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Star says Arsenal way is the RIGHT way to face and BEAT Stoke

The Arsenal and Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla is close to being the epitome of the way the Gunners play football and have done almost since Arsene Wenger took over as the manager nearly 20 years ago. I know that a lot of us would like to have some more strength in the squad, especially at the back, as we used to have with Adams, Keown, Vieira and others, but when we play well, it is the silky skills of players like Cazorla that does the business.

Cazorla happy to move to the wing when Ozil returns for Arsenal

The little Spaniard Santi Cazorla turned 30 last week, but is still as sprightly as he was 10 years ago if not even fitter. He has had an award winning December and it has also been revealed that he played 50 games for Arsenal in 2014, more than any of his younger (and more injury-prone) team-mates.

Arsenal can’t drop Cazorla….WHOEVER comes back!

Santi Cazorla may be 30 years old, but he is the only other Arsenal player to come anywhere near the form of Alexis Sanchez. His four goals and excellent performances have not only won him the Arsenal Player of the Month award, but he has also been named as the PFA winner in the Premiership as well.

Theo Walcott may be back in contention for a starting spot, and Mesut Ozil is expected to rejoin the squad next weekend. Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey are also expected back in the next few weeks, but I don’t believe Cazorla should be dropped to make room for ANYONE else at the moment.

Arsenal Tactics – How Ozil and Cazorla can play together

How best can Santi and Özil play together? by JA

Hey guys . Happy new year.

So he’s back. I’m talking Theodor James Walcott and the eye (Mesut Özil) so right behind him. An added piece to this jigsaw is that Santi is on form, so how would I have all three on the pitch and keep them productive.

In my view, Santi and Özil don’t perform the same role. Santi requires more touches to be effective Özil requires as few as maybe three. Santi is stronger and more of a ball holder than Özil. Özil is a better passer than Santi. These observations mean that Özil doesn’t necessarily have to start directly behind the striker.

Arsenal v Hull City Player Ratings – Sanchez MOTM again

Arsenal 2- 0 Hull City Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 6.5
Didn’t have any real saves to make at all throughout the game. It was relatively comfortable for him but he didn’t make any mistakes and was quick with his distribution.

Bellerin – 7
He had a very solid game both offensively and defensively. Overlapped well and used his pace to good effect numerous times.

Chambers – 6
Didn’t have much to do all game but did what was required of him.

Mertesacker – 7
Same as Chambers but he did open the scoring with a headed goal from a corner. Who’d have thought it?

Will FA cup memory inspire or pressurise Arsenal?

After the disappointing Arsenal performance and result from the away game at Southampton on new years day, it is very important for the Gunners to get back to winning ways quickly. And with a full week for the Gunners to rest and recover before the next Premier League game against Stoke City, hopefully we can beat Hull City tomorrow and put a smile back on the faces of the Arsenal fans.

And if we ever needed a bit of extra incentive and inspiration, a repeat of the most glorious day in our recent history should do the trick. Playing Hull again in the FA cup has obviously brought the memories of that Wembley final in May to the forefront of our minds, but will that help the players?

Southampton v Arsenal Player Ratings – Cazorla MOTM

Southampton 2 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 2
Absolutely pathetic performance today. He was at complete fault for both goals. The rest of the team was awful but if the keeper does the basics, we come out of that game with a draw and we move on not too disgruntled with the result. His arrogance is always costing him and I don’t think he’ll ever learn.

Debuchy – 3
Aside from a goal line clearance, he had little to no effect at all on the game. He didn’t really push the opposition when attacking and was defensively exposed by Bertrand.

Arsenal get JUST desserts from fantastic festive treat

Arsenal JUST edge a real Christmas Cracker at West Ham! by Sam P

In the sixth minute of extra time, the Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was almost punished for one of the very few things he did not do brilliantly. The Poland international came and did not get a free kick, and Enner Valencia got to the back post with his head for the knock on but put it over. Tat was the last action and Arsene Wenger and his players were left in delight and able to celebrate a really hard fought away win.

West Ham v Arsenal review – Gunners ride luck to great win!

Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players were under no illusions going in to this game against West Ham. While our away form is pretty shaky, the Hammers have a great record at home and were always going to put is under pressure and test the physical qualities that have been known to let the Gunners down.

So it was great to have Koscielny back with Mertesacker in central defence and Wenger gave the back four some extra protection by playing Coquelin in midfield with Flamini. And they had to get through an awful lot of work, especially in the first half as we were pushed back and stretched for most of it.

Arsenal need resilience FIRST and class SECOND at West Ham

Although the most important thing for Arsenal in the Boxing Day game against QPR was to get all three points in front of the Emirates stadium crowd, Arsene Wenger did take two big positives from the performance as well. And we will need to show both of those qualities again away to West Ham today.

It was a very nervous finish to the game after Olivier Giroud saw red for a headbutt and QPR got one back from the penalty spot, but the Arsenal boss took a lot of pride in the resilience we showed to hold firm under pressure towards the end. The Frenchman was also very pleased with the quality and class his team had showed before that, even though we should have had more than just two goals to show for it.

Arsenal v QPR Player Ratings – Sanchez MOTM despite penalty miss

Wojciech Szczesny 6.5
The Pole didn’t have a lot to do but coped well when needed. No chance with the penalty

Mathieu Debuchy 7
Reasonably solid in attack and defence. Harshly treated in the penalty claim

Per Mertesacker 6.5
Looked more comfortable than in recent games, but still lacks the leadership qualities of Koscielny

Nacho Monreal 7
Filled in well despite his lack of experience in the position

Kieran Gibbs 7.5
Our best defender and very productive in his attacking mode. one of our most consistent players

Liverpool v Arsenal Player Ratings – Santi best of bad bunch

Liverpool 2 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
Made some really good saves, was commanding but did have a bit of a brain fart that could’ve cost us but fortunately it didn’t.

Chambers – 5
Very rigid performance. I do worry about him in big games as he was schooled by Markovic and Sterling defensively and never looked in control offensively.

Debuchy – 7
A decent defensive performance and great work for our first goal.

Mertesacker – 5
He struggled to prevent dribbles at our defence and was very questionable for Liverpool’s second goal.