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Dortmund Preview: Back to Germany, a Happy Hunting Ground

13/14: Dortmund v Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal’s last visit to Dortmund was fruitful

After a long wait, the UEFA Champions League is back on our screens and every Arsenal fan would focus on tonight’s match against Borussia Dortmund, a team the Gunners know so well after playing against them in two of the last three seasons. In the 2011/12 campaign, Dortmund were shockingly knocked out of a group that contained Arsenal, Olympique Marseille and Olympiakos but last season, the German outfit topped the group with Arsenal dropping to second place while SSC Napoli had to make do with a Europa League berth.

Arsenal crashed out yet again in the First Knockout Phase to Bayern Munich (again) while Dortmund eased past Zenit before losing to the eventual winners, Real Madrid, in the quarterfinals. Arsenal’s away record in the Champions League is enviable with five wins in their last outings on the road but this season, the Gunners are yet to hit the ground running in the Premier League. After winning a nervy curtain raiser against Crystal Palace, the Gunners have drawn their last three games while Dortmund has won four of their last five fixtures.

This will be Arsenal’s fourth visit to Dortmund, having lost, drawn and won on their three previous visits. The Gunners would have to be weary of the threat Henrikh Mkhitaryan would pose and they would be mindful of the Armenian that scored the opening goal in the 2-1 loss to Dortmund at the Emirates. The game clincher was scored by the dangerous Robert Lewandowski but the Pole has moved to FC Bayern. However, he has been replaced by Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos and both forwards have done quite well this season.

The Gunners travel to Germany with a lot of issues to contend with ranging from the meager defensive numbers as well as the niggling problems – such as the defending from set pieces-that continues to be a thorn in Arsenal’s flesh. Wojciech Szczesny was present with Arsene Wenger in his press conference and the goalie has stated that the club is working on set pieces,

“We do realize that set pieces have been a weakness for us recently. We’ve conceded [a couple] of goals already and it’s very early in the season.

“We did very well last season on set pieces and we’re a bit disappointed. We’ve been working on it in training so hopefully we’ll put that right on Tuesday.”

There is also the issue of the zonal marking that has been deliberated on as many fans believe that the club needs to change its approach, especially when defending corners. Per Mertesacker has shared his thoughts on the issue and I’m hoping that he and his teammates would let their actions on the pitch do the talking rather than off it.

To injuries, the home side will be without the services of Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Oliver Kirch, Nuri Sahinand Marco Reus, who are all still nursing injuries. There are also doubts over Mats Hummels fitness as he recently picked up a muscle strain but he’s odds on to face a late fitness test to ascertain his fate. The Gunners on the other hand, will be without Matt Debuchy and there are more problems at the back as Calum Chambers is suffering from tonsillitis while Nacho Monreal didn’t even travel with the squad due to a back problem.

With Chambers probably unlikely to start, the game could see Hector Bellerin make an introduction to the big stage and one can hope that he’d be able to cope with the rigors of the big time. However, the Gunners can take confidence in their outstanding record in Germany that has seen them win five and draw fire in their last 15 outings.

To team news, David Ospina would have to wait a little bit longer to make his Arsenal debut as I see Szczesny guarding the sticks. The Pole is yet to keep a clean sheet this season but he can take solace in the fact that his last visit to the Signal Iduna Park saw him go back home with a clean sheet in the bag. The defensive line literally picks itself with Kieran Gibbs on the left, the Mertesielny Axis of Awesome in the middle and Bellerin on the right – provided that Chambers isn’t deemed fit enough to start.

In midfield, it would be a relief seeing the captain, Mikel Arteta, return to the fray in place of Mathieu Flamini but many fans would be waiting to see if Mesut Ozil gets the nod ahead of Santi Cazorla despite his shambolic outing last weekend because it’s clearly obvious that Aaron Ramsey and the in-form Jack Wilshere will play through the middle. Alexis Sanchez would maraud the right flank while Danny Welbeck spearheads the attack.


Dortmund: W W L W W (4th in Bundesliga)

Arsenal: W W D D D (7th in Premier League)


Dortmund: Oliver Kirch (thigh), İlkay Gündoğan (back), Nuri Şahin (knee), Marco Reus (ankle), Jakub Błaszczykowski (muscle tear), Mats Hummels (muscle)

Arsenal:  Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), Nacho Monreal (back), Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), Serge Gnabry (thigh), Olivier Giroud (ankle)

Predicted Lineups

Borussia Dortmund 4-2-3-1 football formationArsenal 4-1-4-1 football formation

This would be a nervy encounter and both teams would show a lot of respect to each other. I expect a tight game and it would probably end as a 1-1 draw.

