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Rosicky joins Podolski in voicing Arsenal frustration

Most of the Arsenal players (the uninjured ones anyway!) are now away on international duty, and Lukas Podolski was the first to tell his country’s press that he didn’t understand why Arsene Wenger rarely played the German frontman, despite the overwhelming injury problems at the club.

Now we have Thomas Rosicky also expressing his frustration at not being used by Le Prof, which is even more bewildering considering the bad form of most of the midfielders Wenger persists in selecting.

Rosicky said: “I understand that I am 34 years old and that it probably plays a role, whether I like it or not. That’s without a doubt,”

Arsenal Debate – Time to drop struggling Cazorla?

With Mesut Ozil being one of the many Arsenal players in the treatment room and the German international possibly out of action until the end of the year, the natural and logicval player to fill his boots for the Gunners would be Santi Cazorla. But it just is not happening for the little Spaniard at the moment.

Cazorla has been largely ineffectual in the last two games against Anderlecht and Sunderland, with his woeful shooting at the Stadium of Light a clear sign that our midfield maestro is low on form and confidence right now. But what should Arsene Wenger do?

Positive injury update suggests Arsenal ARE getting it right

With the international break seeming to have further devastated the Arsenal squad with more injuries to players, there was inevitably going to be questions asked about what is going on with the fitness and medical areas of the club.

But the latest injury update from Arsene Wenger, reported by Arsenal.com, is actually quite positive and reveals that quite a few of the players are due to be available for selection a lot sooner than previously thought. And they include some key players like Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

Bookings ANOTHER reason Wilshere should be Arsenal’s number 10

The Arsenal and England international star Jack Wilshere has been talking about how sorry he is for his club team mate Mesut Ozil after the German playmaker picked up a knee problem and could be out for up to three months. And with news of Tomas Rosicky also having an injury, it leaves young Wilshere as one of the few players in the squad who could cover for Ozil.

Perhaps that is why he also talks about his different playing positions for club and country in a Daily Mirror report. Because of the different playing sylrs and formations used by Arsenal and England, Jack feels that his new deep lying role at international level would not suit him for the Gunners.

Now Podolski really CAN play his part for Arsenal

I was hoping that the Arsenal and Germany international forward Lukas Podolski was given a good run out by his national coach Joachim Low tonight, as the World Cup holders play host to Republic of Ireland in a Euro qualifying group. But now I am not so sure.

The way that our luck with injuries is going at the minute, I would rather that Podolski is not used at all. The reason for my change of mind is that the growing injury list that now includes Tomas Rosicky and Mesut Ozil means that the statement by Arsene Wenger reported by Sky Sports the other day will now almost certainly come true.

Arsenal v Southampton Player Ratings – Rosicky and Podolski unimpressive

Arsenal 1 – 2 Southampton Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 6
He didn’t look great tonight. Seemed shaky at times and should’ve done better for Southampton’s second goal. It was a ferocious shot but it was straight down the middle.

Bellerin – 6
A decent performance. It was much better than the one against Dortmund but that is understandable considering the opposition. Seemed to lose the ball too quickly in the attacking third and didn’t offer much going forward. Was strong defensively though.

Chambers – 6
Held onto the ball for far too long and it’s clear the booing by the Southampton fans got to him slightly.

Arsenal v Southampton review – Alexis stunner not enough!!

JustArsenal’s Mr Admin was generously invited by Huawei to this game at the Emirates, so we were wined and dined before the action started. But we were given excellent seats to watch the action from the start.

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Taken with my new Huawei Arsenal Smartphone before the game!

It was always going to be a tough night for Arsenal against a strong Saints line-up that was not much changed. Arsene Wenger made plenty, as expected, but it still looked a pretty strong midfield and attack, with the likes of Wilshere, Rosicky, Podolski and Alexis in there.

Arsenal v Southampton Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Southampton Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

I’m normally pretty excited about the League cup as it gives us an opportunity to play some of the younger players and we usually play well. But with our lack of defenders, I’m deeply concerned with Wenger playing the likes of Chambers only for him to get injured.

Southampton will be coming into this game as favourites on Betfair with the defence I’m hoping Wenger puts out. We can’t afford to risk our players for the League cup and that is completely Wenger’s fault for not bringing in enough defenders. But what’s done is done and we will need to cope.

Which of the Arsenal outcasts will Wenger finally use?

The Players Arsenal Seem to have Forgotten About this Season! by AT

It is not very hard to see right now that Arsenal’s defence is being stretched to the limit, even more so now that Mathieu Debuchy is set to miss the next three months of the campaign as a result of the ankle injury he suffered against Manchester City at the Emirates.

But with that being said, that is far from the case when it comes to the offensive side of things. Looking into this Arsenal squad, there are three offensive players who are truly deserving of first-team opportunities.

Arsenal boss to drop Ozil AND Ramsey for Dortmund game?

With two tough games in just a few days, it was always likely that Arsene Wenger would rotate his Arsenal squad a little. But the Frenchman would also want to play his best starting XI against Man City and Borussia Dortmund, as both games could end up having a huge impact on the Gunners’ season.

So the fact that both Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey put in below par performances against the Premier League champions at the Emirates stadium today has made the Frenchman’s job on Tuesday a lot easier. I am surprised he even risked Rambo today to be honest and he must surely play Man of the Match Jack Wilshere in the box-to box role in Germany, with the Welshman on the bench.

Rosicky and Campbell should not be ignored by Arsenal

Arsenal: Two players who have been under-utilized by SE

The Gunners have it all to do, if they are to compete for more silverware this season, following the FA Cup win from last May. Wenger’s wizards, after pummeling Manchester City in the FA Community shield, haven’t had an enviable start to their campaign, which, so far, has seen them win two games from five competitive outings.

However, once the international break culminates, Arsenal have a fixture pileup to contend with, and it remains to be seen whether the North Londoners can manage the action-packed months ahead, without rotating their relatively big squad.

Arsenal’s options for Man City after Ozil injury?

It turns out that the reason that Lukas Podolski was the only Arsenal player in the Germany squad that was beaten by Argentina 4-2 in a friendly repeat of the World Cup final, was that Mesut Ozil had picked up an injury in the Gunners’ disappointing draw at Leicester City last weekend.

The German playmaker flew out late to meet up with his international team mates, as revealed in a Daily Mail report. So although it does not sound like a long term problem, it could see Ozil miss the Euro 2016 qualifying clash with Scotland on Sunday and, knowing our luck, he may not be ready for the visit of Man City to the Emirates next Saturday.