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Flamini and Chambers keys to Arsenal beating Anderlecht

It is clear that Arsenal simply have to beat the champions of Belgium tonight, not just to keep us in with a chance of winning the group stage ahead of Borussia Dortmund, but to get the confidence flowing and get the season back on track after a string of disappointing results.

The Gunners need a similar sort of morale boosting result as the 4-1 drubbing of Galatasaray in our last group game. But even that game showed why we have struggled so far, because despite dominating the game we could not keep a clean sheet. And that goal came with a red card for Wojciech Szczesny and with David Ospina ruled out with injury, Arsenal will have to start with the inexperienced youngster Emiliano Martinez.

Injury list NOT reason for Arsenal struggles says Monreal

Following on the back of yet another draw for Arsenal, the trip to Belgium to face Anderlecht is a very important game for the Gunners. It gives us a great opportunity to bounce right back from the visit of Hull City on Saturday, but it also puts more pressure on Arsene Wenger and his injury depleted squad.

But although Arsenal are without Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo and possibly Laurent Koscielny, the man who might replace the French centre back does not think that we can use the long injury list as any excuse for a failure to get the right result on the pitch.

Does Wenger mean Hummels as this January Arsenal transfer?

The Annual General Meeting of Arsenal Football Club was today and as usual there were lots of questions raised about the club’s financial dealings, especially the spending on transfers by Arsene Wenger. Even though the Frenchman spent more than ever in the summer transfer window, a year after smashing the club’s transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil, there is still a feeling that we could and should have done more.

Is this Arsenal star having a Giraffe?

Maybe they do things differently in France, maybe the Arsenal and France international defender has a character as spiky as his hairdo and is always falling out with his friends and calling them names. In fact, the disciplinary record of Laurent Koscielny would back that theory up, as it was revealed the other day in a Daily Mail report that our central defender tops the list of Premier League penalties conceded since 2010.

Koscielny has spoken about his unwanted record, as reported by ESPN, and the way the 29-year old Gunner responded to the news was fairly tongue in cheek, mentioning the Guinness Book of Records and suggesting that his unfortunate habit only matters in a close game.

Chelsea v Arsenal review – Much better but Gunners still lose

Arsene Wenger did react to the away day troubles that Arsenal had against our big rivals last season, mas he needed to. But without Aaron Ramsey or Mikel Arteta available to play due to injury, it was Santi Cazorla who dropped back alongside Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini to make our midfield more compact.

And it helped, as did the better determination showed by the whole Gunners side. But sometimes there is nothing you can do about a bit of brilliance and it was Eden Hazard’s dazzling run into the box that broke the Arsenal resistance, winning a penalty that he also converted after 27 minutes. Maybe the little Belgian left his leg a bit but you always see them given and Koscielny was perhaps lucky not to see red.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings for Villa win – Ozil MOTM

Aston Villa 0 – 3 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
He didn’t have much to do all game except for a very smart save in the first half.

Chambers – 7.5
I felt he was pretty good today and he’s so composed on the ball. If only we’d brought in another centre back, he’d be a great option at right back and in my opinion, he’s better than Debuchy.

Mertesacker – 7.5
He was very composed today and kept the ball at the back. He calmed the game down completely in the second half and didn’t force any balls forward.

Debuchy injury highlights Arsenal and Wenger’s transfer failings!

IN some ways, the summer transfer window that recently closed was one of the best for Arsenal fans in many a year, with some really exciting players like Alexis Sanchez coming in. But looking at it from another point of view, it was yet another disappointing one for us long suffering Gooners.

If you count the injury to Olivier Giroud, the transfers of Danny Welbeck, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers were not additions to the current squad, they were replacements, because we lost Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen and Lukasz Fabianski at the same time.

Arsenal NEED Giroud and MUST support him says team mate

At first I thought that Arsenal were getting the same bad luck as last season when, after the likes of Gibbs and Arteta had picked up little knocks, our main centre forward Olivier Giroud was ruled out for the rest of the year after an innocuous challenge at the end of the Everton game.

But when you look at it, out luck was not so bad after all because it happened in time for Arsene Wenger to go and sign Danny Welbeck from Man United as cover. And if the same thing had happened in the second half of last season it would probably have been a disaster and may have seen the Gunners drop out of the top four and fail to win a trophy again.

Will BFG help Chambers to become an Arsenal legend?

One of the strongest parts of Arsenal last season was the defence, with the amount of clean sheets in the Premier League allowing Wojciech Szczesny to share the Golden Glove award with Petr Cech from Chelsea. But a lot of that was down to the excellent partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and the departures of Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna have left that the Gunners seriously short of cover.

First choice central defenders the key for Arsenal v Besiktas

He may not have quite been at his best after only returning to Arsenal training around a week ago, but Per Mertesacker’s 90 minutes against Everton at Goodison Park could prove to be very important for the Gunners in the season ahead.

Because it means that Arsene Wenger should have no worries about starting the Champions League game on Wednesday with the German giant alongside his main defensive partner Laurent Koscielny. The France international may have picked up a little knock last week, which was why Wenger left him out on Saturday, but he was on the bench and so should be fine to face the Turkish team Besiktas.

Mertesacker MUST replace Chambers against Everton

Everton vs Arsenal: What kind of an impact will Mertesacker’s return have on Arsenal? by SE

Per Mertesacker is an odds-on favorite to return to action for Arsenal when they visit Goodison Park this Saturday. The lanky German would replace Calum Chambers at the heart of Arsenal’s defence, and will be a welcome inclusion for Wenger, who, despite the returning German, has a couple of team selection issues to address. Sticking with Mertesacker, though, what kind of an impact can he have on Arsenal, with his return to action?

A frustrating evening but Arsenal pull through

Arsenal made very hard work of the first half, and with Palace playing it very tight at the back it was looking difficult to get the ball to lone striker Yaya Sanogo. All the same it was a bit of a shock when the long-mooted Arsenal target Brede Hangerland flew above the Gunners defence to open the scoring in the 34th minute.

Arsenal fought back and just managed to nab the equaliser before the half-time whistle through a similar goal from Laurent Koscielny at the other end, except this one came from an excellent free-kick from Alexis.