What’s happened to Mustafi?

By 1970's Gooner I am worried about the game at Man City. I am not worried about them, their performance and form are all there for all to see. They will play the full attacking game and put pressure on the ball when they haven't got it. I am worried about two things. One is the tactics that Wenger should employ to nullify their threats and the other is Mertesacker. In previous seasons, in

‘One nil to the Arsenal’ form George Graham to Arsene Wenger?

By 1970's Gooner It was of course very refreshing and encouraging to see the way Arsenal deployed themselves against Chelsea. Enthusiasm, running, commitment but above all being as good off the ball as on it. In previous encounters with the bigger teams Arsene would line up with the same old gang ho tactics. We will play our game whatever, was his motto. That's why we usually got thumped 5s

Will Wenger announce Sanchez calf injury still persists?

By 1970's Gooner It's a bit strange that Sanchez developed a cold just at the time when he was due to fly back to begin his pre season. This conveniently meant he would not be ready to start his fitness comeback for the start of the season. He then conveniently developed a calf injury which Wenger expected to side line him for the games against Leicester and Stoke. Sounds strange too that

Arsene’s unbalanced midfield needs rethinking

By 1970's Gooner Arsene's teams in the last 10 years are unbalanced. Xhaka is not a holding midfielder neither is Ramsey. When the ball is lost in midfield there is no real barrier to stop the on coming attack. Ramsey is already too forward and Xhaka more often than not is unable to provide the defensive shield needed. In the past there was a Gilberto an Edu or a Vieira. Now there is nothing of

Bookies really slash the odds for Lacazette to Arsenal

By 1970's Gooner It's beginning to look like Wenger has got his finger out and really zoomed right on to one of his main targets, Lacazette. This he has done once he realised that Mbappe would not have joined in a million years. May be he should have realised that at the beginning and saved us and his time. The bookies have now slashed the odds subsequent to Lyon president's comments:  “

Is Wenger going to do a Wenger?

By 1970's Gooner Pre season begins on the 3rd of July and not all of the first team squad will be there as many have taken part in various tournaments (or are injured). Nevertheless Arsene Wenger has only signed one player so far (Sead kolasinac), on a free. And he has apparently been busy putting in bids for various players which is a marked improvement on previous seasons where his strategy

A way to solve the defensive crisis and keep the three at the back formation

By 1970's Gooner The central defenders crisis which has fallen upon Arsenal has made choosing the formation according to the players left standing. But should it be so? Lets start with the formation. I believe the three at the back belatedly employed by Wenger is the most appropriate formation. It gives more defensive stability with the wing backs bombing up and down the line offering