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Should Bendtner Replace Giroud in the Arsenal XI by Haywill
A great midweek result for all of us Gooners all over the world after our beloved team Arsenal FC gained a convincing victory against Hull City who had beaten Liverpool 3-1 in their previous game. And as well as the three points, the game provided a real talking point.
Nicklas Bendtner came into the spotlight after the 25-year old Danish striker scored an early goal to give the Gunners the lead when the game had only been going for 2 minutes. His goal against Hull City is his first goal for Arsenal since December 2010 against Wigan Athletic.
Do Arsenal necessarily need a striker in the transfer window? by HA
My answer is no unless Arsenal can get Suarez, Cavani or Falcao
Firstly, lets analyze our options and the strikers we have currently:
1. Olivier Giroud: He has been brilliant this season and you cannot really expect more from him. He is no Aguero, Suarez, Falcao or Cavani though but if hee keeps improving as hes been, you never know. The chemistry between him and the midfielders is something very special and if you have any doubt, just watch that Wilshere goal again. But he is not a goal poacher.
Arsenal 2 vs 0 Hull City Match Report Infographic: by allarsenal.com
The Gunners cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium against Hull City. The scoreline may not reflect it, but bar a couple of hairy moments, Arsenal dominated much of the contest and could have easily won by many more. And yet another clean sheet under their belt, making it three on the trot in the Premiership, the first time they’ve managed that feat since August/September 2012.
Once again Arsene Wenger has surprised many an Arsenal fan and neutral observer. Just like recently with aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud, the Arsenal boss confounded critics by keeping hold of the Danish international striker Nicklas Bendtner. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Wenger assured us that the misfit striker could provide the Gunners with the firepower needed to take the pressure of Giroud.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Hull City Player Ratings by KJ
Szczesny – 7.5
Was pretty much untroubled for the majority of the game. Had a couple of routine saves to make and he distributed the ball very well for the entire game except one poor pass to Koscielny that would’ve ended up leaving us in quite a bit of trouble had Hull been any semblance of a decent football team.
Jenkinson – 7.5
Did well today considering he’s played less than last season and seemed to be shattered mentally against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup. Got a great assist in the first couple of minutes.
The big news before kick off was the shock inclusion of Nicklas Bendtner in the starting line-up, giving Olivier Giroud a well deserved rest. A hamstring problem for Bacary Sagna meant that Jenkinson started, as did Monreal with Gibbs on the bench. Theo Walcott was on the bench again, with Rosicky preferred on the right.
It is nothing like the grief that Bendtner gets from the fans, but the young right back has been heavily criticised, so when Jenkinson produced a pinpoint cross and Bendtner headed Arsenal into the lead, there was as much shock as there was delight. There was less than two minutes on the clock and it was the perfect start for Arsenal, while Hull looked beaten already and Steve Bruce looked like he had been punched in the stomach.
Arsenal should be full of confidence going to this Premier League clash against Steve Bruce’s Hull City side at the Emirates. What we don’t want is over-confidence or complacency, but just like the last game at Cardiff, Arsene Wenger will have warned his players against this and the fact that Hull beat Liverpool at the weekend will certainly help.
Hull will be boosted by that result, but a below par Liverpool at home is a much different challenge to a flowing and in-form Arsenal away from your own turf. But if they were looking for some hope, they have been given it on the Arsenal team sheet. Wenger has been talking about rotation and we all know that some players could do with a rest, but not many will have foreseen Nicklas Bendtner coming in for Olivier Giroud.
Do you recognise the name Alexandre Rodrigues Da Silva, Arsenal fans? Because that is the player that Arsenal have apparently made an offer for, but don’t worry because you will probably know him for his Brazilian nickname Pato, which means duck in English.And, according to a Mirror report, Arsene Wenger has been quackers enough to bid 8 million euros for him.
The former AC Milan star returned to his homeland Brazil at the start of 2013, around the same time that Mario Balotelli joined the Serie A club from Man City. 24-year old Pato’s previously successful spell with Milan had been disrupted by injuries and the chance to join Corinthians was too good for him to turn down, no doubt hoping to get his place in the Brazil national side back.
Bendtner causes controversy yet again! by Ash
It is genuinely beginning to seem that the Arsenal and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has been in the media for more bad than good over the course of his career, because if it isn’t over his claim to fame, it’s because he’s committed criminal activity or is showing off proud sponsors Paddy Power on his boxers. But whatever the reason, one piece of speculation that just will not go away is the situation regarding the player’s future at the club.
Olivier Giroud was starting to be heavily criticised again by Arsenal fans and so-called football experts, because he had gone off the boil a bit and had struggled to have an effect against Manchester United at Old Trafford. But the big Frenchman got back on the scoresheet yesterday, with both goals in an important win over Southampton.
The papers are blaming defensive mistakes for Arsenal’s win, and Artur Boruc did drop a real clanger for the opener, but it was Giroud’s determination and hard work that made the most of it. Just think, would Nicklas Bendtner have closed the keeper down like that and got the ball off him?
Arsenal fans will be hoping that the France international striker Olivier Giroud returns from the international break with his scoring boots on. The Gunners centre forward has been getting a bit of criticism lately and there is a feeling that he had lost his edge a bit because of having to carry the strike duties of the club on his own.
Nicklas Bendtner has been as useful as a chocolate teapot, while new summer signing Yaya Sanogo has joined Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski in the treatment room. Thankfully Aaron Ramsey has been in fantastic form in front of goal, but most people agree that Arsenal really need to add to their strike options when the transfer window arrives in January.