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That midfield three has a little bit of everything, well apart from being able to deal with being pressed. That aside, we have a player in Ramsey who can get forward and cause mismatches in the final third, Xhaka can break lines with his passing and Coquelin can do his Police Officer role in protecting those around him. While the front three can have pretty much all the freedom they need to pull Bournemouth around

It is great that Laurent Koscielny is back in the squad, not only because of his importance individually but at present it seems as if Koscielny is the only natural centre back who Arsene has unequivocal faith in right now. I am very intrigued to see who else plays in that back three. If Mustafi comes out then it may give us some answers to the recent speculation linking him away from the club. If Mustafi keeps his place in the side, would you be surprised of Kolašinac was demoted to the bench in favour of either Bellerin or Oxlade-Chamberlain at left wing back? It's not something I would like to see but I can certainly see that happening

But what is the answer? We’ve not found an answer to it for a while now. I find it difficult to work out how much of that is an Arsenal issue or a build up from the back issue that all teams struggle with. Either way, we need to find some answers and not find ourselves struggling to pass the ball quickly due to not playing for 12 days or whatever it is and also continuing our run of slow starts. We get this wrong in the first 25 minutes and we can find ourselves 2-0 down

Imagine Robben running down the right cutting inside Monreal, poking it to Lewandowski who tries a first time shot which is saved by Ospina’s legs, Koscielny takes a swing at the ball to clear but it hits Muller and bounces around before Bellerin cleans up, playing it inside to Mustafi who plays it on to Xhaka, Xhaka passes in between Alonso and Vidal to Oxlade-Chamberlain who bursts past the outstretched leg of Thiago Alcântara. Sprinting up field, Ox plays it wide to Ozil who swings inside on his left and slides a ball into Welbeck who bursts into the box and cuts it back to Alexis who thumps it high past Neuer to make it 3-0

It’s not so much the personnel but the way we approach the game that will be key. Arsene has spoken about the need to be united and show we are a strong unit, words won’t make that happen, the players on the pitch will have to back up the manager and fight for the club on the pitch. A bad result would be another huge blow for the confidence of the team in such a critical period in the season. It looks like a straight out fight for the places under Chelsea and a bad run of form from any team will slam a massive dent into their chances

This is pretty much judgement day when it comes to any hopes of lifting the Premier League title. Lose the game today and the gap between Arsenal and Chelsea will be 12 points, that will be pretty much insurmountable. Beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the lead is cut down to 6 which would still be extremely difficult given some of the away fixtures we have left this season but you just never know. Victory against the side top of the league could inject this side with some unshakable confidence and you know what Arsene’s teams are like with a big fat dose of super belief. Yeah not the complacency stuff by the way, I mean the stuff that the invincibles had by the bucket load

I hope we fly out of the traps as we did at Southampton and given how much Arsenal are creatures of habit, I think that is ex`actly how we will approach the game tonight. At the start of the season we were quite front footed and it is only in recent weeks we have begun to start games slowly only to turn up the heat in the second half. I do wonder if some of that is by design to some extent. Arsene is big on the last twenty minutes of games and you can see that with his substitution methods. How many times has he said post matches that ‘we took over when they became tired’

  • 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