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Time for Arsenal to start with Alexis Sanchez up front?

I am not one of the Arsenal fans who groans and moans about everything that Olivier Giroud does. I actually quite like the big Frenchman and appreciate what he does for the team, but he was quite honestly shocking against Besiktas on Tuesday and I do not think we should start with him up front on Saturday.

Everton are likely to be just as hard to play against as the Turkish side and their defence should be stronger and faster as well. So Giroud in his current form is likely to give them as much trouble as a sickly schoolgirl and we need to threaten their goal in order to stop them pouring forwards at every opportunity.

New Season, New Players – Same Old, Same Old Arsenal


It is a strange one, isn’t it? Arsenal has supposedly upgraded its squad through our new signings but you wouldn’t know it. First, we signed Shad Forsythe, a well-respected fitness guru that worked with the German national team and yet within a space of four days, we have already recorded three injuries to Kieran Gibbs, Yaya Sanogo and Mikel Arteta. Wow! It feels just like the old Arsenal. And then we signed Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers while welcoming back a much improved Joel Campbell from his three year loan. That makes it five new faces that have joined our squad and yet watching Arsenal labor through a cringe worthy draw against a very organized Besiktas side, you wouldn’t know our squad is five players richer than it was last season.

`Desperate` Arsenal to go on the attack at Besiktas?

Although the bread and butter stuff that is the Premier League is always the priority, for Arsenal and all the other top flight English clubs, Arsene Wenger has made no secret of how important the Champions League is to the club. So the two games against Besiktas, tonight and next Wednesday, are huge for the Gunners, but will that affect our approach, and will that have a knock-on affect in the coming weeks?

Why Arsenal NEED a striker to challenge for the title

Goal scoring form of Giroud and Sanogo will be of concern to Wenger by SE

Of the very few concerns that Wenger will be mindful of, the goal-scoring persona and form of his two French strikers will be primary of the lot.

Sanogo scored 4 goals against Benfica in the Emirates cup, and his clinical finishing got the kind of recognition it deserved. Giroud, when he struck that 25-yard wonder strike against Man City in the FA Community Shield, would have restored confidence in Wenger and the Arsenal faithful, but are they doing enough as specialists in their position?

Arsenal v C. Palace – Confirmed line-ups – Giroud on the bench!

So the season begins for Arsenal at last! There have already been some interesting results, not least Man Utd losing at home to Swansea, and Everton only drawing with Leicester, so nobody can expect any easy games in the opening games.

Here is the confirmed starting teams:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Sanogo

Substitutes: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie, Chamakh, Campbell

Substitutes: Hennessey, Delaney, McCarthy, O’Keefe, Bannan, Gayle, Murray

Who SHOULD be Arsenal’s main striker this season?

Wenger must look beyond Sanogo and Giroud for striking options by SE

It’s absolutely ludicrous on the part of Jamie Carragher to question Arsenal’s striking and goal-keeping options, ahead of the new season. In his interview to Daily Mail, in which he talks about the chances of various Premier League title contenders, the former Liverpool defender was quoted ‘cynical’ of Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League this season. Now, this article isn’t going to reflect on what the delusional Sky Sports pundit has had to say, but introspectively, shouldn’t Wenger be looking at other striking options beyond the French duo of Sanogo and Giroud?

Arsenal are defnitely NOT going to buy another striker

After Arsenal put five past the Portuguese champions Benfica and three past Man City this weekend, including a stunner from Olivier Giroud, Arsene Wenger will have a much easier job convincing the Arsenal fans that he knows what he is doing in the striker department. In an interview on Arsenal.com, the Frenchman talked about the two young Gunners that got the goals against Benfica and revealed exactly why Arsenal do not need another forward.

Giroud believes that more competition is good for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud was much-maligned by Arsenal fans last season and we were all calling for Wenger to buy a new top class striker to displace him this summer, but hopefully yesterday’s sublime finish against Man City must have allayed some of our fears. Although it looked like an impossible shot, Giroud says that it was definitely what he was aiming for…”I had a look at the keeper and I was thinking that he was a bit too much forward from his line,” he said on Arsenal.com. “I tried instinctively to shoot and to hit the target. I was a bit lucky but that’s what I wanted to do.”

In depth review of Arsenal v Man City – Gunners warn their rivals

FA Community Shield Review – Manchester City FC vs Arsenal FC by SE

For the first time in 12 years, this season’s FA Community Shield took place without one of Manchester United or Chelsea being a part of the momentous occasion. However, Manchester City FC and Arsenal FC took to Wembley for the annual curtain raiser, as the FA Community Shield is prominently called, having won the Premier League and FA Cup from the preceding season respectively.

Arsenal v Man City: Confirmed teams – Sanogo up front!

So Arsene Wenger has finally named his first competitive Arsenal side of the season, and we are seeing Sanogo partnering new signing Alexis Sanchez up front in a completely unexpected line-up.

I know that Olivier Giroud admitted that he wasn’t fully fit last week, but he is hardly going to get game-fit sitting on the bench! And after Joel Campbell’s impressive debut against Benfica I would liked to see him start too….

Putting Arteta and Wilshere together in midfield suggests a defensive line-up, but the Gunners have enough game-changers on the bench if we need to go for more goals.

Predict Arsenal’s front line against Man City?

Man City vs Arsenal: Three Arsenal players indispensable to their team’s game plan by SE

There are a wide range of team combinations that Wenger can deploy to rattle Man City, and clinch the first available silverware of the season. Arsenal, despite their missing German contingent, have enough marquee players in their setup to start tomorrow’s game and have an instant effect on proceedings.

But, on a more specific note, who will be the three of them who could prove indispensable to Arsenal’s game plan?

Joel Campbell

Man City v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and score prediction

Arsenal vs Manchester City Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

Arsenal haven’t been in a Community Shield for quite some time but after Ramsey’s heroics in extra time of the FA cup only two months ago, we have the chance of winning silverware before the season even begins, and that should give us a good morale boost as we look to start the season strongly.

Both teams will be missing a few players with City reportedly without: Aguero, Negredo, Lampard, Fernandinho, Kompany, Demichelis, Zabaleta and Sagna. That’s a lot of quality players missing, but even then, they still have the likes of Silva, Nasri, Jovetic, Dzeko, Toure and so on that can punish us.