Arsenal need to pick themselves up for Hull City’s visit

Can Arsenal shake off their tame start to the season, starting this weekend against Hull? by SE

Arsenal haven’t played to potential so far this season, and although they have shown flashes of brilliance in those massive wins over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield and Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League, Wenger’s wizards are languishing at 8th place in the Barclays Premier League table. Injuries have impeded Arsenal’s ambitions and, to be frank, would have affected any side, regardless of the depth and size of the squad. In Arsenal’s case, however, the lack of flexibility in the managerial and playing styles is what is compounding problems for the Gunners. Their defense, midfield and attack are failing cohesively, and the spirit within the camp doesn’t seem all that boisterous. Having said that, can Arsenal produce the goods starting this weekend against Hull?

Talking Points
Arsenal simply got to start scoring goals and average 2 goals-per-game at best, to revive their position in the Barclays Premier League table. A tally of 11 goals from 7 games just isn’t good enough and, when you let in 9 goals at the back, you are not making your task any easier. This is where Wenger needs to be proactive, and maybe go with two up front against the supposedly mid and lower-mid table sides. I’d say, with Chamberlain slotting in on one of the wings during Ozil’s absence, Sanchez could be deployed alongside or just off Welbeck, at No.10. You win football matches by scoring more number of goals than your opponents, and it’s no different in Arsenal’s case.

Arsenal’s end-product this season, contrasting to previous seasons, depends hugely on Wenger’s man-management skills, and how he juggles around with his injury-hit squad. Three Arsenal players – Debuchy, Giroud and Ozil – look set to be out of action until the turn of the year, at least, which means that Wenger has been handed a serious kick up his backside, with a small squad at the start of the season further shortened by this injury pileup that also sees Ramsey, Arteta, Diaby, Monreal and Sanogo not yet fit to return. The slightly positive news, however, is that Walcott and Gnabry – two long term injury casualties – are closing in on their respective returns, which would be a welcoming one for Wenger and Arsenal season’s perspective. But it can’t be a ‘real’ positive for the North Londoners who are also sweating over the fitness of Koscielny – the Frenchman is said to be suffering from chronic tendinitis in both Achilles tendons. It’s worth-mentioning that Arsenal don’t have the Capital One Cup commitments to contend with, as it could only spell further trouble for an already depleted squad.

Finally, looking around that injury-hit Arsenal squad, it’s difficult to see someone carrying them through. Sanchez is still bedding in, and hasn’t made a staunch impact at his new club; Cazorla, during Ozil’s absence, will see plenty of game time, and will be hoping to bring some incision into Arsenal’s play from the middle-third of the pitch; Wilshere, having shown glimpses of his ability already this season, could be the player who gives Arsenal the cutting edge, during this tough period for the club. He can be imperious; a feisty personality who doesn’t need much to ignite him and that in turn could bring the best of him for the North Londoners. For Wenger’s wizards to rectify their unimpressive start to the campaign and surge up the Barclays Premier League table, the form and fitness of the aforementioned trio is of paramount importance.

Final Thought
Arsenal have a mountain to climb, in terms of finding their form and then translating that form into results. But, blatantly put: it’s going to be a monumental task for the Gunners squad and Wenger, especially this season, to fashion a recovery and make their way up in the Premier League table, while not losing focus in their Champions League assignments.


  1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

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  2. henry12 says:

    I really think this is a good oppurtunity to try a 442 especially now that Rosicky is injured


    1. Twig says:

      Top quality formation. Won’t happen though. The only addition I would make to it is a z after Szc.

      1. sollygunner says:

        henry 12
        i would swap sanchez and poldi
        sanchez is more devastating on the wing
        and while i dont think podolski works as a lone striker i think he would do well in a double pairing ,,,, bullets flying from outside the box !!!!!

  3. Pythagoras( but you can call me pi) says:

    how will we score goals without Ozil :'( :'( :'(

    1. Drew says:

      honestly, Carzola is more of a traditional #10 because he can score goals.
      I’d like to see Wilshire play DM for one game, Ox as box 2 box, Cambell/Pod @ LW, Carzola @ #10, Sanchez RW, Welbeck ST… just foir the first half at least. if Wenger has grown brain cells he can make EARLY subs if his game plan doesnt work out!

      1. sollygunner says:

        agreed drew and one thing i love about cazola is he will have a shot from outside the area instead of looking to play it into a crowed of defenders

    2. Gigi2 says:

      haywill…isthat you, you….. 🙂

  4. goonerretic says:

    I have a question.Can anyone tell me what happens if a team has to play a game and every member of the squad is injured(cannot play)?..Is the match postponed and the team loses the points?…I asked this because we are getting there..

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Near impossible. All players at Arsenal under the age of 21 are eligible to play and don’t to to be part of the 25 man squad to play in the league.

  5. Gundam says:

    Can we not be so predictably boring for once this season. And play to win every game.

  6. arsenalkid1970 says:

    AW needs to send the team out not to give them free chances. Play CC as DM and jack in the middle then we have half a chance. Few years ago our 2nd team would go out and get the win but we now sit and hope. All this talk of who is going and comeing in jan is crap. Just go get 3 points and move on to the next game

  7. mr lean says:

    For me three points and a win is far more important than a good performance

  8. We have started the league very slow and i guess this is good bcz we are getting stronger as the league goes and finally we will be up there. Let’s believe in ourselves and support our team.

  9. ger burke says:

    i believe we will put hull to the sword indeed . however , if we come away with anything less than a win from this match then we are in big trouble , in crisis in fact .

  10. fred cowardly says:

    I think Cazorla will do fine in the middle (if Wenger gives him the 10 spot). He is a bit like fabregas in a sense as he assists and scores goalsunlike Ozil who is more of a assist/passer.

    If Walcott doesn’t play, I hope he is replaced by Oxlade or Podolski

    We should be fine against Hull. Although I said the same about Leicester. If we don’t beat Hull, we have serious problems

  11. The game against Hull city is very crucial based on our position in the league. We cant afford to lose or even to draw. We just need results…from there we should make sure that we take all the points. No more excuses ~

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