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.

Arsenal v Galatasaray review – Welbeck hat-trick steals the show

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Arsenal needed to get off to a fast start against Galatasaray, especially as Arsene Wenger had picked a pretty attacking line-up with Cazorla, Chamberlain, Ozil and Alexis backing up Danny Welbeck. And we certainly did that. The Gunners quickly exposed the Turkish side and dominated possession but with a real purpose.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Galatasaray

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Arsenal will want to get their Champions League campaign back on trach this evening and we have a great chance at home against Galatasaray. And not only will a win put us back in a good position to at least qualify, a good performance will go a long way to banishing the memory of the [...]

Is Neville right about reason for Arsenal’s slow start?

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Gary Neville was not specifically talking about Arsenal and the situation that Arsene Wenger and the players find themselves in this season, but the former England and Man United defender was talking about things that could just as easily be applied to the Gunners, as he did his punditry for Sky Sports Monday Night Football [.

Why Arsenal WILL get going with Galatasaray win

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Arsenal have huffed and puffed so far this season without getting the results that we have deserved. But apart from that terrible and lacklustre performance in the Champions League at Borussia Dortmund, the Gunners have looked better as the season has progressed and we look like we are very close to hitting our straps.

Great news for Arsenal as Ozil continues to hit form!

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One of the big talking points at the start of the season for Arsenal fans and football pundits was the form, or lack of it, of the club record signing Mesut Ozil. According to some of his critics, the World Cup winner just did not care and his easy manner on the pitch was just [...]

Why Arsenal are in GREAT shape for Spurs clash!

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It may have been a disappointing night for Arsenal in the League Cup, but the fact that a largely second string team was narrowly defeated by a stunning strike from a strong Southampton side should not have knocked our confidence. In fact I think that the Gunners should go into the north London derby in [.

Was it really so bad for Arsenal to exit League Cup?

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Southampton loss no disaster by Sam P Don't get me wrong, Arsenal wanted to win this game and stay in the Capital One, or League cup. Arsene Wenger has a pretty strong squad to pick from so even though he made a lot of changes, he would have hoped the players that came in would [...]

Arsenal v Southampton review – Alexis stunner not enough!!

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It was always going to be a tough night for Arsenal against a strong Saints line-up that was not much changed. Arsene Wenger made plenty, as expected, but it still looked a pretty strong midfield and attack, with the likes of Wilshere, Rosicky, Podolski and Alexis in there. And it was all going so well [.

Get Ramsey going and Arsenal CAN win the Premier League!!

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First of all Arsenal fans, I am not here to have a go at Aaron Ramsey. I was one of the minority who kept backing our young Welshman when all that ridiculous talk of him being a jinx was doing the rounds. Some fans seemed to think that his name on the team sheet meant [...]

Has Wenger found Arsenal’s winning formula?

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Arsene Wenger made a few changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the trip to Aston Villa and it could hardly have gone better for the Frenchman. The Gunners looked sharp, solid, full of energy and well balanced. So has the boss found the winning formula for the Gunners? To a certain extent I would [.

Time for Arsenal to unleash the Ox? He’s ready!!

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One of the most noticeable things about the way Arsenal struggled against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, and there were plenty of them, was that we looked like we had much less energy than the Germans. They seemed faster and fitter all over the pitch. Arsene Wenger could not really explain why that was and [.

Wenger admits BIG transfer failings that have cost Arsenal

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Back in 2003, Arsenal were not to know that almost a decade of trophies and dominance under the managerial reign of Arsene Wenger were coming to an end. We had just finished second to Man United the previous season and were about to go and record the amazing achievement of not losing a single Premier [.

Arsenal attack options mean NO pressure for Welbeck

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With Olivier Giroud being out of action for Arsenal for the next few months, the new boy Danny Welbeck should get plenty of chances and lots of time to settle in with his new club and team mates, and his new role playing down the middle. But whereas some signings, especially strikers, are under pressure [.

