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If anything, if Gibbs is to come into the side then I would go for Giroud as the player to make way. He played 90 minutes against Everton, 90 again against Sheffield Wednesday and then a further 84 minutes at Swansea. Without Theo Walcott around, Arsène will want him ready for Tottenham on the weekend so can he afford to play him from the start tonight? It is far from ideal but either Alexis or Campbell could play in Giroud's place if need be and that will a) throw Bayern a little, especially after Pep's pre match comments on our game plan. I wouldn't be surprised if his centre backs would have been practicing getting a man in front and behind Giroud from our goal kicks during the last few days and b) would give us a fast


Nine months later and my view of the player hasn't changed one bit. He looks to me like a typical Arsenal player in the way he always wants to come to the ball rather than run away from it, he likes to drift inside and he can spot a pass but whenever I have seen him play, he finds it difficult to knit everything together and makes the wrong decisions. Now a run of games has often been the cure for many but that doesn't mean it is a guarantee for Joel Campbell. As the manager said pre match, this is an opportunity that he will need to grab in the next three weeks. He needed a Coquelin situation to arise just like last season, all the players who are ahead of him in the pecking order are just not available to play

The games have come thick and fast in recent weeks, not only that but we have also played against Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Everton. Three teams who are good at keeping the ball so we have had plenty of chasing around to do, so the Capital One Cup is a good chance to give those desperate for a game, a chance to gain some vital match sharpness but perhaps more importantly rest some weary limbs. And I imagine we have a few of those.

But just like it was ridiculously premature to write Arsenal off from having a successful season after only a couple of hours into the new campaign, it would be equally insane to get complacent after a good run of form as we are barely approaching the quarter mark in a long marathon. There will be plenty of tests ahead of us that we will need to overcome before we know our fate. One of those tests will be to shake off a physically grueling match in midweek to go again only a few days later, against a side who will be fresh and desperate for Premier League points

In an ideal world we would take six points off Bayern Munich over these next two games, confidence would be flowing and we would go on a crazy winning run both domestically and abroad, no injuries and the quadruple in our sights but the reality is that we will not be able to play that many games at full pelt especially as we have three important squad players in Welbeck, Wilshere and Rosicky not being able to contribute to the first part of this season.

So today Arsenal are taking a short trip past my house to Vicarage Road to play newly (is it newly in October?) promoted Watford who have started the season pretty well, especially defensively. They have only conceded 7 goals so far which is the same as the mighty Arsenal, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and some other club. In fact Watford have conceded 10 goals less than Chelsea. So last seasons Champions who are an utter mess this season have allowed more than double of newly (or

The mood amongst the Arsenal fans after our 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Greeks in midweek was very low, frustrations boiling over online (shock horror) and the managers future being questioned by sections of the fan base. Yet victory this afternoon against Manchester United at the Emirates would put Arsenal only two points off the top of the table, that without Arsenal having found any consistency and it's fair to say, not anywhere near our best form. That is not exactly a bad position to be in at this moment in time, but you know that anything less than a victory today will more than likely see Arsenal fans venting at the final whistle and obviously that helps absolutely nobody at Arsenal football club. Especially the players who we are kinda hoping find some consistency and

  • 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