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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

The only players to play in both games for the full 90 minutes were Per Mertesacker and Aaron Ramsey but Arsène has somewhat of a problem. Both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will miss tonight's game with injury and I think in an ideal world, Arsène would want to give Francis Coquelin a few extra days off and not risk his knee so even though Ramsey played in both games, I wouldn't be surprised if we continued with Ramsey in the middle alongside Santi. That would open a door for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to start down our right against the same opposition in which he scored his first Champions League goal.

It's amazing what a volley at the lane can do for you. Mathieu Flamini has jumped up the pecking order and keeps his place in the team ahead of Mikel Arteta as Francis Coquelin is still short following a knee injury. Gabriel's one game suspension has given Per Mertesacker the chance to win his shirt back after sickness so he will partner Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the defence. The rest of the team that were cheated at Stamford Bridge come back into the side which means Theo Walcott reclaims his position leading the line.

Arsène Wenger said that Francis Coquelin will not be available for today so it will be interesting to see what Arsène does in that area. Mikel Arteta would have been next in line before Wednesday but Mathieu Flamini's match winning performance may have changed the managers mind. The decision may not just be about the mindset of the players but Leicester have quick players who may well be used on the break against us, for all of Arteta's quality, his ability to get across the pitch wasn't his strength a few years back, let alone now so Mathieu Flamini may be the better option in that regard at least

  • 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