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Arsenal WILL rotate but stick with Giroud

After the umitigated disaster of the Champions League defeat, Arsenal will certainly be making some changes to the starting line up for the visit of Everton on Sunday. Arsene Wenger admitted as much in his pre-match press conference earlier today and the Frenchman knows it is vital for the Gunners to get right back on track in the bread and butter of the Premier League.

But although some angry fans would suggest that Wenger should make 11 changes after the terrible performances all over the pitch on Wednesday, that will not happen and Olivier Giroud is one of the players I believe the boss will stick with.

STARK warning about the dangers of Arsenal missing top four!

There is a theory that having no miweek European games whatsoever could be a helping hand for a Premier League title challenge, but Arsenal are highly unlikely to find out, at least not in the next year anyway. It would take a collapse in the order of the England cricket team for the Gunners to finish so low that we do not even get into the Europa League.

But Arsenal simply must continue our fantastic run of qualifying for the Champions League. It is not just that the UCL is a lot more glamorous and more lucrative than it’s less impressive relative either, although that is a big factor and can make the difference between being able to sign the players you really want in the sumer transfer window.

Arsenal get even MORE Champions League good luck!!

There is no denying that Arsenal were handed a huge slice of luck when the Champions League draw was made this week. Monaco were far and away the best draw the Gunners could have got and now we are actually the strong favourites to progress to the quarter-final stage for the first time in six years.

But I thought that a lot of the football media were a bit too quick to call us lucky, because that was the first bit of good luck that has come our way in the competition for a long time. Poor decisions from the referees as well as tough draws in our recent groups and play-off games have had most Gooners thinking that we were cursed in the competition.

Arsenal fans need to count their blessings and get a grip!

Following on from Big Gun’s sensible post about the state of Arsenal right now, I thought it was about time that JustArsenal’s Mr Admin should give a personal opinion. I have ALWAYS felt that EVERY fan is allowed to have an opinion and will let them publish or comment on the forum, but lately I am finding I am having to delete very personal abuse against other readers. This will NOT be tolerated. We are ALL Arsenal fans and are here to discuss Arsenal Football Club, not who has the biggest fists in the playground……

The Fight is Right so why are Arsenal struggling?

I am not going to hit the panic button yet Arsenal fans, but I must admit that my fingers were twitching at half time against Man City today. The Emirates stadium crowd were also a bit stunned after we managed to go into the break trailing to a breakaway goal while having failed to capitalise on some really good build up play.

BUT, and I am with Sir Mixalot on this one and he really likes big butts, the fact that the Gunners were able to dig in even when the crowd went flat and a very strong and capable Man City side tried to choke the life out of the game, was very good news for us. And that has been the story of the season so far.

Why Arsenal tactics work so well against weaker teams

How fitness can affect football games by KJ

I noticed something on Saturday that was rather surprising (and I’m not talking about our defending). It was Everton’s fitness levels. They were struggling massively after the 80th minute and the only real reason we scored was because they had entirely switched off at that point. I’m sure if the match had lasted 5 minutes longer, we would’ve ended up winners.

I wanted to address fitness and how it affects football matches. Everton is one example but another is the game against Besiktas. They failed to capitalise when we went a man down simply because they were too tired at that point and if anything, we looked more likely to score.

Three POSITIVES from Arsenal’s draw at Everton

Arsenal: Three positives from the draw against Everton by SE

For a very brief period on Saturday, Arsenal were keeping their skeptics happy. But, when Kevin Friend blew his final whistle, Wenger’s men would have felt content and encouraged by the attitude they showed, to leave Goodison Park with a well-earned point. However, looking back on the game, what are the three positives that Arsenal can take from salvaging a draw against Everton?

Arsenal should keep Alexis as the main striker?

Sanchez should be deployed as Arsenal’s striker in big games by SE

Giroud was misfiring; Sanogo, post his performance against Benfica in the Emirates Cup, went off the boil, and Arsenal desperately needed someone with an identity to lead the line for them. Subsequently, Sanchez was next in line to play as a striker. And, the most conspicuous aspect of all was the timing of such an innovation from Wenger, who, before the match against Everton, wasn’t expected to spring in a surprise.

Everton v Arsenal Player Ratings – sub Giroud MOTM

Everton 2 – 2 Arsenal, Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He was sloppy today and was pretty cocky on the ball which meant he cut it close with a few decisions.

Debuchy – 5
He was poor all game and was absolutely destroyed by Mirallas. He didn’t have much support in attack and was constantly under pressure. He will need to improve sharply over the next few games.

Chambers – 6
He was good on the ball but his off the ball decisions were more than questionable. He clattered into Everton players more than once and didn’t sheppard Lukaku when he had passed Mertesacker (by fouling him). He’ll learn from that mistake though.

Arsenal need to relax and play without fear against Everton

Winning or Losing against Everton won’t be the end of the world for Arsenal by SE

Arsenal are travelling to Goodison Park today, and without a shadow of a doubt it is one of the marquee clashes of the season. Arsenal would want to continue what has been a decent start to the season, and build momentum with each and every passing weekend. Their side looks well balanced – and the returning German trio of Mertesacker, Ozil and Podolski – will reinforce the Gunners that much more.

Everton v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

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

Last time we faced Everton, we were embarrassed. Martinez set up to exploit our weaknesses and ensured that the likes of Monreal and Sagna were destroyed. This time should be different. The team is a lot stronger than the one that was at Everton last time and confidence is higher (even though we struggled against Besiktas).

Even then, Everton away is definitely one of the hardest games of the season and we Wenger will have to manage the team so that we can get the result against Everton as well as having enough energy to beat Besiktas at home to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

Three key battles in Arsenal v Everton clash

Everton vs Arsenal: Three key battles on the pitch by SE

Arsenal visiting Goodison Park this weekend should bring us some intriguing one-on-one battles on the pitch, which, more importantly, could go on to decide who reigns superior at the end of 90 minutes. Here are three key battles to look forward to:

Mertesacker/Koscielny vs Lukaku
Everton’s new signing should, in all probability, lead the line for the Toffees. Last season, in the corresponding fixture, Lukaku played on the Right-Wing, and it proved to be an astute piece of tactic from Martinez, as Lukaku posed serious problems for Monreal, with his pace and power acting as the lynchpins to Everton’s first and second goals.