Arteta back but should Arsenal stick with Flamini?

When Mikel Arteta picked up an ankle injury in Arsenal’s away game at Besiktas, there were fears he might miss quite a few games. And I started to worry about the Arsenal injury crisis of last season coming back to plague us again, with Kieran Gibbs having picked up a knock in the previous game.

But maybe the new medial regime at the club is working, because having missed just two games, our Spanish captain is back in training as the pictures on the Arsenal website show. They also show Abou Diaby and I hope to see the Frenchman at some point today. Arteta should be fully fit because he has only been out for a week, but should Arsene Wenger bring him back into the starting XI for the trip to Leicester City?

It’s a tough one, because Flamini has done well and he has the energy and defensive mindset that could help us away from home. The problem for me is how we approach the game. Arsenal won more games on the road than any other in the Premier League last season and Leicester are newly promoted. So maybe we should try to take the game by the scruff of the neck and attack, in which case Arteta is the better option. And he is the captain, of course, and it is always good to have your captain on the pitch.

But I reckon the new boys will give it a real go tomorrow because that is how they play and if we are up against it early and go behind, it could be a hard day. Who would you go for in the middle?

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    1. I say stick with flamini, he had a hell of a game against besiktas. He is a fighter and that is what we will need today. Arteta is too soft at times and plus he has just returned from injury. Lets go with flamini

    1. that is everyone’s dream, CARVALHO……come on wenger, make us happy. Carvalho with flamini as his back up…

    1. Since its the premier league I reckon we don’t take any opposition lightly a play the strongest possible team

  1. Whenever I think of Leicester v Arsenal…my mind takes me back to that game in ’97 and the Dennis Bergkamp show! What a hat-trick..what a goal (the last goal)…sweet memories 🙂

    Jumping back to the present…we saw on the week-end no team can be taken for granted (Shitty v Stoke)…you have to put your best possible side out there and take nothing for granted.

  2. Ozil CAM and Flamini DM and Ramsey CM, rest Jack and Cazorla, Play Poldi at Lw, Campbell at RW and Sanches as Striker. if we are doing well then sun Sanchez with Sanogo and Ozil for Rosicky common Wenger use your whole squad. At least the healthy ones.

    1. I like that…don’t know if Arsene will actually follow that plan though.

      Would like to see Podolski get into the action…

  3. Sczcesney
    Debuchy – Sack – Kos – Monreal
    Flamini – Ramsey
    Chamberlain – Ozil – Campbell

    This lineup will UNLEASH ozil as he can exploit fast wingers and strikers

    1. Try Podolski on left instead of Campbell to start…if it doesn’t work then can always sub. Podolski needs to see the field IMO. What a waste.

    1. Totally…..

      hes was in the first 11 that won against MK Dons….

      Fergie and Moyes trusted him when RVP was injured and he scores heaps of goals….

  4. Yesterday i was jealous of Chelsea having Matic. Did you see the way he broke up the play and made fouls without a yellow card to his name.

    I know its not in Wenger philosophy to play a player of that sort. But man do we need one. The only reason Arteta starts over Flamini is because Arteta does less “Dirty work” and plays nice ball.

    But i think to utilise Mesuts full strength we need a Matic mould player, who will foul intelligenly if we lose possession in the middle. And the players can boom forward with the knowlegde in mind that somebody is watching their ar*e.

    Carvalho it is then?

    1. Sadly Wenger is still very stubborn and living in denial….

      no team is gona allow us to pass the ball freely without doing anything….

      there will dirty and rough plays….teams will change their strategy and tactics while we STILL remain the same…

      1. “A victory by violence tantamounts to defeat”
        -Mahatma Gandhi.

        See. That means yesterday Chelsea lost. Cause their play was violent and volatile.
        See we don’t need a defensive midfielder.

          1. Aha. Case of miskaten identity I guess. No he didn’t drink his own juices.
            Anyways it was just in a jovial joke. Ofcourse we need a CDM.

  5. Chelsea will fall, we did better than this at some point last season, chelsea will fall, i hope we take advantage when it happens

    1. Chelsea will fall so can we……all teams can fall……but are we good enough to beat them home and away? or we have to rely on our opponents to get beaten to win?

  6. Why should we rest cazorla because we want to play our most expensive player? Come on u need to admit dat cazorla at CAM performs better dan Ozil.. His not inform presently let’s just stick with cazorla for now plsss.. Just go and watch the replay of the besiktas game @ emirate u will see wat am talking about…

    1. And how many games did Mesut start centrally for us last year? Cazorla started the games in the middle when Theo got injured. Till than Mesut did the Central role. And i think he did it pretty well too.

  7. Debuchy, Campbell, Sanchez, Ox, Walcott, Ramsey can all make good runs and provide goal chances – but we desperately need a back-to goal striker-

    Someone who can hold up the ball, get others in the game, relieve pressure from midfield as an outlet and create the occasion goal from no where-

    Giroud, and Sonago are our only back-to-goal strikers – we need another TOP PRIORITY – desperately now that Giroud is out!

    Tell me you agree?

  8. Lets face it song was better than flamini and Arteta in that role so we should be looking for someone at least as good as him otherwise we have less ambition than west ham.

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