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Is star right to say there’s enough quality AND depth at Arsenal?

For the last few years there has been the feeling that Arsenal did not have enough top quality players to really compete with the big clubs at the top level in the Premier League and Champions League. That was obviously not helped by the financial situation which forced Arsene Wenger to work with a shoestring budget and also to sell the best players at the club.

Wenger – It was a game of two halves

Arsenal were far from impressive against Leicester City on Tuesday night, despite looking comfortable at 2-0 at haf-time, and Arsene Wenger yet again believes that the game came too quickly after the intensity of the North London derby on Saturday.

“It was a game of two halves,” Wenger said on the official Arsenal website. “In the first half we had a good cohesion, good movement, good technical quality and we scored two good goals.

“In the second half our physical level dropped, Leicester came more into the game and at 2-1 we became a bit nervous. Then it was good to finish the game off.

Tottenham v Arsenal Player Ratings – Monreal best of a sad bunch

Tottenham 2 – 1 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 6
Made a lot of good saves but also looked very nervous and seemed to always parry the shot into a dangerous area for us.

Bellerin – 4
Completely destroyed by Rose today. Couldn’t deal with the pace and was never able to intelligently pass it out from the back.

Mertesacker – 5
Didn’t do anything really to prevent Spurs from pressing us into submission. His clearances weren’t great and didn’t seem to lead the team.

Thanks but Arsenal MUST say NO THANKS to La Liga transfer!

I know that the January transfer window has only just closed, and with Arsenal doing very little business during the month, it seems that Arsene Wenger is pretty happy with his squad options at the minute. But we also do know that the boss does not like the winter window and is more likely to sign a few players in the summer before the Gunners have a go at the Premier League title next season.

And the fans will be expecting some real quality. But although he has 47 international caps and has enjoyed a lot of trophy success with Portuguese club Benfica and Spain’s La Liga giants Real Madrid, I do not think that Fabio Coentrão should be one of them.

The Reasons behind Arsenal’s MASSIVE improvement

Less possession, more clean sheets, more goals, what changed? by KM‏

So a lot was said about Arsenal in the last two weeks. After a bad start to the season and the New Year, we’re having the absolute best part of our season. We won away at Man City by outsmarting them, we’ve gotten 3 wins in a row for the first time this season, and we survived the FA cup giant killing.

Why would Arsenal sell Monreal to pay for Paulista?

There is a very strange Arsenal transfer rumour going around today that the Gunners are preparing to sell Nacho Monreal back to a Spanish club to balance the books after buying Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal.

The Express reckons that Monreal, who has been very helpful at times this season during our defensive crises is NOT considered to be “a long-term defensive solution at the Emirates”, due to him only being 5ft 10in.

Penalty WAS soft but Arsenal deserve some luck!

The fact that it was Mike Dean that awarded Arsenal the penalty that allowed us to take a vital lead in the hugely important away win over Man City yesterday made it even more remarkable, because Arsenal fans will remember that we have usually been on the wrong end of decisions when that particular referee has been in charge.

I do have some sympathy for the Man City boss as well. Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Vincent Kompany was slightly at fault for his body movement, but there is no doubt that our Spanish left back Nacho Monreal made the most out of minimal contact. I will hold my hands up and say Arsenal got lucky with that one, BUT….

Man City v Arsenal review – Gutsy Gunners finally win a BIG one!

It was clear from the way Arsenal started this away game against the current Premier League champions, as well as the starting line-up selected by Arsene Wenger, that the Gunners had learned some painful lessons in recent years and were determined not to be too open.

We have seen some of these big away games practically over before they got started when we went in with attacking intent, so Wenger;s tactics were sound. Despite a bit of early nervousness, the Gunners did well to stay compact and deny the City players any time or space with the ball, but that also meant we were not doing much at the other end and were largely relying on a quick counter attack which Alexis nearly produced a couple of times in the first 15 minutes.

The team and tactics for Arsenal to beat Man City

Five ways for Arsenal to win by Twig

The victories of Man Utd and Southampton yesterday has made our clash with Man City even more crucial. The game is crucial for both teams. If Arsenal wins, City will be 5 points off the pace behind Chelsea and if City wins we’ll be behind Southampton by a huge 6 points. Many fans are a bit doubtful that we could win today’s fixture given our woeful away record against the big sides. But I think with a good selection, Arsenal can make life very difficult for Man City as we proved earlier in the season in the Community Shield.
So what are some things we could do to achieve victory today?

Arsenal Analysis – Coquelin, Mertesacker, Arteta and last weekend…..

Francis Coquelin, Per Mertesacker, Mikael Arteta and last weekend by JA

Hello guys, hope y’all havin a fine uuhhhm happy transfer window….

So of late, two grown heads at Arsenal have come under criticism; Per Mertesacker and Mikael Arteta and it’s all about they’re slow, they’re old or they just don’t cut it.

Former Gunner issues DIRE warning over Arsenal defence!

I really hope that the former Arsenal, Celtic and Scotland star Charlie Nicholas is proved wrong about the current state of the Arsenal defence, but he is certainly not alone in bringing it up. The 52-year old TV pundit has warned that Arsene Wenger’s failure to strengthen the Gunners options at the back sufficiently has left the team teetering on the brink of disaster.

Arsenal fans everywhere are hoping that the January transfer window and the easing of our crippling injury problems sort out the weakness at the back that has cost us dear already this season, but Champagne Charlie is worried that it might be too late by then.

BANG! Arsenal rocked by another HUGE injury crisis!

This time it seems to be even worse for Arsenal Football Club and Arsene Wenger, as the manager’s hopes of building on the battering we handed out to Gatalatasaray in Turkey and bouncing back in the Premier League after the horror show at Stoke have taken a massive blow.

Despite being able to rest a few key players for the trip to Istanbul, Wenger is faced with yet another injury crisis and the possibility that his depleted squad will include just one first choice centre back in Per Mertesacker.