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Where has Arsenal’s creativity gone?

Is Lack of Creativity to Blame for Arsenal’s Problems? by KJ

With Arsenal having a rather mediocre start to the season, there have been a lot of theories put forward in regards to the reasons as to why Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to hit in the ground running in a campaign where they were billed as one of the top title contenders. While long-term injuries to key players and lack of defensive depth are two obvious reasons, there is also one more which I would like to highlight.

Wenger blames World Cup for Ozil and Podolski’s Arsenal problems

All Arsenal fans are aware that Arsene Wenger gave Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski extra time off in the summer to recover from their exertions of winning the World Cup, but even with that break it seems that neither have fully recovered their fitness or form.

Although Ozil managed to start six games before succumbing to injury, Wenger thinks that his problems started before the season even started. “He will not be back until January. He came back from the World Cup with an injury,” said Le Prof. “He had a very good first season with us. I think we will see the best of Ozil in the seasons to come.”

Time for Arsenal to play Cazorla in the middle?

The Arsenal and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla suggested ahead of this current international break that it would be a chance for him to recharge his batteries and enjoy himself before the serious business of the season ahead.

The Spaniard has improved after a slow start for the Gunners and we need him to come back in top form, with our German play maker Mesut Ozil ruled out with injury until the start of next year. One of the problems for Santi has been having to play on the flanks rather than through the middle.

Amazing stats show Arsenal have a SUPERSTAR in Alexis

We all know that stats can be misleading in football, such as all the possession and extra chances and shots on target that the Gunners were having earlier in the season, while the fans watching the game could see that we were not playing well enough to win.

And sometimes stats are simply superfluous, as you don’t really need to see the figures to realise that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are in a little class of their own, you just need to watch them play. And you don’t really need the stats on Alexis Sanchez to tell you that the Chilean international has really hit the ground running since his summer transfer from Barcelona to Arsenal.

Sanchez is unhappy at Arsenal? Mikel Arteta disagrees!

I have just read one of the most ridiculous Anti-Arsenal articles of all time! According to a report in today’s Star, they report: “The £35m summer signing from Barcelona, according to Chilean newspaper La Tercera, has already fallen out with some of his team-mates, including the Gunners’ record signing Mesut Ozil.

It is a sensational claim from Sanchez’s homeland given that he has enjoyed a blistering start to life at the club following his move from the Nou Camp.

Despite Arsenal’s mixed beginning to the new season, the 25-year-old Chile star has netted an impressive eight goals in 15 appearances and received huge praise from manager Arsene Wenger for his performances.

Can Cazorla smile help him on the pitch for Arsenal?

I am not too sure what the Arsenal and Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla has to smile about at the minute. The 29-year old ballooned a couple of great chances to get his scoring off the mark against Sunderland miles over the bar.

The Spaniard has so far failed to take his chance to shine in the number 10 role in the absence of our German play maker Mesut Ozil. Cazorla did get Arsenal off to a great start this season, scoring the first of three goals as the Gunners comfortably beat the Premier League champions Man City in the Community shield. But just as that result was followed by a disappointing run of results for Arsenal, Cazorla has yet to score again and has been largely disappointing.

Should Arsenal sell Mesut Ozil in January? Do we NEED him?

Should Arsenal sell Mesut Ozil in January? by SE

Mesut Ozil wasn’t his usual self prior to getting injured during Arsenal’s 0-2 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as the German had to play out of his preferred position and didn’t flourish for the Gunners. Playing on the flanks, Ozil’s positive attributes — incisive through balls, eye for a pass — were missed by Arsenal, who were also let down by the German’s reluctance to track back, and render some sort of defensive cover that you normally expect of your wingers. Going forward, what can Arsenal get out of Ozil adorning the red-and-white shirt or, is he just an Arsenal outcast? Read on.

Arsenal Debate – Time to drop struggling Cazorla?

With Mesut Ozil being one of the many Arsenal players in the treatment room and the German international possibly out of action until the end of the year, the natural and logicval player to fill his boots for the Gunners would be Santi Cazorla. But it just is not happening for the little Spaniard at the moment.

Cazorla has been largely ineffectual in the last two games against Anderlecht and Sunderland, with his woeful shooting at the Stadium of Light a clear sign that our midfield maestro is low on form and confidence right now. But what should Arsene Wenger do?

How many points do Arsenal need before the New Year?

What would be a good haul of points for Arsenal at the end of the first round of Premier League fixtures? by SE

Arsenal, having garnered just 11 points from their first 8 Premier League games, look like a side that has its task cutout to finish in the top 4 at the end of 2014/15 Premier League season. Draws against Leicester City and at home to Hull City would have hurt Wenger’s wizards badly, and results in those two games could still be costly in the final analysis of the campaign that hasn’t yet got going. With injuries to key players impeding Arsenal during the first round of Premier League fixtures, what would be a good haul of points come the 28th of December, when Arsenal play their 19th Premier League fixture at Boleyn Ground against West Ham United?

German players tell Arsenal to step it up NOW!

Because of all the injury problems Arsenal have been beset with recently, including to Mesut Ozil and young Serge Gnabry, the Gunners have just two Germans in the match day squads at the minute. Both Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker were involved in that unlikely last minute win over Anderlecht, with the striker scoring the crucial winner.

And both of our German stars have been fairly honest in their assessment of the game, admitting that the performance was not really good enough and that we only got the win with a large slice of luck. Both they also think that the players can use this result and push on to get the season back on track.

Injury list NOT reason for Arsenal struggles says Monreal

Following on the back of yet another draw for Arsenal, the trip to Belgium to face Anderlecht is a very important game for the Gunners. It gives us a great opportunity to bounce right back from the visit of Hull City on Saturday, but it also puts more pressure on Arsene Wenger and his injury depleted squad.

But although Arsenal are without Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo and possibly Laurent Koscielny, the man who might replace the French centre back does not think that we can use the long injury list as any excuse for a failure to get the right result on the pitch.

Creativity and corners costing Arsenal dear this season

Maybe Arsenal should try to start a new type of football where points are awarded for possession and passing statistics, because we absolutely rock at that side of the game. Until then, however, we need to find a way to win football matches the old boring traditional way.

And that means scoring more goals than the team you are facing, something the Gunners do not seem to be able to do this season. If the other team scores two, then so will we, eventually, and if we score first then it’s time to let one in.