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. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Oh dear

  2. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    I am really afraid of Ospina, I don’t fancy him very much … Hope he stays focus

  3. Charlie Nick says:

    Hate Mike Dean

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Makes no difference to Mike Dean. He still loves you

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        Uggghh perish the thought

  4. angryblackman3 says:

    anybody got a stream?

  5. luvdaguns says:

    need to survive the usual push fr city in the first 10″, then match can settle down, so far so goid, city always come out swinging hard,

  6. luvdaguns says:

    Flamini wearing #6 kit?

  7. rkw says:

    No ball winners in this team …. Though to control the middle nut wenger knows best

  8. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    10 minutes and no goals conceded. Well done lads.

  9. medvet says:

    looks like giroud is playing in slow-motion…

  10. Twig says:

    Arsenal looking quite dangerous 😉

  11. medvet says:

    wow, the away fans are awesome¡¡¡

  12. Greg says:

    We gotta dig deep if we want to get anything out of this match! Come on gunners!

  13. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    15 minutes and not losing yet. Wenger has been sober in training this week.

  14. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Looks like Demechelis is their Mertesacker

  15. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    20 mins and not losing. WTF????????

  16. Charlie Nick says:

    Love Mike Dean

  17. Charlie Nick says:

    One – Nil to the Arsenal
    One – Nil to the Arsenal
    One – Nil to the Arsenal
    One – Nil to the Arsenal

  18. CraigZWE says:

    Oh Santi Carzola

  19. ras911 says:


  20. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    We are winning? Is it the same on everyone else’s TV?


    1. Twig says:

      In my TV, Arsenal are losing 0-4 🙁 But then, I just brought it back from repairs yesterday 😀

  21. luvdaguns says:

    we look composed today!

  22. goonerretic says:

    the ox can be so frustrating

    1. juhislihis says:

      He should be subbed for Walcott. Theo’s got something OX might never gain: vision.

      1. Twig says:

        And goals.

  23. CraigZWE says:

    I know game still early, but Coquelin looking decent. Really pleased for him, take your chance.

  24. Twig says:

    I’ve been very impressed with Ramsey so far. He’s playing the midfield role very well and isn’t going forward too much…

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Probably the only 1, PASS the freaking ball

  25. luvdaguns says:

    we weathered the first 15″, defense looks tight, bellerin looks fast, monreal playing very well, could this be our day?

  26. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Are we chatting on this article or the previous one?

    1. CraigZWE says:

      Haha, I was on previous one then realised no one else on. Usually it the other one.

  27. CraigZWE says:

    With 15 minutes to go, if City still down, bring on Rosiky and Theo and surely that pace for OG and Ramsey will make em pay.
    Really positive so far, Wenger gotten it right.

  28. luvdaguns says:

    Hey Ox, we are in the yellow!

  29. Burton says:

    I wanted Rosicky but Wenger knows best

  30. Mesut O-grillz says:

    the Man City defenders keep making mistakes, but we aren’t capitalizing

  31. rkw says:

    The inability to win ball in middle of park will be costly

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      we keep losing it too.

  32. rkw says:

    Again wtf is Ramsey on this pitch

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      How was that not a foul by Milner??

    2. Bigvalbowski says:

      Straight back into the 1st team for some, regardless of how SHIT your form has been

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        Calm down mate, he’s playing well

  33. CraigZWE says:

    I see a red card in our future.

    Really Ramsey, really.

  34. Bigvalbowski says:

    Ox off @ half, bring on Rosicky.

    Nacho MOTM so far

    1. CraigZWE says:

      Yeah Ox losing possession too much, but might need his pace in 2 nd half.

    2. Twig says:

      Bring Walcott if the OX tires….

      We shouldn’t change the team too much…

  35. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Good sh*t Bellerin.

  36. CraigZWE says:

    Really ref, there was a foul on Bellerin

  37. Mesut O-grillz says:

    Per winning balls against Aguero out there!

  38. CraigZWE says:

    Guys get to half time leading and have to say we look solid. Quite impressed, COYG keep the focus and determination.

    Imagine getting this monkey off their backs.

  39. Charlie Nick says:

    Well played boys, tackling everything that moves

  40. medvet says:

    Le coq looks mad, mmmmmmmm, i like it………

    No homo

  41. Mesut O-grillz says:

    The Coq!

  42. CraigZWE says:

    Coq and Monreal MOTM contenders so far.

    1. Mesut O-grillz says:

      agreed. Bellerin has been doing well too.

  43. goonerretic says:

    wow…this is a spirited afc

  44. Mesut O-grillz says:

    They haven’t had a shot on goal. Aguero has been ghost like Swayze. However besides that PK, we haven’t had one either. Gotta change that.

  45. Twig says:

    Don’t forget when Cazorla scores… Ramsey usually also scores as well 😉

  46. vijaygunner says:

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooospina!!!!!!!!! f**king brilliant!

  47. gooner954 says:

    Le prof is having a blinder today hop we play like this all season

  48. andyarsenal05 says:

    Love Coq’s reaction. Bringing some fear from our team.

