Arsenal victory over Man City the start of a revolution?

Coquelin

I had a funny feeling we would get something out of the Man City game, but I didn’t expect us to ever play quite that well. For me, Santi Cazorla was out of this world, but the real difference was made by Francis Coquelin. What a reversal of fortunes for him. One minute you’re out on loan at Charlton Athletic, the next you’re putting in a match winning performance against the champions of England. I really hope he keeps this form up. I can’t see him being dislodged from the first team until the end of the campaign now. I heard that Flamini and Diaby are free to leave the Emirates and I think the emergence of Coquelin ensures that.

Next up we have a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup. I think this is a tricky game for us. It’s imperative that we keep up our good form in the cup competitions but I expect to see Walcott, Flamini, Ozil and Campbell all get some playing time. We should beat them even with a rotated squad.

Elsewhere, we’ve signed our first player of the January transfer window, that Bielik chap from Poland – I don’t know anything about him but I think it’s a typical Wenger addition. Young with bags of potential. Hopefully he can push for a first team place in the next couple of years.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Enjoy revelling in the victory!

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Alexis Sanchez does it again

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Well, well, well! Morning Gooners, how was yesterday for you? I was really impressed by the way we played against Stoke City and none more so than the performance of Alexis Sanchez. He really is one special player. If you didn’t see the game yet, Sanchez made an assist for our first goal, for Laurent Koscielny, he then scored a wonder goal having beaten three defenders and tucking in the ball at the front post of Asmir Begovic, then finishing up with a free kick under the wall. The game could’ve easily been 8-0, not 3-0, but for the excellent shot stopping of Begovic. That’s one keeper I wish we’d have signed a few years back….

So, I said yesterday that I think our run and our season starts here. I truly believe that. Yes I know we have Man City coming up, but with the returning Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil; we’ve got a decent squad to choose from. The downside of yesterday was yet another injury to Mathieu Debuchy. He’ll be out for a month or longer with dislocated shoulder. But to be honest, I think we have cover for him in Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin. Who would I go for? Bellerin… of course. He looks the part and deserves playing time.

The other impressive performance from yesterday was that of Coquelin. Out of nowhere he’s come back to Arsenal after a few spells on loan and is now an important member of the first team. Just goes to show you….

Anyway, we now need to focus all of our efforts on a big win against Man City next weekend. I believe we can do it – do you?

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Stoke City game – the start of a special run?

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Morning folks,

Not much to report today, other than that we’re still in the race for a 17-year-old Polish midfielder and we’re rumoured to have made a bid for Edinson Cavani. Forgive me, but think our priorities are certainly wrong. We should be signing a defender and a defensive midfielder this January – none of the above.

However, I think this weekend’s Stoke City game will be the reverse of our poor form. I actually fancy us to go on to win or draw every game until the end of the season.

The return of Mesut Ozil is massive for us. I know he must be ramped up after missing three months of the season and eager to get back on the pitch.

Elsewhere, most are concerned about the fitness of our star man Alexis Sanchez. I have to agree that he needs a rest, but I don’t think the Stoke City game is the right place to rest the Chilean. Stoke City are tough opponents and we need Sanchez as Giroud’s missing due to suspension.

That’s all for now – let’s hope we get a good result this weekend
-Sensei

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QPR the next challenge for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud

We really should have beaten Liverpool last weekend and I’m finding it hard to understand how we threw it away when we came so close to a massive three points. Anyway, next up is a trip to Queens Park Rangers, a team that I personally like to take on. Harry Redknapp’s a great coach and I’m happy they’re in the Premier League again but we have to see this as a three pointer for us. Their striker Austin is in great form and it’s up to us to nullify that threat.
Arsenal have been linked with a few names today, with Australian youngster Daniel Da Silva reportedly top of our list of new acquisitions to come in in the January transfer window. We’re apparently set to beat Man City for his signature. The 17-year-old is seen as one of the best players to have ever come out of Australia.
Yaya Sanogo is set to head on loan to another club and Arsene Wenger is apparently in talks with Sunderland and Everton to let the Frenchman leave. The 21-year-old striker had also had some interest from abroad but Arsenal want him to play Premier League football.

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Arsenal suffer embarrassing defeat to Stoke City

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Well, well, well. On the back of three straight wins, you kind of felt that we might be heading into a rich spell of form; but then Arsene Wenger’s not so mighty Arsenal slumped to a 3-2 defeat to Stoke City, in the most embarrassing of ways. After slipping to a 3-0 deficit before the half time whistle, we had to go all in for the second half. Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla both grabbed goals but ultimately it wasn’t enough for us.
What’s most frustrating is that it’s clearly obvious we were missing Laurent Koscielny at the back. We don’t have a backup defender and the January transfer window is too late, we should have had backup for Vermaelen a long time ago. Also, the midfield does not have a solid defensive asset. Mathieu Flamini is done at the highest level. We need a better player than him.
I don’t like to say this, but it looks as if our chances of Champions League success are still on, but it’s not enough for us. We should be growing on the success of the FA Cup victory last season and building on it.
All that matters now is that we’ve got another game against Hull City in the FA Cup, that’s definitely one we can win again and we’ll be happy it’s a home draw. After that, we need to start reversing our dismal league form.
Tomorrow we take on Galatasaray in the Champions League. Arsene must use this chance to play his reserves as our squad is very short. I am curious to see what kind of team Wenger puts out, especially as we all know the benefit of a victory in the CL group stage, another 1 million pounds in the bank. So what is it Arsene, money over another injury crisis? We’ve all seen this before. After we take on Gala, we play Newcastle at home, a game we need to be winning. Arsenal have a decent record against the Toon Army at home and I fully expect for that to continue there.
For now, we’ve got to bounce back before it’s too late.

