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Nacho Monreal needs to stand firm against Everton

Everton vs Arsenal – player spotlight: Nacho Monreal by SE

Arsenal travelling to Goodison Park this weekend presents to us the first of those almighty clashes of the season, and we could be in for a cracker of a game. Last season was all about Arsenal and Wenger flunking in those big games that dealt a serious blow to the North Londoners’ title ambitions. And, apparently, Arsenal’s defending wasn’t up to scratch in those big games against Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton.

How badly will Arsenal miss injured Sanogo and Gibbs?

Were any of us really surprised to hear that Arsenal have already got a couple of injury problems to cope with? After just one properly competitive game of the new season, the Gunners must travel to the intimidating atmosphere of Istanbul to face Besiktas without two of the starters from Saturday’s narrow win over Crystal Palace.

With Arsene Wenger making no secret of just how important it is for us to get into the group stages of the Champions League, the Frenchman must be a little concerned about how much we will miss the young French striker Yaya Sanogo and our first choice left back Kieran Gibbs, with the Englishman expected to miss around three weeks due to the hamstring problem that saw him replaced at the weekend.

Koscielny injury leaves Arsenal’s defence exposed

It could be dangerous to play with Monreal and Chambers against Palace this weekend

News is coming out that Koscielny has sustained an injury that will rule him out of this weekend’s game and could see him miss that all important game against Besiktas midweek. But without Koscielny for the game against Palace, we will be forced into using Monreal and Chambers as CBs and that could be very dangerous for us.

Arsenal defence to face Man City for Community Shield?

This will be the first time in years that Arsenal have featured in the Community Shield, in fact the first time since the name change, but it will be a useful exercise for us and certainly a game we want to win, especially as it is against one of the teams most likely to challenge us for major honours.

Somewhere between a pre-season game and a trophy, Sunday at Wembley gives the Gu8nners a final chance to test themselves before the season really starts, as well as a chance to gain some mental confidence and bragging rights, but I am a little concerned about the defensive side of our game.

Where are Arsenal’s weaknesses? (Shush!…..)

The aspects that could determine how Arsenal fare this upcoming season by TJ

As a Football club, your past failings mean for very little once you step on to the pitch to kick start a brand new season that gives you yet another fair chance to rectify your past and set out for a new chapter in the club’s history. Arsenal and their unbridled supporters will be well aware of that. And, going by Arsene Wenger’s dealings in the Transfer Market, the desire to restore Arsenal to their vintage old days is well and truly palpable. However, their frailties have surfaced time and time again in recent campaigns, and it’s about time that they do something about it.

Arsenal MUST get rid of Nacho Monreal!

Arsenal might want to rethink holding onto Nacho Monreal by SE

There is this incredible urge for everyone associated with Arsenal to sign another midfielder, who can be defensive-minded and take care of shielding the back four. Fair enough. It’s one of the primary needs for Arsenal if they are to challenge on four fronts they are involved in.

But shifting your focus from midfield, and looking towards the left-back position, won’t it be rational to want to bring in another left-back as cover for the first choice Kieran Gibbs? No disrespect to Nacho Monreal, but given the height of expectations and ambitions exuded by Arsenal, you want to be competent, if not indomitable, in most positions – and Monreal is more of a liability to me at left-back.

Is Nacho Monreal good enough for Arsenal?

Nacho Monreal and his future in the Arsenal team

Nacho Monreal has always been seen as a solid left back ready to enter the first team any time. Bought in the winter of the 2012-2013 season to replace the injured Gibbs, Monreal has performed reasonably well for the Gunners whenever he puts on the shirt, barring some unfortunate showings. However, he is always seen as the second choice behind Kieran Gibbs.

Arsenal can’t afford to sell ANY players this summer

Arsenal need to keep the squad together by AT

We are essentially half way through the World Cup now and it will soon finish, meaning certain players will be joining the club and there could be some outgoings at Arsenal as well. But I think that moving too many players out could be massively detrimental to us in the long run.

There have been reports that Vermaelen, Podolski, Cazorla, Monreal and Arteta are interested in moving away from Arsenal or have attracted interest from other clubs. It would be a catastrophe if we were to sell any more than one of these players even if we were to replace them with similar quality players.

Why Arsenal SHOULD sell Monreal to Bilbao!

I never thought I would be saying this after Nacho Monreal signed for Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2013, but I reckon it is time to cut the Spanish left back loose and get a replacement.

According to a report in The Express, La Liga side Athletic Bilbao are keen to take the defender back to Spain. The Spanish club have not got much money, but they need to strengthen as they claimed the last Champions League spot available by finishing fourth in La Liga.

Will World Cup snubs help or hinder Arsenal defenders?

All the national team managers have named their provisional squads for the World Cup, all the ones that affect Arsenal at least, and there are not too many surprises as to which Gunners are going. But how will the tournament in Brazil affect the players that go, and what about those with the disappointment of missing out?

BANG – Ramsey back in Arsenal squad for Everton

This is the news that every Arsenal fan has been waiting for since the start of the year. Aaron Ramsey, the player who was voted as Player of the Month by Gooners for the first four months of the season, Super Aaron Ramsey, is back in the Arsenal squad to face Everton on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com an injury update and it really is a massive boost to the Gunners’ hopes for the rest of the season. There is more good news about Nacho Monreal, as the Spanish left back is also back in the squad for Sunday, but none of the other injured Gunners are ready yet.

Full Arsenal injury update – The nightmare continues!!

Well Arsenal could certainly do with a bit of good news after an embarrassing mauling against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. And there is no time for Arsene Wenger and the players to lick their wounds, because we have Tottenham, Everton and Man United closing in on us for a fourth place finish and the final spot in the Champions League.

Arsenal really needed some good news on the injury front. But surprise, surprise, the news is anything but good. Not only is our best player of the season, Aaron Ramsey, still not back in training after picking up an injury on Boxing Day and having setbacks to his recovery ever since, but we have now lost arguably our best defender as well.