Arsenal Find Balance Amidst Changes

Arsenal Find Balance Amidst Changes

The FA Cup, the trophy that has given the gunners so much happiness in recent years, is more of an afterthought this season, given the shot they have in winning the league. In fact, Wenger's side is well aware of the amount of games a cup run would entail, already dealing with a beleaguered, fatigued and injured squad. Sunderland too are more focused on the Premier League, prioritising avoiding relegation to the romanticism of the world's oldest trophy. For these sides, …
Newcastle vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Newcastle vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Arsenal travel to Tyneside this weekend to face Newcastle eager to extend their winning run against the Magpies to seven in a row. Although The Gunners were knocked out by Monaco in the Champions League in midweek, they have been in superb form in the league and will want to continue their push for a Champions League place for next season whilst the Magpies are still adjusting to life under John Carver and have been very inconsistent of late. Newcastle …
Arsenal vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Arsenal vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

West Ham face a trip to the Emirates on Saturday to face Arsenal. The Hammers have been on a terrible run of form for some time now and will be hoping they can catch Arsenal off guard while their mind is on the big task of their away trip to Monaco next week. Arsenal will be riding high off the back of their victory at Old Trafford last Monday. It was the Gunners first victory at the Theatre of Dreams …
Arsenal v Manchester United 13-14 | What did the fans think?

Arsenal v Manchester United 13-14 | What did the fans think?

The weekend’s big game sees Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United travel to the Emirates to take on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Last season, fans endured rather than enjoyed this game, a grim goalless stalemate played out in mid-February after a lacklustre performance from both sides. Arsenal missed their chance to return to the top of the Premier League following a 5-1 mauling at Liverpool, while then United manager David Moyes was desperate to bounce back from the 2-2 draw at home …
Why Arsenal Needed to Buy a Defensive Midfielder

Why Arsenal Needed to Buy a Defensive Midfielder

Going into the 2014 summer transfer window, it seemed like the Arsenal squad had two glaring holes.  The two glaring holes were at striker and defensive midfielder. Arsene Wenger addressed his need for a striker with the signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.  The club did not address the weakness at defensive midfield over the course of the window. Defensive midfield has been a problem for Arsenal for a few windows now.  Numbers-wise, Arsenal are fine with Mathieu Flamini, …
Top Ten Defensive Mids in 13/14 | Jedinak, Arteta, Tiote, Lucas et al

Top Ten Defensive Mids in 13/14 | Jedinak, Arteta, Tiote, Lucas et al

The role of the central defensive midfielder is one of the most important for any team and it is also one which largely goes unnoticed during a game. They sit in the middle of the pitch, breaking up play at regular intervals and control the tempo of the game by dropping in deep to receive balls from their centre-backs, before going on to orchestrate play from well within their own half. A defensive midfielder has to be tactically astute besides …
Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0 | Tactical Analysis

The home side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 system. Olivier Giroud lead an attack supported by Cazorla, Ozil and Podolski in attacking midfield. Deeper sat Arteta and a returning Aaron Ramsey whilst Szczesny’s goal was protected by Monreal, Sagna, Koscielny and Mertesacker. Newcastle lined up in a 4-5-1 seemingly in an attempt to stifle Arsenal’s midfield that thrives in advanced central spaces. A back line of Dummett, Debuchy, Coloccini and Williamson protected Tim Krul behind a 5 man midfield …
Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Chelsea capitalised on an inexplicably poor Arsenal strategy, with apparently the completely wrong personnel, formation, and instructions. Similarly to Anfield last month, Arsenal found themselves 3-0 down in under 20 minutes, crucified by high pressing Chelsea, who robbed them on the half-way line and broke quickly on several occasions. Starting with Chelsea's set up, things were very straight forward for them, despite the lack of Ramires (with him in the middle I think the damage could have doubled). Mourinho sensibly …
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