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Liverpool next – can Arsenal show their form?

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After a hard fought 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, now it is time for Arsenal to take on Liverpool this weekend. With two wins out of two, Brendan Rodgers’ team look good value for a top four spot this year. Benteke is proving to be dangerous and continues to prove why he is one of Europe’s best strikers. On the other hand, Arsenal’s defence has been weak so far this season despite the sterling efforts of Laurent Koscielny against Palace last week. If we are to reproduce the success of last season against Liverpool, we are going to need to be powerful going forward and strong at the back.

There’s not much news on the transfer market so far, you have to feel that with the signing of Petr Cech, Arsenal are pretty happy with their current squad of players. Arsene Wenger had been expected to spend big this season but with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil expected to do big things this year, you feel our boss won’t be spending much left for the remainder of the window, which finishes at the end of August.

The Telegraph says that we’ve had a bid for Karim Benzema accepted by Real Madrid, but I hear that there’s no truth in the rumours and Arsene has given up on his fellow countryman.

Meanwhile, Joel Campbell had been set for a move to Palermo, but it appears Arsene Wenger is looking for at least 7 million euros before he sells the Costa Rican striker.

That’s all for now, have a good one!

Gunners scrape past Palace

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That was close. We really are making a habit of not closing off games at the end and Arsene needs to sort this out before some major upcoming games. Luckily, we did control most of the game and got two goals courtesy of a Santi penalty and a Giroud finish. However, Murray pulled a goal back towards the end and then Palace almost grabbed a point after they hit the post in the last minute.
Overall, the performance as good enough. Ozil looked decent in the middle yet again. Koscielny performed well at the back. Giroud is on form. Welbeck continues to struggle for goals but has shown he will be a useful player for the future.
Now all effort must go into preparations for the Monaco game in the Champions League. We struck gold with the draw for this competition but the French side are having a bit of good form these days.
Elsewhere, results did go our way a bit this week. Tottenham slipped up to West Ham, Man Utd to Swansea City, Chelsea to Burnley. Can’t ask for more than that. We’re well in the race for the top four and we just need to keep this good form up for the last 12 games.

Team must bounce back with three points against Palace

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Morning all,

Happy Friday it is indeed! So, we had a disappointing week in the Champions League. It really was a hard ride back down to earth after that defeat, considering we’ve been on such decent form of late. But, it’s important as well for a few reasons. The lads can’t get too carried away with this early season form. We’ve got a difficult November coming up and the Gunners are famous for losing the plot around that period. Secondly, we weren’t actually that bad in the game on paper. I think we could’ve and should’ve earned a draw from the game against Dortmund, but alas it wasn’t to be. Now we have to beat or get a point at Dortmund and the same applies to a tricky visit to Napoli. Still, remain confident that we will progress to the next round. We’ve got Marseille at home and we should hopefully get three points against them, leaving us in a wonderful position to qualify. Fingers crossed.

Onto this weekend, and it’s a visit to Crystal Palace. My, it could’ve been an interesting game if Nicklas Bendtner had joined them in the summer, but instead they opted for the abysmal Marouane Chamakh. Despite my low opinion of the Moroccan, he’s having a decent season for Palace and now that Tony Pulis looks set to take charge, you can expect the team to play a more defensive and negative style of football. What we need to do is take it to them very early on. We need to push forward Ozil and get in and around their box so that Giroud can continue his good goalscoring form. I’d also like to see Arteta get involved, he’s had a few good games lately and ¬†with all the extra competition in the team he needs to push forward to stay a crucial member of the team.

After the Palace game, I’ve already said this, but we will know even more about our title credentials. A trip across London is never easy but we need to get the points against the negative and lower down the table teams. Palace are desperate to win some points here and Chamakh has something to prove – so we need to make sure we continue to keep up the good work and not let them get near our defence.

Elsewhere in the news, Cesc Fabregas has been outspoken and said that he left Arsenal to help out Aaron Ramsey’s career progression. I don’t really buy that, everyone knew he wanted to return to Barca someday and nobody expected Ramsey to ever start scoring goals – my how things change. On top of that, Fabregas also suggested that he would like to return to Arsenal one day. The way I see it is I do miss Fabregas, but we don’t want a 30 year old Cesc back at the Emirates. His best years will be with Barca, anything but that and he’s not good enough for the Arsenal shirt. We love you Cesc, but please don’t come back unless you’re 28 and half the price we sold you for.

There has also been some news from Italy that Llorente is considering a move to Arsenal in January on loan from Juventus. If it’s true, that would be lovely. We need some backup in the striking department desperately.

Anyway, that’s all from the Sensei. Have a good Friday folks.

Gunners looking for 3 points at Hawthorns to return to top of the table

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So, yesterday Liverpool managed a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. I have to say, I wasn’t that impressed with Liverpool. Sure they have a very gifted front duo in Sturridge and Suarez but the rest of the team looks a bit rough around the edges. The Liverpool fans who are already saying they are genuine title contenders need to take a good look at their squad and admit, a January departure for Suarez to Real Madrid or an injury to any other of their key players will do their challenge some serious damage. Their squad is weak and Brendan Rodgers has a habit of speaking a bit too much in front of reporters. Whenever I hear the Northern Irish manager on TV he’s always bleating on about how good his squad is or how he thinks his squad can stay in the race for the title. He reminds me a bit of Andre Villas-Boas a few years ago. Always in front of the camera, always speaking too much and not keeping mum when it comes to the future of his players. That’s what Wenger is incredibly good at. He keeps his transfer activity quiet and the future of any of his players will never be discussed in front of an audience. Villas-Boas has been a bit better at this in recent months to be fair, but Rodgers seems to make a habit of it.

So regarding today’s game, I really fancy us to get our record breaking 11th win. We’re on a good run and we have an international break coming up. I can’t work out if that’s a good or bad thing right now, but when we’ve got momentum we’d definitely want to keep the games coming fast. However, international breaks can do wonders for some players and also those who don’t get a chance to represent their country get a much needed rest. This will include the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Serge Gnabry and Kieran Gibbs; the rest will probably be getting game time. Anyway, fingers crossed there’s no injuries there. For the West Brom game, I heard that Jack Wilshere might play on the flank. I really hope there’s no truth in that. Sure he got caught having a ciggie outside of a nightclub, but he’s been made an example of and wrote on Twitter that he’s not a smoker, that should be it. But putting him on the wing sounds like a dodgy plan to me Arsene.

I’d like to see Rosicky play on the wing and let Jack and Aaron alongside Flamini and Ozil do the work in midfield. That’s quality in the middle and should be enough for us to win three points.

If we do win, I really do believe in our title credentials. What do you think the score will be today? I reckon we’re looking at a 3-1 victory with Ozil to grab his first Premier League goal.

Come on Arsenal – let’s break that record!