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What Arsenal SHOULD have learned from the Anderlecht game…

As I see it by WC

Last year Arsene Wenger took the Arsenal team to Stamford Bridge hoping to make a landmark celebration. What followed were many sleepless nights of anguish and misery. The Bridge had indeed confirmed its status as a theatre of horrors for him.. On Wednesday he took his team to Anderlecht full of hope and, one might add, some measure of complacency, to make another celebration. For the greater part of the game, history seemed destined to repeat itself.

Pick your Arsenal team to face Sunderland

Arsenal: What would be the preferable starting XI against Sunderland? by SE

Arsenal, for all the struggles they have endured in the Premier League so far, have done well to pick up 6 points out of 6 in their last two Champions League fixtures against Galatasaray and Anderlecht. That last gasp win on Wednesday night against the Belgium Champions, especially, would have invigorated this Arsenal side that was looking for some sort of inspiration after an insipid display against Hull City last weekend at the Emirates. Thus, going into Saturday’s clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, expect Arsenal to come out all guns blazing and look to get back to winning ways, after losing and drawing their last two Premier League games against Chelsea and Hull City respectively. What should be Arsenal’s preferable stating XI against Sunderland?

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.

Why Gibbs goal could be the BIGGEST of Arsenal’s season

I am not even going to try to claim that the two late goals which won the Champions League game against Anderlecht in Brussels last night were just rewards for the team’s efforts. For most of the match, the Gunners just could not make things happen, even though we did control the ball for large periods.

But as Arsene Wenger alluded to after the game, Arsenal have been dominant in most of our games this season and been creating a lot more than we did last night, while not getting the results. And the Frenchman suggested that this was getting to the players and causing them to try and force the issue, leading to less creativity in our performance, not more.

Anderlecht v Arsenal review – Podolski pinches Gunners win

Arsenal needed to get off to a good start, with our Belgian opponents Anderlecht having their own problems with injuries, form and recent results. This game offered the Gunners a great chance to claim a morale boosting win and keep the hopes of winning the group alive.

But we started porly, giving the ball away and not playing with enough tempo. So that encouraged the home side and they started giving us problems at the other end, which did not help our nerves. Arsenal still created chances, of course, with Alexis Sanchez looking the most likely to find a way through a hard working defence.

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.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Hull

Unless there is a problem with the Arsenal and Germany international striker Lukas Podolski, it looks like his time at the club could be up because, not only does Arsene Wenger leave him out of the starting line up once again for the visit of Hull City, Podolski does not even make the bench.

After his recent complaints about lack of playing opportunity and the boss stating that he was part of the plans for Arsenal, this must be a real kick in the teeth to the German if he is fit. It is the dynamic Englanmd international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that gets the nog from Wenger.

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.

Arsenal to make at least FOUR changes for Hull clash

It is vital that Arsene Wenger gets Arsenal off to a winning start when club football gets back underway after this current round of international friendly games and Euro qualifiers are finished. And the Gunners have a great chance to get our season up and running properly because the Premier League game on Saturday is a home tie with Hull City.

No disrespect to Steve Bruce and his players, as they did give Arsenal a real fright in the FA cup final in May, but this should be a comfortable win for us. For various reasons, however, it will probably be a much changed Arsenal side that lines up at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

These 3 internationals MUST shine for Arsenal FIRST

There are three Arsenal players, at least, that will return to north London after this international break a little disappointed about their lack of play for their respective countries. And it could work in the Gunners’ favour if it makes Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain realise that the best way to remedy the situation is to sparkle regularly at club level.

Draxler transfer will NOT mean Arsenal dump Ozil

In one of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, it is being reported that Arsene Wenger is preparing to go back to Germany in January to sign the young Schalke star Julian Draxler. The Gunners were strongly tipped to sign the talented 20-year old in the summer, but concerns over the fitness issues that saw him miss out on the World Cup triumph in Brazil meant that Wenger went for Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in a £30 million transfer instead.

Should Arsenal just let Podolski leave in January?

The German international Lukas Podolski arrived with a fanfare in the summer of 2012, but for some reason (only known to Arsene Wenger I am sure) he has never been able to get a regular starting spot unless injuries have forced him into the team.

In two full seasons he has only made 39 starts in the Premier League despite scoring in every second game (19 goals!) even though he has generally been used as a left-winger. With the arrival of Alexis Sanchez and Wenger’s penchant for using central midfielders on the wing, Podolski is even more unlikely to get a game now and it seems that he has finally had enough of sitting on the bench every week.