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FULL Arsenal injury update is NOT too disastrous!

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It is not good news for Arsenal on the injury front by any means, with Arsene Wenger already having to cope with plenty of missing players already this season, but it could definitely have been worse. I certainly feared the worst after all the Arsenal players that missed the Champions League defeat in Germany on [.

What could have Arsenal done differently against Dortmund?

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Arsenal played Dortmund away on Matchday 1 of this season's Champions League, looking to pick up a point or three, after drawing three successive games in the Premier League. The Gunners, however, struggled to live up to the high pressing and high tempo game plan from their German opponents and, had it not been for [.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings – Koscielny our MOTM

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Dortmund 2 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ Szczesny – 4 Shocking all round. Made basic saves but almost cost us a goal and was culpable for the second. Bellerin – 2 Completely out of his depth. Was systematically targeted by Dortmund players and was the source of most of their joy going forwards. [.

Dortmund v Arsenal review – Gunners go missing AGAIN!!

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Despite Arsenal going for an attacking and adventurous line up, we knew that Borussia Dortmund were going to come at us like a train and give us no time on the ball. So the early and correct call from the ref to book Mikhitaryan for diving rather than give a penalty was a massive relief. [...]

Dortmund v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

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Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score line by KJ The start of this season has been pretty tough with us having already played Everton and Manchester City as well as two crucial Champions League qualifier games. And it won't let up either with a vital game against Dortmund in Germany for [.

Arsenal fans need to cut Ozil some slack

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The ball was lobbed. The Gunner in Bright Yellow waiting unmarked- in the left wing. One sublime touch to bring it down and another to slide it to Giroud and GOAL for Arsenal! There he was. All smiles. 14 minutes into the game, providing. While CR7 fumed and Real Madrid fans sang, He was [...]

Is fitness a factor in Ozil’s struggles for Arsenal?

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It should not be the case, but I really think that one of the reasons why Mesut Ozil has not exactly lit up the pitch for Arsenal yet this season could be his fitness. In fact, Per Mertesacker seems to be the only one of the Wor5ld Cup winning Gunners who has been professional enough [...]

Defence not a priority as Arsenal look to attack

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We didn't have long without football this summer did we? Perhaps that's why it's caught us cold this season and we are only all back on the BackPageBanter sofa now, the first time since that glorious day at Wembley last season. But back we are. Nodeparturesyou'll be pleased to hear, just a few wage increases that have tied our handsin the transfer market.

Why Arsenal must NOT drop Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal need to stick with Ozil by Sam P I am not going to sit here and tell you that Mesut Ozil has not been a bit disappointing for Arsenal at times, or that his performance against Man City at the Emirates on Saturday was another one of those frustrating days for the fans. But [...]

Has Pellegrini got a point about Arsenal being lucky?

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It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Arsenal fans as we watched the Premier League clash with Man City yesterday. Early dominance and a so nearly scoring the opening goal through the new signing Danny Welneck turned into the Gunners trailing and, let's be honest, looking like we had run out of ideas.

Wilshere – Arsenal must not lose at Dortmund

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The Gunners have a daunting fixture list for the rest of this month, and its a shame we couldn't start by taking three points of Man City, but to look on the bright side Arsenal are still unbeaten this season. Jack Wilshere is adamant that this run should remain intact when Arsenal travel to Dortmund [.

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 boss to drop Ozil AND Ramsey for Dortmund game?

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With two tough games in just a few days, it was always likely that Arsene Wenger would rotate his Arsenal squad a little. But the Frenchman would also want to play his best starting XI against Man City and Borussia Dortmund, as both games could end up having a huge impact on the Gunners' season. [...

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 [.

Why Arsenal should NOT risk Ramsey for Man City

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When the Arsenal Player of the Year for last season appeared to turn his ankle on that awful £G artificial pitch in Andorra right at the end of the Wales international game this week, Arsene Wenger must have been cursing his luck. It was the last international game of the two week break and we [...]

Arsenal Debate – What to do with Jack Wilshere ?