Wilshere MOTM, Pellegrini moaning and another draw

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A 2-2 draw with City, Pellegrini making excuses for his team, Arsenal conceding stupid goals but scoring some great ones. Football came back after a fortnight and it was as enjoyable a game as could be hoped for, even though the result wasn't.

It was a tough match at the Emirates yesterday :)

But Arsenal showed that they are tough too, albeit prone to moments of weakness.

Don’t panic! Arsenal CAN take plenty of positives!!

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I know that some of us are naturally `glass half empty` people and others are `glass half full` types. And I also know that unless Arsenal win a football match, it is hard to look on the bright side, but I am still fairly surprised to see so many Gooners knocking the team, the manager [...]

Arsenal v Man City review – 2 stunners from Gunners but just a point

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This was the first time that the new lok Arsenal had a chance to put to bed the questions about their big game mentality, with the visit of the reigning Premier League champions Man City to the Emirates stadium. Arsene Wenger, with his new pacy front line including Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, had vowed [.

Does this mean that Campbell is to start for Arsenal v Man City?

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He has only had two brief senior appearances for Arsenal as a sub since Arsene Wenger was sufficiently impressed by his performances for Costa Rica at the World Cup finals, and you just know that Joel Campbell is straining to be let off the leash properly. Well the signs suggest that this weekend could be [.

Is it time for round pegs in round holes?

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I started to write this post after Alexis started up top against Everton, before we decided to bring Welbeck into the fold, and before we knew the extent of Giroud's injury.

This is probably Arsene's biggest weakness as a coach, I am not sure if it is due to pressure from above, the players or maybe even the fans but I feel that he is guilty on occasion of playing players because of their status rather than because they are best suited to the position, I'm not sure this was the case at Everton definitely more to do with a well holidayed Olivier Giroud, but far too often we see square pegs in round holes to get the best 11 names available on to the pitch rather than the best team on the pitch.

Walcott warns rivals Arsenal pace will be UNSTOPPABLE!!

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Arsenal have had to do without the flying England forward for about nine months now and there is no doubt that we have really missed him. Losing his pace was particularly damaging in the latter half of last season, because with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also missing the Gunners were bereft of any pace on the flanks [.

Arsenal’s Weak Spots

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Last night Aaron hobbled off with an ankle injury, and although we won't know until later the severity, it made me wonder about our vulnerability to injury.

At the beginning of last season, I would have said the areas of most concern would have been injuries to Theo, Ollie or one of our defensive pairing of Mert and Kos.

Walcott return to give Arsenal REAL pace and NEW tactics?

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When Arsenal had to do without the England international speed merchant for most of last season, especially with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in the treatment room, it meant that the Gunners were missing a huge ingredient in modern football, pace. So the news that the flying forward is due back in action for Arsenal soon after [.

How Arsenal CAN win the Premier League

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Despite a somewhat slow start to the season for Arsenal, we are still not really too far off the top of the Premier League, while Arsene Wenger has also achieved his annual place in the group stages of the Champions League. But you would have to be a fool to think that the way we [...]

Leicester v Arsenal review – Transfer needs highlighted by draw

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With no Olivier Giroud and just over a day of the transfer window left, Arsenal's trip to Leicester was the last chance for Arsene Wenger to see whether Yaya Sanogo and the other striking options really could be enough for the Gunners. There was also the small matter of three Premier League points at stake.

The Rest

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.

Early derby chatter + Arsecast 324

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Morning all and welcome to the day before the North London derby. It's a Friday too so that means another hard week of work is over (unless you have to work all weekend and that).

The early team news ahead of tomorrow's clash with Sp*rs is that Mathieu Flamini might be back after missing a couple of games with a dead leg (he probably exacerbated the injury by two-footed tackling his own leg for being such a yellow-belly), but apart from that we don't have any problems bar the long-termers.