Here’s to Germany, a happy hunting ground.


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Debuchy’s Injury: How Will the Gunners Cope in his Absence?

Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal was carried off on stretcher after suffering what appeared to be a serious leg injury late in the second half

Debuchy will be out for a lengthy spell

There are a lot of positives to take from Arsenal’s draw against Manchester City. Danny Welbeck almost crowned his debut with an excellent goal but the post denied him his chance, the goals are flowing for Alexis Sanchez, an outstanding Jack Wilshere performance and the team showed great mental strength to come back from a deficit to lead the defending champions doing being undone by yet another set-piece.

Despite all these positives, there were some concerns about Mesut Ozil’s outing and I’d advise the fans to read this excellent article by CanonCrested on the German before they bring out their pitchforks and torches for his head. There was also the issue of the poor defending from zonal marking that led to Martin Demichelis’ equalizer but that’s a story for another day.

Arsenal’s new recruit, Matt Debuchy, has slotted into the team like he’d be there for years. His defending has been top notch and per WhoScored, he has made 15 tackles (3.8 per game), seven interceptions (1.8 per game), 28 clearances (seven per game) and he has committed five fouls (1.3 per game). He was having a stormer against Manchester City before he injured his ankle in a rather bizarre fashion. Watching the replays made the incident look even worse and the Emirates held its breath as the medical team raced onto the pitch to offer the little assistance they could before he was stretched off.

According to French newspaper, Le Parisien, Debuchy has strained his ankle ligaments and he’s set to be out of at least two months, which essentially means that he’d miss the club’s three opening Champions League matches as well as the crucial away clashes to Tottenham and Chelsea. With the media and fans alike already voicing their frustrations over the Gunners’ failure to sign an extra defender following the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to FC Barcelona, Debuchy’s absence will put the Gunners in a precarious situation but as the team has laid their bed, they have to lie on it… till January at least.

As it stands, Calum Chambers will be the man to deputize in Debuchy’s stead and for a young and inexperienced lad that hasn’t seen much football in his fledgling career, he has made a good account of himself in the games he has featured. Having began his Arsenal career with a run of fixtures as a center back, he’d be back to his favored right back position, where he alternated with Nathaniel Clyne last season.

2014/15 Besiktas 0-0 Arsenal - Chambers

Starting with a feisty clash against Dortmund tomorrow, Chambers would brace himself for the games that can aid his steep learning curve and the fans would be hoping that the older and more experienced defenders, like Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, will offer protection to the young lad, before he becomes a lightning rod for vitriol and abuse if things aren’t going his way.

With Chambers being promoted to the role of being the No. 1 right back with Debuchy out injured, it would also serve as an opening for a certain Hector Bellerin, that has been tipped for great things at the Emirates. He has only managed to make one appearance for the Gunners in a League Cup encounter, but he was sent to Watford on loan last season to gain some vital first-team experience. In his time with the Hornets, Bellerin notched up eight appearances and supplied an assist in the 3-3 draw with Leeds.

The young lad recently grabbed headlines for beating Theo Walcott’s sprint record, which made him the fastest player in the club’s history, but there’s more to Bellerin than just raw reserves of pace. He’s adept on both fullback positions (gave his assist against Leeds while playing as a left back), has a brilliant cross and he’s a very technically gifted footballer. In his Arsenal debut against West Brom last season, he played a cameo role as a holding midfielder and he put up an impressive outing.


If push comes to shove, the Gunners can utilize the versatility of Mathieu Flamini or Francis Coquelin but these are two players that won’t inspire confidence when they are on the pitch. All Flamini does is bark at his teammates like some Army general but this season he has failed to impress as a holding midfielder in Mikel Arteta’s absence. Watching him allow Sergio Aguero to get pass him like he wasn’t there for Manchester City’s opening goal wanted to make me remove some hair from my head.

And yeah, he has a penchant for picking up yellow cards with consummate ease and in just three Premier League games, he has been brandished twice. At this rate, he’d get his trademark suspension for picking up five bookings. I’m also in agreement with this article from Yoshiki Matsunaga of Rant Sports that Flamini isn’t good enough for an ambitious club like Arsenal.

