Xhaka fitness boost ahead of United clash

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In his press conference on Thursday, Arsene Wenger first said that Granit Xhaka was ‘out’ of Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Manchester United.

Pressed a little later on, he said that the Swiss midfielder had a ‘little chance’ to be involved as he coped with a swollen ankle.

Now, it seems as if he’s very much in contention for tomorrow, taking part in training today ahead of tomorrow’s game.

It also looks like Shkodran Mustafi is up for selection again, returning after a few weeks out, and he could take the place of Gabriel who frustrated the Arsenal manager with his concession of a penalty at White Hart Lane.

Arseblog News suggested XI for tomorrow: 3-4-3

Half a door; a kettle, three small boys under a big coat to look like a grown-up, Groot; Eight bananas, some dust, flower petals, cinnamon sticks; old shorts that have been left in a sports bag for too long, a flat tyre, Inanimate Carbon Rod.

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Jenkinson, Maitland-Niles, Penchmont-Waverely-Happenstance-Magee, Barnaby Stingwing, Walcott (c).

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Greg

I like xhaka and hopefully he is used correctly and given direction

As Ian wright said, he’s not coached

Answers why we are a shambles without the ball

But it’s okay, express yourselves lads your natural talent will win out

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

I am quite excited about the game, especially after watching the Shite Fart Lane team burn on Friday night.

All this crap about powershift and blah blah and Sp*rs’ season is finished while Arsenal hv a cup final to look forward to and hopefully a trophy to celebrate at the end of it.

Worst powershift ever!

Goonie

How do you or Ian Wright know he isn’t coached?

spinner

We watch Arsenal matches.

greg

You don’t listen to the podcast then

Rossi88

Walcott as captain is a bit of a joke imo. He might be experienced and been longest serving memeber. But that means fuck all. A leader of men, setting an example with performance and attitude, managing a game tactically as the manager wants…he is not. Id have thought Cech, or Koscielny. Maybe this is a tell tale of what we miss as well as other things. Leaders.

Mein Bergkampf

Someone (a Manc) said to me last night that the worst thing that could happen to Arsenal is that we win the FA Cup. Obviously I snorted and told him to fuck right off. But in a way, he’s right. I, of course, want us to win this game and every game until the season but we do have to hit rock bottom for this board to stand up and recognise there’s a big problem. Winning a trophy will merely rose tint the season and give us another two years minimum of the same shite.

GraeB

He probably meant that, if we do win Cup, we’re stuck with Europa League and a season of Thursday/Sunday matches. See what that does to teams and the number of extra games against unknown Eastern European clubs. Much better to hit 4th and get CL spot.

Ironic really, win silver, get shite,; win nothing, get CL.

Mein Bergkampf

Nah, we’ve already got Europa. He meant what I said.

GraeB

Agreed, my mistake, I forgot Manure won EFL Cup and impact on Europa places. Can’t avoid Europa League now but comments on that stand – it will screw any hope of PL unless we get out early. Chelski did it properly last season!

Comment on the concept of winning FA Cup and getting Europa but finishing 2/3/4 and getting CL place still stand too.

TheNicolau15

How many Xhaka games before he came to us have you watched to been able to say that his flawless are down to the way he’s been coached at Arsenal?

To play as a defensive midfielder in a possession team it’s one of the most difficult things to play at the top these days. Even players more capable and famous than Xhaka are not that good as a positional player in front of the defense. Kroos and Busquets for example, are better as pressing midfielders just like him, they’re not a Xabi Alonso type.

Wenger played Arteta as a number 5 and he did the job almost perfectly, he was great tactically and was a great covering the defense.

Xhaka is a great player, still young, and needs time to adapt in this position, IT ONLY HAS BEEN A F***IN YEAR. he never played much in that position before, playing with Behrami/Inler at Turkey, or Nordtveit/Kramer at Gladbach.

lovely arse

I think Eight bananas should be captain for the day.

nimble foot

Three small boys under a big coat would be better IMO.. .at least they’d measure up to Viera

Bren

Inanimate Carbon Rod is out as he has a rust infection!

Lord Bendnter

Hahahaha this was a good read 😀

Faisal Narrage

Any news on Perez?

spinner

Yes, he won’t play because Arsene doesn’t really like him much.

nimble foot

Really? I thought he had a knock but I guess you know much more about it

spinner

Was injured but he returned to full training on 25th April.
Come on, keep up. It’s not that difficult to follow the latest news.

Timorous Me

And then didn’t he pick up another knock in training?

Seems like he’s assimilated very well to the world of Arsenal, where you don’t know if somebody is out because of an old injury or a new one.

Heavenly Chapecoense

As usual, Arsene will put Ramsey in the team and all other players will depend on that.

Original Paul

I thought half a door was injured or am I getting my stories mixed up?

Jumjom

He is injured, used to be a whole door. Mettle.

