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Arsenal Debate – Our best starting XI (including the Germans) ?

Wenger’s first choice XI once the German contingent becomes available by SE

Post his astute transfer acquisitions this summer, Wenger couldn’t have asked for more heading into the new season. But, the cherry was laid on top of the cake on Sunday, when Arsenal annihilated the Premier League Champions, Manchester City, to win the FA Community Shield.

Impressive performances were aplenty from the North London outfit, which had Cazorla and Chambers starring for them in their big win. As unfortunate as it could turn out to be, both Cazorla and Chambers might have to take their place on the Emirates bench come this Saturday or, at the latest, once the German contingent, returning from their World Cup triumph, becomes available for selection.

Mikel Arteta to leave Arsenal next summer!

I am beginning to think that Arsene Wenger is picking his captains every year in the full knowledge that they will be leaving Arsenal the following year! Everyone knew that Cesc Fabregas was trying to force through a move to Barcelona for years. We were also fully aware that RVP would be in the last year of his contract, and the same goes for Thomas Vermaelen.

Now the poisoned chalice has gone to Mikel Arteta as Wenger confirmed yesterday. “It will be No 1, Arteta and No 2, Mertesacker,” he said.

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.

Is Mr Arsenal being too harsh on young Jack Wilshere?

Wilshere’s role in the team isn’t important right now by KJ

Today, The Sun have published an article by Mr. Arsenal himself, Tony Adams, criticising Wilshere’s lack of progression. The media are out to destroy the talented youngster and now it seems Arsenal legends are adding to that pressure – but why? At the age of only 22, there is no need to criticise Wilshere just yet.

Tony Adams talking about Jack Wilshere….

‘He must show more hunger and professionalism. He’s in danger of not fulfilling his potential and his career could be over in the blink of an eye.

Arsenal STILL have to sort out our midfield problems…


Arsenal’s new season is upon us. We are all excited mainly because of two factors. The first one is that all those who were crocked last season, except Walcott, are raring to go. The second one stems from the four acquisitions already in the bag.

But as I see it, Arsene Wenger is still to solve the issues that made us concede 20 goals in four matches. They will not go away simply because we choose to ignore them and talk about anything else. We have taken comfort by making misplaced assumptions..

Sanchez and Debuchy to start for Arsenal v Monaco

Arsenal need at least two points from the pre-season clash with Monaco today to seal the Emirates Cup trophy, with Valencia beating Benfica by 3-1 and going on to nine points. So the Gunners need goals and hopefully the fact that our new star signing Alexis Sanchez is to start will guarantee that we get them.

The Chile international forward had an exciting little cameo yesterday, but he should get at least 45 minutes today, and in the role he is likely to occupy at the start of the Premier League season, on the right with Olivier Giroud in the centre.

Is Ramsey and Flamini the perfect midfield combo for Arsenal?

I bet that the calls for Arsene Wenger to sign a defensive midfielder for Arsenal, such as Sami Khedira or Morgan Schneiderlin, will have died down a bit after the Gunners began the Emirates Cup in such emphatic style yesterday. So has the Prof found the perfect pairing for the centre of midfield?

Wenger started with the Arsenal Player of the Year, Aaron Ramsey, and the combative Frenchman Mathieu Flamini. The 30-year old player who returned to Arsenal last summer after a spell with AC Milan in Serie A, showed that he has the energy, ability and discipline to allow super Rambo to do his thing.

Arsenal tactics – Will Wenger use 4-3-3 this season?

Perks of Arsenal lining up in 4-3-3, as compared to 4-2-3-1 by SE

There is no cynicism regarding the fact that Arsene Wenger has a colossal squad at his disposal, and, consequently could manipulate however he wants to. The arrival of Sanchez has possibly created the biggest anticipation at the Emirates this summer, and his versatility would be something to look forward to come August 16th. With Ozil entering his 2nd season in the Premier League – and Ramsey coming off a brilliant campaign – Arsenal have every reason to be upbeat about the forthcoming season.

Jack backs German starlet to shine brightly for Arsenal

Jack Wilshere knows all about what it takes to break into the Arsenal first team as a young player from the academy, having become the youngest player to ever play in the Premier League for the Gunners when he was just 16 years and 256 days old back in September 2008.

The latest player to really catch the eye at a similar age is Gedion Zelalem, the 17-year old born in Berlin but able to play for with Germany or USA at international level. Wilshere is clearly impressed with the young midfielder, who has started both of the pre-season games so far and is sure to feature in the Emirates Cup tournament this weekend.

NY Red Bulls v Arsenal – KJ´s Player ratings

Arsenal 0 – 1 New York Red Bulls Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
He made the saves he needed to make and was good with his distribution.

Jenkinson – 3
Awful performance by him. No composure and very clumsy. Was at fault for the goal.

Hayden – 7
Very composed display by him. Made some good tackles and his passing was calm and crisp.

Monreal – 4
He struggled massively but it’s understandable considering he’s playing completely out of position and doesn’t have the physicality of a CB.

Gibbs – 6
Decent overall performance by him. Nothing spectacular.

Arsenal depleted and defeated in New York! Don’t Panic!

Look, Arsenal fans, I know it is never nice to lose a game, especially to a team that you are expected to beat, like New York Red Bulls from the American MLS. But they did have the greatest striker in Arsenal’s history, Thierry Henry, on their side and are in the middle of their proper season.

Not only are the Arsenal players just limbering up for their own serious business of the Premier League and Champions League exploits, but we had so many of our first team players missing because of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Why Wilshere MUST NOT be Arsenal’s Defensive Midfielder!

Wilshere cannot play DM for Arsenal. by KJ

Last night, there were a few articles (including on Just Arsenal) reporting that Wenger is not looking to improve his midfield options and this has prompted many Arsenal fans to discuss whether Jack Wilshere is good enough to play as a defensive midfielder for us. The simple answer is no, not yet anyway. He has a long way to go before we can consider him a competent starter for us.