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How Arsenal can beat Man Utd without Walcott and Welbeck

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We already know that Theo Walcott will not be on the pitch or on the bench for Arsenal tomorrow as the Gunners play host to the old rivals Manchester United. Hopefully though, Arsene Wenger will be able to start with Danny Welbeck up front but the 23-year old may be ruled out with a hamstring [...]

Does a fit Giroud spell 4-4-2 for Arsenal?

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We do not know for certain whether Arsenal will be able to call on the services of the England striker Danny Welbeck on Saturday yet, after the 23-year old picked up a slight hamstring problem on international duty. Arsene Wenger did not mention him in his latest injury update on Arsenal/com, but I am sure [.

Betting preview of Arsenal v Man United – Home win fancied…

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Arsenal get back into Premier League action in the late kick off on Saturday, with a very important clash, for both clubs, against Manchester United. Neither of us have had the start to the season we would have wanted, but both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal will know that a morale boosting victory over [.

Can Wenger and Ozil make Arsenal GREAT again?

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Despite rumours to the contrary, the Arsenal boss is still fully behind his club record signing and Mesut Ozil is confident that with the Frenchman's help and belief, he will prove to be a fantastic signing for the Gunners. But while it is clearly good news that Wenger and Ozil are pulling in the same [.

So far so VERY good for Arsenal’s internationals! 10 down 4 to go!

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I hope I am not speaking too soon here, but so far this international break has held nothing but good news for Arsenal and the Gunners involved for their various countries. 10 of the 14 games involving Arsenal stars have now been played and tonight will see three more before Alexis Sanchez and Chile complete [.

De Gea injury gives Arsenal GREAT chance to punish Man United

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Arsenal fans are sick and tired but also well used to having a long list of players on the sidelines due to injury problems and this season has been no different so far. But at least we are not alone this time, as our big Premier League rivals for a top four finish, Manchester United, [...]

What impact will big man Giroud have for Arsenal?

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Olivier Giroud has not always been the most popular of players with the Arsenal fans, but the France international has always given his all since joining the Gunners from the French club Montpellier in the summer of 2012. And although the big centre forward was not the free scoring replacement for the little boy that [.

Alexis still thinks he clearly has to improve for Arsenal

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To most Arsenal fans at the moment Alexis Sanchez is just about the complete footballer, quick dribbles, continully pressing oponents, even scoring regularly, but the player himself still thinks he is not quite ready for the rigours of the Premier League games and still has a lot of improvement to come.

BANG! Arsenal hit with major injury setback!!

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Just recently the news coming out of Arsenal Football Club on the injury front has been strangely positive. Arsene Wenger seems to be listening to his medical and fitness experts and is even being ultra cautious in bringing back the likes of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. And we have recently learned that Olivier Giroud [.

Arsenal fans need to calm down and think carefully….

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In Defence of Wenger and the players.... by Alarcon It is exceedingly obvious that Arsenal are not having a good season at all, languishing at 6th on the table when this season was supposed to be the one where Arsenal capitalised on the FA Cup win to steamroller on. As a result of the team's [...]

Arsenal title hopes washed away in Swansea

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Another season of failure for Arsenal? by Dave N Arsenal went into the international break with a second Premier League defeat to chew on after surrendering the lead again in a rain lashed Liberty Stadium. Fair play to Swansea City because they never gave up and exploited our weaknesses well. But for Arsene Wenger and [.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings for Swansea – Chamberlain MOTM

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Swansea 2 – 1 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ Szczesny – 5 Don't think he did anything of real note and wasn't threatened much. Couldn't do much for either goal. Chambers – 1 He was absolutely mauled at RB. If he was up against Ronaldo, fair enough. But against Jefferson Montero, he has to be [...

Swansea v Arsenal review – Defeat after leading tells the same old story

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Arsenal were given a boost for this Premier League away game with Swansea City before the game had even kicked off. Because the home side had lost one of their first choice centre backs as well as both of their pacy wide men Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge, while the Gunners had just one change [...]

Official teams and preview of Arsenal at Swansea City

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With an international break on the horizon, Arsenal somehow find themselves in a great position to go into a two week break in a good position, just a point behind Man City and well above the likes of Liverpool, Man United and Tottenham. And we also need a win to put some poor results and [...]

