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ArsenalCannonFirst and foremost, I love my club, although what you will get from this blog is an unbiased opinion of Arsenal. I will provide weekly match reports, formations, and general Arsenal information.

Well, well, well, hands up who else hadn’t thought that Arsenal VS Leicester would be so pivotal towards the title race…. After Leicester’s huge ‘upset’ victory against Manchester City, the upcoming game is massive for both sides, but more on that later.

On Sunday Arsenal traveled to Bournemouth on the back of no wins in three games, in the premier league, whilst not scoring a goal to add to their woes, you could be forgiven, for being less than optimistic, that against a well organised Bournemouth side another potential upset could be on the cards. Arsenal lined up in the usual 4-2-3-1 formation:

Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal,  Flamini, Ramsey, Sanchez, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.

With Cech in goal and Gabriel in for the now dropped Metersacker, Flamini and Ramsey sat at the base of the midfield, Sanchez, Ozil, Chamberlain in front with Oliver Giroud trusted to lead the line, and indeed it was his cushioned header that led to Mesut Ozil (pictured below) scoring the opener, 88 seconds later Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first premier league away goal for Arsenal in 18 months, finishing off a swift counter attack with a cross shot that went in off the post, and that was about, that. Arsenal never really got out of second gear in the second half and did ‘just’ enough to win.

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Mesut Ozil celebrating his opener.

As the second half wore on, it became clear that Arsenal was happy with the 2-0 scoreline and looked to pick Bournemouth off on the counter, luckily Arsenal old boy Benik Afobe didn’t come back to haunt us by continuing his impressive start to his Bournemouth career, although at one point we had Cech to thank after pulling off a fabulous double save.

Whilst I, among others, have no problem with doing ‘just enough to win’ I feel that unless we raise our game substantially against Leicester, then we will lose. We are currently not in great form, too many players are quite simply not pulling their weight, Walcott, Ramsey, Flamini, Campbell, and even Giroud seriously need to raise their tempo and intensity against a vibrant and fearless Leicester. Our dip in form has reaffirmed to me, and many others just how important Santi Cazorla is to our play, he is a calm presence, a leader, who is willing to dig deep and can often find that killer pass. Ozil was and is our assist king, he was doing it all on his own, but he needs his comrade back, having said that next weekend we should have Coquelin back to full fitness and ready to partner Ramsey. Elneny will be back from paternity, which will give us much more control than Flamini does in the center of the pitch.

Mahrez and Vardy have been in stunning form all season.

Mahrez and Vardy have been in stunning form all season.

The key men for Leicester this Sunday are obviously Mahrez and Vardy, who have done amazing for Leicester this year, but we will need to be at our best to keep them quiet. The midfield combination of N’golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater will keep our midfield more than occupied, I’m sorry if I seem to be lavishing much praise on our rivals, but that’s testament to how well they have been this season, and how serious we need to take them. An easy game, it most certainly won’t be.

 

 

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Petr Cech, already an Arsenal legend

Where oh where would we be without this man this season, Petr Cech made some outstanding saves again against Bournemouth, and one super double save, so if Arsenal are indeed to win their first Premier league title since 2004, then we will owe that to this man.

In other news…

Some mixed news came out of the club this week, the sad news was that it seems Tomas Rosicky has potentially played his last game for the club. The 35 year old Czech international, pulled his groin after coming back from a serious knee injury which he sustained last season, and with his contract up at the end of this season, it seems unlikely he will have a renewal.

Danny Welbeck has started training with the first team again this week, oh how I’ve missed those ‘dat guy welbz’ tweets all over my timeline…

On a positive note, Arsenal has secured the signature of highly rated sports analyst Ben Wrigglesworth, from none other than Leicester City. Ben was directly responsible for the scouting of Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, so here’s hoping he can use his midas touch at Arsenal.

And Finally,

It seems Mohammad Elneny wasn’t the only incoming transfer this January, Nwankou Kanu (remember him) was instrumental in bringing two stars of the Nigerian U-17 world cup team to Arsenal. Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze (pictured below) will hopefully next season, either be loaned out to gain experience or slowly brought through to the first team. Arsenal are set to pursue the signing of Ben (I already like him) Chilwell (pictured below, right) from Leicester city, you can see the chants now Netflix and….

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The future looks bright

 

Ben Chilwell, the next Gary Neville?

Ben Chilwell, the next Gary Neville?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you all next week.

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