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Could Olivier Giroud start in attack for Arsenal against West Brom this weekend? 1

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are running out of option up front, with Yaya Sanogo having picked up an injury in last night’s 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund, while Danny Welbeck was left out of the side completely due to an injury picked up.

It’s unknown whether either player will be fit enough to feature against West Bromwich Albion in the early Premier League kickoff on Saturday, which means Olivier Giroud could be in line to start against the Midlands outfit .

Giroud, 28, made his comeback against Manchester United last weekend, scoring after his introduction from the bench in the 2-1 home defeat, and while his fitness levels are likely to be low, Arsenal have no other viable option.

Can European success now lead to an upturn in form in the Premier League? 0

Posted on November 27, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After securing their place in the last-16 of the Champions League, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has rallied the troops to replicate their European form in the Premier League ahead of their weekend clash against West Brom.

The Gunners won 2-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund last night, which booked their place in the next round of the Champions League, but also put them within distance of finishing top of the group if they can get a three point swing in the last game.

Positives to take from Arsenal victory over Dortmund 1

Posted on November 27, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night ensured the Gunners presence in the knockout stages of the competition for the 15th consecutive season. The win was a tonic for Arsenal fans after three games without a win and two successive defeats.

Poor

In truth the visitors are in poor form. Their four Champions League victories are in contrast to their poor results in the Bundesliga. Dortmund are currently 16th in their domestic league, so the victory is not so impressive and should not cover over the cracks.

Under-fire Aaron Ramsey says he’s back to full fitness 0

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes he will showcase his best form now he’s back to fitness for the Gunners. The Welsh international was criticised by his manager Arsene Wenger for his pursuit for goals, suggesting the 23-year-old had forgotten the basics of his midfield role, but Ramsey feels he can multitask when fully fit.

“I still believe in my qualities, and I’m confident that I can show them again this year. There will be plenty more opportunities. For the first time in a long time I feel sharp again and feel like I was physically there. I’m still going to make my runs into the box. I also can get back and defend.”

Will Laurent Koscielny’s return see Arsenal tighten up at the back? 1

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

A lot has been made of Arsenal’s poor start to the Premier League season, but the absence of centre-back Laurent Koscielny has certainly contributed. When the French international was fit and in the team, Arsenal lost just one game from six in the Premier League, conceding one or less goals in four of the matches.

Since his Achilles injury, Arsenal have lost two and drawn one of five league outings, while conceding two or more goals in three of the games. With Per Mertesacker struggling for form, Arsenal don’t have another leader at the back to call upon at the back. The likes of Calum Chambers and makeshift centre-back Nacho Monreal are being thrown into a situation they weren’t expecting this campaign.

Why Danny Welbeck has to play despite Olivier Giroud’s return 0

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal fans got a glimpse of what they’ve been missing without first-choice striker Olivier Giroud, with the French international half-volleying an effort from the edge of the box into the top corner against Manchester United recently. He had been in the pitch minutes before the goal, and his contribution will see Welbeck under pressure as the lone centre-forward.

But manager Arsene Wenger should find a way to incorporate the two players in the same side as Welbeck offers so much the team. The 23-year-old has contributed four goals in nine league games, while creating 17 chances. Welbeck averages a better pass completion than the likes of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy, so he’s fitting seamlessly into the Arsenal mould.

Is Wenger to blame for Arsenal’s current slump? 2

Posted on November 24, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat against Manchester United on Saturday was yet another game where the Gunners dominated for long periods of the game the game, but managed to emerge from the game without maximum points.

Mentality

I heard former-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher calling Liverpool mentally weak on TV yesterday and that applies to Arsenal as well. A number of the Gunners players seem to think that they can just go onto a pitch and claim a victory without putting everything in.

I’m afraid to say the current Arsenal team does not have enough quality to just go out and expect to win, especially with the competitive nature of the Premier League.

Are Arsenal’s holding midfielders to blame for counter-attack susceptibility? 3

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

In Arsenal’s last three games in all competitions, they have thrown away the game by pressing too many bodies too high up the pitch, which has subsequently left them open to a counter-attack. What is all the more surprising is that they haven’t learned their lesson.

Against Anderlecht, they were 3-0 up, but were punished by not doing their defensive duties when enjoying the lion’s share of possession. The Gunners’ holding midfielders aren’t protecting the backline when Arsenal are attacking, instead leaving the defence threadbare with support. They eventually drew 3-3.

Arsenal may have to act fast to secure Jurgen Klopp as Arsene Wenger’s successor 2

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal under-performing in the Premier League this season, thought on manager Arsene Wenger’s successor are all pointing towards Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.

The talented German coach, 47, has won two Bundesliga titles, a domestic cup, and led BVB to the Champions League final in 2013. He’s being viewed as the perfect replacement for the long-serving Gunners manager, but Arsenal would have to move fast if they want him.

This season, Borussia Dortmund are greatly struggling, and quotes made by Klopp suggest he could be available very soon. BVB are currently in the relegation zone after 12 games, and have been considerably behind Bayern Munich in the title race that makes it impossible for them to compete now.

Problems at both end of the pitch for Arsenal 3

Posted on November 23, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United on Saturday was disappointing to say the least. The Gunners dominated for long periods of the game, but the visitors hit them on the counter-attack with devastating effect.

Defence

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he was annoyed by his teams lax defending. I am sure the majority of Gunners fans would agree with the veteran Frenchman.

However, Wenger can do something about it, the fans cannot. Arsenal looked vulnerable to the counter-attack against United and that is what led to the two goals.



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