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Which is more important to Wilshere – playing time or preferred playing position? by SE Jack Wilshere's Footballing career has been on a downward spiral for a good couple of seasons now and, as things stand, it begs to wonder whether his career graph would ever progress in an upward direction again.

Arsenal rocked by Ramsey injury worry!!

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Just when Arsenal thought they had come through the two week international break with no real injury and fitness concerns, our star midfielder Aaron Ramsey seemed to pick up an injury in the last few minutes of Wales' hard fought win in Andorra. The referee had not been helping Wales by allowing the Andorran players [.

Contrasting performances from Arsenal’s England players

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Arsenal's England Players on International Duty by KJ England managed to win 2 – 0 against Switzerland today and there was a star performance by a certain Arsenal player. There was in total only two Arsenal players that started for England but it was an interesting game with a lot to say about each individual [.

Arsenal boost as Welbeck double does it for England

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If there was a good chance of Arsenal starting with the new signing Danny Welbeck down the middle for the next Premier League game against Man City before, then I reckon the bookies will have stopped taking bets on it now. The newest Gunner on the block got his chance for England tonight in the [...]

In-Depth analysis of Arsenal’s formation and each position

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New Season Tactics and Lineup‏ by HA Dear Gooners, Good day. The transfer window is shut. Arsenal had a good but not great window. Our playing style suits 4-2-3-1 most but for playing 4 defenders in every match for 55 odd games a season we needed 1 or 2 more defenders. Last year, there were [...]

Welbeck promises he WILL win over Arsenal fans!!

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From an initial reaction that was less than enthusiastic from Arsenal fans on transfer deadline day, the signing of Danny Welbeck has been taken in an increasingly positive and hopeful way by Gooners and the media alike. Many pundits have spoken about how well they think the club and player are a good match and [.

Thoughts on Arsenal’s transfer window, no DM, and dream formation…

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Arsenal of the Future by ElusiveArsenal.. The nerve wracking, nail biting, drama of a transfer window is finally over, and with it we are blessed with two extra weeks of half part-boredom, half part-anxiety. Boredom over the meaningless international friendlies and the ever present fear of one of our own inevitably getting injured.

Arsenal’s options for Man City after Ozil injury?

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It turns out that the reason that Lukas Podolski was the only Arsenal player in the Germany squad that was beaten by Argentina 4-2 in a friendly repeat of the World Cup final, was that Mesut Ozil had picked up an injury in the Gunners' disappointing draw at Leicester City last weekend. The German playmaker [.

Arsenal Tactics – Too many CAMs spoil the width!

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Arsenal's Strategy for Using Pace and Wingers Under the Current 4-2-3-1 System By Supertuur Now that the transfer window is shut and Arsenal has signed a new centre forward in Danny Welbeck it is time to look at what to do with our attack. After looking at the first few games of this season I [...]

No injuries the REAL positive from Arsenal internationals

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For Arsenal fans, especially after a shaky start to the season in the Premier League and Europe, the most important thing to come out of this international break is that Arsene Wenger gets all his Gunners back fully fit from their various international endeavours. Well it is so far so good for Arsenal after the [.

Arsenal Tactics – Who should partner Ramsey in midfield?

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Who should partner Ramsey in that advanced midfield role – Cazorla, Wilshere or Ozil? by SE In what has been a relatively busy summer at Arsenal, with Wenger bringing in the kind of personnel who he deems is ‘appropriate' to his plans, the system that he would have to play has been of equal speculation [.

Arsenal v Besiktas review – Alexis puts 10 man Gunners through – JUST

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With Arsenal having to do without some big players like Aaron Ramsey, OLivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs and Mikel Arteta, thisd delicately poised second leg Champions League play-off was always likely to be a tricky encounter for us. And so it proved in the first half, with Slaven Bilic's Besiktas team being well organised [.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Besiktas

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This is the biggest game of the season so far for Arsenal, with the winner taking a place at the top table of European club football and the loser getting their midweeks off for the next few months. A 0-0 draw with Besiktas in Turkey leaves the Gunners slight favourites with tonight's match at the [.

