I bet that a lot of Arsenal fans, like myself, were surprised that Arsene Wenger started the Premier League game against Everton on Sunday with Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench. The Frenchman went for the double pivot of Arteta and Flamini, probably hoping to keep the game tight, but it clearly did not work.
Is youth an Arsenal value? by Ash
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been criticised several times during the past few years over a lack of success and not moving on with the modernisation of football. And many are quick to state that the fact he is persistent in building the ‘team of the future’ rather than focus on the current Arsenal team , offers a good reason behind why Arsenal haven’t challenged in the same way as they did before under Wenger.
When Arsene Wenger picked his Arsenal starting XI to face the rough tactics of Stoke City in the cauldron of the Britannia stadium on Saturday, the Frenchman made just one change and that was to bring Kieran Gibbs in for Nacho Monreal.
The Spaniard may have been replaced anyway, but it meant that Wenger stuck with his team. In hindsight it looks like a mistake, but the Gunners had not played for a week and easily beat Sunderland in the previous match, so you cdan understand him doing it.
Time to give a chance to others? by Gunnerjack
Well I woke up hoping I would feel better but no luck – the performance against Stoke was truly abysmal. So after my first article stating that Chambo should start every match I’m writing this second one as a kind of therapy in the hopes of getting the despair out of my system.
Arsenal vs Sunderland preview, line up and predicted score by KJ
It was an extremely tiring game for Arsenal midweek against Bayern and this could arguably be one of our worst performances at home this season because of the work we had to put in on Wednesday to keep the score reasonable.
That said, we have numerous players who can fill in and are definitely of the quality required to win the game against a somewhat resurgent Sunderland side. We will have to rotate as certain players will be tired as well as needing a mental rest to refresh themselves.
Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview, line up and predicted score by KJ
This is going to be a very difficult game for Arsenal and comes only a week after losing 5-1 to them at Anfield. They absolutely tore apart our team and we will most likely field a weakened one today as Wenger keeps one eye on the game against Bayern midweek.
We lost against Liverpool because we started slowly and once we conceded, we attempted a gung-ho approach that ultimately cost us dear. This time, providing we can keep the game tight early on, we should have a far better chance at winning this match than we did a week ago.
There were so many disappointing things about the Arsenal performance against Liverpool at Anfield last week. The was we started, defended, passed, attacked, tackled and many more were so poor it was unbelievable and the Gunners got what they deserved.
That should have set alarm bells ringing, though, and we were much better against Man United on Wednesday, when it was the failure to finish chances that cost Arsenal the win which would have been such a morale booster. But at least we go into tomorrow’s FA cup game against Liverpool in a better frame of mind and with a warning that any lacklustre performances will be punished severely.
Tomorrow’s FA cup clash between Arsenal and Liverpool is a massive one for various reasons. The recent trip to Anfield is just one of them, but it has got all the media talking about the game even more than usual. Liverpool have definitely been in good form recently, but then they struggled against Fulham so it is a hard one to call.
Then there are the problems facing Arsenal, like the long wait for a trophy, pressure on Wenger and players like Giroud and Ozil because of their form and the usual list of injuries. Heaven knows what is going on with Vermaelen but he is still out. And another of our best players, Santi Cazorla, has joined Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines, although not for long.
There is no doubt that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would love to be in the Arsenal starting XI on Tuesday night. Not only is he desperate to get back into regular action after missing almost all of the season so far, the opponents are Southampton, where he spent 11 years and broke onto the English football scene so dramatically.
The way Alex plays and takes everything in his stride, including an international debut for England aged 18 and then was thrown straight into Euro 2012, suggests that he could be worth a gamble. He played well but tired a little in the second half against Coventry, but even if you could get a good hour out of him, it might be worth it.
Gnabry happy to be in the team! by Ash
Normally Arsenal tries to promote at least one player a year from first team reserves to the starting eleven with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson having that experience in the past, and although the latter may not be fully integrated into the side and doing well, one player that has done exactly that is our younger German talent Serge Gnabry.
Arsenal in For Yet Another Barcelona Starlet? by AT
Following the unfortunate injury to Theo Walcott, it is no surprise that the Gunners are increasingly being linked with several strikers and wide forwards. The latest name to enter the fold is that of Barcelona starlet Christian Tello, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger understood to be on the verge of a £10.5m move for the young Spaniard.
After the proposed loan deal for young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata was ruled out, with Morata deciding to stay and fight for his place in Spain, as reported by Metro, it seems that Wenger still wants a striker from La Liga but has moved from one Spanish giant’s out of favour striker to another.
3 Arsenal Topics to Discuss by Rabiul
1. Should Ozil be rested for a Couple of Matches in favor of Cazorla?
2. Should Walcott’s replacement be signed?
3. Should a new striker be signed?
One more match. One more win. 3 more points. Business as usual for Arsenal. But one must agree that there is still room for improvement for Arsenal. And I personally believe the following 3 points need to be addressed for The Gunners