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Can Arsenal make this a Wenger landmark NOT to forget?

As well as being a vitally important home game for Arsenal in the quest for Champions League glory, the game against Galatasaray this evening marks the 18th anniversary of the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger. And the current players will be desperate to make it a day to remember this time.

The Frenchman has become the most successful manager in the club’s history in his time in charge, but if it was not for that dramatic FA cup final win over Hull City last season, his reputation would be under threat and the media would no doubt be on his back.

Monreal feels Arsenal are about ready to RUMBLE!!

Nacho Monreal has been one of the better Arsenal players so far this season, after the Spanish international was called to fill in for the injured Kieran Gibbs. And the left back believes that the more he plays for the Gunners, the better he performs.

Not only that, but he believes that the whole Arsenal team have now recovered from their World Cup exploits with their various national sides and are just about ready to really push on now. As he told Arsenal Player, Monreal is very confident and upbeat about this season, after a pretty good previous year which was only ruined by injury but did see the Gunners end that pesky trophy drought.

Arsenal Debate – Debuchy v Chambers at right-back?

Should we persist with Debuchy or bring in Chambers? by KJ

We signed Mathieu Debuchy fairly early in the transfer window and it a pretty underwhelming signing for me. We had a top class defensive right back and now we’ve gone to someone who’s only real experience at the top level was a couple of years ago in the Champions League at Lille.

Some may mention the fact that he starts for France and played in the World Cup but I think that’s a slightly different platform. The way teams attack in international football is extremely conservative and players are rarely defensively caught out because of it.

Arsenal Debate – Is Monreal now pushing Gibbs for starting XI?

Monreal has improved over the summer by KJ

Nacho Monreal has received a lot of criticism for his performances last season (including me). He was especially poor against the bigger teams and was specifically targeted because he lacked the protection and pace to offset it.
This season however, he has been far better and that is down to a few factors:

Firstly, he isn’t always rushed back after an injury and is therefore thrown in the thick of it.
His form has clearly improved over the summer and that probably comes from a good pre-season and tactical analysis of his performances over the summer with Wenger coaching him through his mistakes.

Nacho Monreal is Arsenal’s most under-rated player!

Monreal has looked the part this season, so far by SE

Monreal is probably the most understated player in the Arsenal lineup. When Kieran Gibbs is fit and firing, the Spaniard hardly ever gets a game and, even when he does get sporadic game time here and there, the rustiness is very much palpable. Add to that, his lack of pace gets pointed out time and again, and it becomes a kind of an indictment against Arsenal’s second choice Left-Back. So, apparently, it’s tough being Monreal, and take everything in your stride as a person, let alone as a player.

The international break will HELP Arsenal for a change

Upcoming international break is ‘gold dust’ for Arsenal’s squad by SE

There is something about injuries and Arsenal that keeps them together, always. One season after another, Arsenal seem to lose their most important players through injuries, and long term ones at that.

But one staunch reason behind such ‘misfortune’ has to be the number of games Arsenal have played so far, in comparison to their title rivals in Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool. What those injuries tell you is that Arsenal’s squad, despite being a huge one, doesn’t look sufficient for the number of games they play in a season.

FULL Arsenal injury update including Giroud surgery

As expected from the initial scan, Arsenal will have to face a long time without our first choice centre forward Olivier Giroud. Arsene Wenger revealed the news after the Gunners narrowly made it into the group stage of the Champions League.

The boss revealed that his fellow Frenchman has already had surgery on his fratured Tibia and that he does not expect the striker to be fully match fit again until the end of December, so that is a massive and damaging four months of football without last season’s top scorer.

`Desperate` Arsenal to go on the attack at Besiktas?

Although the bread and butter stuff that is the Premier League is always the priority, for Arsenal and all the other top flight English clubs, Arsene Wenger has made no secret of how important the Champions League is to the club. So the two games against Besiktas, tonight and next Wednesday, are huge for the Gunners, but will that affect our approach, and will that have a knock-on affect in the coming weeks?

Gibbs – Arsenal are hungry for more trophies (and Nasri wind-up)

As the first chance of another trophy for Arsenal looms in this afternoon’s match against Manchester City, Kieran Gibbs has been explaining how much the Gunners have grown since our first trophy a couple of months ago at the same venue.

Gibbs told Arsenal.com: “Winning the FA Cup was the biggest thing and we’ve kept a large amount of the squad together and added some new players,”

“Last year we did that as well. We didn’t let a lot of people go and brought people in. That had a positive effect for us so hopefully that can happen again.

Where are Arsenal’s weaknesses? (Shush!…..)

The aspects that could determine how Arsenal fare this upcoming season by TJ

As a Football club, your past failings mean for very little once you step on to the pitch to kick start a brand new season that gives you yet another fair chance to rectify your past and set out for a new chapter in the club’s history. Arsenal and their unbridled supporters will be well aware of that. And, going by Arsene Wenger’s dealings in the Transfer Market, the desire to restore Arsenal to their vintage old days is well and truly palpable. However, their frailties have surfaced time and time again in recent campaigns, and it’s about time that they do something about it.

Is Nacho Monreal good enough for Arsenal?

Nacho Monreal and his future in the Arsenal team

Nacho Monreal has always been seen as a solid left back ready to enter the first team any time. Bought in the winter of the 2012-2013 season to replace the injured Gibbs, Monreal has performed reasonably well for the Gunners whenever he puts on the shirt, barring some unfortunate showings. However, he is always seen as the second choice behind Kieran Gibbs.

Why Arsenal SHOULD sell Monreal to Bilbao!

I never thought I would be saying this after Nacho Monreal signed for Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2013, but I reckon it is time to cut the Spanish left back loose and get a replacement.

According to a report in The Express, La Liga side Athletic Bilbao are keen to take the defender back to Spain. The Spanish club have not got much money, but they need to strengthen as they claimed the last Champions League spot available by finishing fourth in La Liga.