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KJ’s Arsenal player ratings from Sunderland – Arteta MOTM

Sunderland 0 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He made a few easy saves and was commanding but almost got caught out when he headed the ball away and was caught acres away from his 6 yard box.

Chambers – 6
Again, he was very rigid and Sunderland looked to exploit our right hand side when they could. Not sure Chambers can play the RB position in the long run. And I’m very surprised by that considering I was an advocate of dropping Debuchy for Chambers when we got that 4th CB in.

Arsenal MUST use Chambers to cover Koscielny injury blow!!

Arsenal seem to be operating under Murphy’s Law at the moment, which states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And with the defensive side of the Arsenal squad being the weakest right now, of course that means that Laurent Koscielny has now added even further to the problems, as reported by Sky Sports.

Arsene Wenger has revealed in his latest injury update, that the France international centre back will not be back in contention for the Gunners before the next international break. So if we are lucky (Hah!) then he will return to the squad for the home clash with Man United on November 22nd, which would be pretty handy.

Official teams and preview of Anderlecht v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has had a few key decisions to make over the last few days, but most of them are about how to ensure that Arsenal are stronger defensively than we have been of late. The attacking and creating side of the game has been pretty much okay, but we need to have that solid platform o build on to make sure that we beat Anderlecht tonight.

A win is a must if the Gunners are to keep the hopes of winning the group over Borussia Dortmund alive. So as expected the Frenchman has kept our most combative midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the starting line up. And having Aaron Ramsey back in the middle with the in form Jack Wilshere should also help to protect that back four.

Do Arsenal problems mean Wenger’s team picks itself?

Arsenal are back on top of the table. The table of Premier League players on the injury list that is, according to physioroom.com. And the nine Arsenal players that they list as being out of action does not include Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry who are just back in training from long spells and wil surely not be fit to start against Hull on Saturday.

Also, the list does not include our French centre back Laurent Koscielny, who The Telegraph reports is going to take longer to recover from the tendonitis in his ankle. Add to that the fact our versatile 19-year old Calum Chambers has got himself suspended and the options for Arsene Wenger’s starting line up at the Emirates this weekend are severely limited.

BANG! Arsenal in crisis as Koscielny OUT of Hull clash

When the Arsenal and France international centre back Laurent Koscielny was sent home after meeting up with his French team mates and being diagnosed as suffering from `acute tendonitis` in both ankles, it was said to be merely a precaution and that the 29-year old centre back would be fine to play the Premier League game against Hull City on Saturday.

But now the latest news reported by The Telegraph is that Koscielny will need more time to recover, plunging the Gunners into a defensive crisis and once again raising the question of why Arsene Wenger did not sign another specialist centre back during the summer transfer window.

Koscielny injury means Chambers’ cards could cost Arsenal dear!!

When the Arsenal and England defender Calum Chambers picked up his fifth Premier League yellow card of the season, from just five starts and two sub appearances by the way, it did not look like it would cause the Gunners too much of a headache.

Our next league game being against Hull City at the Emirates stadium, it might even have been a good time to give the more attack minded young Spaniard Hector Bellerin another chance anyway, while the former Southampton player served his suspension.

Should Arsenal start Chambers or Bellerin in Dortmund?

It looks like the same old story is happening all over again for Arsenal this season, as the injury problems start to mount again. And of course, with the Gunners being our usual lucky selves, it is the area where we could leasy afford to lose players that is where we have lost them.

Both Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy are in the treatment room as Arsenal travel to Germany for the massive and potentially decisive clash with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, But as Arsene Wenger pointed out in his interview reported by Arsenal.com, the very harsh red card shown to the French right back against Besiktas meant that he would not be available anyway.

The 3 Arsenal stars of the season so far!

Three players who have been superb for Arsenal so far by SE

In what has been a moderate start to the campaign for the Gunners, it’s worth mentioning that they have had spirited performances coming from unexpected corners of their squad. When the season started, Ramsey was expected to continue from where he left off last season; Sanchez, although a spark in Arsenal’s season so far, hasn’t really set the stage on fire; Wilshere continues to be a skeptic of his own self. In the meantime, however, Arsenal have had some stellar performances coming from relatively unexpected individuals in their squad:

Arsenal Tactics – Does a lack of defenders signal a change of formation?

After The Window Shuts, Will a System Change Work for Arsenal by NO

There we are – The transfer disruptions are now over until January unless of course we can some players who are out of contract and we offer them contracts (very few of this nature are available). The result of this transfer window for Arsenal (being an upgrade or downgrade) is a subject of arguments and counter arguments whose verdict is still out there but people agree on a few things – That we have 6 senior defenders 12 senior midfielders and 4 senior forwards.

Nacho Monreal is Arsenal’s most under-rated player!

Monreal has looked the part this season, so far by SE

Monreal is probably the most understated player in the Arsenal lineup. When Kieran Gibbs is fit and firing, the Spaniard hardly ever gets a game and, even when he does get sporadic game time here and there, the rustiness is very much palpable. Add to that, his lack of pace gets pointed out time and again, and it becomes a kind of an indictment against Arsenal’s second choice Left-Back. So, apparently, it’s tough being Monreal, and take everything in your stride as a person, let alone as a player.

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.