The international break is now over and all of the Arsenal players that joined up with their respective nations will be heading back to north London, if they are not back already. And the most positive thing to come out of the last 10 days is that not a single one of our stars has returned with a new injury problem.
3 Things to Take from Newcastle v Arsenal by AG
Ozil is Crucial
Having a big squad is vital for any manager – especially if you have ambitions on challenging for titles. And, when we say a big squad, we are not talking of players who just make up numbers. Having two or three individuals to fight for one starting spot is always a sign that the club is doing something good.
What must Arsenal change, If we don’t buy by JH
Yet another typical Arsenal transfer window is approaching its end. Targets have come and gone, and we are yet to sign an outfield player. Fans and pundits alike have been screaming for a new DM and a starting CF, the latter being most important.
The young Arsenal and England defender Calum Chambers may have had the sort of game he would rather forget on Monday against Liverpool, and he has taken his fair share of stick for is as well, but I do not think that it will mean a great deal in the long term.
It was typical of the bad luck that seems to hang around Arsenal Football Club like the bitter sense of jealousy hangs around White Hart Lane, that right before a difficult and crucial game we lost both of our first choice centre backs.
You would say that losaing one of your first choice centre backs just before a huge and possibly key game in the Premier League, so for Arsenal to lose both Lautrent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker must be seen as a complete nightmare and brings back all those horrible momories of the ongoing injury problems that have ravaged Arsenal for years.
Unless there is a fitness problem with one of them, the Arsenal centre back pairing to face Liverpool this evening is almost certain to consist of the usual suspects Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. Whether you agree with him or not, it is clear that Arsene Wenger is happy with them and would probably play them in every game if he could.