Arsenal don’t HAVE to play from the back – but it’s the best way to keep control?

We all saw Arsenal trying to put Unai Emery’s tactics into force last week by trying to retain possession against one of the best teams in Europe last week. The Spaniard has been concentrating on playing out from the back when in possession and playing the pressing game when we lose the ball. We can’t say it was totally successful as Man City are the masters of that tactic but we did see some improvement towards the end.

Great news – Torreira ready to start for Arsenal against Chelsea

I think we are just going to have to write off Arsenal’s defeat last week, and out it down to inexperience of Emery’s tactics and the late return of some of our new star players into the fold. But Stephan Lichtsteiner got a good hour last week and Sokratis and Guendouzi played the whole game, and our star turn Lucas Torreira came on for a 20 minute cameo.

Has Emery given Mustafi his confidence back at last?

All Arsenal fans are fully aware that Shkrodan Mustafi was one of our biggest problems last season with so many individual mistakes in a very shaky defence. Even Arsene Wenger told reporters that the German was suffering from a massive drop in confidence for most of the season. But according to an interview in the Standard, Mustafi is feeling a lot better now under Emery.

Juventus set to snatch very promising Arsenal striker

Arsenal used to be renowned for training their youngsters in the Arsenal way and then integrating them seamlessly into the Gunners first team, but lately there are more and more of our promising youngsters moving abroad to lesser teams where at least they can get a chance at the the first team. Most of them seem to move to Belgian orDutch sides lately, but Stephy Mavdidi must be extra promising, as he has been snapped up by Juventus!

It looks like Ospina to Napoli deal could fall though

Poor old David Ospina, the Arsenal and Colombia keeper has been trying to get away from the Emirates for a few years now, and now the arrival of Bernd Leno has made him surplus to requirements he is still finding it hard to get a club to accept his conditions, even on a loan deal.

Is Aaron Ramsey really worth £250,000 a week?

Here we go again with another one of Arsenal’s boring long-drawn out contract negotiations as it now looks extremely unlikely that Aaron Ramsey is going to re-sign with the Gunners unless his massive wage demands are met. I am certainly glad that the EPL transfer window closed early or we would be subject to endless rumours about Man United and Chelsea waiting in the wings to snatch the Welshman on deadline day, so we only have totally unrealistic mentions of European teams like Barcelona and the latest one is Lazio, according to a report in the Mirror.

Are Arsenal fans happy that Petr Cech is Emery’s first choice keeper?

The German international Bernd Leno arrived at Arsenal with much fanfare from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, and everyone thought that after paying over 20million for him, Arsenal would immediately make him first choice between the sticks. But I made it clear back in June that Cech would still be Number One this season while Leno learned the ropes and playedin the Europa League matches, although very few readers believed me at the time.

The stats are definitely not in Arsenal’s favour for Saturday’s game at Chelsea

They say records are there to be broken, and Arsenal definitely have to overcome a few when they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. I was just looking through the official Chelsea website to see what they were thing about our game and found these statistics they had compiled ahead of the game. It doesn’t make pleasant reading but there are some positives on our side….