of form at this point in the season. So good that some people think it’s by default going to relegate Ozil to the bench. What most of you fail to realize is that whereas Santi is most effective down the middle, Mesut can be effective from any point in behind the striker.That means whether he’s in the middle, left or right, he can be equally effective.

Arsenal were a WHOLE TEAM of stars! Even Wenger….

Arsene came out with a plan for once, and it worked! by KM

So Arsenal gave me the best birthday gift you can have as an Arsenal fan with that marvelous 2-0 win away to Man City. Straight off to the positives with the number one being Arsene Wenger going out with an idea of how to beat city.

A performance Jose Mourinho would’ve been proud is something none of us expected really. Far too often have people (including myself) criticized Wenger for coming out trying to outplay good teams and getting ripped on the counter.

Ozil now needs a HUGE game for Arsenal at Brighton

Of course we do not know what the Arsenal starting line-up will be for the fourth round FA cup clash away to Brighton on Sunday, but I am fairly confident that one of the names on the team sheet handed in by Arsene Wenger will be Mesut Ozil. And I don’t think I am exaggerating by saying that it is a crucial game for our club record signing.

The German may have expected to feature against Man City at the weekend after coming on for the last 20 minutes against Stoke and doing alright and gaining some valuable fitness and match sharpness after his injury lay-off. But the way Arsenal put in a battling and disciplined away performance only highlights the criticism that has been aimed at Ozil.

FIVE things Arsenal fans learned from our win at Man City

5 things Arsenal fans realised after the win at Manchester City by Demitri

1. Arsene Wenger has not lost his tactical nous

It was quite unexpected for all football fans that Wenger had a trick up his sleeve for this away game. Arsenal fans did not have too much hope for this game, and pundits, like Gary Neville, were condemning Arsenal before the game had even started. Based on history, it was easy to see why, but after watching the game, people were pleasantly surprised by Wenger’s tactics. After conceding 17 goals in 3 away games at the Etihad Stadium, Anfield and Stamford Bridge last season, which was the difference between 4th place and winning the league for Arsenal, Wenger took a leaf out of, his rival manager, Jose Mourinho’s book and ‘parked the bus’.

Man City v Arsenal Player Ratings – Cazorla’s magical display!

Man City 0 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 7.5
Surprisingly had very little to do in this game. Claimed the ball well enough from set pieces and was relatively commanding. Did make a couple of decent saves late on when City ramped up the pressure.

Bellerin – 8
He was brilliant today considering he’s only 19 years old. He’s had to play against the likes of Dortmund away and struggled but was completely fine against the likes of Clichy, Milner and Silva.

Wenger – Arsenal could have scored more!

What a fantastic win for Arsenal today against the moneybags of Man City in their own expensively sponsored stadium. A real gem after our terrible injury woes this season. Obviously Arsene Wenger was pleased after his best result of the last four years and he even went so far as to say we could have won even more easily!

He said after the game on Arsenal.com: “The difference is that we have injured players back who were out for a long time and also that we know it’s a very important period. The confidence of the team is high and some players are in very good form. We scored the first goal today and it was much easier for us to control them.

Man City v Arsenal review – Gutsy Gunners finally win a BIG one!

It was clear from the way Arsenal started this away game against the current Premier League champions, as well as the starting line-up selected by Arsene Wenger, that the Gunners had learned some painful lessons in recent years and were determined not to be too open.

We have seen some of these big away games practically over before they got started when we went in with attacking intent, so Wenger;s tactics were sound. Despite a bit of early nervousness, the Gunners did well to stay compact and deny the City players any time or space with the ball, but that also meant we were not doing much at the other end and were largely relying on a quick counter attack which Alexis nearly produced a couple of times in the first 15 minutes.