It must be a little confusing for the Arsenal and England stars Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as their situations with club and country are very different. The Ox is a regular starter for Roy Hodgson in the international games yet he struggles to force his way into the Arsenal line up.
Obviously Arsenal will need to play a lot better against Manchester United on Sunday than we did against Olympiacos on Wednesday in order to get anything out of the game, but you would certainly expect a reaction from the Gunners and it seems clear that Arsene Wenger is treating the Premier League as his main objective this season and so will actually pick his strongest Arsenal line up.
You might think that on the face of it there is little for Arsenal fans to worry, assuming that Arsenal are still trying to complete the signing of Karim Benzema from Real Madrid that is. I mean, even if the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that our Premier League rivals Manchester United are trying to muscle in on the deal are true, recent events suggest that they would fail.
A dream return to his former club for Danny Welbeck who scored an excellent second goal for Arsenal to give us a 2-1 win, breaking the Old Trafford hoodoo and putting us into an FA cup semi-final.
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Arsenal’s decision to sell Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna during the summer transfer window led many fans to believe that Arsene Wenger would be focusing on defensive reinforcements to cure a long-term problem. Although Calum Chambers has shown maturity beyond his tender years following his arrival from Southampton, old problems have reared their ugly head yet again at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger was understandably annoyed by Arsenal’s home defeat against Man United. The Gunners dominated possession but were undone by a farcical own goal. As the team were pushing for the equaliser, Wayne Rooney somehow broke away with absolutely no Arsenal defenders between him and the goal to put the result beyond doubt.
Louis van Gaal changed his tactics to try to surprise Arsenal and counter his team’s defensive problems, with three central defenders and with Luke Shaw and Valencia playing as wing backs in a midfield five, with Rooney and van Persie up front. But it was not really working as the Gunners tok control of the first half and really should have scored at least one goal before the break.