No Walcott! So what WILL Arsenal front line be?

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He may be playing a bit of mind games, and it would be a first time for the Arsenal manager, but Arsene Wenger has all but stated that he would not be starting Theo Walcott against Swansea City later. And when you consider how careful the Frenchman has been with his fit again front man [...]

Why Swansea game will be EASIER for Arsenal this year…

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After the slow and somewhat disappointing way that Arsenal have started the season and straight off the back of that confidence sapping Champions League home draw with Anderlecht on Tuesday, you might well wonder why I am fairly confident of the Gunners bouncing straight back with a valuable win at the Liberty stadium on Sunday.

England call-up means Arsenal MUST start Walcott at Swansea

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It has been a couple of weeks now that the Arsenal match day squad has had Theo Walcott in it, but so far the pacy front man has only been given just over 10 minutes on the pitch, at the end of the comfortable win over Burnley. I know that Arsene Wenger is being ultra [...]

Arsenal v Anderlecht review – Gunners blow three goal lead

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Arsene Wenger made just one change to the Arsenal starting line up that beat Burnley on Saturday, with Aaron Ramsey replacing Mathieu Flamini. So with Mikel Arteta having not been available for the away tie in Belgium, Arsenal were hoping to build on our renewed confidence and make this game a lot less nerve wracking [.

Arsenal should start with Podolski beside Alexis

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Has Wenger finally struck gold? By Twig This season, we've witnessed a lot of experimentation with the Arsenal lineup, ranging from the trusted 4-2-3-1 to the much-hated 4-1-4-1. One of the main reason for this is the fact that we have too many similar central midfielders, and as Wenger admitted, when everyone is fit, it's [.

Arsenal v Burnley review – Alexis at the double again!!

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Arsene Wenbger named an unchanged Arsenal side from the one that won away at Sunderland last weekend, hoping to finally get some momentum going in the Premier League this season. And the injury to Jack Wilshere meant that the Englishman could not return after missing the last game due to a suspension.

Alexis: Tight fit

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"Alexis is one of the best. He's very committed. Even in recovery sessions he wants to go outside and train to keep improving."

So said Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta of his new teammate Alexis Sanchez. There were flashes of brilliance in Alexis' opening games for Arsenal, even if the understanding with his teammates had yet to arrive.

In their own words

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I'm afraid that there's nothing to blog about this morning. All we've got is Arsenal players talking about other Arsenal players. On the one hand I'm tempted not to do anything at all, on the other I know people want something to read as they go to work, or arrive at work, or perform their morning ablutions.

Arsenal Tactics: 4-4-2 is Boring but Effective!

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There are very few Arsenal fans that were impressed with the 2-0 away win at Sunderland this weekend, but the fact that we came away with all three points should alert us to the fact that we kept a clean sheet and capitalised on Sunderland's defensive errors. Mikel Arteta worked alongside Matthieu Flamini in central [.

Arsenal’s Player-of-the-Month? No contest!!

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In August Alexis Sanchez was just out-voted by Calum Chambers for the Arsenal Player-of-the-month, but in September he easily topped the poll to win his first award. Now October comes to an end surely there is no other choice but to vote for the brilliant Chilean yet again. Okay I think that Danny Welbeck should [.

Where would Arsenal be without Alexis Sanchez?

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How much of an impact is Alexis Sanchez having on Arsenal? by SE It was an astute piece of business that Arsene Wenger did during the last English summer to bring Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona to the Emirates for £32m and, going by his performances for Arsenal, the Chilean has bedded in nicely to his [.

Arteta feels he and Flamini CAN work together for Arsenal

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For a long time now, one of the most talked about factors of the Arsenal team, often seen as a weakness but always a topic of debate, is the central midfield area. And more specifically, the most deep lying or defensive part of it. Now the club captain Mikel Arteta has had his own say [...]

Arsenal Debate – Time to drop struggling Cazorla?

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With Mesut Ozil being one of the many Arsenal players in the treatment room and the German international possibly out of action until the end of the year, the natural and logicval player to fill his boots for the Gunners would be Santi Cazorla. But it just is not happening for the little Spaniard at [.

