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Why Arsenal MUST make use of LIverpool fatigue!

It would have been a lot better for Arsenal if the Championship side Bournemouth had given Liverpool a rougher ride in the Capital One cup quarter-final last night. Extra time and penalties were what we really wanted, but the Gunners can still make use of that game to our advantage.

The fact that Bournemouth got a goal back and pushed hard for the last half hour was certainly a bonus. Not only did it mean that the Liverpool players could not relax and had to put in a real shift right until the end of the game, it also meant that Rodgers could not afford to replace so9me key players like Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.

Arsenal tactics – Should we copy Liverpool and England’s diamond formation?

Arsenal’s Formation in 4-4-2 Diamond– The Liverpool and England Way By Supertuur

In the 2013/14 season two teams really stood out with their goal scoring capabilities, Liverpool with Suarez and Sturridge and City with Augero, Negredo, Dzeko and Jovetic. Besides the quality of their strikers what was the other reason they scored so much? They played 4-4-2, although in different variations. Today I will focus on the formation Liverpool and recently England play which is the 4-4-2 diamond or also known as 4-1-2-1-2.

How would an Arsenal team look in a 4-4-2 diamond formation?

He’s at it again! Bias boy Owen predicts Arsenal downfall

Maybe I am wrong about Michael Owen having a huge bias against Arsenal and for his former clubs, Liverpool and Man United. Maybe, but I do not think so, as the former England striker seems to go out of his way to criticise us and predict doom and gloom for the Gunners.

That is probably how he kept his job at BT Sport, who have proved with their latest adverts that they are about as fond of Arsenal as a Tottenham fan whose wife has just run off with a Gooner. It certainly is not Owen’s scintillating commentary, incisive punditry or exciting tone of voice that keeps him in work there, that’s for sure.

Why Arsenal MUST give Arteta a new contract…

Mikel Arteta has just one year left of his current contract with Arsenal. I have seen some comments suggesting that it is time for the Spaniard to move on, while there have been reports of interest from Serie A club Fiorentina. Personally, I am hoping that Arsene Wenger, instead of selling him this year or letting his contract run out next summer, offers the Spaniard an extension, maybe another two years. Why?

Parlour on how Ramsey can become an Arsenal legend…

Parlour on Ramsey by Ash

In the latest of reports surrounding Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey this week, former Gunner and current Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has revealed how he believes Ramsey can become as good as Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard. The young Welshman is a slightly different type of player to Gerrard but there is no doubt that he was a major factor in Arsenal’s rise to the top of the Premier league, or that we have missed him badly in 2014.

Arsenal get BIG praise from Iniesta and Gerrard(kind of)

There seems to be a tendency in the English media to ignore Arsenal’s credentials and find all sorts of reasons to suggest that doom and despair is just around the corner. In a way I think it has helped the players and given them an extra incentive to prove people wrong, but it is nice to hear someone actually appreciate what the team is doing, especially when the praise comes from the likes of Barcelona star Andres Iniesta and England captain Steven Gerrard..

Did Arsenal get lucky or deserve to beat Liverpool?

For Arsenal Football Club, the fans and Arsene Wenger, the main thing that mattered yesterday was winning the game and progressing to the next round of the FA cup. But with a huge and difficult game against Bayern Munich coming up at the Emirates and what looks like being a title race that goes to the wire, it was important to put in a good performance as well.

So when I heard what Brendan Rodgers said after the game, I was a bit miffed. He was understandably cheesed off about the penalty claim for Chamberlain’s challenge on Suarez, but the Liverpool boss gave Arsenal no credit whatsoever and declared that his team had been much the better and should have won. Is that fair? Were we just lucky?

Should Arsenal start with Ox or Wilshere at Liverpool?

What with injuries and the suspension of Mathieu Flamini, the Arsenal team almost picks itself at the minute. But that does not mean that Arsene Wenger will be taking a week off to catch up with the box sets of The Wire or Breaking Bad, because he still has at least one big decision to make.

A week ago there was no decision and the only reason that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got a start in that coveted central midfield position was because his England international teammate had not recovered from the knock to his ankle. But after a two goal, Man of the Match performance full of drive and energy, Chambo has really given the manager something to think about.

Arsenal boss on why Ox will NOT be able to replace Walcott

Wenger on Chambo by JMT

With the departure of Theo Walcott recently to a lengthy injury, Arsenal’s chances of capturing the Premier League for the first time in nine years have been hampered slightly. However it is exciting to see that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has come through his own personal battle with injury and is looking like he could be playing very soon. Arsene Wenger is obviously happy to have a player of his quality back in the squad but he certainly doesn’t believe he is a like for like replacement for Theo.

Is Owen or Henry right about Arsenal’s Ozil?

There was no doubt that the £42 million signing of Mesut Ozil by Arsenal was the big story of the transfer window for various reasons. The Gunners smashing their transfer record as well as the decision of Madrid to let such a player go. Some critics, however, thought that Ozil was not the player Arsenal needed and that Wenger had messed up by not signing a striker.

And two of the best strikers in Premier League history have been talking about the German midfielder and they have wildly different opinions, although some or all of that could be attributed to their different biases towards certain clubs.

Arsenal boss wants Jack to start against Chile but not Germany

I don’t think that the Arsenal manager has enough influence over the England national manager, but he was in deep conversation with Roy Hodgson ahead of England’s training session yesterday. The England team are using Arsenal’s training ground as they prepare for the two international friendlies against Chile and Germany and it seems that Wenger is taking the opportunity to make his case to Hodgson.

Rampant Ramsey will keep firing Arsenal to the title!!

After a couple of slightly below par performances for Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey was back with a bang against Liverpool yesterday, proving that his scoring skills are here to stay. The Welshman has not been poor, but we have come to expect so much from him, that when his standards dropped back to that of a mere mortal, people started wondering whether his great start to the season was just a temporary purple patch.