The Gunners struggled to finish off a battling Swansea side with a dosage of bad luck involved, and there are several deficiencies that need to be addressed to prevent another calamity like last Saturday.
Wenger must go for a combative midfield pairing of Flamini – Arteta or even Kallstrom – Flamini.
Arsenal were completely out muscled against Chelsea, and will not have an easy time against the likes of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.
Kallstrom impressed me on his debut, he reminded me of Rosicky with his tenacity and could prove to be a key ingredient in the midfield. However Arteta and the most important player – Mathieu Flamini are the more likely candidates to start and they need to stamp their authority on the game early.
We need composure from the two deeper midfielders to help dictate our possession, not turn over the ball after every attack and leave ourselves exposed as we did against Chelsea..which leads me to my next point.
We must not get caught on the break
We could have easily been 2-0 down against Swansea had Michu been the player he was last season. Caught horrifically out of position from a corner, our ‘defence’ was left two on four during a break in the first half. Our full backs were nowhere to be seen, and this is something we need from both Gibbs and Sagna – defensive discipline against City.
Has Podolski’s cameo done enough to earn him a start? No.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a massive fan of Lukas but he leaves us vulnerable. What the hell was he up to body checking Bony in the box? He has a tendency to go from hero to villain and is a bit of a liability. We need plenty of discipline especially from the first whistle so the German forward may not be the best option from the get-go.
A front four of The Ox, Rosicky, Cazorla and Giroud is the only way forward. However Podolski will have a part to play in the match and should be introduced midway through the second half.
We must re-find our spark
Even with the aforementioned players we have struggled to produce convincing attacking displays. The vintage Arsenal ‘Wenger-ball’ seems a bit of a distant past. But namely this is down to the lack of pace and class we’re missing from Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil and Walcott.
The Ox has been our most exciting attacking outlet, and for a 20-year-old he’s dealt with the pressure fairly well (bar Chelsea), but we need our old Cazorla back and Rosicky to hit his stride again. Maybe it’s a case of fatigue from the latter two, but our attack has stagnated in recent weeks.
A result against City isn’t out of the picture just yet, but we must improve the above points. What do you think Gooners? Share your thoughts below..