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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.

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.

Debuchy and Ospina news a BIG boost for Arsenal

The good news is just piling up for Arsenal at the minute, and it is about bleeding time as well. Two wins in a row sees us into the next stage of the Champions League and still with a slight chance of topping the group, while Chelsea look like they could start to wobble at the top of the Premier League.

The most important thing for Arsenal, however, is to keep our own house in order and that looks a lot more likely this week with the news that the injury crisis is easing off. Nacho Monreal trained with the group yesterday so we should have a strong back four of players in the right positions to face Southampton.

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.

Arsenal’s best option to solve looming left back crisis?

It would be just about typical of the bad luck Arsenal have had with injury problems this season. Just when we get our first choice central defender Laurent Koscielny back in the Gunners line-up, there is a chance that both of our front line left backs will be out of action after picking up knocks in the same match.

England international Kieran Gibbs was given a well earned rest, but that lasted just 20 minutes as our Spanish defender Nacho Monreal picked up a knee problem that looks certain to keep him out of the Premier League clash with Southampton. Gibbs then took a knock to his ankle which will be assessed this week but knowing out luck, there is a good chance that Wenger will have to shuffle the Arsenal pack again.

Three more injuries for Arsenal?

It was great to see Arsenal take all three points from the game against West Brom ths afternoon, but can you believe that we may have also lost three more players to injury? Nacho Monreal came off very early on, and his replacement Kieran Gibbs sustained an ankle problem himself.

Wenger said on Arsenal.com after the match: “Gibbs struggled a little bit with an ankle problem and Monreal with a knee problem. Oxlade-Chamberlain also had a knee problem.”

And when asked if they could be serious, he replied: “I don’t know. We have to see how they recover on Monday. We have Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal and Gibbs who have knocks but I don’t know how bad it is.”

Arsenal fans worry as Wenger hints NO defender transfer in January!!

Arsenal fans must hope that Arsene Wenger is just trying to keep his Arsenal transfer cards close to his chest as the January transfer window looms evcer closer. But we have all seen and heard this all before and the memory of the last winter window is still fresh and raw in many of our minds.

Back then it was glaringly obvious that we needed some more goal threat to keep our Premier Leagure title challenge alive, as Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott had been ruled out with injury. We ended up with an aged and injured central midfielder Kim Kallstrom who managed to make zero impact for us as the season went on.

Arsenal should NOT risk Koscielny tonight

Koscielny in the Arsenal Squad for Dortmund, But Should He Start? by AT

Ahead of the impending clash against Borrusia Dortmund in the Champions League, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been given a huge injury boost as Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training after spending two months on the sidelines with an achilles injury. The Frenchman confirmed the good news in regards to the return of his compatriot and even added that he will be available for selection against Borrusia Dortmund on Wednesday.

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.

With Shaw out can Arsenal play Chambers as centre back?

It was looking like Arsene Wenger would probably stick with the same back four set up to face Manchester United later today, as neither Laurent Koscielny nor Mathieu Debuchy is fit to play. And that means that our Spanish left back Nacho Monreal would partner Per Mertesacker in the centre of defence, with young Calum Chambers at right back.

But I think the boss would agree that Chambers is the better option alongside our BFG, as long as we did not need him on the right. With Chambers’ fellow Southampton academy graduate and England international Luke Shaw supporting Januzaj or Di Maria on the left flank, however, Wenger probably thought Chambers would be better on the right than young Hector Bellerin.

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.