  49. rkw says:

    Have to say bellerin looks like quality … Don’t see problem there …and defence looks ok though Monreal is still hopeless going forward … But coq and Ramsey can’t control the midfield for shit…. And this kind of game shows just how mediocre giroud is …. Anyway ball in pellegrinis court … He’ll throw in Dzeko or jovatich … But can see why they bought bony pity our idiot can’t see weaknesses in our team and act accordingly

  50. GOONSTER says:

    I have never seen an Arsenal team since we moved to the Emirates that was this mature.. We looked so solid in the first half, don’t know if it’s because of City being poor or us being good..

    Second half will tell us..


  51. Ronny331 says:

    All I can say is wow! Tactical substitutions will be everything in this game second half. Earn your money Arsene and bring it home! Mourinho shouting oh santi cazorla 🙂

  52. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    love Cazorla ……

  53. markafc says:

    It looks like mourinho has phoned up Wenger and said “look arsene I know we don’t like each other but we need you to take the points today, this is how you do it..” brilliant tactical performance today, hope we keep it up. Coyg!

  54. rpk says:

    So far sooooooo good. Le rock is awesome..!!

  55. nygooner says:

    HOLD ON BOYS!!!!

  56. GunningSoulman says:

    Its all about balance. Since we have Coquelin in we look more solid. Can u imagine what an established DM would do for us?
    I just wish Ramsey would help out Coquelin more instead of playing second striker.

  57. Matt says:

    Everyone needs to play as if it’s still nil nil and stick to their roles, don’t let it slip and stay disciplined!

  58. rkw says:

    It’s though watching ces for chelski and song for hammers … Could do with both

  59. GOONSTER says:

    The ox, Ramsey and The Coq have got to keep the ball better now. Very good defensive first half but we need them to be more calmer on the ball and not just keep giving it away, it will get us tired if we can’t keep the ball when we get it..

    Good defensive display and now work on that ball retention..


  60. Ronny331 says:

    We’ll tire second half and city will raise their game, going to be a long 45 minutes.

  61. COQ and Bellerin Awesome….darn even BFG is looking great….COYG
    Giroud shaky as always but good defending

  62. CraigZWE says:

    OG and Ramsey ain’t done much, but Ramsey hasn’t played in weeks, think Rosiscky is needed to help us hold onto ball and counter quicker.

  63. CraigZWE says:

    Dein, top call. Auguero cheat

  64. davidnz says:

    Pleased for the whole team
    and coaching staff. I picked
    Cazorla to score in the 23rd 🙂
    Have to finish the job now.

  65. CraigZWE says:

    Come on, just get a 2nd for cushion.

    Defence guys, be compact, focus guys

  66. rkw says:

    As I said before wtf is Ramsey doing in this team?

  67. CraigZWE says:

    Get structure guys, come on, don’t throw it away

  68. GOONSTER says:

    Ramsey needs to come off, he looks so rusty.. He has not kept the ball since the first half…

  69. Ronny331 says:

    Ramsey off! God help us when Jack comes back as well. Coyg! !!

  70. Against the ropes time to bring Rosicky to change the pace

  71. Twig says:

    Giroud is useless in this game. We need runners. I’ll remove him and put in Walcott….

  72. rkw says:

    Get Ramsey of this pitch it’s embarrassing

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Ramsey is just brutal, dude doesnt play a lick of D and his cheeky flicks are unbearable

  73. ras911 says:

    Oww come on Ramseyy!!!

  74. GunningSoulman says:

    Mike Dean didnt have the balls to give Kompany a second yellow there.

  75. CraigZWE says:

    Kompany lucky not to get red for Sanchez takle.

    We just not getting good touches when we counter.

  76. GOONSTER says:

    Why have we gone back to over committing bodies when we are winning? Be more calmers and conservative..

  77. CraigZWE says:

    Kompany could have been off 2 bad takles back.

  78. goonerretic says:

    ox needs subing

  79. rkw says:

    Chamberlin and Ramsey off now …, roszicky and ozil on … What is wrong with wenger

  80. GOONSTER says:

    We are back to the normal rubbish of being over open..

  81. CraigZWE says:

    Ox and Ramsey must come off.

    Ramsey you not a striker, no matter how much you want to be one. Just do your job.

  82. CraigZWE says:

    Rozza coming on, yeah.

  83. luvdaguns says:

    now this is vintage Arsenal football!

  84. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    What’s wrong with Wenger!! early and good subs

  85. nygooner says:


  86. No Giroud, I'm happy says:

    yesssssssssssssssssssssss ….. love it

    1. Time to change the name : )

  87. CraigZWE says:

    Great Ox off, now Ramsey needs to be subbed. Either Flamini or Theo.

  88. ras911 says:


  89. Charlie Nick says:


  90. Ronny331 says:

    Start thinking subs Arsene not in the 80th minute, not today please!

    1. ras911 says:

      didn’t he just sub?

  91. CraigZWE says:

    OG,you beaut.

    We back boys we back. Come on

  92. GOONSTER says:

    2-0. But it’s still not game over.. We all know our Arsenal with even a 3-0 lead..

  93. RWRW says:

    GET IN THERE!!!!!!!!!

  94. Charlie Nick says:

    Now defend!


  95. rkw says:

    Take it back on giroud … Now let’s keep calm

  96. CraigZWE says:

    Defence Defence Defence

    Park the bus and counter. Chelsea style

  97. CraigZWE says:

    Ramsey must wake up, we in a fight here.

  98. luvdaguns says:

    Coq!!! whatta match

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