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Important WBA win; we must buy a defensive midfielder

Danny Welbeck Olivier Giroud

That was a big win for us yesterday. WBA made it difficult for Arsenal at the end, but a goal from Welbz was enough to secure an important 3 points and push us a little further up the Premier League table. All in all, that was a pretty good week. A 2-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund was of course the highlight. However, we’ve had the additional setback of further injuries. Jack Wilshere had to have surgery and will miss three months of action. Mikel Arteta picked up a knock. Yesterday, Nacho Monreal had to come off for Gibbs and also it is possible the Ox might miss a game or two. I know many people are questioning our medical team and training, but I think it’s really bad luck. I think a lot of it is to do with the types of players Arsene Wenger recruits. Buying players like Yaya Sanogo, Thomas Eisfeld and Abou Diaby, young players with certain question marks over their fitness, shows Arsene Wenger tends to take a bit of a risk when purchasing players.
Anyway, we now move on to our next game. Six points from our last two games is a big boost for the team.
In terms of yesterday’s performance against West Brom, it was crucial having Laurent Koscielny back in the side. He and Per Mertesacker really complement each other well at the back and it’s good to have our two recognised players back at the heart of defence. I know people were asking why we sold Thomas Vermaelen, but I think it is obvious that Calum Chambers could end up being a centre back and the Belgian’s replacement. By the way, Vermaelen is out until April next year through injury and hasn’t yet played a game for Barca…
Aaron Ramsey is having a worrying spell of form recently. I know I’m not the only one who transferred him out of their fantasy team more than a month ago. Yesterday was the same. He’s not making his usua runs into the box and he doesn’t track back efficiently enough. Good performances on the whole came from Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud did his thing pretty well, Santi Cazorla got stuck in to continue his great performance after the Dortmund game and at the back pretty good too. Martinez seems a decent backup for us in goal, but I can’t imagine he’ll keep the number 1 jersey for long. I want to see Ospina in between the sticks as soon as possible.
On to the January transfer window. One thing I’ve noticed from all top European sides such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is that their formation seems to all have a similar setup.
Take Bayern for example: Lewandowski up front, has three men behind him at all times. Robben, Ribery and Muller. Goetze can sit behind those four. Bayern then sit an anchorman behind those 5. Xabi Alonso. Or even Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Real Madrid have Benzema up top, Ronaldo playing loose behind him; Rodriguez and Bale on the flanks. Behind that, Toni Kroos sits in the middle of midfield. Behind him? an anchorman. Sami Khedira.

Let’s look at Arsenal’s formation. You can easily put Olivier Giroud up front and he’ll do a job. On the flanks, you can choose your pick between Welbeck, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanchez. Behind him, I’d like to see us play Ramsey in that Kroos/Goetze role. But where is our anchorman? We’re currently playing Arteta alongside a Ramsey/Wilshere combo. That’s not really doing the job. Arteta tries to play the water carrier alongside those players, but he’s not quick enough, not strong enough and not a defensive midfielder. I think in January Arsene Wenger needs to buy a central defensive midfielder. Who would I like to see? It’s difficult to say because I don’t know who is on the market. Who do I like? Well, Matic at Chelsea is the type of player I think we need. We could’ve had Luiz Gustavo, we turned him down. We chased Xabi Alonso for years, he’s at Bayern now. We’re apparently chasing Sami Khedira. Not sure he’ll join us, though.
Personally, I think Arturo Vidal is the best in the world. Maybe with the Chilean connection of Alexis Sanchez at the club, we have a chance?
In terms of market availability, it is clear there is one man who Arsenal should sign. He’s French, he plays at Southampton, with whom we have an excellent relationship… Morgan Schneiderlin.
But the price wouldn’t come cheap… but he did want to leave for Spurs last summer, so maybe we have a chance.

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End of the road for Arsene Wenger?

Arsenal Swansea

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. With Arsene Wenger effectively conceding the title to Chelsea yesterday, and after a shocking defensive display that saw Arsenal slump to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City; I think most Gunners’ fans’ patience has now been fully tested.

Watching the game was an absolute nightmare. Bar Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, we were awful. At the back Per Mertesacker had a shocker and Nacho Monreal IS NOT A CENTRE BACK. We had chances in the summer to buy a replacement for Vermaelen but failed. In midfield Aaron Ramsey played poorly and Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta were non-existent. When is Arsene going to learn that these players are not good enough for a championship challenging side?

