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Perhaps Arsene is forced to manage the squad physically because of injuries to players he could rotate in and out of the squad. We've done without a key component in our game for weeks now. A wide player who can get close to Giroud, who can get beyond Giroud and score goals. Walcott, Podolski and Chamberlain are all different types but all players who can function in wide areas and get close to our main striker. So it is with great interest that I look ahead to a run of difficult fixtures we have on the horizon. I don't need to go into what teams we will be playing, I am sure you've already seen the teams. Here is the thing, I look at our squad and think wow, we can beat these teams. Nobody has a better midfield than Arsenal, especially creatively. Not many have a striker playing with the belief of Giroud, we do have a couple of guys heading our way

Tomorrow's match against Borussia Dortmund should give us a real treat of quality football, certainly our biggest test of the season so far. The Arsenal team of yesteryear may have struggled against Dortmund's impressive counter attacking game, that could still yet happen but this Arsenal team are far more savvy than a couple of season's back so it will be intriguing to see how both managers approach the game. Judging by Arsene Wenger's comments, it appears that Mathieu Flamini is fit to play tomorrow but won't be risked due to the nature of his injury. That will be a blow to Arsene as I am sure he would have wanted to set up his side just as he did against Napoli. Arteta and Flamini were partnered for the first time to deal with the counter attacking qualities of the Italians and boy did it work a treat. Arteta

Anyway, most of today's talk has been about the AGM but if I am truly honest with you, the only part of the AGM that I enjoy these days is listening to Arsene Wenger speak. Probably because it is the only part that is 100% about the football. The rest of it feels like the same old thing, Ivan Gazidis saying pretty much what we've already heard but just in a slightly different way. That is no slight on Ivan, who I personally feel gets far too much criticism for just doing his job but how many times can a man say basically that we pride ourselves on being run the right way and that due to our increased commercial deals we are heading in

Mesut Özil had to leave the pitch with half an hour to spare yesterday due to some sort of knee problem, it had Arsenal fans fretting whilst fans of other clubs on Twitter were celebrating, especially those lot from down the road. Luckily it appears as if the German playmaker supreme was taken off as a precaution. Mr Engine Aaron Ramsey powered through yet another 90 minutes for Wales, his engine didn't seem like slowing down anytime soon as he ran a full 60 yards to get on the end of Craig Bellamy's pass to score the equaliser. Giroud and Koscielny also came through their game for France unscathed. Wojciech Szczesny had a very good game for Poland against England and it is great to see his form continue. Hopefully this is growth and not just form because since the


Arsenal players who started their games. We had a few goal scorers last night, Nicklas Bendtner leading the way with a brace. That is now 24 goals in 56 games for his country. While Bendtner has clearly lost his way off the pitch in the last few seasons, I think the mocking of his ability is down to his perceived character rather than his actual playing ability. Interestingly though, I don't think I've ever read

Wilshere comments, first the smoking incident, a boring non story. Personally speaking, I believe that if a player wants to be the best he can then he shouldn't drink or smoke so I essentially agree with Arsene Wenger but I am not foolish enough to believe that players do not do it. It has been blown up because it is Jack Wilshere. These new comments about England players being English is just an attempt to jump on the controversy from the smoking debate. It is not necessarily about knocking the player down but a chance to create a storm which in turn gets people talking, commenting,

  • 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