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Should Arsenal pair BFG with Chambers, Debuchy or Monreal?

While the Arsenal injury problems continue to bite and give Arsene Wenger a real selection headache every time the manager prepares for a game, the problem may not be so extreme this time. At least the Gunners have a week off to rest, recuperate and recharge the batteries before heading to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.

As well as Arsenal having the rare situation of being fresher than our opponents, with Liverpool going to Bournemouth tomorrow in the League cup, the Frenchman does actually have some decent options in his defence, although the France international centre back Laurent Koscielny is unfortunately not one of them.

Why Schalke defender’s transfer is PERFECT move for Arsenal

If this particular Arsenal transfer rumour, then I am one Gooner who is hoping that Arsene Wenger is serious and can complete the deal in the January transfer window, although that is not likely to be easy.

Benedikt Howedes is, in my opinion, the perfect transfer target for Arsenal. The 26-year old a very talented centre back, proven by him already earning 31 caps for the Germany national team, including playing every minute for the World Cup winners at the finals in Brazil this summer.

Happy Arsenal fans as Wenger declares January defender transfer!!

There was only one thing to worry about for Arsenal fans, well for me at least, as the Gunners cruised to a 4-1 victory over a good Newcastle United team fresh from a win over the Premier League leaders Chelsea. And it was not whether Arsene Wenger was so thankful to the Magpies for stopping Jose Mourinho emulating the invincibles season.

With an Arsenal squad and particularly our back four that was ravaged with injury problems, the makeshift defence with Debuchy alongside Mertesacker and Bellerin at right back, put in a really solid showing. The young Spaniard and the Frenchman were particularly good, Gibbs carried on his recent excellent form and our BFG suggested once more that he is world class as long as he is comfortable with the players around him.

Can Wenger risk any Arsenal rotating against Newcastle?

The final Champions League game this week gave Arsene Wenger a great chance to rest a few of his overworked Arsenal players because there was little riding on the result. So with the festive period about to provide a stern test of the Gunners squad, with six games in the space of three weeks, the boss eagerly took the opportunity to give the likes of Alexis, Welbeck, Cazorla and Gibbs a break.

Mings is not the answer for Arsenal

Arsené Wenger please stop the excuses by Joe A

Hey guys Hope you are fine. So I saw this story about Wenger not wanting to risk Koscielny and it does make sense. But Mr Arsené Wenger it is you that did not get another centre-back in. To make it worse, all your known targets are not really top level players.

Should Arsenal rotate BEFORE festive fixture list?

It was hard work for Arsenal and a very close run thing against a confident, tough and well organised Southampton side, especially with their keeper having one of those nights when it looked like nothing could beat him. But the Gunners kept going and Alexis grabbed us a deserved winner and made it three wins and three clean sheets in a row.

So now Arsenal can start to feel confident that we are strong in all areas of the pitch and can look ahead to the next month and the chance to make up some ground on the teams above us. And we also have some key players returning from injury in that time, with Theo Walcott and Wojciech Szczesny possibly this weekend followed by Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina and then Mikel Arteta all before christmas.

Wenger – I knew before game Arsenal would win in last 15 minutes!

The fans may have felt frustrated during Arsenal’s last gasp victory over Southampton last night, but Arsene Wenger has revealed that his whole game plan was prepared with the thought that the Gunners would win the points in the closing stages of the match.

“It was a game where we needed to be patient and intelligent not to make a defensive mistake,” Le Prof said on Arsenal.com. “That is why we need to keep the core in the middle of the team.

Did Arsenal’s BFG just need Koscielny back?

It does not take a rocket scientist or even a football expert to see that Arsenal’s leaky defence was a major reason for the club’s struggles in the season so far. Very few clean sheets, defensive errors, letting Anderlecht come back from three goals down and then the loss to Manchester United when the visitors had hardly any chances just highlighted the issue.

And although the injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny were very damaging for our defence, it was actually our first choice centre back Per Mertesacker that was struggling as much or more than Calum Chambers of Nacho Monreal.

AKB v AOB – Arsenal MUST change managers next summer

A thought on the AKB v AOB discussion on JustArsenal by KM

Arsenal fans seem to be divided in their opinions of late, regarding to whether we want Arsene in charge or we want a change. Now name calling is weak and I don’t like this “brigade” thing like we are some sort of sect, not just people with opinion, because at the end of they day all Arsenal fans want what’s best for the club.

Have Arsenal found right balance between Defence and Attack?

Arsenal finally got a decent and well deserved reward for their efforts in the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund and while Jurgen Klopp was not happy with the performance of his players, Arsene Wenger suggested that it was the Gunners getting the balance of the side right, as an Arsenal.com report shows.

The manager said, “I felt we had a good combination between our usual passing game and our transition from defence to attack. We were highly focused to defend well together from the first to the last minute and we always looked dangerous. Defensively we were very good as well.

Koscielny more important than Wilshere for Arsenal v Dortmund?

I have been really impressed with Jack Wilshere this season, for Arsenal and the England national team. When it looked like the super talented teenager that burst onto the scene a few years ago was letting it slip and might never realise his potential, Wilshere has knuckled down and proved his critics wrong.

That has been great to see but also really important to the Arsenal cause this season, with Aaron Ramsey really struggling to get anywhere near the form that made him far and away our best player of last season. So the injury news reported by Sky Sports that Jack has sprained his ankle badly and will be out of action for a bit is not what we needed.

Why Arsenal defence WILL be ready for Man United

Apart from the slight groin strain picked up in training by Theo Walcott and the slight knock received by Danny Welbeck during the Scotland v England friendly, it has been a pretty good international break for the Arsenal players, who should all have arrived back in north London in a positive frame of mind.

But perhaps more important than that has been the chance for Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff to work with the players not on international duty. Because the Gunners still cannot call on the first choice French defenders Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy.