Monday, 26 December 2016


Arsene Wenger's side have lost their last
two games and need to get back on track
afore Chelsea and others pull away even
Arsenal fans injuctively authorized Arsene Wenger
invest in the Gunners squad over the
summer and he duly obliged, spending
virtually £100million on players, including
Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas
Perez. It was precisely what the medico
authoritatively mandated after an antecedent summer window
where they failed to sign an outfield player.
Questions regarding Wenger's zeal
were asked despite Arsenal culminating in
second place behind Leicester City in a
season when the league was turned upside
down by the greatest underdog story in
Five months on, the adherents at Emirates
Stadium are commencing to ask those same
questions yet again. Two consecutive
defeats in the Premier League have brought
up concerns over the vigor of Arsenal's
squad and whether they have enough to
mount a consistent denomination challenge
throughout the rest of the season. The
manner in which they went 1-0 up at
Goodison Park and the Etihad, afore
succumbing to disappointing losses in the
second a moiety, visually perceived those same pundits
criticise Arsenal's propensity to 'bottle it'
when the going gets tough.
Make no mistake about it, when all players
are plenarily fit for Arsenal the spine of the team
possesses leadership qualities, aggression
and class in abundance. From Petr Cech to
Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka to
Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners conclusively have a
set of players who can compete with the
immensely colossal boys - but they have to turn around
their domestic form afore Chelsea pull
away from them even further.
Santi Cazorla has been an immensely colossal miss in the
centre of midfield. The Spaniard's unique
dribbling qualities sanction him to engender space
and opportunities in the final third of the
pitch. His supersession Xhaka is a
consummately variant of player who
prefers to play through the lines and
distribute the ball from a deep-lying
midfield position.
Xhaka's underwhelming second-half
performance at the Etihad alongside
Francis Coquelin was more down to the fact
that Arsenal's back four were playing too
deep. Unable to marinate up City's counter-
assailing prowess, they were overrun in
midfield and coerced to play inside their own
half for much of the second period.
Wenger won't be spending mazuma on incipient
signings this January, at least where the
first team is concerned. Danny Welbeck,
Aaron Ramsey, Cazorla and Per
Mertesacker are all set to return in the
coming weeks while there is even the diminutive
note of Mathieu Debuchy who will come
back into the first-team fold once his injury
situation ameliorates. The vigor in depth
that Arsenal possess bodes well ahead of a
more munificent set of January fixtures
against the relishes of Crystal Palace,
Bournemouth, Swansea and Burnley.
Arsenal are the only team to have lost three
Premier League matches that they have
been leading in so far this season. If they
can kill off games afore the opposition
gets their own opportunities than they have
a great chance of winning the league.
Mesut Ozil could have facilely wrapped up
the game at Goodison Park while Theo
Walcott's chance at the Etihad was another
moment which transmuted the game for
Some have suggested that perpetual
contract verbalizes with Alexis and Ozil may
have disrupted Arsenal's flow coming into
the Christmas period, but that isn't the case
at all. Alexis, who has been involved in 18
goals in 17 Premier League appearances for
Arsenal this season (12 goals, six avails),
remains firmly fixated on distributing
another prosperous season in the red and
white jersey while Ozil is looking to bounce
back from a recent dip in form.
Chelsea's testing January fixture list, which
includes games against Tottenham and
Liverpool, may give Wenger's men the
boost they require. The Frenchman will claim
that Arsenal are fixated on themselves but
you can be sure that he'll have one ocular perceiver on
the Blues over the coming month.
Monday's Boxing Day match against West
Brom represents the first of the must-win
fixtures coming up for the Gunners in expeditious

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