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Is Coquelin ready to rescue his Arsenal career?

A lot of the big clubs these days use the loan system quite a lot to help them, and Arsenal are no different. With all the academy players trying to make it into the first team as well as a big squad to start with, sometimes the only way for a player to get some valuable competitive experience is for them to go to another club for a bit.

But often this is the last chance for a player, especially once they get past the age of 20, so I must admit that I thought that Francis Coquelin would probably be leaving Arsenal this summer. His loan deal last season with Bundesliga club Freiburg was beset by unlucky injuries and some of his performances were heavily criticised.

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.

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.

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.

The Arsenal team to start and BEAT Man City!?!

Arsene Wenger has a few selection issues for arsenal ahead of the first final of the English season, a week ahead of the beginning of the Premier League action. They call it the super cup in places like Spain, but here it is now the Community Shield after being known as the Charity Shield (why did they change it?)

Anyway, it is a good one to win, although it does not really count as a major trophy, unless you are Alec Ferguson and Man United. So Wenger will want as strong an Arsenal side as possible to face the BPL champions Man City. At least they face some of the same problems as we do without our World Cup winning Germans, as they had Demivhelis and Zabaleta in the final, with Aguero and Sagna only coming back this week.

Why Diaby could be key to Arsenal’s Premier League success!

Yeah, yeah, I know that Arsenal fans have heard the one about getting Abou Diaby back fit being like a new signing is wearing a bit thin now. However, I think that this season may be different for the unlucky France international. In fact, I think that Diaby could play a major part in the Gunners doing better than last season and actually winning the Premier League.

Wenger warns Arsenal to Take Care and Defend well tonight! or else…

It has been a good few weeks for Arsenal and their fans. And after Roberto Martinez and his Everton players lost their second game in three, a lot of Gooners have already got the team safely into next season’s Champions League, but that is a dangerous attitude.

Arsene Wenger is confident that his players can handle the pressure, but he has been impressing on them the importance of treating the next few games will full focus. First up is Newcastle tonight and, as reported by Arsenal.com, Wenger is well aware that they could trip us up.

Should Wenger make changes for Arsenal v Newcastle?

Arsenal are left to round up the Premier League weekend with a match against Newcastle United at the Emirates. And following on from a couple of vital wins for the Gunners, combined with a couple of cock-ups from our main rivals for the last Champions League spot, Everton, a win would pretty much guarantee us a 17th season among the European elite. But does that just mean that Arsene Wenger will pick this same starting XI that won at Hull last weekend?

Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Arteta, Ramsey
Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski

Wenger assures Arteta he HAS got a future at Arsenal

A large proportion of Arsenal fans have been hoping for Arsene Wenger to sign the sort of player that comes under the description of defensive midfielder for some time. And we don’t mean an all-rounder, or a creative player that will adapt his game, we mean a tough tackling midfield general.

When the Frenchman allowed Alex Song to leave the Emirates to sign for Barcelona, that would surely herald the signing of a Vieira type player, wouldn’t it? It seems like we only got Mathieu Flamini in this season, because the feisty Frenchman gave Wenger very little option, and the price was right.

Preview, prediction and line-up for Everton v Arsenal

Everton vs Arsenal preview, line up and predicted score by KJ

After falling off from the top of the pack, Arsenal are now in a fight for 4th and this game is vital to achieving it. Win against Everton and we are guaranteed at least 4th considering our remaining fixtures, lose however and we’ll be on a tightrope until the end of the season.

Everton have improved considerably under Martinez and are difficult to beat at Goodison Park. They pass the ball quickly and press extremely well in numbers. This means that there is very little time to rest and get your breathe back before they bombard you again.

Arsenal double pivot CAN work and must be used at Everton

After all the stick that has been given out to Mikel Arteta recently, the Arsenal vice-captain rose to the occasion for the tough test against Man City and proved, alongside the excellent Mathieu Flamini, that Arsenal can use the double pivot tactic in midfield.

The first few times that Arsene Wenger tried playing the Spaniard and the Frenchman together in central midfield, it did not look good and seemed to slow the Gunners up and deprive them of some cut and thrust going forward. But whether the players have just got more used to it or it just works at certain times against the stronger teams, I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that we need to use it again next weekend.

Arsenal player ratings for Man City draw – Cazorla MOTM

Arsenal 1 – 1 Manchester City Player Ratings by KJ