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How will Arsenal cope with pace of Sterling?

It does not take a football genius to work out where the main danger lies for Arsenal when we travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. With Luis Suarez gone, Daniel Sturridge injured and Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli….well let’s be kind and say not very good, the stand out threat is young Raheem Sterling.

Brendan Rodgers has now taken to using the dynamic young player as his central striker, although in more of a false nine or `Messi` role. He looked a bit lost there last weekend against Man United and missed their best chances of the game, but two goals against Bournemouth will have the confidence flowing and the Gunners must find a way to nullify the threat he poses.

Can Coquelin solve Arsenal midfield problems?

Everyone connected with Arsenal should be crossing their fingers, toes and anything else that is cross-able this week and hoping that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reacts well to the injection he has had to try to ease the groin problem that the Gunner picked up near the end of Saturday’s excellent win over Newcastle United.

The England international star had up to that point produced a very mature and dynamic performance alongside Mathieu Flamini at the heart of our midfield, which was a great relief after Aaron Ramsey had joined Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere on the injury list.

Arsenal pass-master feels Saints win sets `Perfect` example!

It was not too long ago that Arsenal were doing a lot of things right and still not getting the points we thought that deserved. Arsene Wenger suggested that his team were very close to clicking and although bad luck was a big factor, a few tweaks to the balance of our play was all that was needed for the results to start flowing.

That balance has certainly shifted a bit more towards caution and solidity in defence since then, with three clean sheets in a row testament to that. Arsenal have not been quite so dangerous at the other end, but we have still scored in every one of our last 10 games, since the trip to Stamford Bridge when we should have had a penalty.

Arsenal MUST get a new DM in January

Why Arsenal Have to Sign a DM this January! by AT

A lot of the blame for Arsenal’s dismal form so far this season has been focused on the lack of defensive depth and stability in the Gunners squad. While we could definitely do with a new centre-back or even two, there is another aspect of our defensive set up that needs more immediate attention considering our current situation. In my opinion, the Arsenal squad is in more desperate need of a defensive midfielder.

Arsenal to recall Coquelin to solve midfield problems?

It is bad enough that Arsenal continue to pick up injuries more often than Cristiano Ronaldo picks up a mirror, but we also seem to get a spate of players in the same area ruled out at the same time. Like having to face Borussia Dortmund without our two best keepers Szczesny and Ospina. Or losing the right back Debuchy and centre back Laurent Koscielny for the last few weeks.

And now it is the central midfield area that looks dangerously exposed, after losing Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta to long term injuries in the last two games. With Abou Diaby still not fit enough to feature in the match day squad, Arsene Wenger’s options are almost non existent.

Is Wenger being stubborn or cautious over Wilshere’s Arsenal role?

There is a strong belief among many Arsenal fans and people in the football media that Arsene Wenger can have a tendency to be stubborn. They will point at his refusal, transfer window after transfer window, to sign the players to strengthen the positions in the Arsenal squad that most people think we need.

And then there are his tactics, which rarely change, and his way of leaving the making of substitutions until it is so late in the game that the players coming on hardly have time to get used to the pace of the game, much less have an influence on it.

Arsenal fans need to calm down and think carefully….

In Defence of Wenger and the players…. by Alarcon

It is exceedingly obvious that Arsenal are not having a good season at all, languishing at 6th on the table when this season was supposed to be the one where Arsenal capitalised on the FA Cup win to steamroller on. As a result of the team’s under-performance, fans have been turning on Wenger and the players. However, I do feel that much of the criticism leveled at them is rather uncalled for.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal at Swansea City

With an international break on the horizon, Arsenal somehow find themselves in a great position to go into a two week break in a good position, just a point behind Man City and well above the likes of Liverpool, Man United and Tottenham. And we also need a win to put some poor results and performances behind us and set ourselves up for the rest of the season.

Arsene Wenger has the usual number of injury problems in the squad, with no Arteta, Koscielny, Debuchy, Giroud or Ozil available. So Arsene Wenger has decided to keep, as far as possible, the side that started against Anderlecht and got the Gunners three goals to the good on Tuesday.

Flamini – Arsenal need to defend as a team – Hmm….

There have been some strange mutterings from Matthieu Flamini this week, especially as he came on the pitch against Anderlecht just in time to see Arsenal’s worst defensive display of the season so far! I guess could be putting forward that th team needs to defend as a whole to ry and delect criticism against him and his fellow defenders.

“Defending as a team is very important,” Flamini said on Arsenal.com. “You have to defend as a team but you also have to attack as a team and it’s very important to play very closely with each other.

Was losing Arteta really the reason for Arsenal collapse?

Just about everyone concerned with Arsenal Football Club will have been absolutely astounded at what they saw against Anderlecht at the Emirates last night. And most of us have been trying to pick the performance apart to see just how the Gunners managed to throw away a three goal lead against one of the minnows of the Champions League.

The man whose job it is it see that these things do not happen or at least try to prevent them from happening, Arsene Wenger, had a few ideas of his own including; insisting that the Belgian champions are a better team than most people think, an all round poor defensive performance from start to finish from Arsenal and dropping off because the players thought the game was won.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Anderlecht

Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players have a great chance to qualify for the next round of the Champions League by beating Anderlecht at the Emirates tonight. And confidence in the dressing room will be much higher than the last time we lined up against the Belgians, after that late win and two EPL wins with clean sheets to boot.

But the Frenchman will also be wary after they nearly beat us last time and the fact that they have the players to really hurt us on the counter attack. So I expect that Arsenal will try to dominate cpossession and create chances without being too gung ho.

Arsenal tactics – Has Wenger decided to stick to 4-4-2 at last?

Arsenal seemed to have experimented with many formations this season, but it is interesting to note that we have finally kept two clean sheets in a row now that Wenger has has decided to go back to basics with a bog standard defensive 4-4-2 setup.

Wenger noted after yesterdays win against Burnley: “We played 4-4-2 and we played like that against Sunderland. It works because he [Alexis] works very hard so we can afford to do it. We have to balance the midfield and defence.”