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Official team news and preview of QPR V Arsenal

Once again I am really surprised at the Arsenal team sheet handed in by Arsene Wenger for this Premier League away game against QPR. THeo Walcott once again is left twiddling his thumbs on the Arsenal bench, with Danny Welbeck alongside him.

Perhaps just as big a surprise is the fact that Per Mertesacker comes staright back into the team. It is Laurent Koscielny who the under fire German replaces, with Gibbs and Bellerin keeping their place in the full back positions.

Arsenal boss MUST get tough and DROP Alexis!

One of the best things about the Arsenal and Chile international star Alexis Sanchez, and one of the reasons the former Barcelona forward has become a firm favourite in England since coming to the Premier League, is his desire to win and his willingness to work hard, pressing Opposition defenders and also tracking back to help his own.

We have heard his Arsenal team mates talk about his determination to win even in training and his reluctance to ever lower his work rate. Even when he had a little injury, Alexis still wanted to train and come back early so the backroom staff had to force him to take it easy.

Arsenal v Everton Player Ratings – Ozil stars

Arsenal 2 – 0 Everton Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 7
He made a couple of good saves but he was also dodgy at times with some unneeded rushing out of his goal to claim loose balls.

Bellerin – 7
He was far better than his mid-week performance. More purpose in his passing and offensive movement as well as better discipline when defending.

Gabriel – 7.5
He was very strong for his full Premier league debut. He made good tackles and although he did get caught out once, he was overall very solid.

Arsenal v Everton game a masterstroke by Wenger!!

Arsenal fans owe Wenger a round of applause by Sam P

I saw the article on JUst Arsenal about Arsene Wenger and his decision to mkae only two changes to the Arsenal XI for the home game against Everton today and I must say that I agree in general with the point that it was a really risky move from the Prof.

The changes Arsenal SHOULD make for Everton match

Okay I have calmed down a bit now and am now looking ahead to the Arsenal game against Everton at the Emirates on Sunday. It is going to be a tough one as we are coming off the back of a real downer of a game against Monaco, while the Toffees will be in a great frame of mind after breezing past Young Boys of Berne with a 3-1 win giving them a 7-2 aggregate victory. Jealous? Yeah so am I.

Arsenal’s tactics WERE RUBBISH but Monaco were clinical!

Analysis of Monaco game by Big Gun

To say that Arsenal were extremely poor is taking it a bit far. We had three or four excellent opportunities on goal, two of which under any other circumstances (or striker) should have been in the back of the net. I am talking about the one that hit Walcott’s leg from Welbeck shot and the one Giroud scuffed over the bar. Those two goals could have done wonders and perhaps even change the whole direction of the game. Giroud also had another open header he should have done much better with. We were trailing, so Wenger went more offensive which is actually why we conceded a third. If we had scored those goals though, it would have been a completely different outcome. Remember, Monaco’s first goal was a lucky deflection. Besides the two goals they scored, how many decent chances did they actually have on goal? The difference between them and us was that they were clinical in front of goal, and we were not.

Was Wenger’s BIG mistake his Arsenal team selection?

I am not one of the Arsenal fans calling for the head of Arsene Wenger today as I place a large part of the blame firmly on the shoulders of the under performing players, especially Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud. But the manager has to take his share of the blame.

For one thing, he picked the team which performed so poorly and he decided to leave Ozil and Mertesacker on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes although to his credit he did give Giroud the hook. But Wenger and the fans should have been able to count on this team and would have expected so much more, so where did his selection go wrong?

Arsenal need some leaders or we’ll never change

Gutted! by CT

Before tonight’s game with Monaco, I was fairly optimistic after four years of drawing against stronger opponents and only being narrowly defeated, we finally had a great opportunity to make it through to the quarter finals of the Champions League. But after watching that absolutely disgusting display, which took me by surprise to say the least, has left me wondering what the problem actually is at Arsenal.

Analysis of a NIGHTMARE night for Arsenal

Lack of effort, concentration and luck reasons why Arsenal lost v Monaco. by MV

Arsenal v Monaco was a nightmare to Arsenal Fans around the world. Arsenal played horribly and even when Arsenal got back into the game, the team dug themselves into another huge hole. I was reading a lot of comments after the game and blame was given to a lot of players, but I believe that some criticism is unfair.

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.

Arsenal v Monaco Preview, Line up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Monaco Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

We were all excited when we drew Monaco in the CL and we’ve improved our form drastically since that – meaning we are in the perfect situation to face one of France’s best teams and yet it will still be a difficult game.

Monaco are known as the “boring team” in Ligue 1. They have scored very few goals and opt for defending with their lives and scoring on the break. It is working for them and it can frustrate the best of teams but this tactic means that getting an early goal completely destroys their game plan. They aren’t used to chasing games and we could punish them massively if we are able to get that early goal.

My strongest Arsenal team to destroy Monaco – What is yours?

So there is just one more day to go before Arsenal’s crucial first leg tie against Monaco and we are all aware of our opponents defensive capabilities. But we also know about our own attacking prowess and I am gong to choose a team that should easily break down the French teams defence.

First of all I am hoping above all that David Ospina has recovered fully from his back strain sustained against Palace. I have a terrible feeling that if Szczesny plays we will definitely concede….