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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.

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.