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Has Wenger dumped youth for experience at Arsenal?

We all know that youth development at Arsenal is one of the things that Arsene Wenger has focused most of his time on since taking over at the club back in 1996. You wouldn’t have known it on Tuesday, though, as the Prof picked a starting line-up for a huge game against West Ham that had an average age of 29 years and 188 days.

The last time Arsenal fielded an older side than that was 11 years ago, so is this the shape of things to come? Has Wenger finally had to accept that his insistence on youth needs to be tempered down more with experience and wisdom? It is probably a bit of both.

Full Arsenal injury update suggests Kallstrom set for 1st BPL start

Everyone at Arsenal will certainly have received a boost by getting into the FA cup final with a penalty shootout win over Wigan Athletic, but there is now a Premier League run-in to focus on and the Gunners could really do with another boost from some of our injured players.

And we may even get it for the visit of West Ham tomorrow night. As reported by Arsenal.com, the team could be boosted by the return of two key players in Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny, although Arsene Wenger admitted that both of them are not certain to be fit and will face late fitness tests to make sure.

Official teams and preview of Wigan v Arsenal

There is good news and bad news for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger and his players attempt to book a place in the FA cup final in just over a month’s time. As usual, the Gunners squad is ravaged by injury, but at least two key players will be on from the start against Wigan Athletic at Wembley.

Unfortunately, one of those is not the England international left back Kieran Gibbs, so we really neen his Spanish counterpart Nacho Monreal to step up and show the sort of form that we saw last season. Monreal has, for some reason, been pretty woeful recently and I’m sure that Wigan will be targeting that flank as a potential weak link.

Ox warns Arsenal they must NOT blow their big chance at glory

So today is FA Cup semi-final day at Wembley and Arsenal will take on Wigan Athletic, who despite being winners last year, are massive underdogs to the Gunners. Arsenal have all the odds in their favour and on paper you would expect Arsenal to win. However as Wigan have shown, they have defied odds more than once against the big teams in the last couple of years, but hopefully Arsenal won’t be the next.

Preview, prediction and line-up for Arsenal v Wigan

Arsenal vs Wigan Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

This is it Arsenal fans! Our season has started to fall apart and we need to win against Wigan to prevent one of the most embarrassing collapses in our recent history. Losing is unthinkable.

Watch out Wigan! Reinforced Arsenal are gunning for you!

I am not sure if it is just me, but judging from the comments from Arsenal fans over the week I don”t think so, but the crushing despair and worry that followed last weekend’s tame display at Everton has slowly been replaced by excitement and growing confidence in the last few days.

I really hope that the same has happened with the Arsenal players and, to be fair, they have got plenty of reason to look forward to the Wembley semi-final against Wigan Athletic. The Gunners are quite rightly strong favourites for the cup and they need to feed off that rather than let it weigh on them.

Latest Arsenal injury news (crisis) means Ramsey must start

Are you sitting down Arsenal fans? Because I have a shock for you; Arsenal have got big injury problems for this weekend’s crucial FA cup semi-final against Wigan. Surprised? No I didn’t think so. This is beyond deja vu, as every week we seem to be sweating on the fitness of a few players, not to mention the long term absentees that we have to without.

Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com an update on the latest injury news and it does not sound good. As well as still waiting for the return of Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, the Gunners could be without key players Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs when we run out on to the famous Wembley turf to take on Wigna Athletic.

Detailed infographic report of Everton v Arsenal

Everton 3 v 0 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com

Another horrible away performance from the Gunners resulted in a damaging 3-0 loss to fellow ‘fourth placed trophy’ contenders Everton.

The fact Ramsey gets our Man of the Match says it all. The Ox didn’t do a half bad job either, rattling the bar late on. Why on earth Wenger decided to wait so long to make the substitutions is beyond me.

We asked our readers who we should really be blaming for the loss, Wenger or the players? We discussed these thoughts here, we are interested to hear your views below in the comments.

Arsenal player ratings for Everton shambles – Ramsey MOTM

Everton 3 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Preview, prediction and line-up for Everton v Arsenal

Everton vs Arsenal preview, line up and predicted score by KJ

After falling off from the top of the pack, Arsenal are now in a fight for 4th and this game is vital to achieving it. Win against Everton and we are guaranteed at least 4th considering our remaining fixtures, lose however and we’ll be on a tightrope until the end of the season.

Everton have improved considerably under Martinez and are difficult to beat at Goodison Park. They pass the ball quickly and press extremely well in numbers. This means that there is very little time to rest and get your breathe back before they bombard you again.

Arsenal’s Ox aware and ready to deal with Everton threat

Having already met twice this season, Arsenal are well aware of the threat that will be posed by our Premier League opponents Everton this weekend. The game could be crucial in deciding whether the Gunners make it into the Champions League for the umpteenth year running or whether Roberto Martinez can finally get the Toffees in amongst the cream of Europe.

One of the key men for the Gunners could be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who should provide the pace needed to stop Everton from pushing too far forward and pressing Arsenal as they did to such great effect in the league game at the Emirates back in December, when Arsene Wenger had to play Jack Wilshere on the right because of our injury problems.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Man City

It is hard for Arsenal fans to get very excited about this game, which a few weeks ago looked like being a major fixture in the Premier League title race. It still is I suppose, but only for the team from Manchester. The truth is though, if the Gunners can somehow drag a decent performance and result from their injury depleted and morale battered squad, it will put us back in the hunt.

Arsene Wenger has reacted to Chamberlain’s recent poor form by dropping the young English midfielder to the bench and has given Lukas Podolski another chance to show that his finishing power can keep him at the Emirates and help the Gunners to pull off a shock.