Arsenal have received further injury blow as Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy have been ruled out for three months after undergoing surgery. ArsenalAi??manager Arsene Wengerai??i??s injury woes donai??i??t seem to cease as the Frenchman loses two more players through injury. The Gunners will be without duo Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy for the next three months as both players had a surgery for their previous injuries. Club captain Mikel Arteta had a bony spur removed from his left ankle, which according to the club, had been causing significant discomfort to the Spaniard for months. On the other hand, defender Mathieu Debuchy, who returned to action after missing three months with an ankle injury, had an operation on the shoulder he dislocated during Sunday’s 3-0 win over Stoke City. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Sunday said that Debuchyai??i??s injury was unbelievable. “It’s very unfortunate,” said the Frenchman. “It’s unbelievable because he’s had two surgeries in the same season. He just came […]

Arsenal have started this English Premier League season disappointingly with respect points, only grabbing 11 points from a possible 24. Given that Chelsea look like a 90 point team, dropping 13 points means that the Gunners have little chance at winning the title. Looking at their squad, the lack of a solution at holding midfielder appears to have played a significant role in Arsenalai??i??s underwhelming performances. Relying More on the Holder in a 4-1-4-1 Arsenal have played a 4-1-4-1 this season, in an effort to exert greater control over their matches. However, such a system demands quite a bit from the holding midfielder. Unlike the 4-2-3-1, where two players play at the base of midfield, the 4-1-4-1 relies on a lone holder. A team relies on their holding midfielder to operate as a key player defensively and in possession. The holder probably has to be the most intelligent player on the pitch, as his positioning in both attack and defense […]