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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?

The Arsenal fringe players to start against Monaco?

There will be a number of the fringe players at Arsenal hoping for a start in the Champions League against Monaco tomorrow and I think that some of them have a real chance. With a crucial Premier League clash against Everton coming up on Sunday, it is feasible that Arsene Wenger will shuffle his Arsenal pack a little to keep things fresh.

The Frenchman may also pick his team with the strengths and weaknesses of Monaco in mind and this could open the door for a few of the Gunners. The boss refused to say which keeper he would be using but both are fit. Szczesny does have more Champions League experience and will be desperate to impress, while missing a cup game and coming back at the weekend would not harm the confidence of Ospina.

Arsenal team news! Three Gunners to miss Crystal Palace?

Arsene Wenger has given us the latest update on the injury and fitness situation at Arsenal Football Club. And while there is a little doubt about two more of the players, the news is generally good and positive as we head into a crucial and busy period of the season.

The Frenchman revealed on the official Arsenal website that there are doubts about the fitness and availability of our young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin, who has a minor ankle problem, and our French defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who has an issue with his hamstring. The medical staff will test the pair further tomorrow to see if they can face Crystal Palace, but really I expect Wenger to err on the side of caution and replace them for the trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Why Arsenal MUST risk Wilshere against Crystal Palace

It looks like there is a good chance that Arsenal will have our Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey back quite soon, perhaps even as soon as the Premier League match at home to Everton on March 1st. But with the way his injury problems have recurred already this season, I am sure that Arsene Wenger will be very cautios with him.

So we cannot rely on Ramsey being able to feature in key games like the Champions League game away to Monaco or the FA cup clash away to Manchester United. We are also entering a period with a busy schedule of fixtures, so Arsene Wenger will want to have as many first team players available as possible and that means that he needs to get Jack Wilshere back in action as soon as possible.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Leicester

Arsene Wenger has made a few changes to the Arsenal starting line’up as he looks to bounce back with a bang after losing the derby away at Tottenham on Saturday and the visit of Leicester City, propping up the Premier

I thought there might be a few changes, to freshen things up but I am a little bit surprised to see both Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud start on the bench, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott come in to replace them and I guess it will be the Chilean that takes over the centre forward duties.

Why do Arsenal fans judge different players by different standards?

Why do we judge different players by different standards? by JT1

Now that most of us have calmed down a little since the weekend I thought I would ask the above innocent question and hope that somewhere amongst the anticipated abuse some of the more sensible posters will have something useful to say. I am keen to be educated. I see after the WHL fiasco that the usual suspects are being panned again, both the “old faithfuls” like Ozil, Giroud and Mertesacker etc and also “chart re-entries” such as Ramsey featuring heavily. I see some saying Welbeck should have started ahead of OG. I see some calling Theo a talentless “whippet” whilst others insist he should have started. I see Kos have a mare but Mertesacker’s name still comes to the fore. I hear it was one game too far for Santi – but after the event. I heard we would not miss Alexis but everyone changed their mind – after the event. And so it goes on.

The REAL reasons Arsenal lost at Spurs


Hello everyone. I am sure you have read enough and heard enough about our loss against Spurs. Believe me, this article is not a pity party and it is definitely not a rant fest either. On the contrary, it is an objective view of what went wrong and the bright future we still have ahead of us.

Tottenham v Arsenal – Last years fixture revisited

I was just flicking through some old Tottenham vs Arsenal posts on JustArsenal when I saw the confirmed teams for last years fixture, and I found that there was not that much difference from this years encounter. Have a look at the pre-game preview:

Derby day is here Arsenal fans, and this one could be the most important in many years. A win for Arsenal today against our fierce local rivals will all but guarantee a top four finish for the Gunners. Arsenal would then be nine points ahead of fifth placed Spuds with a game in hand to boot.

Who should Arsenal drop to to fit in Alexis against Tottenham?

Hello Gooners all over the world! by DD

I hope we are all buzzing with the 5-star performance from the Arsenal lads yesterday and we are all now looking forward to next weekend’s North London Derby. We are all hoping that the boys will be firing on all cylinders against the Spuds. Saying that, Arsenal will have Alexis Sanchez back for the Derby but who will Wenger drop to put him back in the starting line-up? Ozil or Walcott??

Should Arsenal play Ozil or Akpom if Alexis is out?

All Arsenal fans should be crossing their fingers and toes and anything else that might be crossable in the hope that Alexis Sanchez is available to play on Sunday. The Chile international is currently a doubt for the home Premier League game with Aston Villa and so Arsene Wenger will now be thinking about how to set up his team in the absence of our star man.

With Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also apparently out of action, although thankfully not for long, it leaves the Frenchman with very few options if he is going to play our usual 4-3-3 formation. Olivier Giroud is surely nailed on to be the centre forward and we can only hope that Theo Walcott can complete 90 minutes for us on the right.

THREE players that give Wenger selection headaches for Arsenal v Aston Villa?

A selection headache is one of the best problems for the manager of a football team to have, and the Arsenal players coming into the side for the FA cup win over Brighton on Sunday have certainly given Arsene Wenger that with their performances.

Okay, Tomas Rosicky may not have just returned from injury but he has been injured this season and has only started six games – and only three in the Premier League. I’m not sure what more the 34-year old can do than run the game, set up one goal, score a fantastic winner and get the Man of the Match award, but I still think he is probably the least likely of our three goal scorers to start against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Phil Neville highlights anti-Arsenal media bias! Do we care?

\it is something that the Arsenal fans have become used to over the years and so I was not really surprised to hear the former Man United, Everton and England midfielder Phil Neville come out with his daft comments about Tomas Rosicky on last night’s Match of the Day. Not surprised but a bit saddened and I feel the need to pick him up on it.