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Could Arsene Wenger take tactical tips from Sam Allardyce this season? 1

Posted on October 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With how well West Ham United have started the campaign with a completely different system under manager Sam Allardyce, could Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger learn from the Englishman in regard to how tactically flexible he’s been to pick up results?

Arsenal recently drew 2-2 at home to Hull City, which was the Gunners’ third game in a row that they have dropped points, and meant they’ve amassed just one victory from their last seven games. Wenger has rotated from just two tactics all season – a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-4-1. He’s been reticent to play two attackers from any game, due to fear of losing the ball in the middle of the park, despite having central midfield players boasting high levels of ball retention.

Could Jurgen Klopp realistically replace Arsene Wenger in the coming years? 2

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been speaking about life after long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, and as a result a number of managers have been tipped to succeed the Frenchman. But there is one man who could genuinely replace Wenger when he calls time on his managerial career and that is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp.

The German coach, 47, is held in the highest regard for leading BVB to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12, while also taking Dortmund to the Champions League final too. However, things have grown stale with him at Dortmund due to the Yellow and Blacks having sold key players to their title rivals, which has unsurprisingly led to a Bayern Munich dominance in the league.

Wenger needs to address side’s defensive frailties 0

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side need to tighten up at the back after conceding two goals against Hull City on the weekend. The Gunners drew 2-2 against Steve Bruce’s side, but now find themselves 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, while having conceded two or more goals in seven of their 14 games in all competitions.

“Where we are guilty is to give away two goals from nothing. Finding the balance is an issue. Last year we had 17 clean sheets with the same defenders but we have not started to do that yet. Our defensive efficiency is not there and we cannot survive at the top level by always conceding two goals.”

Is the current Arsenal squad good enough to challenge for the title? 2

Posted on October 20, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-2 home draw with Hull on Saturday proved the Gunners will probably not be title challengers this season. Excuses will be made about the number of injuries Wenger’s team faced, but the team that started the game should have been good enough to beat Hull.

Credit

First of all, credit to Hull for their performance. The Tigers rode their luck at times and both their keepers Steve Harper and Eldin Jakupovic had to make saves to deny the Gunners. Steve Bruce’s side nearly produced the perfect away performance, only for Danny Welbeck to equalise in stoppage-time.

Disrespect

Alexis Sanchez starting to show his true class 0

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez impressed in the Gunners 2-2 home draw against Hull City this weekend, scoring an individual effort and making the assist for Danny Welbeck’s equaliser, and the Chilean has even more to offer.

In the Premier League, the 25-year-old has scored more goals (3), made more assists (2), created more chances (16) and has made more successful dribbles (19) than any other Arsenal player. Sanchez set Arsenal back around £35M this summer, and he’s starting to show his quality for the Gunners.

Mathieu Flamini consistently a liability 3

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini was once again guilty of losing the ball deep in his own half, with the resulting counter attack leading to a goal. He was protesting to the referee for what he perceived to be a foul on him by the eventual goalscorer Mohamed Diame, but once again the Frenchman has relinquished possession in a dangerous area.

Manager Arsene Wenger continue to put his faith in Flamini, and continues to get led down by the former AC Milan midfielder. The January transfer window will provide an option for Arsenal to replace him, but Wenger hasn’t hinted that he is looking to sign a player to take Flamini’s place. What’s worse is that Mikel Arteta is hardly a strong option either.

Does Arsene Wenger have to take the blame for lack of defensive reinforcements? 0

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal forced to name a makeshift backline ahead of their weekend against Hull City, does manager Arsene Wenger have to take the blame for not signing sufficient cover?

This summer, Wenger allowed experienced defender Thomas Vermaelen to sign for Barcelona, and prosing youngster Carl Jenkinson to join West Ham on loan, but in return only signed a 19-year-old defender in Calum Chambers.

Arsenal’s first-choice backline of Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs only had left-back Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers as cover. Having such threadbare cover was an accident waiting to happen, and the gamble has backfired.

Arsenal to get back to winning ways against Hull City this weekend 0

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After a forgettable few weeks of poor form in the Premier League for Arsenal, they have a chance to get back to winning ways when they host Hull City on Saturday.

The Gunners lost their last league outing 2-0 to Chelsea, after rescuing a point against Tottenham. Supporters’ expectations of building on what ended up as a decent last season have been dashed following a bad start in 2014/15.

Arsenal are already nine points adrift of first-placed Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger’s side sitting in eighth place in the league. They have dropped points all too readily in four of their seven games, but a home clash against Hull should be where they turn things around.

Will Arsenal splash-out big money on German defender? 0

Posted on October 16, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal is set to launch a £32million bid for German international centre-back Mats Hummels of Dortmund. The Gunners lack of defensive cover has been well-documented and it seems that they could view Hummels as a potential January solution.

Struggling

Arsene Wenger’s side is facing a defensive crisis ahead of their visit to Hull on Saturday, a game which they are odds of 4/11 to win. Mathieu Debuchy is injured, Calum Chambers is suspended and French centre-back Laurent Koscielny is doubtful with an Achilles injury.

Arsenal believed to be trailing French and Dutch defenders 0

Posted on October 15, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could be set to make a move for Marseille’s young centre-back Stephane Sparanga.

The 19-year-old’s contract with the French side expires in December, so the Gunners could snap him up for a bargain fee. Sparanga can also play as a defensive midfielder, which means he would provide Arsenal with cover for two vulnerable positions.

Competition

With the versatile France under-20 international potentially available for a bargain fee there are a number of clubs believed to be showing an interest in signing him, including French side Rennes and Italian Serie A side Udinese.



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