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Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Monaco

Arsene Wenger has made two changes to the line up that saw Arsenal take a two goal lead and hold on against Crystal Palace at the weekend and it will be no surprise to most fans that both are in the full back position. So Hector Bellerin comes back in and Kieran Gibbs returns for Monreal.

So Ospina keeps his place in goal ahead of Szczesny and Coquelin continues to be Wenger’s main man in front of the back four. The manager is also sticking with his somewhat experimental and very attacking formation of Cazorla and Ozil in the central areas.

The Arsenal fringe players to start against Monaco?

There will be a number of the fringe players at Arsenal hoping for a start in the Champions League against Monaco tomorrow and I think that some of them have a real chance. With a crucial Premier League clash against Everton coming up on Sunday, it is feasible that Arsene Wenger will shuffle his Arsenal pack a little to keep things fresh.

The Frenchman may also pick his team with the strengths and weaknesses of Monaco in mind and this could open the door for a few of the Gunners. The boss refused to say which keeper he would be using but both are fit. Szczesny does have more Champions League experience and will be desperate to impress, while missing a cup game and coming back at the weekend would not harm the confidence of Ospina.

My strongest Arsenal team to destroy Monaco – What is yours?

So there is just one more day to go before Arsenal’s crucial first leg tie against Monaco and we are all aware of our opponents defensive capabilities. But we also know about our own attacking prowess and I am gong to choose a team that should easily break down the French teams defence.

First of all I am hoping above all that David Ospina has recovered fully from his back strain sustained against Palace. I have a terrible feeling that if Szczesny plays we will definitely concede….

Is star right to say there’s enough quality AND depth at Arsenal?

For the last few years there has been the feeling that Arsenal did not have enough top quality players to really compete with the big clubs at the top level in the Premier League and Champions League. That was obviously not helped by the financial situation which forced Arsene Wenger to work with a shoestring budget and also to sell the best players at the club.

Arsenal v Middlesborough Player Ratings – Ozil MOTM

Arsenal 2 – 0 Middlesborough Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
Wasn’t challenged at all by the opposition. A very comfortable game thanks to our outfield players.

Chambers -7
Did well to get forward and made good passes and overlaps but never did anything spectacularly. It was comfortable for him and he’s clearly a more defensive full back than Gibbs.

Gabriel – 7
A good debut for the Brazilian. No real mistakes and made a couple of good last ditch tackles. His raw pace really aids his game.

Arsenal v Middlesborough review – Classy Giroud!

Arsene Wenger made a surprising amount of changes to his Arsenal team for the visit of Middlesborough in the FA cup today. We are used to the manager making changes for the cup competitions but seven still seemed a lot, especially with the Championship side being in great form and having knocked Man City out in the previous round.

But Wenger also knew that Boro’s success was based on a strong defence and so he went for a very creative and attacking line-up, with Alexis Sanchez included despite the fitness concern and with both Ozil and Cazorla in midfield. We started well and hardly gave the away team a kick in the first 25 minutes as we zipped the ball around and created some good openings.

Arsenal v Leicester Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Leicester Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

The players have to recover from that poor result in the derby and there’s no better fixture to restart the winning streak than against the worst team in the division – who’s manager is expected to be sacked if his team loses against us.

I feel the Tottenham result was a blip. It wasn’t down to bad management but down to the fact that we scored too early. The players believed they were playing well when they weren’t and we never recovered. This won’t happen against a team such as Leicester and we should really put them to the sword.

Thanks but Arsenal MUST say NO THANKS to La Liga transfer!

I know that the January transfer window has only just closed, and with Arsenal doing very little business during the month, it seems that Arsene Wenger is pretty happy with his squad options at the minute. But we also do know that the boss does not like the winter window and is more likely to sign a few players in the summer before the Gunners have a go at the Premier League title next season.

And the fans will be expecting some real quality. But although he has 47 international caps and has enjoyed a lot of trophy success with Portuguese club Benfica and Spain’s La Liga giants Real Madrid, I do not think that Fabio Coentrão should be one of them.

Gibbs believes Arsenal are still contenders for the title

Arsenal are currently 13 points behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, and crucially 12 points below our own points total at this time last year, but the Gunners defender Kieran Gibbs thinks that we still have a chance to make up those points this time around.

“If you look at last year, we were top of the league for the majority of the season but towards the end was where we faded,” Gibbs told The Mirror. “Now we have got a chance to hit form and we’ll see where we end up.

Rosicky was sublime – but Arsenal’s performance……

Arsenal back to their usual selves against Brighton by KM

Ahh the FA cup strikes again. After seeing City, Spurs and Chelsea crash out all in one day, it was game on for Arsenal against Brighton. No matter what they say about it, the FA cup is the FA cup and it’s a trophy. It’s one that we now have a realistic chance to win amazingly for a second year in a row.

Pick your Arsenal team to beat Brighton

Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion – Team prediction by Moh

Arsenal will be traveling to Brighton in the fourth round of the FA cup today and coming back from a fantastic 0-2 win against Man City, this should on paper be an easy game for the Gunners. We faced them a couple of years ago and we won by a narrow 2-3 win and went through to the next round. Brighton were a much better side back then and fighting for promotion to the Premier League. This season they are on the lower half of the table and look set to playing another season in the Championship.

FULL Arsenal injury update for Man City match

There was some very encouraging news for Arsenal on the injury front yesterday, after Jack Wilshere posted a video on a social network site of him moving freely without his protective boot and calmly slotting a penalty past a young player in the team he coaches.

Apparently, the Gunners could now have him back around a month earlier than previously thought, which would see him back in the squad around the end of this month, and with a bit of luck that would leave just the unlucky Mathieu Debuchy in the treatment room.