The team and tactics for Arsenal to beat Man City

Five ways for Arsenal to win by Twig

The victories of Man Utd and Southampton yesterday has made our clash with Man City even more crucial. The game is crucial for both teams. If Arsenal wins, City will be 5 points off the pace behind Chelsea and if City wins we’ll be behind Southampton by a huge 6 points. Many fans are a bit doubtful that we could win today’s fixture given our woeful away record against the big sides. But I think with a good selection, Arsenal can make life very difficult for Man City as we proved earlier in the season in the Community Shield.
So what are some things we could do to achieve victory today?

1) Do not concede early on
We’ve conceding too many early goals in our woeful away performances of recent. Usually, when we concede early, it’s not a good sign for the rest of the match. We conceded in the 1st minute away at Stoke and conceded in the 19th minute against Everton, only managing to equalize in the dying minutes. A good pressing game from kickoff will help us avoid an early goal.

2) Play Monreal
If Gibbs is fit, he’s likely to start ahead of Monreal. However, there’s a good reason why Monreal should start regardless. He has enjoyed a rich vein of form and has been one of our most dependable players this season, featuring in large spells as a centre back. In fact, a report by ESPN has it that Arsenal have a better win percentage and clean sheet record when Monreal starts than when he doesn’t. Furthermore, there’s less chance of having him mixed up with Oxlade-Chamberlain!

3) Take control of the midfield
One of the reasons for our impressive win against City in the Community Shield was that we took charge of the midfield, featuring Wilshere, Ramsey and Cazorla. This time around, Wilshere is injured and Ramsey is still not 100% match fit. However, we have the tireless Coquelin and the ageless Rosicky, who has put in a good showing in the last 2 games he has started. Unfortunately, the high pressing game we’ll need for today’s game, means Ozil and Ramsey should probably not start as both players are still not up to 100%…

4) Use the wings
City is going to hit us on the wings through Navas and Milner and we must give them a dose of their own medicine as well. In the Community Shield game, Sanchez was menacing down the right wing as the City fullback afforded him lots of space (or maybe they simply didn’t know how to deal with him). The good thing with City is that they give their opponents a chance to play and score as we saw in our entertaining 3-6 loss last season! (How many teams lose after scoring 3 goals?). Oxlade-Chamberlain has been terrific of recent and I am keen to watch his contest against the City fullbacks…

5) Bench Giroud!
Now, I’m not suggesting we benched Giroud because he has been useless, but simply because he has the strange habit of coming off the bench to score a goal. I don’t why this happens but it has happened too many times for it to be coincidental. It happened against Man United and it happened against Man City in the Community Shield. Funnily enough, both goals were stunners. Our opponents probably shouldn’t be happy to see Giroud on the bench – they should be scared!

I have only just got this post from Twig and as we now know not all of these have happened but hopefully Arsenal will prove him right on the other points and beat Man City.

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  1. CraigZWE says:

    That’s it Coq, don’t mess, just clear

  2. Gunnerbongo says:

    Coquelin means something amazing!!!hahahahah u gotta love him

    1. rd_gunner says:

      AMAZING GAME from the youngster. He has arrived ! The only weak link was Ramsey..but coming back from injury, its asking a bit too much !

  3. goonerretic says:

    sub ramsey..his mistakes can be costly

    1. CraigZWE says:

      Ramsey must stay back, but his fitness must be a problem, he losing focus.

  4. Charlie Nick says:

    WTF was Bellerin doing up there?

  5. CraigZWE says:

    Carzola been involved everywhere aswell. Really on form.
    Oh Santi Carzola oh Santi Carzola

  6. Charlie Nick says:

    Like the Ooooooospina chant

  7. rkw says:

    We look exhausted

  8. CraigZWE says:

    Boy’s must be nervous and you can see it, guess we just not used to being in this position.

  9. rkw says:

    Can’t believe Ramsey is still on the pitch

  10. supertuur says:

    Arsenal crowd really loud loving it.

  11. ras911 says:

    Oh Santi that was diirrrttyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

  12. CraigZWE says:

    Carzola on fire. Really missed this what a magician.

  13. nygooner says:

    15 mins boys!!! stay strong stay sharp in the back

  14. luvdaguns says:

    santis skills are sublime COYG!!!!!!!

  15. Charlie Nick says:

    Santi putting in even more effort than Alexis today…

  16. CraigZWE says:

    Take your time guys.
    Wenger must use his subs, even if just to waste time.

  17. PaddyGooner says:

    Are we happy felloe gooners?

