Ex-Gunner urges them not to experiment with their team selection

Arsenal has solved one of their biggest problems over the years, squad depth, and that means Mikel Arteta now has plenty of players to experiment with.

The Spanish manager has tried to keep the same team in the league games they have played so far.

That consistency helped them win their opening five league games.

They lost their last match in the competition against Manchester United as they had to replace Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny on their team because of injuries.

Their first Europa League game of the season offered Arteta the chance to experiment with his team selection.

He handed a debut to Marquinhos and Eddie Nketiah, among others, got his first start of the season.

Paul Merson admits the players did well against FC Zurich, but he doesn’t want to see the team get tinkered with too much.

Speaking about Fabio Vieira, he writes on Sportskeeda:

 “Fabio Vieira came on against Manchester United and made a good impact, but Arsenal needs to bounce back after their first defeat of the season last weekend. Vieira looks like an exciting player, but I just hope they play their best team and don’t look to experiment for the sake of it.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

We now have a big squad, but it is very important to have a starting XI we can rely on in several matches.

If we have the same team for most matches, playing together will help them find a rhythm, and they will be accustomed to playing together.

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  1. I have an unpopular opinion that smith Rowe should be sold…. Seriously.. He has serious injury problems,not regarded as a CAM anymore and is not a natural LW either. I’d prefer we sign a natural LW like Gakpo in his place .Could fetch good money come January though

    1. Odd though it seems you MAY have a good point. ESR has stalled a little and he would fetch top money, which we could use to fund a more needed positional player. A PROPER DM for the first time since Gilberto for instance.

      ESR seems in search of a truly useful position IMO!

        1. Another Jack Wilshire,what do you mean by that?have you forgotten how Jack was playing at the same age?he was on a different level.

    2. You have a valid point but ESR doesn’t need to be sold , he fits into the home grown player and under 21 or squad player at that and will be useful when really fit and used sparingly for cup games expecially but nothing more than that.

      However , for a serious team challenging for league title , he’s not that kind of player for that bracket

      Gakpo will be a fantastic signing and a like for like competition for Martineli. And in addition , he will give you far more goals than Martineli and Jesus combined even from the wing.

      We need a world class reliable goal poacher striker like Dusan vlaovic and a reliable stay fit defensive midfielder like Declan rice who can play 38games on his feet. Rice is young and will be a long term asset for the club irrespective his fee. And he’s also English (Fits into home grown player)


      Rice 60m-80m

      Vlahovic 100m 👈 Tempt juve

      Let go of Cedric, Mo-Eleni, Nelson , Pepe, Niles, at the end of the season , let go of mo-Eleni, let go of Nelson ,

      1. Jesus can’t score goals like Halland and Harry Kane

        But you need reliable goal scorer like those two above to really contend for the league

        Imagine if we have Robin vanpersy in front of Arsenal currently with the way we play and create per game with dominance … we need that kind of striker and Jesus can’t give us that kind of decisive goals when most needed , yes he’s good but not that goal scorer kind of guy, neither is Nkettia otherwise , all this creativity will go to waste for nothing … we need guaranteed goal scorer

        We also need a winger who will guanranteed 20+ goals a Sean and 10 to 15 assist and non in our current squad can guarantee that.

        Robbert pires gives us 20+ goals a season when they won league title twice

        Get us Gakpo to answer that question.

        We also need a proper and reliable Defensive MD , not some Brazilian left footed 21 year old , I mean no disrespect.

        Declan rice is a perfect fit sir.

        Thomas partey will rotate and deputize for him

        Dusan vlaovic


        Declan rice

  2. Please enough of this negative comment, this is smith we are talking about, giving out will end hotting us, we all know his talent and we can just give our academy product away just because of injury, for instant why not sell partey, Tierney and Tomiyasu because of there injury, this three player cause us champion league football. Leave ESR along he will overcome and we will all be happy again.

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