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No Diaby! Arsenal saving him for Chelsea clash?

With a sudden injury crisis hitting Arsenal in the central midfield area like an unexpected punch in the stomach, I was hoping that Arsene Wenger would be able to call on our France international Abou Diaby, as the long legged Frenchman continues on the road to resurrecting his Arsenal career.

But in the latest team news and injury update reported by Arsenal.com, the boss poured cold water on that, at least for the Champions League clash with Galatasaray this evening anyway. It is not such a disaster, I suppose, as Jack Wilshere has passed a fitness test and is available to start alongside Mathieu Flamini in the centre.

Wilshere hands Arsenal BIG champions League boost – Is Jack back?

There is some great news for Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger today, as Jack Wilshere took part in the training session at London Colney, as reported by ESPN, to prove that fears that his turn of an ankle in the north London derby on Saturday would leave him on the sidelines with our captain Mikel Arteta and last season’s Player of the Year Aaron Ramsey.

Not only is this a real boost for the Gunners in a difficult week, with a home tie in the Champions League against Galatasaray followed by a crucial Premier League away day at Chelsea, but it could be seen as the end of Wilshere’s terrible run of bad luck with injuries.

Are Arsenal’s injury problems just BAD LUCK after all?

When we saw the Arsenal team sheet for the Capital One Cup game against Southampton last week, we knew that the Gunners would be up against it with the Saints having a great start to the season and able to pick more of their first choice players. But we understood.

After all the problems Arsenal suffered with injuries last season, Arsene Wenger accepted that he sometimes over played certain players and he brought two new experts to the club in the summer to help him to avoid a repeat of the situation this season. So resting the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta seemed like a risk but the right thing to do in looking at the long term picture.

Has Schneiderlin proved that Arsenal SHOULD have signed him?

I am not just writing this article because Arsenal have a central midfield crisis on our hands, with injuries and fitness issues making it appear that we could have no Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby or Mikel Arteta available for the next two very important games against Galatasaray.

But it does highlight the fact that signing the France international Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton this summer would have been a very useful piece of transfer business indeed. The 24-year old capped off a great season for the Saints by breaking into the France team and appearing at the World Cup finals and he has started this campaign in even better form.

So which Arsenal players can cover central midfield injuries?

It is not really going too far to say that Arsenal v Galatasaray on Wednesday night is a must win game for the Gunners, at least if we are to keep our hopes alive of actually winning our UCL group this time and avoiding the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the first knockout stage.

Is Ox right about Arsenal starting to click?

It was a frustrating north London derby for Arsenal in many ways, but it could have been much worse, especially after Tottenham took the lead against the run of play. The visitors certainly put up a sterling effort to stop us from scoring, so finding a leveller took a great deal of desire and determination.

Walcott delay shows Arsenal have NOT solved injury problems?

It seems a long time ago now that we started to hear about the Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott getting back into training. There were little videos released of him in the gym doing leg squats as long ago as June and then we kept getting very positive sounding reports on his road to recovery, from the club and from the player himself.

So was I the only one who did a double take on hearing Arsene Wenger’s recent injury update in a report by Arsenal.com? As he gave the squad news before the Southampton game, the manager calmly informed us that Theo and Serge Gnabry were due back in full training after the upcoming international break.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings for Villa win – Ozil MOTM

Aston Villa 0 – 3 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
He didn’t have much to do all game except for a very smart save in the first half.

Chambers – 7.5
I felt he was pretty good today and he’s so composed on the ball. If only we’d brought in another centre back, he’d be a great option at right back and in my opinion, he’s better than Debuchy.

Mertesacker – 7.5
He was very composed today and kept the ball at the back. He calmed the game down completely in the second half and didn’t force any balls forward.

Aston Villa v Arsenal review – Gunners fire and Ozil and Welbeck steal the show!

Well it was a much better start from Arsenal. As expected, Aston Villa started with a high tempo and tried to put us under serious pressure, which paid such dividends for Borussia Dortmund in the week. But the Arsenal players did not crumble under it this time and managed to pass and play our way around it.

The introduction of Cazorla certainly made a difference and Ozil was looking better, but Aaron Ramsey looked like the player of two seasons ago rather than the superstar of last season. It was a frantic first 15, though, and Arsene Wenger must have been glad to see his team stand up to it.

Gunners MUST show FIRE and FIGHT to restore Arsenal pride!

It is never nice to lose a game of football, and Arsenal fans are desperate for the Gunners not to lose this one today at Aston Villa. But the manner of a defeat, or a disappointing draw, is often as important to the fans.

If you play badly and win, nobody really cares and people talk about winning ugly being the mark of champions. But on the other hand, if you play well and the team gives everything and leaves nothing on the pitch, then the fans appreciate that.

Aston Villa v Arsenal preview, line-up and prediction

Aston Villa vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

Arsenal have had a very rough start to the season, with only one win in the league and being completely outclassed by Dortmund on Tuesday. The fans are looking for a response by the players and Villa away is a good opportunity regardless of their good form.

Villa have been reinvigorated under Lambert with the aid of assistant manager Roy Keane. This has prompted them into giving Lambert a new contract (rather hastily) and it’s understandable. Villa have kept three clean sheets out of the four games played so far. They are going to be difficult to break down, especially at Villa Park.

Dortmund defeat could be Arsenal’s turning point – like Villa last year

Is Dortmund an ‘Aston Villa’ Awakening for Arsenal? by NikkoGunners

Borrusia Dortmund did not just score two goals against Arsenal. They out-played, out-thought, out-shot, out-possesed and out-everything Arsenal on that Tuesday night. The only consolation that night was that there was no winner in the other match between Monaco and Galatasaray. That gives Arsenal an opportunity to recover from being at the bottom of the table.