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Arsenal's Stumble Leaves Little Room For Error

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Match Review: Arsenal 0 West Ham 2 - Premier League 09.08.15

I had a lot of confidence coming into this game. Our first match of the Premier League season, coming off an impressive pre-season and a new sense of optimism and expectancy. Before the game I was of the opinion that this was our best chance since the Invincibles season to bring the league trophy home. After ninety minutes against West Ham, I was left shaken and crestfallen as we gifted our London rivals three points. Arsenal looked as far from being title challengers as they have ever been.

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Arsenal's First Fixture Can Prove They're More Than Hype

Match Preview: Arsenal vs. West Ham– Premier League 09.08.2015

Finally, at long last, after nearly 80 days of waiting, the Prem season is nearly upon us. Having already won a treble of sorts—we might forgive ourselves a bit of overconfidence going up against West Ham, a squad that we hammered to 1-2 and 3-0 a season ago. Then again, the Hammers have already played six matches of record already. Their quest for Europa League competition may have died in Romania on Thursday, but they’re already battle-tested and revamped for the Prem season.

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Arsenal’s Tactics for the Upcoming Season

With the new Premier League season fast approaching it is important to discuss Arsenal's team tactics for the upcoming season. A 4-3-3 in a defensive setup and a 4-1-4-1 formation is what Arsene Wenger seems to prefer and both these formations have their own unique set of issues. Recent Arsenal teams lacked a midfielder that could link defence with offence and this is the reason Arsenal often looked inept offensively.

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Welbeck Could Be The Striker Wenger Wants

Arsenal have arguably addressed their most pressing squad need very early in the window with the acquisition of Petr Cech from Chelsea. The idle transfer talk revolves around upgrading and there is a very broad consensus on the two positions where Arsenal could do with some decoration. The emergence of Francis Coquelin has at least partially cooled the Arsenal jets in the screening midfield position (though not entirely given Arteta’s age and fitness levels). Centre forward is of course, a much sexier position and most of the chatter has focused on the Gunners finally acquiring that genuinely top class centre forward.

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