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Don’t blame Wenger! Arsenal players have let him down!!

I know that in football the buck stops at the manager, but I also think that Arsenal fans are too quick to blame everything on Arsene Wenger. Maybe it is the years of frustration when we failed to win a trophy and dropped behind the big spending Premier League clubs like Chelsea and Man City.

But I think we forget too easily just what a great job Le Prof has done to keep the club in the top echelon of the Premier League and managed to qualify for and progress from the group stages of the Champions League while having no money to spend, at the same time as our rivals were bankrolled by billionaires.

German players tell Arsenal to step it up NOW!

Because of all the injury problems Arsenal have been beset with recently, including to Mesut Ozil and young Serge Gnabry, the Gunners have just two Germans in the match day squads at the minute. Both Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker were involved in that unlikely last minute win over Anderlecht, with the striker scoring the crucial winner.

And both of our German stars have been fairly honest in their assessment of the game, admitting that the performance was not really good enough and that we only got the win with a large slice of luck. Both they also think that the players can use this result and push on to get the season back on track.

Mertesacker confident Arsenal are NOT out of title race

To most watching Arsenal fans, the last minute equaliser against Hull was only a slight relief. A point was obviously better than nothing but watching our London neighbours Chelsea move a frightening eleven points clear of us after just eight games has left us in despair.

But our BFG, who some would say was actually guilty in conceding Hull’s second goal, thinks that the belief and “good morale” in this Arsenal side will see them carry on the fight for the title.

BFG blames attackers for Arsenal loss – A word with Ozil maybe?

If there is anyone at Arsenal Football Club who is going to take the bull by the horns, or the Elephant in the room that is the form of Mesut Ozil, it is his World Cup winning team mate from the Germany team, Per Mertesacker. After all, he has done if before, blasting our number 11 last season after he trudged off the pitch following a poor performance without acknowledging the travelling Gooners.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings for Chelsea loss – Wilshere MOTM

Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He was sloppy with some of his kicks out. Could’ve done better for the penalty I felt. It was struck without any real pace and he was done by Hazard’s eyes.

Chambers – 5
Struggled massively against one of the best wingers in the world. Completely understandable but showed his lack of experience time and time again.

Mertesacker – 7
Was our best defender today but was unfortunately let down by those around him.

Arsenal to change tactics against Chelsea?

God knows how many times JustArsenal readers have begged Arsene Wenger to adjust his tactics depending on the opposition instead of just Attack! Attack!, especially after Arsenal’s embarrassing defeats against the Top Teams last season including the 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Well this time around Arsenal have Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck around to cause a few more problems for the Chelsea defence, and according to Per Mertesacker, the Gunners will be “trying new things”>

He was quoted in the Independent after the excellent performance against Galatasary: “Obviously it is a good lift before the Chelsea game. We have got good confidence at the moment and will try to implement that into the game on Sunday,”

Arsenal move up to fourth place in title chase

Despite the criticism dished out to Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal squad, the Gunners have quietly gone about their business and remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

Mesut Ozil finally came good in yesterday’s game against Aston Villa and I hate to say it, but it would not be wrong to say that Wenger has finally played him in his preferred position and we were rewarded with him scoring his first goal this season and also assisting for another.

Gunners MUST show FIRE and FIGHT to restore Arsenal pride!

It is never nice to lose a game of football, and Arsenal fans are desperate for the Gunners not to lose this one today at Aston Villa. But the manner of a defeat, or a disappointing draw, is often as important to the fans.

If you play badly and win, nobody really cares and people talk about winning ugly being the mark of champions. But on the other hand, if you play well and the team gives everything and leaves nothing on the pitch, then the fans appreciate that.

BFG says `Bring on Dortmund` Arsenal are ready!!

There were some really good signs for Arsenal at the weekend, as we outplayed the Premier League champions for large parts of the game, scored two cracking goals and were a bit unlucky not to come away with all three points. But it was another step in the right direction for Arsenal who have not quite hit top gear yet this season.

Despite that, our German defender Per Mertesacker reckons that this is the perfect time for the Gunners to go to his home country to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, as he explains in an Arsenal.com report. Tomorrow’s game and the return fixture at the Emirates are likely to decide who finishes on top of the group and our BFG thinks that a weakened Dortmund are there for the taking.

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 captains roast the Spuds over Welbeck transfer!!

This is priceless for Arsenal fans, while at the same time will have the twerps from Tottenham grinding their teeth in frustration. Because the Arsenal captain and vice-captain have revealed that it was their intervention that caused Arsenal to hijack the transfer of Danny Welbeck from Man United on transfer deadline day.

The story, reported by the Daily Star, is that the Spuds were the only club in the running for the England striker and were poised to secure his services on a year long loan deal, until he bumped into Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker.

How Arsenal can benefit from Podolski international pride!

With Arsenal having three first team players in the Germany squad that won the World Cup in Brazil this summer, Arsene Wenger has had a difficult start to the season as they all came back pretty late and still in party mode after the celebrations.

There are benefits to the situation as well, though, and hopefully Arsenal will now start to see the best from Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski again. The BFG has retired from international football which should help him to prolong his club career, but at 29-years old it looks like Podolski is keen to carry on.