Arsenal v Besiktas Preview, Line up and Score Prediction

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Arsenal vs Besiktas Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ This has become a tricky game after the news that Giroud is potentially out for 3 months. We will be facing this Besiktas side with Giroud, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott and Gibbs. They are all certified starters in my opinion and with no away goal [.

Arsenal need to be firm in tricky encounter

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Champions League playoff – Arsenal vs Besiktas: What kind of a game are we in for? by SE Overview Arsenal take on Besiktas in the 2nd leg of the Champions League playoff tie at the Emirates later tonight, with the aggregate score tantalizingly poised at 0-0 from last week's first leg in Istanbul. The Turkish [.

Why Arsenal are NOT worried about Ramsey and Giroud absence

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It is all about getting into the Champions League for Arsenal now, although hopefully there will be some serious work being done on the transfer front behind the scenes as well. But for the players and fans, it is absolutely vital for the Gunners to beat Besiktas on Wednesday and book our regular place among [.

Everton v Arsenal Review – Fate and fitness denied Arsenal the win

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Everton Vs Arsenal Review: Hard Victory‏ by ElusiveArsenal On one hand, I feel compelled to slate the entire Arsenal team for a very irritating and hair-raising performance. Even more so after another heart-in-mouth match, but then after the initial bloodlust cooled off, replaced by languid relief, I decided to take a second look at the [.

Why Everton game can be HUGE for Arsenal season

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This was far from being a perfect performance from Arsenal away to Everton. Ramsey and Chamberlain forgot their shooting boots, Mertesacker looked well off the pace, Ozil should have had his sunglasses on and the Gunners just could not quite click. Dead and buried with 10 minutes to go though, Arsenal showed some real character [.

What should be Arsenal starting XI at Everton and why?

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With some Arsenal players still not looking quite ready after the World Cup finals this summer, the three German Gunners still to be included in a squad after an extended summer holiday and a slightly worrying injury list, Arsene Wenger is probably already looking forwards to the two week international break in order for him [.

Is Wenger right about Arsenal NOT needing Fabregas?

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The subject of whether Arsenal should have tried to use the first refusal option to buy back the former club captain Cesc Fabregas was always going to come up after the Spanish midfielder joined our Premier League rivals Chelsea. And once Fabregas put in an impressive display in his first Premier League game for them, [.

Who should replace Ramsey for Arsenal v Besiktas?

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Because of the importance of the Champions League to Arsenal, Wenger and the players, the second leg of the play-offs against Besiktas on Wednesday is probably more important than the Premier League away trip to face Everton on Saturday. However, the Gunners have a big problem after our star player was rather harshly sent off [.

Will Ramsey’s red wreck Arsenal’s Champions League?

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There is no doubt that Arsenal are left in a tricky situation after a no score draw with Besiktas in the fiurst leg of the Champions League play-offs. The away goals rule can always come back to haunt you if you don't get one, but most Arsenal fans will be more concerned about us having [...]

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace Preview, Line up and Predicted score

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It's great to have proper football back now and there seems to be a lot of promise this season. Arsenal have just won a major trophy in May, we've made a major signing on and off the pitch and we seem to be raring to go after our win in the Community Shield. I was [...]

Arsenal Debate – Our best starting XI (including the Germans) ?

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Wenger's first choice XI once the German contingent becomes available by SE Post his astute transfer acquisitions this summer, Wenger couldn't have asked for more heading into the new season. But, the cherry was laid on top of the cake on Sunday, when Arsenal annihilated the Premier League Champions, Manchester City, to win the FA [.

The Rest

Alexis marks the spot

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Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City

It was one of those games where disappointment at the final whistle pretty quickly morphed into satisfaction. It was our best performance of the season so far though it wasn't quite enough to see off the champions.

It was all about Welbeck before the match (no, I'm not shortening his name and adding a zed, before you ask, and nor shall I be referring to him as ‘that chap').