Arsenal to sign another Barca striker in January?

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For three seasons between the summer of 2011 and the summer of this year, the current Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez was playing alongside and competing with the Spain international Pedro Rodriguez at La Liga club Barcelona. And according to one of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, the same could soon be happening in north London.

Wenger and Arsenal BLASTED by Anderlecht star AND Frimpong

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After getting a serious dressing down on live TV by former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson last night, as the Gunners toiled against Champions League minnows Anderlecht in Belgium, Arsene Wenger and his players have come in for more criticism today. One of our unlucky opponents from last night, who must still be wondering just how [.

Anderlecht v Arsenal Player Ratings – Sanchez MOTM Again

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Anderlecht 1 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ Martinez – 5 He didn't have much to do but when he was tested, he looked shaky. Chambers – 4 He was sloppy all night and just looks very rigid with the way he plays at RB. He doesn't take his man on and was defensively [...]

Merson slams dismal Arsenal and Wenger in Champions League

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Former Gunners star Paul Merson could not keep his Arsenal fan persona down as he worked as a pundit for the Champions League game against Anderlecht tonight. And even the fact that Arsenal produced a stirring last few minutes to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat was not enought to pacify him.

Anderlecht v Arsenal review – Podolski pinches Gunners win

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Arsenal needed to get off to a good start, with our Belgian opponents Anderlecht having their own problems with injuries, form and recent results. This game offered the Gunners a great chance to claim a morale boosting win and keep the hopes of winning the group alive. But we started porly, giving the ball away [.

Arsenal youngsters give some positives in Hull draw

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Bellerin and Campbell look good for Gunners by Sam P Well how frustrating was that Arsenal fans? After the way we started against Hull today it looked like we were going to blow Steve Bruce and his team away, just as we had in both of the Premier League games last season. And once we [...]

Arsenal v Hull review – Crisis averted but victory DENIED

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With Arsenal having to cope with the usual injury crisis, especially in defence, Arsene Wenger had to go with the relatively untried young Spaniard Hector Bellerin at right back and the left back Nacho Monreal in an unfamiliar central role. But a game against Hull City at the Emirates gave the Gunners the chance to [.

Alexis gives Arsenal boss clear message! Stop resting him!!

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If the terrible news about the Arsenal and Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil is true and he is going to miss a few months because of a knee problem, then one of our other recent signings from La Liga may get his wish. Because the former Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has revealed, in an Arsenal.

Match Review

In which I get all pensive, again

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Swansea 2-1 Arsenal

You know, at times like this it's quite hard to come up with even the lamest pun to make me feel better. Something about whales, I thought, given the location. Blowholes. Blue. A bunch of planktons. Surrendering minkely.

But I don't need to tell you how terrible these are, and then I ran out of steam and willpower.

An explosive Chilean red

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It's been three weeks since I asked the question ‘Which Arsenal will we see on Sunday?' before the Chelsea game, a blog title that can be recycled prior to every match at the moment. That's efficient writing, right there.

It's a pertinent point of course, because we're in one of those runs of form where it's not easy to pinpoint what isn't working.

The Rest

Time for Arsenal to play Cazorla in the middle?

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The Arsenal and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla suggested ahead of this current international break that it would be a chance for him to recharge his batteries and enjoy himself before the serious business of the season ahead. The Spaniard has improved after a slow start for the Gunners and we need him to come back [.

Arsecast Extra Episode 40 – 03.11.2014

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Here's this week's Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week's show we discuss the 3-0 win over Burnley, that man Alexis again, Theo Walcott's comeback and a strange incident in the Manchester derby. Listener questions this week involved Ian Wright, Nacho Monreal's performances at centre-half, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's development and a difficult choice between something awesome and something awesome.

Arsenal 3-0 Burnley: Alexis powers Arsenal to victory

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In the end a comfortable 3-0 win, but there were times when it felt like a goal was never going to come – as illustrated perfectly by this live blog snippet:

That it was Alexis who broke the deadlock should be no surprise. The Chilean was, once again, our most effective player and it was sheer desire that brought about the opening goal.