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He can replace an injured Arteta and keep the experience levels. He may not be technically as good as Mikel but I'd suspect that he is still more mobile than our vice captain. I quite like the idea of shoring up our midfield at times by removing a Santi or Wilshere for example and playing a midfield trio of Arteta, Flamini and Ramsey to hold onto a result. Or going away from home setting up our base for the counter attack. We also have the option of using Flamini at right back or at a push left back so he makes for determined, experienced and versatile cover. An older Coquelin

So a week to go before the window closes. It will be a final push from the club. Angel di Maria has been linked with us and I guess it is dependent on Gareth Bale joining Madrid. We would also need to persuade the player to join according to reports. He would be the Gervinho replacement and a certain upgrade on the Ivorian. I love his jinking, zigzag dribbling style. Kinda reminds me of a lanky but obviously not as good Messi. But what sets him apart from many quick, direct wide players is his ability to spot and find that final pass. Something Gervinho perhaps never ever did at Arsenal. di Maria can cut inside from the left spot Theo darting from the opposite direction and put him in on goal through a crowded penalty box. If we are going to see more of that counter attacking football we produced at Craven Cottage then di Maria would be an excellent addition but I/we've been here before.

we signed Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich right? Well he signed for Wolfsburg instead. I don't for one moment believe that if all was equal he would choose Wolfsburg over Arsenal so if I was to guess the reason for his decision then it would be based on assurances of playing time from the Germans. Arsene may have said that he would be competing with Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere for a place in the team while Wolfsburg said he would be an automatic starter. Given that he has spent the last season playing second fiddle, you can understand the decision. But that does not help us. In truth, I don't understand the thinking of throwing out Coquelin on loan without bringing

The boot was on the other foot when Aaron Ramsey lifted his head and made eye contact with Theo Walcott in what was possibly our first meaningful attack. It was surreal moment for me when watching it live, almost as if I had drifted into Aaron Ramsey's mind. I had spotted Walcott leaning towards the blind side of Clichy and as soon as I thought 'go on Aaron, slip it through' the Welshman threaded through a perfectly weighted pass cutting through a number of City players for Walcott to latch onto. Theo's improvement in recent season's is such that when he finds himself in these positions I now expect a goal and I am surprised when the ball does not hit the back of the net, like in our final Emirates cup game. Yup you know the one with that wonderful pass from guess who? Aaron

So should Suarez sign for us then I will see it as a loan of sorts. A chance for a good player to play at a higher level (I bet that stings Liverpool fans) and under a better manager. He would give us a chance to compete for silverware as well as allowing young talents like Yaya Sanogo to mature, then

Suarez is not going to be enough as stated above. Rosicky and Cazorla are some of the best midfield players in the middle of the pitch. They know when to beat their man, when to play it first time. Their first touches are to die for but neither at the edge of the penalty area are as good as the rest of their game, Santi to a lesser extent perhaps.

  • 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