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If he turns it around I will be surprised and chuffed to bits because I do not understand the anger generated his way by Arsenal fans. The need for a scapegoat is one that I do not subscribe to myself. With Mathieu Flamini and amazingly Mikel Arteta gone from the club, I guess there needs to be a new poster boy, and Theo is in the right place at the right time for that role


Many Arsenal fans may have heard whispers of Iwobi’s talent, they may have seen him first hand playing for the under 21s, they may even have heard that he is the nephew of Bolton Wanderer’s hero Jay Jay Okocha. But few would have expected the young Nigerian to take his first team chance last season with such coolness. As Wenger lost Oxlade Chamberlain to injury and continued to lose faith in the somewhat bemused Joel Campbell, Iwobi was offered the chance to impress. And impress he did. Performances and output were both of a high standard and glimpses of a partnership with the unfortunate Danny Welbeck seemed to be growing

Koscielny was paired alongside both Rami and Umtiti throughout the tournament, with Umtiti looking the more suitable of the pair. The French debutant won an average of 3.2 aerial duels throughout the tournament compared to a solid but uninspiring 2 from the taller and more experienced Rami. Koscielny won a fairly impressive 2.9 aerial duels but where the Arsenal defender differs from his partners is that he made and attempted far more interceptions. That Koscielny attempted and made more interceptions will come as no surprise to Arsenal fans as it has become a signature move of his game; he frequently intercepts passes and attempts to play on


I am going to offer you my best bit of guess work on this. If there is Arsenal interest then we have probably checked to see if the player wants to join by far the greatest team the world has ever seen, and unless he drinks WKD on a regular basis, that answer should obviously be a yes. But either Leicester City are completely unwilling to sell or do not like the prices suggested to them so the whole 'he is staying' line could be being used to force whichever interested parties out there to go away and come back with something more to their liking

Alex Iwobi's rise into the first team ahead of more established players gave us an insight into how Arsene is trying to shape his squad. Many assumed that Iwobi had replaced Theo Walcott in the team when in fact it was Alexis who had taken over the role of our number 14. Making runs from the right to join the central striker, while Alex Iwobi was tasked with adding some extra creativity and additional numbers in the middle of the pitch

Jamie Vardy also brings another positive aspect to the footballing side. Losing Danny Welbeck for such a long time means we will miss his pressing and energy in the final third when it comes to closing the opposition down. Luckily Jamie Vardy brings those very same attributes to the table, and I wouldn't be surprised to see us focus a lot on winning the ball and moving across the pitch as quickly as possible to create chances next season. Having Xhaka, Cazorla and Mesut Ozil in the same team gives us some real cutting edge when it comes to carving out chances

The manager’s game-plan was executed very well and the few times we made errors (like Alexis giving the ball away in our half twice in a minute) Bayern did not capitalize. Did winning this game mean Bayern were too open in midfield or tactically maneuvered? I’m not too sure. Cech's world class performance on the day is what kept Bayern's very potent attack at bay. Now, compare this to the home game vs Barcelona where we set up in an identical way. We caught Barca on the break time and time again during the game but didn’t take our chances. The game plan was executed well enough by the players but the few times mistakes were made, we got punished. Again, does the fact that we created decent chances against Barcelona 

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more