Coquelin on the other hand, is still probably at the club because he’s home-grown and I don’t see him getting any appearances till his contract expires. My thoughts though.

Nonetheless, losing a quality player like Debuchy is a bitter pill to swallow but the Gunners have enough talent in their disposal to cope with the loss. I just hope that there would be no more injuries though – especially at the back where the Gunners are down to their bare minimums.


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Arsenal 2 Man City 2: Defensive Lapses Cost the Gunners Yet Again

The Argentinians header hits the back of the net to salvage a point for Manchester City after the Sky Blues blew a 1-0 advantage

Arsenal 2 (Wilshere 64′, Sanchez 74′) – Manchester City 2 (Aguero 28′, Demichelis 84′)

Emirates Stadium (Premier League)

Player Ratings (via Arseblog)Match HighlightsWenger’s Press Conference

With the international break over, there was a renewed optimism about the Gunners encounter against Manchester City. Arsenal’s new knight in shiny armor, Danny Welbeck, spearheaded the attack and Jack Wilshere played alongside Aaron Ramsey, which cost Santi Cazorla his place in the team.

Welbeck showed good movement from the start and he opened up to receive a Wilshere ball but it was intercepted by the Man City rearguard. After some neat passing play, Ramsey had all the time in the world to square the ball to Alexis Sanchez but he blasted a wayward shot over the bar. Sanchez latched unto another ball and fired a dipping shot straight at Joe Hart but it was easy pickings for the England No. 1. Wilshere dinked the ball into the danger area and with Sanchez unmarked but Hart raced off his line to punch the ball away. Kun Aguero took on the defense and tried to square the ball from the byline but it was smothered by Szczesny.

Welbeck was trying to impact the game and be hurriedly fired Ozil’s pass wide but a glorious chance appeared for the English forward as he bore down on goal, executed a chip Carlos Vela would have been proud of but the post spared Hart’s blushes.

Danny Welbeck's frustrations are reflected by the crowd as player and supporters alike put their head in their hands after the missed opportunity

Collective frustration for Welbeck and the fans

On the other end, Jesus Navas opened up space and drilled the ball into the heart of Arsenal’s defence but Per Mertesacker was on hand to play the ball over the bar. Aguero was growing in influence as he returned a neat one-two pass to James Milner but the swerving shot went over. However, Manchester City grabbed the lead when Aguero latched unto Navas’ inviting ball to place it past Szczesny.

David Silva almost doubled Man City’s money but Szczesny made a superb save to keep the away team at bay. At the start of the second half, the Citizens summoned a former Arsenal son, Samir Nasri, into the pitch and as expected, the boo boys gained their voice and made their feelings felt.

Another former Gunner, Gael Clichy, crept into the attack in swift fashion and chipped the ball over the goalie but his efforts went wide. Since chipping turned out to be the order of the day, Arsenal obliged Man City to score a goal in such a sweet fashion. Wilshere took Ramsey’s pass on his stride, left Clichy for dead and neatly chipped the ball over Hart that had no chance in saving it.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere beat Joe Hart from an acute angle to finish off a fantastic team move in the second half

Sit yo’ ass down Joe boy!

That goal brought life into Arsenal and an onslaught followed. Matt Debuchy fired an Özil ‎pass to the side netting then Arsenal made their momentum count when Sanchez sidefooted Wilshere’s header to the top corner to put the Gunners ahead.

Alexis Sanchez shoots on the volley to beat Manchester City keeper Joe Hart and give Arsenal the lead at the Emirates Stadium

What a finish!

Wilshere’s influence continued to grow as he nutmeged his marker before exchanging passes with Welbeck and Özil. The final ball was lobbed by Wilshere to Ramsey but the Welsh Jesus missed the kind of chance he’s known to bury.

There was a concern was Debuchy suffered a nasty injury and he was replaced by Calum Chambers. Late on, Arsenal conceded a goal from a corner as Martin Demichelis headed the ball in. Mathieu Flamini was poised to head the ball off the line as it came to his direction but Szczesny deflected the ball into the net with his palm.