Dom

So inanimate carbon rod is Giroud then? Fits him well.

santori

I think we need to benefit from a solid defensive core.

We have played with Granit-Coquelin start of season to good effect.

Confidence is the issue at the moment which inhibits going forward with the possibility of leaking goals in the back of the player’s mind.

That said, I think our offensive potential and pressure on the opponents has to be exerted from the wing backs. Wenger has not unleashed its full potential and been too timid.

To me he needs to ensure a solid middle core.

Koscielny with Granit or Mustafi on the right, the experienced Monreal or composed Holding left.

This means we can play Bellerin AND Ox right and left side respectively. Whatever threat we carry on the right has to balance out left side IMO for BOTH flanks to be effective or we are easier to shut out.

I feel Ox can be used as an inverted left wing back. Hr will at very least have the experience of Monreal behind him and can free Alexis to do more damage higher up.

Which means the core in midfield should be solid.

I think the issue here is between having the more creative Ramsey next to Granit or the more no nonsense Coquelin. It’s a bit 50-50 either way depending on caution or enterprise and maybe there is no solution, both have to be used at different stages of the game depending.

Coq I feel can be more solid and it may work to his benefit having the back 3.

Up top today, I’d give Welbeck a go. He has been poor in recent games conspiring to miss absolute gifts but this is United we are playing and he may have that bit of extra motivation to prove.

United do not have the best Cback pairing.

I like to see Alexis get higher and closer next to Welbeck (they should switch as and when and work closer in tandem) so :

…………..Alexis………………..Welbeck…………….
………………………Ozil………………………………..
Ox…………Granit………..Coq………………Bellerin
…….Monreal……….Koscielny………Gabriel………
………………………Cech……………………………..

santori

In recent games, Granit (with the back 3 system) has shown more enterprise and been pushing forward more making forays into the box.

In this case, maybe the discipline of Coquelin next to him will be a better benefit.

I’ve also been watching games.;)

Heavy infantry

Blogs,you left Cash Reserves out of the starting line up…

Voldermort

Spent force that’s why

santori

Really the comparison is between having :

…………….Alexis……….Welbeck…………….
Ox……..Granit…………Ozil………….Bellerin
….Monreal……….Coq………….Gabriel…….
………………….Koscielny……………………
……………………Cech………………………

When laying siege at the other team (which is also when we are arguably most vulnerable defensively)

OR having Ramsey in which case Granit has to remain deeper (where Coq is in this set up) with the Welsh man joining Ozil higher.

Abe

And the “trophy” we playing for is top 6

Shitbird

Pair the Raccoon with Groot in midfield and any defeat will at least be entertaining.

Sam

Arsène is just a joke

Original Paul

Thanks for your insight Sam. Man U tomorrow…COYG.

Sam

Fans are doing the club a disservice. Not doing enough to force the Frenchman out.. He is the source of all our troubles

Original Paul

“Nationality” just entered the room…tut tut.

midgunner

Absolute disgrace, what’s Cash Reserves got to do to get a game?!

Xhaka’s about the best midfielder we have available at the moment, not that that means much. He’s got a great range of passing when given time and space but against the better teams he’s looked slow and cumbersome trying to get the ball out of his feet to switch it quickly.

I’m hoping it’s a first season thing and he gets up to pace because our midfield is truly unconvincing at the moment.

ATG

Who on earth would give this comment a – ??? I thought that would be a good question for Arsecast Extra!

Badaab

Barnaby Stingwing and Inanimate Carbon Rod… tough choice for motm.

Milind

Why is Coquelin not groomed like Kante is at chelsea? When kante came in he was just a CDM who covers a lot of ground and takes away the ball from opponents and just passes sideways to someone more comfortable on the ball. Now, with every week he has got so many much better on the ball and fews times has the confidence to take darting runs like Yaya and provide those through balls. Why Coquelin is not getting any better? Why no one is critical of him to improve?

Voldermort

It’s because, to use an anology. My ford fiesta is car the same as a Ferrari is car but ultimately one is far superior to the other.
You can polish a turd but it will always be a turd.

Frog

You drive a Ford Fiesta?

Milind

Lol I like your analogy. Though I was hoping that someone might be seeing more potential in Coqs.

Georgeycharles

The Fiesta is superior on​ a trip to the supermarket.

Trez

Isn’t that what Wenger did start of the season?? And last I checked, Kante was a b2b midfielder, not a DM?

Runzac

I believe Barnaby Stingwing is the sub that´s going to make all the difference

NewSeason

I have never understood. Who are you referring to when you say “Inanimate Carbon Rod?”

And in what context?

The gooch

Why do people call Ramsey a goal scoring midfielder when he doesn’t score any goals?

Whisht

So, Xhaka must be putting his hand up and saying to Wenger:

“Xhaka can, Xhaka can, let me rock you …”

(someone had to)

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