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Talking Arsenal tactics – Should we use 3-5-2 (like Chile!)

What can Arsenal learn from Chile’s performance against Spain? by Alex

At the time of writing this Spain have just lost to Chile 2-0, which has got me wondering. How has this little nation from South America managed to keep out a very talented Spain side for 90 minutes?

Some people will put it down to the climate, ‘Spain aren’t used to this heat and humidity’ I can accept that may have caused a problem, but with their squad Spain should’ve been a dead cert to gain the 3 points. But because of the work ethic of the Chile players and also the tactical set up of the team has given them a brilliant victory.

Santi Cazorla thinking of leaving Arsenal?

Considering that Arsenal are supposedly intending to invest hundreds of millions in the transfer market this summer, it is a little disconcerting to find that the talented Spaniard Santi Cazorla could be interested in listening to offers after the World Cup ends in Brazil.

There are reports in Spain that are suggesting that the unlucky Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid are keen on taking Cazorla back to his home country, and the talented midfielder certainly didn’t seem averse to the idea when he was tackled by journalists on the subject.

Arsenal’s Spain internationals OK after Guinea’s fouling tactics

Of all the Arsenal players involved in this frustrating international break, the two involved with the reigning World Cup and Euro champions Spain have the longest to travel. For some strange reason, Spain’s governing body have decided to go to Africa where they played against Equatorial Guinea yesterday.

They will be wondering why today, because the Guinea players took it upon themselves to treat the game as a war rather than a friendly, kicking lumps out of the Spanish players throughout the game. Fortunately, Nacho Monreal was an unused substitute and Santi Cazorla was removed after about an hour and he had avoided any damage. Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso was hurt by an industrial and could miss some games, so the Gunners got lucky.

Playing for Arsenal helps Monreal and Gnabry’s international careers

There has been a lot of talk about international players this season, which is perfectly normal in the run up to the World Cup, with speculation about lots of Arsenal players, especially those like Thomas Vermaelen and whether they might be looking to move on to get regular game time to boost their chances of going to Brazil next summer.

Bit there is another side to the story, and both Serge Gnabry and Nacho Monreal have been talking about it. The Spanish left back could be forgiven for feeling frustrated, because Kieran Gibbs has been brilliant and largely kept him on the bench. Monreal has played well every chance he gets though, and as a Sky Sports report explains, he actually feels that being a Gunner is good for his international career.

Do Arsenal need to use Monreal to stop him leaving?

Monreal may not stick around! by Ash

For the first time arguably since the days of Ashley Cole’s time at the club, Arsenal have managed to find a top quality left back in Kieran Gibbs. Gibbs has been in great form so far this season and in fact he has been praised for his performances over the course f the last few seasons, getting better game by game, however how can we forget that we also have another left back on the books in Nacho Monreal.

Why Llorente on loan is Perfect move for Arsenal

Something has got to give at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger really does not like the January transfer window, but Olivier Giroud cannot play every minute of every game this season. So the smart thinking is that the boss is going to have to sign someone in January, but we have heard many times from the Frenchman that he only wants to sign top class players.

The strikers he is probably most interested in, such as Luis Suarez from Liverpool, will be extremely difficult to prise away from their clubs at the best of times, never mind halfway through a season, but The Mirror reports that the Gunners may have found the perfect answer to the problem, and his name is Fernandi Llorente.

Did Arsenal offer massive bid for El Shaarawy?

AC Milan’s club vice president has admitted that an unnamed club has made a £25M bid for Stephan El Shaarawy and it is believed that this “unnamed club” could be Arsenal.

Check out this Arsenal target in action for Spain today

Arsene Wenger is apparently considering a transfer move to sign a fourth Spanish player for Arsenal this summer. There seems to be a conveyor belt of talent coming from Spain at the minute, and the three Spaniards that the Gunners have signed in recent years have certainly not let the manager down.

The latest batch of top class talent from the land of sun and Sangria will be on show today as the Spanish under 21s take on Italy in the final of the European championships. It will certainly be worth a watch for Arsenal fans, because the Daily Mail has reported that Wenger is looking at the Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

Arsenal MUST push for title next year says Arteta

Everybody concerned with Arsenal Football Club is concentrating on one thing at the moment, finishing in the top four ahead of Tottenham or Chelsea, or preferably both. This will make it a good finish to another disappointing campaign, though, and it is just not good enough for the fans or the players.

Mikel Arteta took a pay cut to join the Gunners, apparently, and must have hoped that he would have helped us to some silverware by now. He has, of course, had the chance to play in Europe’s elite competition, but giving the Guard of Honour to Manchester United on Saturday has just reinforced the need for Arsenal to put up a proper challenge to win the league ourselves next season.

Is Fabregas close to Arsenal return?

If, as some reports suggest, Thomas Vermaelen leaves Arsenal during the transfer window this summer, the Belgian defender will be the third captain of the Gunners to leave the club in as many seasons. The first in that trio was the Spanish international Cesc Fabregas, who returned to his boyhood club after Barcelona had tried to get him back for a while.

Could Arsenal French connection get Benzema from Real Madrid?

Every week it seems like Arsenal are linked with another transfer target and it will continue from now until the start of next season. Many of the rumours are focused on strikers, with Stevan Jovetic, David Villa and Alvaro Negredo just three of the many names connected with a possible move to the Emirates.

Knowing Arsene Wenger, though, the new Gunners who arrive in the summer could well be completely different than the players whose names are in the media. Arsenal fans are hoping for a big name, a striker with proven quality, and the one who springs to my mind is Karim Benzema.

Isco to be the third Arsenal player from Malaga?

When Arsenal swooped on the financially struggling La Liga side Malaga last summer, they came away with a real treasure in Santi Cazorla. The Spanish international midfielder has lit up the Premier League this season and is by far the most effective of Arsene Wenger’s three summer signings. Cazorla may also have helped Arsenal to get Nacho Monreal from Malaga in January, and he could make it three times lucky if he can influence another former team mate to join the Gunners this summer.