Welbeck attempted a Thierry Henry-esque shot but the ball curved away. That turned out to be his last contribution as he was replaced by the Ox. Right at the death, Arsenal almost lost the game as Aleksandr Kolarov and Edin Dzeko had chances that hit the post. Even Nasri found the net when Szczesny parried Dzeko’s shot but he was offside.

The ref’s whistle ended a pulsating encounter but as it has been all season long, the Gunners have conceded from yet another set piece. This is a growing trend that has become disturbing and one must wonder if these guys learn from their mistakes. To add salt to the Gunners wounds, Debuchy’s injury puts the defense in a very precarious situation as his replacement, Chambers, is also meant to be a replacement for the center backs as well. The Gunners are walking on a very tight rope in defense but nothing can be done about it, till January at least.

A tough trip to Signal Iduna Park follows.


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A Gooner’s Perspective VI – Reviewing Arsenal’s Transfer Activity

Danny Welbeck

Welcome to Arsenal episode of the fan-inspired series, A Gooner’s Perspective. This episode is firmly focused on the activities of the summer transfer window as some Nigerian Arsenal bloggers took some time out to share their thoughts on the issue. Every Arsenal fan is always entitled to his/her opinion and these views are more than likely to be supported by one and opposed by another. A Gooner’s Perspective is a series of posts dedicated to airing the views of selected Gooners on certain issues with the club.


Mister Spruce: A goonerette that’s also a lawyer, Arsenal blogger and men’s stylist. She owns a beautiful website with top notch content.

Soccergunz: A hardworking engineer that takes some time out to blog about Arsenal despite the fact that he spends more time offshore than the amount of times Yaya Sanogo has scored for the Gunners

EPL Naija: A collaborative site managed by some passionate individuals. They keep coming up with innovative strategies with alarming consistency. Here’s one of them.

Gooner Memoirs: Talented Arsenal writers that take some time out to blog about the club. One of the writers, Punkenstein, also has his own personal blog. He writes really well.


Enigma106: It’s going be an Arsenal bloggers forum today. Sweet!

SG: You don’t mean it!

Enigma106: Look bush Oga -___-

MS: lol. Hi guys. Sprucy here

EPL 9ja: Welcome madam. This is Rahman of EPL Naija

*Seymour, Escobar and Punkenstein speak at the same time*: We are Legion… err, Gooner Memoirs legion tho.

Enigma106: What’s your take on the season so far?

SG: The season is a few games old and it all has Ramsey on it. We are yet to click and seem to have players playing in positions that they don’t seem comfortable with. At this rate, Arsenal cannot beat Manchester City or Chelsea. We have been awful in front of goal and have really not created a lot of chances. We will need to maximize our counter attacks. We just can’t continue like this.

MS: Soccergunz, easy with the negativity. To me, it’s letter than the last 8. I’m almost satisfied.

EPL 9ja: It’s just like the normal Arsenal I grew up loving; nothing exciting yet as per the games we ve played

GM: Bittersweet. We’re undefeated, made the Champions League group stages but there’s a sense of anti-climax as a result of the transfer window activity. One or two more quality signings in necessary positions would have seen us have the best window since the first one that opened on Noah’s ark.

It’s felt too much like we were still in preseason so in a way, season starts after the interlull really. And the football by us has been like lukewarm fanta in Apapa traffic during fuel scarcity.

MS: Lmao!

Enigma106: How did you react to the signing of Alexis Sanchez?

SG: i was quite excited to see a striker that could make something out of nothing. In as much as i expected an out and out striker, i felt it was a replacement to the Suarez we never bought. Great buy, hope he justifies the immense expectations.

MS: I was wowed!

EPL 9ja: Well when we signed Alexis, I was wowed just like when we signed Ozil.

Enigma106: Because Madam Sprucy was wowed, you too were wowed abi. Issokay. #TeamWowed noni

I got them like, ‘Wow’

GM: Same way I did with Ozil, now spread that feeling over a couple of days. I was pumped, because I knew we signed a world beater. His WC outing made it even sweeter. And he’s repaid his transfer fee with one goal. One thing Alexis – they’re football shorts, not panties.

SG: Don’t mind Alexis. Lol.

Enigma106: With Matt Debuchy replacing Bacary Sagna, would you have preferred Carl Jenkinson to serve as his deputy?

SG: Jenkinson needs a number of games to gain experience. I believe he was sent out on loan for his own good. His passion and love for the club is awesome but love and passion is not enough.

