Arsenal face Anderlecht in the third round of group stage games in the Champions League on the back of an uninspiring defeat draw at home to Hull City in the League. In comparison to the other teams we’ve had to play in this group, the Belgians could be classed as the weakest on paper. However, it will be at Wenger’s peril to underestimate last year’s Jupiler League Champions on Wednesday and the fact they are not even the bottom on the group log shows we’d have quite a duel. If we’re to come off the long trip unscathed, we must:
- Defend Better
As much as not being able to win games has been a problem this season, most of it could be attributed to not keeping the rearguard airtight. Aston Villa remians our sole clean sheet this season besides the Charity Shield and qualifier at home to Besiktas. Finding the right balance between attack and defence must be addressed, especially considering we’ll be the subject of the hatred of over 30,000 home fans. Turning off in key moments of the game like Mertesacker did against Hull must not repeat itself, and you hope Flamini’s toughened up a bit.
- Keep calm and Pass to Sanchez
Sanchez might as well be our Number 10 today but considering Ramsey has returned, it would still be okay to play him on the wings, preferably on the right. This, as on Saturday, may work againts Chambo but the Ox didn’t actually do too poorly anyway. In any case, Sanchez should be Wenger’s man for creation against Anderlecht as he’s shown even prior to Hull that he’s quite able to make something out of nothing in tight situations. He possesses tremendous bouts of energy which we must find a way to start exploiting to full capacity.
- Play the Best Team
Chambers returns to the team after watching the Hull lull from the stands due to suspension. It’s not debatable that he goes straight back into the team in place of Monreal. The Spanish left back played better than most were ready to slate him for but that wouldn’t justify another gamble by Wenger. It’d better for Bellerin to continue at right back as he’s shown staedy improvement from his previous showings against Southampton and Dortmund. The Dortmund game means he’s had experience in the Champions League and is more than capable of keeping his place. Gibbs may be rested for Monreal but every other department of the team should see us play our best – including Arteta for Flamini. It’s an issue that still divides opinion amongst fans, Arteta’s shamles at Dortmund still fresh in our minds.
- Stay in the Box, Welbz
Some say his versatility has worked against him in the past and it could be the reason he hasn’t scored many goals till date. As he showed against Galatasaray and Hull, he’s good at finishing when he recieves in the box, so why doesn’t he spend more time in the area as against running around trying too hard to be involved in the build up?
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