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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Giroud and Gabriel to start against Stoke

By 1970's Gooner

Stoke are Arsenal's next opponents at the Emirates. They got a thorough thrashing last season and in fact they have not beaten us in London for a very very long time.

On the other hand Arsenal have not scored in their two games at the Emirates this season. Well in fact we did score and would have won comfortably against Liverpool had it not been wrongly ruled for offside.

I expect that on this occasion Arsenal's play will fall into place perfectly and we will give them another thrashing. I expect a high scoring game of as high as three goals for and none conceded.

Arsene Wenger has said that there are no new injury concerns and that Koscienly and the BFG are now fit.

So the only real decisions to be made are at centre back and centre forward.

 Mertesacker is now back in training but I expect that this game has come too early for him not allowing enough time to regain top fitness levels after illness. Wenger is very likely to continue giving Gabriel more games after he really impressed in his last two outings. In fact in my opinion Gabriel should now be the first choice centre back.

The second decision to be made is who to play up front. Walcott was given his chance against Newcastle but fluffed his lines failing to hold the ball as a centre forward should do and also to score when he had the whole goal at his mercy.

Which brings me to Giroud. He has also failed to impress this season but I think Arsene Wenger may make the decision to play Giroud in the home games simply because teams visiting the Emirates tend to play defensively without coming out too much. 

This will tend to squeeze the space not allowing Walcott to use his best attribute which is his speed. He will be better utilised in the away games when the home teams are likely to come out more.

Giroud on the other hand will offer you the option of being a real threat when crosses come in and also can use his physical strength to better use inside the opponents box.

Cech

Bellerin  Gabriel  Koscienly  Monreal

Coquelin  Cazorla

Ramsey  Ozil  Sanchez

Giroud

Prediction: Arsenal 3 Stoke 0


2 comments:

Denis Zeneli said...

Cech
Bellerin Gabriel Koscienly Gibbs
Ramsey Santi
Ox Ozïl Sanchez
Wolcott

Ifeanyi Okagbue said...

Cech
Bellerin Gabriel Koscienly Gibbs
Coquelin Santi
Ox Ozïl Sanchez
Walcott

Please for heavens sake. Wenger should always play real wingers on the wing. We have them in abundance Walcott, Sanchez, Chamberlain, Campbell, Iwobi, Adelaide and not Ramsey.

In my opinion also, Walcott should be given a chance as a top striker for 10games and we see what happens. He has fully matured and we cannot judge him by only one game and also his first start of the season.