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Arsenal v Monaco review – Stunned Gunners killed by caution

It was important for Arsenal to get a good start and put early pressure on Monaco tonight and we did that for about FIVE MEASLY MINUTES, and it was all downhill from there. After using our pace and the wide areas well and getting the French team in a bit of a spin, the visitors soon started to settle down and get into the game and the Gunners just let them.

BIG injury boost but do Arsenal need to SAVE some stars?

This will not be the first time or the last time that Arsenal face two big games in quick succession of course, and the fact that our north London derby clash with Tottenham has been scheduled for the early kick-off on Saturday will help, but Arsene Wenger must still consider the fatigue of his players, with a Premier League game against Leicester City coming up on Tuesday night.

At least he Frenchman has been handed a boost on the injury front though, with The Mirror reporting that he expects to have both Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck available this weekend. And according to physioroom.com they should be joined by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by Tuesday.

Should Arsenal start Walcott against Southampton

I am going on the assumption that the Arsenal injury update given on Danny Welbeck was not some crafty ploy by Arsene Wenger and that the England international striker really has got a thigh problem that will keep him out of the away game against Southampton tomorrow.

And assuming that the boss is not going to change his favourite formation, that leaves him with the options of Alexis Sanchez, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chuba Akpom and Theo Walcott to fill the three forward positions.

Which of these 3 Arsenal midfielders will start v Southampton?

With the Arsenal away game against an in form and high flying Southampton being the third game for the Gunners in a week, Arsene Wenger will obviously have some concerns over the fitness of some of his Arsenal players. But it is a vital game as well so the manager has a bit of a balancing act to perform.

Hopefully there will be no problems with the back four, as Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny should be quite fresh after an extended period on the side, while KIeran Gibbs was given a rest against West Ham on Boxing Day. And it looks like the manager is going to be forced into a change or two in the front line after the news of Welbeck’s thigh problem.

Arsenal team news! Welbeck OUT and Walcott IN?

That daft red card that the Arsenal and France international striker picked up for losing his rag and throwing a headbutt in the QPR game is starting to look more and more costly to the Gunners. We did manage a plucky away win at West Ham in the first of the centre forward’s three games of suspension, but Wenger had to shuffle his squad and use players that could have done with a rest. And we may have killed the Hammers off earlier with the Frenchman leading the line.

How will Arsenal cope with Ramsey injury setback?

When the Arsenal and Wales international Aaron Ramsey picked up his latest injury problem, a hamstring strain, about three weeks ago, it was originally not thought to be too bad. It was terrible news for the Gunners of course, especially as Rambo had found his shooting boots in spectacular style with that amazing goal away to Galatasaray. But the injury was supposed to be a minor one and there was a good chance of him recovering in time for the festive period.

Did Arsenal miss a trick? Why no Walcott?

I suppose that it did not matter in the end, as Arsenal were able to soak up the pressure from West Ham and record a vital away win that keeps the little run of results going and moves the Gunners above the Hammers in the Premier League table.

However, it was not exactly smooth sailing and on another day we could have been talking about another draw. It should have been more comfortable for the Arsenal players and fans as well, as we should have killed the game off in the second half.

How much can Wenger afford to rotate Arsenal players?

I am sure that Arsene Wenger would love to be able to rotate his Arsenal squad and give all of the players that put in such a shift on Boxing Day a well earned rest, with less than 49 hours between that hard fought, 10 man victory and the trip across London to face high flying West Ham.

But the fact that our opponents are doing so well in the Premier League, especially at home, as well as the injury situation that is ravaging our squad and leaving the manager with a fewer good options, means that is not really possible.

How will Arsenal cope with pace of Sterling?

It does not take a football genius to work out where the main danger lies for Arsenal when we travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. With Luis Suarez gone, Daniel Sturridge injured and Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli….well let’s be kind and say not very good, the stand out threat is young Raheem Sterling.

Brendan Rodgers has now taken to using the dynamic young player as his central striker, although in more of a false nine or `Messi` role. He looked a bit lost there last weekend against Man United and missed their best chances of the game, but two goals against Bournemouth will have the confidence flowing and the Gunners must find a way to nullify the threat he poses.

How Arsenal WILL cope with Ramsey and other injury woes!!

No manager could possibly have planned for the amount if injuty problems that Arsenal have had to cope with already this season. We thought that last year was bad, but so far it is shaping up to be an even heavier injury list for Arsene Wenger to deal with.

Aaron Ramsey this week became the latest Gunner to head for the Arsenal treatment room and his little hamstring tweak could hardly have come at a worse time for him and us. Not only was the young Welshman just rediscovering his form of last season and starting to find the net again, with Arteta and Wilshere already out, it leaves our central midfield looking paper thin.

Galatasaray v Arsenal review – Gunners reserves trounce the Turks

Arsenal could not have asked for a better start in Turkey.

With a second string side out, including some players like Bellerin in unfamiliar positions and some like Podolski and Campbell with hardly any minutes on the pitch, fierce home crowd and a Galatasaray team playing for pride and a new manager, it could have been a tough night for us.

But once Podolski has put Arsenal into an early lead in the first couple of minutes, latching on to a great ball from the excellent Chamberlain and smashing it into the top corner, the Gunners took complete control. The second goal was not long in coming and was very similat to the first, with the Oz playing Ramsey in on the left, but the Welshman’s finish was placed inside the far post.

Arsenal tactics – Wingers should be REAL wingers!

Why Arsenal Can Really Benefit From Old-School Wing-Play! by AT

You wouldn’t be very surprised to know that Arsenal have three of the best wingers in the Premier League in Theo Walcott, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and of course, Alexis Sanchez. The trio, in my opinion, give the Gunners the advantage of being the team with the most potent wide-forwards. But whilst we may have three of the best wingers, the wing-play that Arsene Wenger employs in the side doesn’t really live up to expectation.