17 responses

  1. Rich_Fryer

    Don’t forget his contribution to attacking corners. He drew the defenders to allow TV5 to score vs Fulham

  2. Brickfields Gunners

    He has adapted well in the short time he’s been at Arsenal and he plays the ball well on the ground too -the Arsenal way.
    With Santos’ injury( & injuries to almost all our fullbacks), are we going to play all 4 centrebacks in the same team ?
    Am looking forward to it.

  3. WalterBroeckx

    Yes Brickfield I have asked myself the same question. Will we see 4 centre backs in the next weeks playing in all positions?
    Or he could put Miquel at left back but in fact he also is a central defender. But I think he didn’t do bad last night when he came one at left back.

  4. Dan

    I think it’s very important to keep TV5 in the Centre. I would play Miguel on the left against the toffees. Then with TV5 on the left side of centre he can cover if Miguel has a wander upfield.
    I would worry about putting Miguel in with Per. Not that he’s not capable but switching around a centre back pairing often causes errors in the first couple of games they’re playing together. Now that Per and TV5 have been playing regularly together the partnership has really developed and both look world-class, we can’t break that up.

  5. WalterBroeckx


    yes I agree with you on this. As long as our right backs are out I would keep the Per – TV in the centre and put Koscielny at right back and now Miquel at left back. Once Jenkinson is back and later Sagna Koscielny can switch with Per and TV and they could get some rest now and then

    Again we are at an amazing stage where we have no full backs fit…

  6. Gooner4mIndia

    Of all the names that were mentioned in the transfer window, none inspired as much hope…he is a fine defender and can only get better. We’ll soon see him score a few goal. I guess Lord Arsene is already working on it!

  7. Sammy The Snake

    Since the subject was discussed in an earlier article:

    Arsenal have announced that they are going to unveil statues of Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman on Friday to mark their 125th anniversary as a club.

    It’s nice to see Henry & Adam being recognised so early in their lives.

  8. Woolwich Peripatetic

    Paradoxically I think we attack better without overlapping fullbacks because our wide front players aren’t tracking back as much. The option would be nicer to have though!

  9. Johnny Deigh

    Mertesacker looks to be settling in, and he definitely has given us more depth in being able to play him next to Vermaelen and thus freeing up Koscielny to play RB.
    And yes the height that we have in the back 4 has really helped in dealing with high balls into the area. Remember when we had Touré, Gallas? One was 6’0″, the other 5’11½”, and Clichy was always picked on and exploited in aerial attacks.

  10. jitty

    Did everyone enjoy that fixed final round of matches?

  11. makenzi

    Partying at le-AAA because we lost.

  12. alex

    Very delighted to read this a give what it deserve the german man.The media as usual they brandy him as slow defender but they forget he had giant steps.Which i rate Aron Lennon steps equals to one Pole.No nosense defender just there to defend and that is it.I wish that Djouru would learn a lot from him but i am very doubtufull cause to start with he dont have the confidence as what a real defender should have.He had plenty of years wearing the arsenal shirt and i dont see in all honesty he will be any good.
    Very much delighted with the positioning and attitude of Mertesaker.

  13. Mandy dodd

    You are correct makenzi, the aaa have gone into meltdown at this result and the santos injury. Still, with our recent form, they have to clutch any straw they can find

  14. RedGooner

    They can say what they like about us BUT I love the mirror headline.
    Theres a new reality show starting Manchester after xmas …
    Called the EUROPA league …Its not something us Arsenal fans will ever want to see but its great that manchester has something to do on Thursday nights.

  15. Anne


    you mentioned this before Manu and Manc went out. Care to elaborate?

  16. jitty

    Sorry – but i am too busy laughing at Lyons 7 ‘goals’ to talk about what went on in dortmund and greece

  17. kampala gun

    @walter you predicted of a flood how did you see that COMING??? I like all your work just keep it up. So wot are the doom sawyers gona do about it,what about the AAA? The two richest clubs in Europa!! hmmm i slept like a baby.

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