MS: Errr… Yes / But still with a Calum Chambers buy.

EPL 9ja: Yea..since Carl is still an Arsenal player, a loan spell with be beneficial to his development as a player.

GM: Yes, I would have. But that purely based on emotions. He hasn’t improved much since he arrived. A little disappointed to see him leave on loan but c’est la vie. No. Harsh maybe but I don’t rate Jenkinson strictly because your mind is never at ease when you see him in the lineup which is rather ironic as he’s yet to have a bad game. He actually plays well in big games but a tall FB doesn’t sit with me.

His passion for the club is most admirable but he’s at a stage now where a run of matches is what is needed for him to develop as a player.

SG: *Looks around for @DondeonBeke*, the Jenkinson Lover.

Enigma106: Can we survive the entire campaign with just three center backs?

SG: This is a 50-50 chance. Will Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny be able to carry the gunners all through the season? They are aging. I seriously don’t like the idea of Monreal at the back. We are just an injury, a flu or a suspension away from chaos at the back. The exit of Vermaelen and even Miquel made us thinner. Wenger may have to look inside to get that temporary replacement when the time comes.

MS: Mba. Only by a miracle. Don’t think the youth are ready.

EPL 9ja: T.B. Joshua kinda miracle bah? Emmanuel!

GM: We did last season, but it was safe knowing our backup was an experienced head not a 19-year-old who spent last season playing right back. Chambers will have to learn on the job, and he’s looked an eager apprentice so far. Hopefully he doesn’t get caught out too often. It’s sad that we go into every season missing the most important additions. Have to hold vigils every weekend to pray for them to stay injury free and not burn out quickly. We can get by until January anyway but the season? That’s pushing it.

Let’s hope these folks don’t get injured

Enigma106: Does David Ospina have what it takes to displace Wojciech Szczesny from the first team?

SG: Szczesny will be our number for a long time. Ospina will only push him to perform better. Ospina will have to make do with FA Cup and Capital One Cup and a couple of UEFA Champions League games. Moreso, everyone wants a homegrown player.

MS: Sometimes.

GM: Yes, absolutely. I was surprised we went for a goalkeeper that young but it’s a sign AW intends to put pressure on Szczesny. He had a decent outing in Brazil and I expect him to be ready if the Pole’s performance drops. Szczesny’s recent comments make the ‘battle’ even tastier. May the best hands win. NH. Yet I still think Szczesny will step up because of Ospina’s presence and remain first-choice. Club benefits either way.

Enigma106: When you saw that the Gunners replaced Olivier Giroud with Danny Welbeck, what were your honest thoughts?

SG: 1st, i was disappointed because Welbeck was from Manchester United and wasn’t the top striker we had salivated for. I have always wanted strikers that need half a chance to grab two goals. A striker that instills the fear of God in defenders. Welbeck was not that striker i painted.

But after a longer thought, Welbeck is faster than Giroud and Sanogo. He is more clinical than the latter and his Premier League experience will be of great help. I can only hope that Wenger brings out the best in him. Half is better than none.

MS: I’d have preferred a Jackson Martinez or a Remy. But Welbeck’s not rubbish either. We just didn’t see that coming.

EPL 9ja: On Welbeck, I was not really surprised when I heard the signing. Not what I wanted but I think welbeck will do Well


GM: Few minutes in after the news broke – “Danny who? What? Same Welbeck who can’t hit a barn door?!” Later that night – “Why didn’t we get Falcao?? Or Cavani? Or Messi?! What’s AW doing in Rome bringing peace to the world?!”  The morning after – “Maybe Welbeck isn’t so bad afterall. I mean he combines the best qualities of Giroud and Sanogo. Raw pace with average finishing. Will thrive on through passes from our midfield.” After his brace against Switzerland – THAT GUY WELBZ! WELBINHO! We have finally replaced Bendtner! Whooop!

MS: Welbinho? loooool

Enigma106: Rate Arsenal’s activity in the Transfer Window.

SG: 65% overall. 100% before the season began. 50% just before the deadline. Ospina, Chambers, Debuchy, Sanchez and Welbeck is good business. But we all wanted a little more.

