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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

Arsenal v Man City review – Gunners draw but deserve more!

People have questioned whether Arsenal are lacking in character, leadership and mental strength. You can’t really blame them, I suppose, after Chelsea inflicted a third heavy Premier League defeat on the Gunners. But Paul Scholes’ ill-informed attack was shown to be as bad as his punditry skills by the fight that Arsenal showed today.

I was expecting nerves galore and a shaky show from an Arsenal team who had every reason to be low on confidence, but as they have done many times this season, they proved people wrong. I was so proud of how the players took the game to the strongest team in the league and fully believe that, with a bit of luck, we could have taken the lead early on.

How Arsenal can avoid forgone conclusion against Man City

Is the City game already lost? by Twig

There is probably not a worse time for Arsenal to be facing Manchester City than this weekend. Unlike last season where our exploits against Bayern Munich were to be the catalyst for our strong finish to the season, this season the reverse has been the case and the team seems to be on a free fall right now.

The optimistic fan believes the most we can hope for is a draw against Man City, while the majority are resigned to another 6-0 mauling, or something along that line. Without Walcott, our chances in the big games are seriously diminished. But can Wenger pull something off with this battered and bruised set of players? What must Wenger do?

Can Flamini fight help Arsenal avoid another pasting?

I don’t know about the rest of you Arsenal fans, but I am not exactly looking forward to the game this weekend. Man City are looking in worryingly good form since they went out of the Champions League to Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, while the opposite could easily be said of the Gunners.

Bad luck and nerves against Swansea have left Arsenal’s title hopes and confidence in the gutter and there is a real danger of us suffering a fourth calamitous drubbing against our main title rivals. There are some reasons for Arsenal to hope, however. The fact that the kick-off time is not the same early one in which the heavy defeats against Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea occurred and the fact this game is at the Emirates while the others were away from home.