10 reasons why we will beat Man City + my starting 11

1) For the first time since 1947 we’ve had an international break that we have more fit players after than before. Arteta and Gibbs set to be in the squad today.

2) Our number 1 keeper Chesney, quietly getting on with things this season, he could go onto be an all time great for us.

3) Debuchy, I’m really impressed with him, not just his engine or his pace, or his crossing it’s his positional sense in covering the CB’s. Definitely an improvement on the fella City will have on the bench.

4) Yes the Community Shield is an overblown friendly, but still we made them look average that day even when they pulled on the bigger players

5) Man City lost to Stoke.

6) Danny Welbeck should start today and with him and Sanchez we will finally have some direct pace running at teams

7) The last time Man City lost 2 games back to back was in Oct 2010, one of those games was against us *sky sports*

8) This 12.45pm kick off times just for TV is a joke, I used to understand it in the dark past when it was used for games with a high risk of trouble, but 12.45pm just for TV and still charge £65 upwards for the pleasure, well count me out. *Rant over*

9) Man City have a couple of key players out, we have a couple coming in, this is the season we finally start beating the top 3 clubs again.

10) Wenger knows, well he should know by now, the key to these big games is a decent start, keeping our shape and keeping the ball. We get past the first 10-15mins and settle down today then Man City are there for the taking.

My Starting 11 – Chesney, Deb, Kos, BFG, Gibbs, Flamini, Jack, Ozil, Sanchez, Ox, Welbeck

 

 

 

 

 

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England point to an exciting future for Arsenal

And it’s Mesut Ozil on the ball, just inside the opponents half, driving forward, he finds Sanchez on the left, he beats his man, crosses and its Danny Welbeck DANNY WELBECK, what a goal, what a break, its 1-0 Arsenal.

When England scored their first goal last night, with a scintillating break ending with Welbeck scoring a tap in, I was surely not the only one who got a little bit excited. It is a goal you could easily picture Arsenal scoring, over and over again. Imagine this for a second:

Ozil
Walcott Welbeck Sanchez

It is an exciting front 4. Pace, power and precision. It is plenty to whet the appetite. With Ozil pulling the strings, and having the 3 speed demons ahead of him. Teams will not be able to cope. A devastating attack can come from either flank or down the middle.

Without adding too much hype to it, last nights goal reminded me of Arsenal in the early 2000s. One of my greatest memories of Arsenal is in the game against Leeds in 2003.

Dennis Bergkamp was on the ball, he released Freddie Ljungberg down the right, the commentary then took over “Ljungberg breaks, nobody with him for the moment…but three are arriving…” Within a blink of a second, Pires, Henry and Gilberto were up alongside the Swede. The Leeds player no where to be seen. BANG! Pires made it 2-0.

But that was not all, what happened next lead to what is quite possibly my favourite piece of Arsenal commentary of all time. As Bergkamp was once more on the ball, he found Ray Parlour, with Henry, Pires and Ljungberg ahead of him. As they broke, the Match of the Day commenter uttered the famous words “Here comes the Arsenal sprint relay squad again.” 

It summed up how we played in the early 00s, leading to an unbeaten season. It was pace, it was power, it was scary. We could get from front to back in seconds. I never got bored of MOTD putting up the clock, showing how quick we went from defending the edge of our own box to putting the ball in the opponents net. Henry, Ljungberg, Pires and Vieira, they would have given Bolt, Powell, Blake and Carter a run for their money.

Now it would be ludicrous to even begin comparing the current crop to those unbeaten gladiators – although I have perhaps already done so, but they have very similar attributes.

Mesut Ozil has the ability to slow the game down, when everyone else is going at 100mph. He is able to pick out the right pass, and the right speed, at the right time. As with Dennis Bergkamp, he is the man who can link it all together.

In Theo Walcott, we have someone who, in my opinion, is better than Freddie Ljungberg. Don’t believe me? Look at some stats I compiled last season:Ljungberg v Walcott

Alexis Sanchez on the left certainly has the ability to be equal to Robert Pires, maybe even better. If, like Pires, he is given the free role to come in off the left, to drift about, find space, then explode using his pace. Pires had the ability to make something out of nothing. Sanchez has that same ability.

Finally, we come to Danny Welbeck. He is the one furthest away from his comparator in Thierry Henry. And he will probably never get close. However, he needs to be given a chance. If he gets his head down, and works hard at his game, he could be a great. He shares a lot of similar attributes as Henry. Quick, good touch, able to beat a man, powerful. His main weakness is his finishing, but Henry also had a similar problem when he first joined.

Infact, Henry and Welbeck came to Arsenal with fairly similar attributes and stats:

HenryvWelbeck

The future for Arsenal is exciting, very exciting.

Keenos

Spend / Net spend of top 7 clubs over last 5 years (2010-2014)

During last season, I collated some data showing the total spend, and net spend of the top 7 clubs over the last 5 years. It provided a good insight into how each club was operating and seemed fairly popular. So I have updated it:

Net Spend

As with before, there are a few interesting trends:

1) In the last 5 years, City, Chelsea and Manchester United have a near identical net spend. So much for United fans’ claim that City and Chelsea ‘but the league.’

2) The move to the Emirates Stadium is starting to pay off for Arsenal, with an upward trend on spend over the last 4 years, showing that each year, we are freeing up more and more money.

3) Liverpool have spent a lot of money to win a single League Cup

4) Where did Everton find their money?

5) Spurs still need to sell to buy, even with the new TV deals. It further highlights why they need to move to increase income.

Keenos