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Is stopping Silva the key to Arsenal beating Man City?

Despite all the talk this week about the Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez and whether he is the best player in the Premier League this season so far, the former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has suggested that it is the Man City and Spain midfield maestro David Silva that is the key figure in the clash between the Gunners and Man City at the Etihad stadium tomorrow.

The TV pundit has declared that, if Arsenal cannot find a way of stopping Silva from controlling the game and finding space to create chances, then we are likely to come away with nothing from the game. I am not really so sure about this, although I do agree that Silva is a very dangerous player.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Man City

There is some very good news on the team front for Arsenal fans today, but it does not concern anyone on the Gunners’ team sheet. It is the fact that our opponents Man City are without their talisman and best player Yaya Toure. And of course the new boy Danny Welbeck gets his debut at centre forward.

Even without that news, Arsene Wenger had promised that Arsenal were going to go all out for the win so this will only encourage the players to really take the game to the Premier League champions. And the injury to Aaron Ramsey which we feared would put the Welshman out of action for a while has turned out to be so minor that he starts today. I just hope that Wenger is not taking a risk with him.

Proof of Ramsey’s influence and why Arsenal MUST rest him!!

I can understand Arsene Wenger’s thinking, especially as Arsenal players had been falling by the wayside like the bunnies on normal batteries in the Duracell advert all season long, but it seems fairly clear that the injury that the Welshman picked up on Boxing Day, was a result of him being over-played.

The Frenchman probably tried to get him back too soon as well, but if the manager can avoid doing the same thing next season, Rambo could well lead us to the title. After he won the Player of the Season award, Arsenal.com compiled some stats to show what an influence Ramsey had for us, and it is remarkable.

Preview, prediction and line-up for Arsenal v Man City

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

Arsenal’s season has somewhat fallen apart, in the Premier league especially. We are 5 points off Liverpool and 6 points off Chelsea. Even if we manage to beat Manchester City, providing they win their games in hand, they will also be 6 points ahead of us. It is a truly grim situation considering we led the league for at least 4 months. Now we have to win this game to ensure that Everton don’t somehow pip us to 4th.

Classic funny Wenger story from an Arsenal legend

Arsenal players past and present, as well as fellow managers and all sorts of people connected with football, have been talking about Arsene Wenger and his achievements as the Frenchman’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners approaches.

Some, like Jose Mourinho and Harry Redknapp sound like they have had to have their arms twisted up their backs and could not resist diluting their comments with criticism or little digs at Wenger, while others like Sir Alex Ferguson have been surprisingly warm and generous in their appreciation of the Arsenal boss. The Mirror has a page dedicated to Wenger where you can read the different tributes nad analysis of his Arsenal career.

Arsenal have a great chance to exploit Liverpool’s problems!!

What are Liverpool’s weaknesses? by KJ

It’s still a couple of days away but there’s a massive game coming up on Saturday and Arsenal will need to start a winning run against some of the bigger teams for the next 6 weeks if we are to stay in the title race. But the same was being said back in November and Liverpool were flying high then and could have taken top spot had they beaten us.

Arsenal’s Ramsey is the BEST in England says Man City man

I suppose that you could call Patrick Vieira and Arsenal man just as much as you could label him a Man City man, but he does work for the mega millions Manchester club these days, where he is in charge of the underage team known somewhat grandly as the `Elite Development Squad`.

But even though Vieira is still good friends with Arsene Wenger and spent the largest and most important part of his career in the red and white of the Gunners, you would not really expect him to praise the current Arsenal players over those of his current employers, but that is just what he has done in his assessment of Aaron Ramsey, as reported by the Independent.

Is Arsenal star Ramsey really best in Premier League?

Aaron Ramsey has been a revelation for Arsenal since the latter part of last season, and the young Welshman was a huge part of the Gunners late surge which saw them overhaul north London rivals Tottenham for the final Champions League spot. Ramsey’s performances then were not getting a huge amount of attention, but by adding goals to his game, the midfielder has become the talk of the town, so just how good is he?

Arsenal could be close to poaching young Man City star

Arsenal are apparently closing in on the signing of young Manchester City midfielder Abdi Ibrahim who has been on loan for the last few seasons away from his parent club. This would seem like a strange move for Arsenal to make but the Norwegian has been on a host of Premier League club’s radars for many years and it appears that City have resigned themselves to selling him because of a lack of room in his favoured defensive midfield role.

Should Arsenal raid Wigan for Boyce?

Could Arsenal make a shock move for 33 year old Wigan defender Emerson Boyce? by SS

Arsene Wenger would hope to get Boyce cheap and use him as cover in a variety of defensive positions and to act as an experienced leader within the defence. Bacary Sagna looks set to leave the club this summer with Russian giants Anzhi and newly crowned French champions PSG interested.

Wenger is expected to bring in Sebastian Corchia or Lukasz Piszczeck to work with Carl Jenkinson to fill the right back position in the team. Despite Boyce being 33 years old, Wenger has always been very impressed with his stamina that he displays for Wigan by bombing up and down the side of the field week in, week out.

Should Wenger bring Toure back to Arsenal?

Could Kolo Toure be on his way back to Arsenal on a one year deal? by SS

He is going to be out of contract this summer and he and Manchester City have confirmed that there will be no new deal. He has said he would like to stay in England because his family is based here and he could be available on low wages compared to his Man City pay packet.

A Top Four finish will not guarantee Arsenal Top Class arrivals

Is a top four finish a path to success? by Freezy

In short, the answer is no. Nowadays there is something bigger than the allure of Champions League football; money. Arsenal can’t claim that getting in the top four will allow us the chance to sign amazing players when we’ve been doing it for years yet still lost the likes of Nasri, Adebayor and most recently Van Persie, with no thought of a like for like replacement.