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Arsenal fans ready to see new STAR born!

He is nearly ready according to the Arsenal manager. But reading between the lines and knowing that Arsene Wenger likes to use the domestic cup games to give playing opportunities to the fringe players in the squad, it looks like we are going to get our first look at what the January signing Gabriel Paulist is all about this weekend.

In his pre-match press conference reported by Arsenal.com the Frenchman hinted that the Brazilian defender signed from La Liga club Villarreal in January is now ready to get his first action for the Gunners and the way he said it suggested to me that he thinks Gabriel is going to be a real star for us.

Arsenal v Leicester review – Gunners hang on for win!

Well that was tough at the start for Arsenal, and tough to watch at times and I am not talking about the game not being on TV. The important thing was the result though and the Gunners got the win over Leicester that we expected, just.

For a large part of the first half, Arsenal were frustrated and unable to break down a well organised away side that were playing well. They were having some joy going forward as well with Hector Bellerin having a hard time at right back.

Wenger explains why Gabriel will NOT start for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger did not come right out and say that our new Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista, signed from the Spanish club Villarreal for an undisclosed fee this week, would not be in the Arsenal starting line-up that runs out on to the Emirates pitch to face Aston Villa on Sunday.

But when you look at what the Frenchman did say about the versatile 24-year old in his pre-match press conference, reported by Arsenal.com, it seems clear that Wenger is not ready to throw the young player in at the deep end, straight from La Liga into the Premier League with no time to catch his breath.

Arsenal’s new signing – Gabriel and BFG as partners?

Gabriel Armando de Abreu by JA

From Wikipedia – Born in São Paulo, Gabriel graduated from Esporte Clube Vitória’s youth setup, and made his senior debut on 7 March 2010, starting in a 3–1 win at Camaçari for the Campeonato Baiano championship. He made his Série A debut on 15 May, replacing Vilson in a 1–1 home draw against Flamengo.

In August 2010, Gabriel appeared in both matches of 2010 Copa do Brasil finals against Santos FC, but playing as a right back. He made his first team breakthrough in late 2011, and went on to play a crucial role in the following year, appearing in 35 matches as Leão returned to Série A.

Arsenal Debate – Should Paulista replace the BFG immediately?

BFG, Kos, Chambers and Paulista – Arsenal centre back conundrum by JS

I believe Wenger took a big risk today in mixing up his back five again in trying to give Ospina, Bellerin and Mertesacker a rest. After yesterday’s results and the fact we have a full week before the next game, I wanted to see us pick up where we left off last weekend with maybe a few gentle reintroductions if we managed to get in to a comfortable position in the match. Whilst I love the fact that we are through, we missed the chance to have made a bigger statement with a comfortable 3-0 win. If Wenger was certain that Mertesacker needed a rest then we would have looked much stronger defensively with Bellerin at right back and Chambers in at right centre back and Koscielny in his normal position at left centre back. Anyway, I digress slightly.

It’s all about the BALANCE for Arsenal boss

I do not mean that Arsene Wenger is planning on supplementing his Arsenal manager’s wages by taking up tightrope walking with the circus. And I do not mean the balancing act that the Frenchman has been forced into while having very little money to spend as the club paid off the debt of building a new stadium while needing to keep the fans happy and the team in the Champions League.

This time the balance that Wenger is looking for is in the team itself and he thinks that he has found that after a couple of clean sheets in a row, as an Arsenal.com report explains, helped in no small measure by the return from injury of Laurent Koscielny at the heart of our defence.

Walcott feels Arsenal have ALL pieces in place to beat Man City

The Arsenal and England international star Theo Walcott will be hoping that his latest game on the comeback trail after a year off with injury problems has some similarities with the last time the Gunners went to the Etihad stadium to face Man City.

Walcott was fantastic in that game, scoring twice and causing City all sorts of problems, but the result was not so good as Arsenal suffered a 6-3 defeat which began our terrible run of away defeats against our big Premier League rivals.

Arsenal Debate – The centre-back question?


Hey guys, it must be a great week after that destruction of Stoke City huh?

So I have been looking through the comments a while and guess what the main topic is….. no you don’t have to. It’s the centre-back question.

First off, I’m heavily amused by those saying Per has lost it. Personally,I don’t think Kos would have done much better with the available partnerships. If memory serves me right, when Kos had a non-complementary partner in Vermaelen and squidward (lol), he stunk the place out as well. I believe they will recover and make a strong partnership again.

Four UNSUNG Arsenal heroes from our great performance


Hello folks. I believe you are all in good spirits today. What a difference a great win makes. Just like our game against Hull City in the FA cup, we ran a strong Stoke side ragged in what was arguably our best performance of the season. One cannot help but feel that this Arsenal team might have turned a corner.

Arsenal v Stoke review – Easy Peasy Threesy for galloping Gunners

After the horror show that Arsenal produced away to Stoke a few weeks ago, which was probably the worst 45 minutes from the Gunners for many a year, it was vital that Arsenal put on a much better showing in front of the Emirates crowd.

And the way we started that game, the Arsenal players would have been determined to begin the game well and we certainly did that. Begovic had already had to prodduce two very good saves from Alexis Sanchez and Tomas Rosicky in the opening minutes, but there was nothing their keeper could do to stop Laurent Koscielny scoring with a feee header from Alexis’ cross in the 6th minute.

Come on Wenger! Arsenal need transfer help NOW!

Wenger’s transfer dithering could cost Arsenal dearly by DN

Here we are again Arsenal fans, with seemingly everyone in the world of football except Arsene Wenger thinking that the Gunners are teetering on the brink of a disaster and needing some quick action in the January transfer window in order to avert it.

We have the tough test of Stoke City on Sunday and then the even tougher trip to Man City the following week and there is still no sign of any new players coming in to bolster our injury stretched side. Arsenal are literally one injury away from a real nightmare and if we happen to lose either Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny or Calum Chambers, that nightmare will be upon us.