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  1. locomotif

    it was seen sometimes wenger reverted to 4231 during games when opponent played defensive and still 0-0 deadlocked. its a flexible system but worrying for becoming overused style opponents could figure out soon?

  2. Josif


    My guess is that Arsene will stick with the same approach that did well for us during run-in.

    He did it after our run-in in 2012-13. If you recall, we were trailing Spuds (7 points behind) with ten games to go. He shuffled the cards, benched Szczesny, Vermaelen and Wilshere, introduced Fabianski and two important partnerships in the middle of defence (Koscielny-Mertesacker) and in the midfield (Ramsey-Arteta). This team went unchanged for most of 2013-14 with addition of Ozil and we won FA Cup and spent 128 days as the league leaders. If we hadn’t had so many injuries, we would have won the league.

    Same happened during 2014-15 when Coquelin-Cazorla partnership became the axis of almost unbeatable Arsenal in the second half of the season. Again, Szczesny was dropped for Ospina after Woj had an awful at St Mary’s. Again, injuries of Coquelin and Cazorla in November 2015 were the reason why we didn’t win the league.

    Now, I fully expect from Arsene to stick with the current line-up with a few questions left over our central defence, RWB position and a striker. I think Cech is still our best goalkeeper so I don’t think Szczesny’s return will drop Cech to the bench. We have Holding, Per and Nacho who won FA Cup v Chelsea with Mustafi, Koscielny and Chambers as other options. Gabriel is injured so I don’t think he’ll be ready for August. Which back three will Arsene use? My guess: Holding, Koscielny, Mustafi but we also must take into account that Holding and Chambers are with England U23 while Mustafi is a vice-captain of the German team at Confederation Cup which means they might get some extra-rest by Arsene.

    On the RWB positions we have Hector (with Spain U23) and Ox (I guess he’ll stay). Hec did well v Chelsea but Ox has better crossing, shooting and dribbling technique. I’d go with Bellerin.

    In the attack… Now, I must admit Lacazette’s possible arrival doesn’t make me extremely happy. He scored 10 penalties last season in the league and he will never get that with Arsenal. Giroud is ahead of him in NT so Lacazette is no upgrade on him. Aside from an opportunity to scream “BOOM XHAKA LACA” every time Xhaka assists for Lacazette’s goal, I don’t feel excited about it.

    So, the team for Chelsea:


    Holding Koscielny Monreal

    Bellerin Xhaka Ramsey Kolasinac

    Ozil Alexis


  3. Josif

    As for the question about the league winners:

    either Man City or Man United.

    It depends on what will they do with their holes in the defence (Man City), attack (Man United) and midfield (both). City need two first-team full-backs (Alves and someone) as they have released 3 of their 4 FBs (Sagna, Clichy, Zabaleta) and a defensive midfielder. United need a central midfielder and a striker as they have released Ibrahimovic and their conversion rate was beyond awful last season.

    I said last August that Chelsea would win the league and now I don’t think they will retain it. Champions League football will be a huge burden as well as Hazard’s injury. Two HG-players have already left (Terry, Begovic) as well as two young talents (Solanke, Traore) which narrows their list of possible purchases. Lukaku can replace Diego Costa though as the Belgian is a HG-player but the problem is, Costa wants to return to Atletico but Atletico can’t register him until January 2018 and with WC 2018 around the corner, no player would want to sacrifice 5 months of football. If Fabregas also leaves, that would mean another HG-player is gone.

    Tottenham will struggle with Wembley as their record on Wembley in 2016-17 suggests (W1D1L3). Also, Walker wants to leave and Alderweireld didn’t want to sign a new contract without a minimum release clause in it. Their wage structure is tight and a new stadium is expensive. 53 of their 86 points last season were collected at WHL. Even with a goalscorer like Kane, I don’t think they’ll be capable of putting a title challenge.

    Liverpool – like Chelsea – have European football and Klopp has struggled even in his glory days at Borussia to balance domestic obligations with the European ones. They got Salah, it’s true, but his best position is the one where the best Liverpool player Mane already plays. They have at least three weak spots in their team, mostly in their defence, and they didn’t help themselves with an attempt to tap Van Dijk either. I expect them around Top 4 but with Klopp’s style of play, European football and incredibly tight schedule due to World Cup, injuries, fatigue and suspensions will take their toil.

    As for Arsenal… If we keep our best players, we can do a lot as I reckon we have a great chance to win a European trophy which would also mean a CL place for us. Top 4 in the league and victorious European campaign should be enough. It’s important to say we will have at least 29 games in 2017 (CS, at least one in Carabao Cup, 6 in EL group stage and 21 in the league) which is a busy schedule.

    Oh, I almost forgot:

    Koscielny is out for two more games. I don’t know if that’s just two league games or CS and a league game.

  4. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    While I don’t know if Le Prof has Penned down a particular or preferred playing formation for the Gunners next season, I for one will prefer to wait until Arsenal concluded their summer transfer plans this summer before I can say anything on Arsenal’s playing formations for next season’s campaign. But haven said this, one will not be surprised if Le Prof continues with playing the 4-3-3 playing formation he adopted in playing for the last quarter of Arsenal games last season which wonderfully worked well for Arsenal, him and us.

    Arsenal have reportedly newsed to have submitted a bid of £44m to Leon FC for the transfer of Alexandre Lacasette to Arsenal this summer. If this is true, a Lacasette transfer to Arsenal FC this summer could consequently means any possible transfer of Kylian Mbappe to Arsenal is unlikely to happen this summer. Because taking into consideration of how Arsenal are very careful not to over commit themselves in spending at the transfer market in a single window, Arsenal may not spend close to £150m get these two player strikers transferred to Arsenal in this current summer window. But it’ll be very ideal if they’ll do this spending if one takes into consideration they spent £87m on three targets last season and close to Iru above £100m in total on five targets overall last season. For, the spending of £150m on two top quality strikers of Mbappe and Lacasette this summer will hugely improved Arsenal performance in all completions during next campaign which could culminated into winning the Premier League title next season. But would they? I doubt if they will. But they could if they become very ambitiousvto win and showing the intent they want to win that Premier League title that has eluded them for the 13th consecutive seasons which has become the main bone of contention between Le Prof and some groups of diehard Arsenal supporters.

  5. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Pls, I ment to type 3-4-3 playing formation used by Le Prof last season and not 4-3-3 playing formation as I erroneously typed.

  6. Alexanderhenry

    My prediction is this:

    I think arsenal will buy lacazette but I also think sanchez is leaving.

    The lacazette purchase will be announced first then the sanchez departure. Sadly, I think he’ll end up at man city or Chelsea.

    Unless we sell the ox or Walcott for decent money, lacazette will probably be our only major signing.
    Some cheaper buys will be made at the end of the window.

    I think arsenal will finish fifth or sixth next season.

  7. Brickfields Gunners

    Guessing without seeing the other’s answers.
    – Newcastle
    – Blackburn Rovers
    – Bolton Wanders.

    And send –

  8. Brickfields Gunners

    One out of three ? Guess that servesbme right for not Checking out who the clubs are in the north west !

  9. Pat


    I could be wrong but I don’t think Arsene Wenger will concentrate on the Europa League. Somewhere he said it would be a good chance for younger players.

    He has also said several times that Leicester and Chelsea won the league when they weren’t in Europe. I think he will take this situation – Arsenal not being in the Champions League – to go all out for the league title.

    A lot depends on the usual two things: number one – refereeing; number two – injuries.

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