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Written by Mean Lean Saturday, 20 September 2014 18:18

The fact you and I are both unsure is a good thing - I don't remember us ever having a midfield as flexible as the one we have right now - the party line will be that Ozil was better in the centre, but the heat maps showed him spending a lot of time on the left anyway. With the Ox and Cazorla both happy going wide or coming inside, I saw us coming at Villa like a swarm of flies, and they didn't know which way to swat. I bet you could capture plenty of freeze frames where it looked like either formation

   
Written by Mean Lean Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:15

Not much in the way of tinkering today from Arsene Wenger. Jack Wilshere who took a kick to his ankle in midweek is on the bench alongside Abou Diaby as Santi Cazorla comes in to replace him. Santi played in the middle with Özil wide in our CL qualifer so I expect that to be the case today. We have zero defenders on the bench so we have to hope that we avoid any defensive injuries today.

   
Written by Ben Cole Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:04

Mesut Ozil for me is the best number 10 in the world, his eye for a defence cutting pass is 2nd to none and I'm at a loss to why he is on the left/right. Now I know that our wide players have freedom to drift into the centre to overload that area but it means that he gets on the ball later in the play and by then the defence is deeper and the run by our striker has finished. It also means he is on the ball less and therefore has less of an effect on the game. Another strength of his, is the ability to

   
Written by Tweeters Wednesday, 17 September 2014 07:40

Dortmund wanted it more and Arsenal were nowhere near sharp or pragmatic enough to get anywhere near them, by the end Arsenal were mentally shot and even the basics were a struggle. Tactically Arsenal were setup to fail, overwhelmed in the middle of the park and devastated on the counter making the final score look flattering. For such an offensive setup, Arsenal sure didn’t look like creating anything with Wilshere, Ramsey, Özil and to an extent Alexis all competing to be the primary central figure, too many cooks and all that. Welbeck missed three decent chances but it seems immaterial given such an inept performance

   
Written by Mean Lean Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:35

19 year old Hector Bellerin starts in place of the injured and suspended Mathieu Debuchy. We are back to full strength at the back with Gibbs returning. Mikel Arteta comes into the side in place of Mathieu Flamini and Danny Welbeck continues in attack.

   
Written by Tweeters Saturday, 13 September 2014 14:59

Wilshere and Sanchez definitely. They drove us forward quite quickly and were fearless to take players on and take them out of the game. Both were tackles incessantly during the game and the City players couldn't keep them in check. Both did their fair share of defending and Alexis especially worked his socks off the entire game. Both goals we scored today were absolutely fantastic, Wilshere's one was special maybe a career-changing moment. Bodes well for the side if we can keep both of them fit throughout the campaign

   
Written by Mean Lean Saturday, 13 September 2014 10:44

Rambo has recovered from ankle knack and comes back into the team. Even a Rambo below his best is still vitally important due to his goalscoring threat and also his defensive contribution. City know they will have to watch his late runs and that is a good thing.