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1) So Arsenal have to settle for a point at the King Power Stadium. Do you see that as two points dropped or a good away point?

@arsbiswas – Definitely 2 crucial points dropped. It was imperative that we keep up with Chelsea while capitalizing on City’s loss earlier this week. Also considering the statistics of the game (24 attempts, 70% possession) it is disappointing that we had to settle for a single point.

@BeltransMole23 - Definitely 2 points dropped. Last week was a point game, but considering that we were playing Leicester, and were ahead (if so briefly) these are points dropped. Leicester are a hard working unit with a bit of quality, and they'll frustrate a few teams but I imagine the top 2 win there.

@GunnerPunner -
Two dropped. If you take yourself seriously as a football club you really should be beating promoted teams home and away. Having said that, the performance was far more worrying than the result itself.

2) Do you think we are having trouble creating enough chances at present? If so, why do you think this is?

@arsbiswas – I think it has more to do with our play in the final third. We’re not short on supply. It is our end product that is missing. We lack a poacher. That said, top quality strikers are a scarce commodity in today’s world and unless we can afford a Falcao or a Cavani, I see no reason to shell out money on a 2nd class striker just for the sake of adding to our numbers. Today’s result, however poor it might have been, was an aberration. Unfortunately fans tend to evaluate the club on a quarterly basis. Arsene thinks long term.

@beltransmole23 -
Yeah, our creative output hasn't been great. It's not been great for a few years, which was why we needed Özil, and we need runners. I still think we need more runners. I'm not sold that 4141 works so well unless we play on the counter, like against Besiktas.

@GunnerPunner - 24 attempt would suggest that's not the problem, but many of those were speculative and from long range. We've changed our system and the players don't really seem to know what their roles are. We also have a £42m playmaker playing out wide. Why? If he's not fit, don't play him. I thought we were building a team around Özil at 10. What's changed?

3) Which Arsenal player stood out for you positively and why?

@arsbiswas – Debuchy for me was the reason we managed to salvage a point and not suffer a humiliating defeat. He was solid in defence putting in a fair share of rugged tackles and also provided ample support down the right flank. Great performance overall; one that Sagna would be proud of.

@BeltransMole23 - Nacho Monreal has been the butt of some unfair criticism, but I think he's been excellent this season. Up against Mahrez today, he kept the Algerian quiet and was typically very good on the ball in the attacking third.

- Szczesny stopped it being even worse. I've been critical in the past but he was decisive and commanding today, and made some important interventions. Alexis impressed again. His touch is ridiculous and he works harder than anyone else. I don't know if he's been given a free role or felt the need to move to influence the game more, but we need players around him so he doesn't have to be the one to make things happen the whole time.

4) Which Arsenal player did you feel were below par? What brought you to that conclusion?

@arsbiswas – Flamini no doubt. Invisible throughout the game bar that dreadful attempt on goal from long range. Missed a number of tackles and made no real contribution defensively. Very poor overall. I’d like to add that this is a position that definitely needs bolstering.

@BeltransMole23 - Can I nominate the whole midfield? Ramsey, Özil and Cazorla have seen better days. Podolski did nothing to convince that we should make an effort to keep him at the club, offering less than anyone else in the attack. Did he touch the ball?

@GunnerPunner -
Flamini was poor and hot-headed. You'd expect a player as experience and as vocal as he is would know not to go flying in on the half-way line. Ramsey seems a bit lost in this system - he has a great engine but he's being asked to get up and down too much. I like Chambers a lot, but he also needs to learn not to fly into every challenge.

5) Do you think the new 4-1-4-1 system is playing a part in our performances to date?

@arsbiswas – To be honest, it doesn’t really look like a rigid 4-1-4-1 to me. The central midfield is fluid and versatile with plenty of rotation and switching within the players so it’s impossible to define a static formation for this team. I think the below-par performances are more down to the lack of a finisher and central midfielder. A lot of that could change however, in a little more than 24 hours.

@beltransmole23 - I'm not sure who the new system benefits. Maybe Jack Wilshere. We've moved Özil out to the left, where he's far less effective. Flamini is now the sole link player between defence and midfield, which is certainly not his forte. Ramsey has been less involved in build up, and can't run from deep, and we've isolated whoever has been upfront: Giroud in Istanbul, Alexis at Goodison. It brings the supporting midfielders further away from the front man but makes building through the midfield harder. Today we seemed to have 3 or 4 players on the edge of the 18 yard box trying the same chipped pass, with no runners aside from a willing Sanogo. Oh, and did I mention we've shunted our best player to the left?

@GunnerPunner - Yes. We've effectively taken out the 10 from behind our striker and moved him to DM. Flamini is playing deeper than anyone played last season & we don't have enough bodies in the final 3rd to either control the game or work on overloading the opposition defence. The only real width in this system is coming from the full-backs, who aren't getting forward enough because our midfield is leaving us so vulnerable on the break. Everyone looks out of position the whole time.

6) With the transfer window coming to a close, what would you do in the remaining few days if the power was in your hands?

@arsbiswas – I don’t usually resort to arm chair commentary so I won’t go so far as to suggest who exactly we should bring in. Twitter has more than its fair share of ITKs. However, in an ideal world I’d definitely bring in a world class finisher along with a CM. But identifying the gaps doesn’t fix the problem. One needs to make a realistic assessment of what we can afford and whether purchasing in haste will lead to a compromise in long term goals.

@beltransmole23 - If Cavani is available, I'd get him. A CB, obviously. I'd like an all around midfield player, too. Someone who could replace Arteta, with a similar skillset in terms of intelligence and passing, and someone who could make similar runs to Ramsey. So, Schneiderlin, which would be great. I'm less concerned about a striker right now--Theo is coming back, so unless it's Cavani, I don't think it's the best use of our resources--but I'm really concerned about our midfield. We've looked like we're still in pre-season.

@GunnerPunner - Centre-back, physical midfielder and a striker who can play with his back to goal.

7) Any other thoughts?

@arsbiswas – I’m stating the obvious when I say there is no dearth of talent in this squad. We’ve arguably got the strongest attacking midfield in England and easily top 5 in the world. Before we try and find the answer to our problems in the transfer market, we need to consider organic options as well. If Sanchez successfully adapts to the CF role sooner than expected and Flamini plays like he did in 07’ there is very little we would need to improve. The problem right now is that players aren’t showing up when they need to.

@beltransmole23 - Seriously, Arsène, put Özil at 10.

@GunnerPunner -
Very happy about the upcoming international break.

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  • 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