EPL 9ja: Arsenal rating in the transfer to me is a little above average taking our past dealing into cognicance

GM: Began really well, like Usain Bolt at the IAAF 100m men’s finals. Then 90m into the race (August), we began to slow down. At the finish line (deadline day), we managed to add a young striker. But without a CB and a DM, we failed to complete what would have been an awesome summer.

6.5/10. Which is a huge jump from the usual under 5/10. A DM and an extra CB would have made it a solid 9/10.

Thanks for your contributions guys.

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Tomas Rosicky Unhappy About Lack of First-Team Action

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky fires the winner past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in their English Premier League game, 16 March. Reuters

Tomas Rosicky has been at Arsenal longer than I can remember. Arsenal was smart enough to sign him just before the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the Gunners licked their lips as they watched Little Mozart decimate defenses in the soccer fiesta with his sleek style of play, wonderful passing range and one hell of a thunderbolt from his right foot.

It didn’t take him long to announce himself to the Emirates faithful with a surface to goal missile against Hamburg SV. Rosicky rose to prominence in the 2007/08 season when he was part of that midfield quartet that almost won the Premier League. A nasty knee injury robbed Arsenal off his services for the best part of 18 months and on his return to full fitness, he suffered a couple of niggling injuries here and there.

With his advancing years, Rosicky had a renaissance in the tail ends of the 2011/12 season where he replaced an Aaron Ramsey struggling for form, fitness and confidence. Rosicky played a similar role in the 2012/13 season and he has endeared himself to the fans in more ways than one.

I and many other Arsenal fans out there were happy when Rosicky signed a contract extension and it was heartwarming to know that he’d will continue to grace the Emirates for a couple of more years. Some may say he’s 33, I know he’s ageless. In nine years at Arsenal, Tomas Rosicky has amassed 221 games and he has spent a large chunk of his Arsenal career on the sidelines with niggling injuries ranging from his groin to his knees and ankles.

He scored his three goals last season (a brace against West Brom and a screamer at White Hart Lane) and he featured consistently for the Gunners, predominantly in the attacking midfield position. The rise to glory of the Welsh Jesus, Aaron Ramsey, the irreplaceable Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere has limited the Czech’s chances of playing week in week out but from time to time, injuries and suspensions pave the way for Little Mozart to get run-outs.

As an elder statesman in the team, Rosicky’s influence has been a major positive off the pitch but on it, he hasn’t been afforded a chance to make his mark this season. Shortly before Czech Republic’s win over Holland, Rosicky took some time out to talk to the Press and he shared his current predicament at the club,

I am sorry that I did not get a chance, it’s a shame. While the team isn’t playing very well, I thought that I could help but if you’re not on the pitch there’s nothing you can do.”

They pressed him on whether or not he’d spoken to Arsene Wenger about it, and he replied, “I don’t want to talk about it. We had a little conversation! He does not want me leaving Arsenal, butof course for me it’s not easy.

“It is is too soon [to talk about a transfer]. We played five games, the season is still getting going.The Champions League starts, the schedule will be great“We’ll see how it looks in the coming weeks, months. I am disappointed that I did not get a chance, but that’s the only thing I can be.

I have to be poised for the moment, and to take my chance when it comes. That’s the only thing I can do.”

A simple case study would be Arsenal’s last Premier League encounter against Leicester City. The Gunners were playing in circles and a lot of the playing personnel struggled on the pitch. Laurent Koscielny suffered a gashed head and had to be replaced by Calum Chambers. Mesut Ozil had a torrid outing on the left hand side and Santi Cazorla was off the pace. Even the mecurial Aaron Ramsey didn’t turn up.

Ozil suffered an injury against Leicester. He also had a very poor game

This was the sort of game that needed a Tomas Rosicky but the manager opted to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the ineffectual Cazorla and Lukas Podolski for the putrid Yaya Sanogo. Ox came on, had a couple of attempted dribble on the byline but he struggled as he suffered a knock. Podolski, on the other hand,waste of a space and he didn’t have any influence on the game whatsoever. Rosicky’s determination, drive, energy, work rate, sleek movement, technique and delightful passing might have come in handy for the Gunners.

He’s reaching the twilight of his career but Rosicky is a player that would give you 110% when he’s on the pitch.

With the Gunners challenging for multiple trophies this season, there’s a lot of football to be played and I’m sure that he’d get his chance. Rosicky is one player I admire and I hope that his first-team chances would come sooner than they later.


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