The worst part about it all, was the fact that Arsenal went out with the most useless looking line up for a visit to Swansea. You have to attack these teams. You can break them with talent alone. Why on earth we are still not playing Podolski and Joel Campbell and prefer to bring Yaya Sanogo off of the bench is a complete mystery to me and just about every Arsenal fan.

Arsene Wenger has lost the plot. He is so powerful at the club, he is the decision maker from top to bottom. The problem is, he’s got too much power and calls the shots. If players like Campbell and Podolski want to leave, he doesn’t play them. He’s too much pride. It’s time for him to consider his future.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be up there at the end of the season. The only silver lining is that Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are also useless this season. We’ve still got plenty of time to push our way into the top four, which as we all know, is like a trophy to our ageing coach.

Is it time for a change? Yes, it probably is…

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Brutal Anderlecht comeback delays Arsenal qualification

Alexis Sanchez

Well, well well… that was not fun to watch. When all seemed to be going well, with Arsenal coasting to a 3-0 victory over Anderlecht, the Belgian minnows fought hard and came back to level up the scores at 3-3.
We’ve been used to seeing Arsenal score late goals this season, it’s not fun to see us on the other end of some late action.
Positives from last night; of course, yet again Alexis Sanchez. He scored a wonderful goal after an initial free kick rebounded off of the wall and then he had a second crack on the volley and the ball went past Silvio Proto into the corner of the net. That’s about it.
Negatives; the entire defence – I don’t know what has happened to Per Mertesacker but he is looking well off the pace since he won the World Cup. In addition, Nacho Monreal is not a decent centre half so should not being played there. Why oh why we didn’t sign another centre back when we had the chance is beyond me. I’d love to see Carl Jenkinson back at Arsenal sooner rather than later.
One other positive, we only need a point against a struggling Borussia Dortmund at home or a visit to Turkish side Galatasaray. I think we’re safe, but we’ve made a meal of it.
We now need to focus on our next game in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger has just a little under two months to find a centre back that he MUST sign in January otherwise it could be a trophyless season for us.
We can’t keep conceding goals like this, especially against average sides like Anderlecht.
That’s all for now.

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Alexis Sanchez – fast becoming a hero at the Emirates

Alexis Sanchez

A hard fought 2-0 win over Sunderland last weekend was necessary to ensure a confidence boost for Arsenal. After scraping a 2-1 win over Anderlecht, we were lucky for three points there to almost certainly ensure qualification for the next round of the Champions League. We needed to get our league hopes back on track and thankfully the ever impressive Alexis Sanchez was on hand to grab two goals.
Sure, both were courtesy of suspect goalkeeping and defending, but who cares. You have to be class to fight for both of those goals and that’s exactly what the Chilean international did.

I was really happy to grab three points against Sunderland. Most importantly, we have a relatively nice few games ahead. We’ve got players returning from injury, most notably Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. There’s lots to look forward to.

It was nice to see Chelsea also drop points in the last minute to Man Utd so that their lead at the top has been reduced.

We’ve got Burnley at home next. I hate these kinds of games, they’re always a potential banana skin. What we need to do is put out a very strong side and go into the game with confidence.

For now that’s all – good to be on track fellow Gooners!

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Lack of preparation undoes Arsenal; Chelsea win 2-0

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Arsenal¬†yesterday slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, to keep up Jose Mourinho’s impeccable run against Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has still yet to win a game against a Mourinho side.

What was most disappointing about yesterday’s game, was the fact that when we had the ball, we seemed to just get lost in midfield everytime. Jack Wilshere was decent, but Ozil was weak and seemed to be confused as to how to play in this Arsenal side. Cazorla was equally as bad and I’m not sure why Wenger continues to play Ozil on the flank, in a less than favourite position.¬†Fair enough, Chelsea were playing well at the back, to their credit. But Arsenal were toothless in attack. Welbeck lost the ball far too often, but I do not blame him; he barely had anyone around him supporting.

At the back, I thought we did OK. The goals to concede were both disappointing, of course, but I thought Calum Chambers put in an assured performance and Koscielny and Mertesacker still played pretty well together. Gibbs did make some OK runs forward, but everytime he was tracked by the impressive Ivanovic.

So what to make out of this mess? Well it’s still clearly obvious Arsene Wenger isn’t getting something right. I heard rumours that every other top team is now using top of the range technology to analyse games and Arsenal still do this stuff manually. That’s just ridiculous in my opinion. If we need to copy what the best are doing to win games, we just need to do it. Let’s get the people in to monitor and analyse performances.

Secondly, Wenger’s playing people out of position. When Cazorla came to Arsenal I thought he was a winger, and when Ozil came I thought he was a central midfielder. Why are we playing them both in each other’s positions? Similarly in the case of Chambers, why has he had a spell playing at centre back; we should have just played him in his preferred full back position. By the way, he’s had a call up to England to replace Stones, well done to him.

So, now we have a bit of a better run of games. Hull City at home next which is a good chance to fight back. We might be 9 points off the pace but it’s a long season and I’m still sure we can make something out of the 2014/15 title race.

 

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