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10 Sep 2014
Written by Mean Lean Wednesday, 10 September 2014 21:17

The idea of using Alexis Sanchez in that position was an exciting prospect this summer, a good chance to inject some much needed pace into the team but also having the feet to create his own chances. The team had missed those qualities with Giroud leading the line but when you flipped it around it wasn't difficult to see what the team would miss with that switch. The first half at Goodison park was pretty much all the proof needed. It is the reason why the likes of Walcott and Podolski have not proved to be consistent performers in that centre forward position so far in their Arsenal careers. Playing at centre forward for this Arsenal team is

01 Sep 2014
Written by Mean Lean Monday, 01 September 2014 23:10

The striking thing about this deal is that it effectively kills Yaya Sanogo as Arsène Wenger would say. Sanogo is two years younger than Welbeck but Arsène Wenger isn't going to pay £16m to put the player behind Sanogo. Arsène has been very vocal in his praise for Sanogo, he said we would see what a player Sanogo would be but those comments changed during Arsène's last press conference, telling everyone that the lack of goals were playing on his strikers mind. It looks as if Yaya will be pulled away from the firing line and will have to work hard to get back into the fold especially with Theo on his way back.

21 Aug 2014
Written by Mean Lean Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:42

While Joel does not yet have the experience of the German I get the feeling that Campbell has more tools to work with and could offer the team more in terms of mobility, pace and creativity. But League cup games aside it's hard to see Campbell getting a chance when we have more established players in his position. Perhaps there is an area of his game that Arsène wants him to work on before he is unleashed, who knows.
Arsène also said that he was not against signing a defensive midfielder before the close of the window which is probably another way of saying he wants to buy one but in a manner that doesn't come across as

14 Aug 2014
Written by Mean Lean Thursday, 14 August 2014 21:01

This summer it looks as if Arsène's dealings in the transfer window has been planned with our approach very much in mind. Alexis Sanchez is naturally a speedy work horse. A player that does not allow the opposition to settle. A little like a faster Tevez in that aspect and I just loved the balance that both Ramsey and Wilshere gave us just ahead of Arteta. It gives the team a lovely balance, especially when it comes to winning the ball back. In many ways I'd really love to see that develop over a longer period but when you have Mesut Özil available for selection you simply have to squeeze him in and that will be at the expense of someone else in midfield and I just don't see Özil used as a box to box midfielder, that simply isn't his game

09 Aug 2014
Written by Mean Lean Saturday, 09 August 2014 11:51

We have been drawn against Turkish side Besiktas for the CL qualifiers. There were easier games, more comfortable trips but really and truly we should be too good for all the teams over two legs. I'm just glad we didn't draw against Athletic Bilbao which would have been very tough. In truth I am not too fussed this year for once. Usually I am fretting because we desperately needed the CL revenue but that is not the case anymore thanks to Puma and Emirates. Don't get me wrong I always want Arsenal in the Champions League but if we fail to get in then I shall see it as a great chance to focus our energies on the title.

06 Aug 2014
Written by Mean Lean Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:13

I think you'd be hard pushed to find an Arsenal fan who would rather he moved to Manchester United, well unless you really do not rate him. Arsene has said on more than one occasion that he will replace Vermaelen should (when) he leaves the club. I'm interested to know what type and age/experience player we do bring in. Calum Chambers looks to have impressed Arsene so far so I wonder if the manager would buy a more senior figure, a little like Debuchy to keep the door open for Calum to break through in the future. Unless he would rather move him to a different area of the pitch but I guess we will see as time goes on. We may have to wait until closer to the end of the window for our last two faces.