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KJ’s Arsenal player ratings from Sunderland – Arteta MOTM

Sunderland 0 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He made a few easy saves and was commanding but almost got caught out when he headed the ball away and was caught acres away from his 6 yard box.

Chambers – 6
Again, he was very rigid and Sunderland looked to exploit our right hand side when they could. Not sure Chambers can play the RB position in the long run. And I’m very surprised by that considering I was an advocate of dropping Debuchy for Chambers when we got that 4th CB in.

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?

Can Ramsey set Arsenal off on a winning run?

Will Ramsey’s return bring about a change in Arsenal’s fortunes? by SE

Aaron Ramsey returned to action for Arsenal during the 2-2 home draw against Hull City last weekend. The Welshman came on as a 62nd minute sub for Mathieu Flamini, as the North Londoners went in search of an equalizer. Ramsey completed 82% of his attempted passes and created two chances in the 28-minute period he was out on the pitch, but did very little to pose a goal threat to Steve Bruce’s side. Going forward, and having made himself a vital cog in the Arsenal machine, will Ramsey’s return bring about a change in Arsenal’s fortunes?

Ramsey convinced Arsenal can still win trophies this season

Arsenal may be wracked by injuries and are languishing 11 points behind Chelsea in the Premiership table, but the Welsh wizard Aaron Ramsey still believes that the Gunners, strengthened by our new arrivals, can add to last years FA Cup win by taking more trophies this season.

Ramsey was quoted in the Express as saying: “We know we have the ability to go on and challenge and to win things,”

“We’re hoping this season that we can deliver.

Anderlecht v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

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

We still haven’t really kicked on this season and even though we managed to beat Galatasaray fairly comfortably a few weeks ago, a poor decision by Szczesny leaves us with reserve keeper Damian Martinez starting in a Champions League game that we need to win.

Our defence is suffering numerous injuries which has forced us to play players out of position or to dip into our reserves and that puts a lot of pressure on our midfielders. They will need to dictate the tempo of the game far better than we did against Hull and to ensure that the first counter attack isn’t a goal.

Could Alexis be the leader that Arsenal need right now?

Sanchez is exceptional; but can he lead the way for Arsenal? by SE

Alexis Sanchez, though he is still coming to terms with the pace and intensity of the Premier League, has been by far Arsenal’s best player this season. He has lived up to expectations of being a hard worker, a team man and, more importantly, has been a positive influence on the North Londoners. If there was one game that didn’t go well for the Chilean, it was the clash against Everton when Sanchez played as Arsenal’s No.9, ahead of Giroud, and mustered an insipid display. Otherwise, he has slowly but steadily exhibited his wide repertoire of being a classic dribbler (the way he setup Welbeck’s goal against Hull), clinical finisher (the way he volleyed in Wilshere’s cross in the game against Man City), and in always trying to help the team out defensively. With plenty more to come from Sanchez, can the Chilean rescue Arsenal out of this big, big trouble?

Arsenal v Hull – Analysis and stats discussed

Arsenal vs Hull City – Analysis and looking ahead to the future by SE

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for Arsenal, who have been severely hit by injuries to the fulcrum of their team and made a totally unacceptable start to their season, Wenger’s wizards failed to harness home advantage and pick up 3 points against a resurgent Hull City. It’s been over two months since Ramsey conjured up a home win in the Premier League for Arsenal against Crystal Palace, on the opening weekend of the season. Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City have since visited the Emirates, and succeeded in pocketing an indispensable away point. As things stand, 11 points from 8 games surely is an abominable start to Arsenal’s season, but can they make a comeback from this position?

Arsenal v Hull Player Ratings

Arsenal 2 – 2 Hull City Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 5
Didn’t have anything to do aside from pick the ball out of the net for the two times Hull scored.

Bellerin – 7
One of the only real positives out of today. He struggled at times but showed a lot of drive when we went down and was consistently making good tackles to win possession back.

Mertesacker – 4
He had an absolute shocker today and should’ve never been beaten for the second goal. He is the tallest player on the pitch and is well regarded for how good his positioning is, so to be beaten like that is embarrassing for him.

Will Arsenal play 4-4-2 when Giroud returns?

Will Wenger go with two upfront over the course of this season? by SE

For the exquisite brand of football that Arsenal play, and retain possession of the ball for long periods in the game, Wenger’s wizards don’t score the number of goals you expect of them. This season the trend hasn’t been any different, with Arsenal managing just 11 goals from the first 7 Premier League games and 4 goals (all of them against Galatasaray) in their 2 Champions League fixtures. Days ago, Wenger was referring to Giroud’s return from his ankle injury, and the prospect of the Frenchman combining with Welbeck to make it a two-prone Arsenal frontline. Will the long-serving Arsenal manager take a more flamboyant route, for once, and deploy two strikers any time during this season?

Will Walcott return give Arsenal a new formation?

How does Wenger go about getting the best out of Walcott and Sanchez? by SE

The prospect of having Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez – two goal-scoring wingers – play for Arsenal shouldn’t be too long from becoming a reality. Walcott has been back in full training for quite some time now, but making the transition from plain training into playing a high-voltage game can be significantly different, and it is primarily due to that reason why Walcott might not see enough action in Arsenal colours for the next couple of weeks at least. However, as and when he makes the starting XI for Arsenal, how does Wenger go about accommodating the Englishman and Sanchez?

Forget history – Arsenal still need to win more trophies!

Why winning trophies is important for Arsenal? by SE

At the very onset of this article, let us not forget that Arsenal won the FA Cup this past May, and brought an end to the 9-year long trophy drought. Albeit winning the domestic cup competition cannot be as significant as winning the Premier League or the Champions League – two most coveted pieces of silverware for any top club – it would have given Wenger’s wizards the relief of having finally won a trophy after so long, as well as the belief to continue in the same vein in the future. During the early stages of this season, the North Londoners haven’t played to their pedigree. But, with time on their side and injury casualties to ease off, the Gunners could well resurrect their season and, from the supporters’ point of view, add to last season’s FA Cup win. Read on, as we dissect why winning trophies is important for Arsenal.