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Will our new injuries actually work in Arsenal’s favour next week?

Has Fate Intervened to Select Arsenal’s Best Possible Squad Despite Wenger? by NO

Against Spuds as usual Wenger had surprises for the fans, he insisted on the 4.1.4.1 setup and left arguably Arsenal’s best player right now (Alexis Sanchez) on the bench. He insisted on a Wilshere-Ramsey partnership in the middle of the pack. I honestly want to believe that Wenger decided it was too risky to allow Spud’s aggression to remove our best player at the moment and understood that Arsenal will be less effective up front for it, but hoped that the Ozil-Welbeck partnership would blossom.

Arsenal v Southampton Player Ratings – Rosicky and Podolski unimpressive

Arsenal 1 – 2 Southampton Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 6
He didn’t look great tonight. Seemed shaky at times and should’ve done better for Southampton’s second goal. It was a ferocious shot but it was straight down the middle.

Bellerin – 6
A decent performance. It was much better than the one against Dortmund but that is understandable considering the opposition. Seemed to lose the ball too quickly in the attacking third and didn’t offer much going forward. Was strong defensively though.

Chambers – 6
Held onto the ball for far too long and it’s clear the booing by the Southampton fans got to him slightly.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Southampton

As expected, it is a much changed Arsenal starting line-up that Arsene Wenger has picked for the third round visit of Southampton in the Capital One Cup. The big news, though, and something that should put a smile on all of our faces, is the return of Abou Diaby, as the most unlucky Frenchman in football makes his first senior start in 19 months.

It is a decent looking side as well, reflecting the fact that Wenger now has a much stronger looking Arsenal squad to choose from. Joel Campbell, Alexis Sanchez and Lukas Podolski is certainly not too shabby looking a front line, while Rosicky and Wilshere alongside Diaby is a fairly strong looking midfield as well. It is the defence that looks a bit inexperienced and could be a weak link tonight.

Arsenal v Southampton Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

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

I’m normally pretty excited about the League cup as it gives us an opportunity to play some of the younger players and we usually play well. But with our lack of defenders, I’m deeply concerned with Wenger playing the likes of Chambers only for him to get injured.

Southampton will be coming into this game as favourites on Betfair with the defence I’m hoping Wenger puts out. We can’t afford to risk our players for the League cup and that is completely Wenger’s fault for not bringing in enough defenders. But what’s done is done and we will need to cope.

How serious should Arsenal take Southampton in League Cup?

We all know the usual drill with Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, or whatever name it had in the past, as Arsene Wenger tends to use the competition, especially in the earlier rounds, to give the young Gunners and fringe players some valuable game time and experience.

But the game tomorrow at the Emirates might be different. With Southampton coming to town, Arsenal are facing strong opposition, who have no European games to worry about and so their manager Ronald Koeman may want to keep the team that has been doing so well recently, together.

Awesome Akpom’s goals promise fantastic future for Arsenal

Despite being young enough, at 18-years old, to play for the Arsenal under 18 team, Chuba Akpom is firmly established in the under 21s and if he keeps on going the way he has been of late, it will not be too long before he is involved in the first team squads as well.

Who should replace Ramsey for Arsenal v Besiktas?

Because of the importance of the Champions League to Arsenal, Wenger and the players, the second leg of the play-offs against Besiktas on Wednesday is probably more important than the Premier League away trip to face Everton on Saturday.

However, the Gunners have a big problem after our star player was rather harshly sent off in the first leg. The Welshman would have been a nailed on bet to start, but who can replace him? If he was fit, I would suggest that the job should go to Abou Diaby, but he seems to have disappeared off the face of the planet.

Why Arteta injury is GOOD news for Arsenal

Arsenal Football Club have had much more than their fair share of injuries in recent years, with last season pushing the bounds of bad luck to something like a curse. And we are already seeing the same sort of thing again, with Arteta, Sanogo, Gnabry, Gibbs, Miyaichi, Walcott and Ospina in the treatment room.

Hopefully, Arsene Wenger is keeping Abou Diaby under wraps like a secret weapon, but somehow I doubt it. So the news today, reported by The Mirror, that our new club captain, Mikel Arteta, is going to miss at least two weeks, possibly more, after turning his ankle in Istanbul on Tuesday, gives the boss a bit of a headache.

Will Arteta injury force Arsenal boss to spend again?

I am sure that most Arsenal fans will be hoping that the answer to the above question is an emphatic yes, but we are also used to the fact that Arsene Wenger does not always do what we expect or want from him in the transfer market, so it is by no means certain that he will sign another player as cover or replacement for Mikel Arteta.

Does this really mean no DM for Arsenal yet again?!?

With just over a week to go before the start of the Premier League season, it is almost exactly a year since Arsene Wenger was at perhaps his lowest point since taking over as manager of Arsenal Football Club back in 1996. After losing to Aston Villa on the opening day at the Emirates, the Arsenal fans let their anger and frustration out.

It was not just that the Gunners lost from a winning position, though, the main problem was that Wenger had spent the gran total of diddly squat on new players. Even when he did, it was another creative midfielder, when most people thought the main things we needed were a striker and that annual talking point, a defensive midfielder.

Arsenal STILL have to sort out our midfield problems…

AS I SEE IT: PART 1‏ by WC

Arsenal’s new season is upon us. We are all excited mainly because of two factors. The first one is that all those who were crocked last season, except Walcott, are raring to go. The second one stems from the four acquisitions already in the bag.

But as I see it, Arsene Wenger is still to solve the issues that made us concede 20 goals in four matches. They will not go away simply because we choose to ignore them and talk about anything else. We have taken comfort by making misplaced assumptions..

Arsenal depleted and defeated in New York! Don’t Panic!

Look, Arsenal fans, I know it is never nice to lose a game, especially to a team that you are expected to beat, like New York Red Bulls from the American MLS. But they did have the greatest striker in Arsenal’s history, Thierry Henry, on their side and are in the middle of their proper season.

Not only are the Arsenal players just limbering up for their own serious business of the Premier League and Champions League exploits, but we had so many of our first team players missing because of the World Cup finals in Brazil.