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Most of us….haha

    2. CraigZWE says:

      If score remains same, over the moon.

  18. CraigZWE says:

    Woah, nerves holly crap

  19. goonerretic says:

    based on what i am seeing Ozil and Szeseney will be warming the bench next few weeks

  20. rkw says:

    Please please take Ramsey off it’s not serious

  21. nygooner says:

    gibbs and flamini comin on

  22. CraigZWE says:

    Really, Gibbs for LW.

    1. ras911 says:

      Well yeah we need a more defensive line up in these final minutes

  23. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Finish strong squad.

  24. Charlie Nick says:

    Well done Aaron…ran yourself into the ground for the team

  25. CraigZWE says:

    Why make both subs at same time. Waste more time doing it separately.
    Gibbs, now City don’t need to worry about counters they can just attack.

  26. nygooner says:

    15 corners to our 1 lol

  27. ras911 says:

    Lmao longest foul ever by Aguero

  28. CraigZWE says:

    Auguero cheat. Deserve that

  29. GunningSoulman says:

    Le Coq!!!!

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      has been stunning this match

  30. CraigZWE says:

    Poldolski would have scored that

  31. GunningSoulman says:

    Btw Ramsey was shit. i dont care how much u run, you need to complete passes and take up your position defensively.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      He wasn’t shit .
      Some people never happy

      1. rkw says:

        No he wasn’t … He was sublimely sh** lets keep to positives 3 points … Bellerin looks good coq did his bit if not dominant … Santi world class … I just hope wenger doesn’t use it as an excuse … A quality DM would make a huge difference and whatever people say mert is second rate so a decent cd is still needed

        1. Charlie Nick says:

          No he wasn’t

      2. GunningSoulman says:

        Fir his standard he was. He is still backheeling in his own half

        1. Charlie Nick says:

          No he wasn’t

  32. CraigZWE says:

    When last did we survive 16 corners without conceding?

  33. CraigZWE says:

    Aaarg almost sealed it

  34. Charlie Nick says:

    I think Gary Neville’s a closet gooner

  35. Ronny331 says:

    Never saw this coming! Coquelin wow! And we are even running the ball into corners for time, no naivety today 🙂

  36. CAZORLA MAESTRO!!!!! OZIL see how is done

  37. Ronny331 says:

    Cazorla is going to take some benching by ozil 🙂 fair play santi! Coquelin a leader at last!

  38. CraigZWE says:

    Pellegrini has been schooled by the professor.
    Kos has City in his Pocket.
    And the little magician dazzled everyone

  39. One more to level Goal difference

  40. luvdaguns says:

    brilliant tactical match by arsene,need to call it like it is, proud today to be a gunner!

  41. nygooner says:

    what a win… great sunday

  42. akuma gouki says:

    F.T : 0 – 2.

    Yes…we burn @ their on ground!

    Have a nice dream !

  43. CraigZWE says:

    Knocked out the champions, ka pow

  44. Ronny331 says:

    Crazy to think Coq would still be playing for charlton if not for injuries. Cracking win made my weekend 🙂

  45. Charlie Nick says:

    Brilliant display!
    So happy…..!

    1. nygooner says:

      i dont think I will stop smiling today

  46. CraigZWE says:

    Watch out United we coming for you.

  47. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    OMG its finally happened. Well done!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Ronny331 says:

    First team to defeat city since Nov 5th 🙂 their goes our Jan signings 🙂

  49. Redsoldier says:

    hahahahahaha…..what does Twig know. Bench Giroud….lolllllz. Cmmon all this armchair managers. The tactic to win is
    1) support your team
    2) support ur manager (esp the one who brought more success to arsenal) Don’t be an ungrate fan or should i say brainwashed by the media.

    People say Arsene has no tactics…oh well. this win speaks for itself

    1. Great day to be a GUNNER but don’t get ahead of yourself, WENGER still has a lot of work to do to gain our trust and support….but let’s not get political and enjoy the WIN……………. COYG

  50. OSSSSPPPPINNNA # 1 CLEAN SHEET #2 and counting

  51. Arsenalover says:

    Messi is Cazoooooooooollllla of Barca

  52. JHB GUNNER says:

    and to all you anti arsenal supports
    that said we wil get hammered.
    man city 0-2 arsenal

  53. Ronny331 says:

    Lets dedicate this win to nasri, clichy and sagna!

  54. jonestown1 says:

    Have to say……..3 out of 5 ain’t bad twig.

  55. Kotte says:

    Now thats a win to b proud of!

  56. georgie b says:

    Why not challenge Chelsea for the league?

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