Where are we now – part 2

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In part 1 of my Arsenal half term report, I ran the rule over the goalkeepers and defence. In part 2 I will whip out a scalpel and have a good old root around in the intestines of Arsenal's midfield and attack. As an aperitif, this piece from July runs the rule over what I felt Arsenal needed in these areas ahead of the season.

Stats say goal-a-game Giroud the difference for Arsenal

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Who knows where Arsenal would be in the Premier League table if our France international front man Olivier Giroud had not suffered that freak damage to his Tibia while blocking a clearance in the last minute of our game against Everton in just the second EPL game of the season. Giroud had just rescued a [.

Has `Old School` Giroud nailed down Arsenal central role?

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Ever since he signed for Arsenal over two years ago, the France international striker Olivier Giroud has divided opinion, both in the football media and among the Arsenal fans. While the big man has had plenty of praise for his hard work and contribution, many of us believed he would never be a good enough [.

Is this REALLY the best Arsenal attack under Wenger?

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Arsene Wenger was understandably happy after his Arsenal team not only managed to beat an in form Newcastle United on Saturday, but managed to do it in such a convincing fashion that instead of having personal abuse hurled at him in a dingy train station in Stoke, the Frenchman heard `there's only one Arsene Wenger` [.

How will Walcott fit in to awesome Arsenal attack?

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I am not sure if the Arsenal and England international forward Theo Walcott is worried about getting his place back in the starting line-up for the Gunners, but the 25-year old is going to have to show Arsene Wenger some good form in training if he is to force his way into an Arsenal attacking [...]

Arsenal v Newcastle review – First class finishing Guns down Magpies

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Arsenal fans were understandably worried about which Arsenal team would be on display against Newcastle United at the Emirates today. Would it be the gutless Gunners that were simply blown away by Stoke City last weekend or would it be the awesome Arsenal that tore apart Galatasaray in Turkey? And while Arsenal did not take [.

Will Arsenal ever REALLY get going this season?

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Once again Arsenal fans have had to sit and watch our team fail to keep up the momentum and growing confidence that was building up after four good performances and three good results in a row. We were simply awful at the start of today's Premier League game against Stoke City and once their ythird [.

Should Arsenal rotate BEFORE festive fixture list?

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It was hard work for Arsenal and a very close run thing against a confident, tough and well organised Southampton side, especially with their keeper having one of those nights when it looked like nothing could beat him. But the Gunners kept going and Alexis grabbed us a deserved winner and made it three wins [.

Giroud stats prove Arsenal MUST start him NOT Welbeck at Stoke!

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Despite the fact that Olivier Giroud only came on to the pitch for Arsenal last night with 25 minutes left on the clock, meaning he played for about half an hour with the injury time added, I think the France international forward was a good candidate for the best player in an Arsenal shirt. The [...

Arsenal v Southampton Player Ratings – Koscielny Phenomenal!

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Arsenal 1 – 0 Southampton Player Ratings by KJ Martinez – 6 Another solid performance. He had no real saves to make and that's why he isn't getting a higher score but he was commanding throughout the game. Chambers – 7 Another fairly solid defensive performance. Was pretty good offensively but lacked the option from [.

Arsenal v Southampton review – Alexis grabs Gunners win

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Despite the fact that Arsenal have been playing better of late and the visitors Southampton have been showing signs that their Excellent early season form was falling away, Arsene Wenger would have known that his players would really have to be on their game to win. And that became clear early on, after the Gunners [.

Our Arsenal strikers CAN work in harmony

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After scoring the only goal of the game to give Arsenal a much needed win away to West Brom in the Premier League, Danny Welbeck was asked about whether he would be happy playing on the left side of a front three, as he used to do for his former club Manchester United. And although [...]

Arsenal players are flagging but DARE Wenger rest them?

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It would be a lot easier for Arsene Wenger to give a few of his key Arsenal players a rest if the Gunners were doing better in the Premier League and Champions League. And if the visitors to the Emirates stadium this week was not high flying Southampton who have been very strong all season, [...]

Arsenal star says Giroud will get Arsenal train chugging!!

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It has been a slow burner for Arsenal this season, with our momentum in the Premier League similar to the way an old steam train used to build up speed. And the Gunners have also had a few false starts, with Arsene Wenger and the players having to relight the burners and start shoveling coal [...]

Official teams and preview of West Brom v Arsenal

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Arsenal will go into this away game with West Brom on a real high after beating Borussia Dortmund and qualifying for the next round of the Champions League. The manner of the victory could be just as important as well, because it will have proved to the players that Arsenal can defend and keep a [...

Why Arsenal MUST play Cazorla in the middle at West Brom

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The Arsenal and Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla is one of those players that is sometimes a victim of their own versatility. Almost as adept with either foot, he can play on both flanks as well as his best position as a central attacking midfielder pulling the strings. And Cazorla certainly did that in his [.

Ramsey says Arsenal players are lazy (except Alexis!) He’s right!

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Aaron Ramsey was obviously pleased with Arsenal's performance against Borussia Dortmund after the massive disappointments of the miserable start to the season, but he was particularly pleased with Alexis Sanchez's display as he scored an incredible 13th goal of his short career at the Emirates. Ramsey said on Arsenal.

That’s more like the Arsenal of old.

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After so many indifferent results lately, it was a pleasure not only to to see us reach the knockout stage of the CL yet again, but to see the players play out the game as a unit not as individuals. Both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund had several key men missing, but one can only play what is in front of you.

Arsenal v Dortmund Player Ratings – The Ox MOTM

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Arsenal 2 – 0 Borussia Dortmund Player Ratings by KJ Martinez – 7 He was pretty decent today. Made some good claims, his distribution was good and he made a couple of good saves late on. Chambers – 7.5 He seems to be getting stronger and stronger now. He had a dip from around the [...]

Arsenal v Dortmund review – Sanogo strikes AND clean shhet on great night for Gunners!!

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Arsenal needed just a point to get out of the group but Arsene Wenger was unable to call on a host of key players, including Szczesny, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott and Welbeck. So it looked like we were in for a tough night against Borussia Dortmund who have been great in the Champions League. Yaya Sanogo [.

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.

Arsene Wenger

A welcome winning blip

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West Brom 0-1 Arsenal

I could trawl back over my blogging years and find dozens of examples of my morale hitting rock bottom, only for Wenger to shed some ballast on HMS Crisis, refire the boilers and steam out of trouble.

He is an absolute expert at that he's outlasted every manager in the league by a country mile, and he's outlasted George Allison as Arsenal's longest-serving manager by five years.

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 [.

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.

The Rest

Wenger to risk Arsenal star DESPITE injury fears!

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Although Arsene Wenger dismissed the idea that Arsenal are completely reliant on our summer signing Alexis Sanchez, the manager did accept that the Chile international is a massive player for us. As reported by ESPN, the manager spoke in glowing terms about his striker and all thge things he brings to the Arsenal team, including [.