Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v B Dortmund

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group D

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 1 - 2 Man Utd

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Arsenal options please Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal's strength in midfield can give them an edge in the Premier League title race.

Last Updated: 25/02/14 at 17:39 Post Comment

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal midfielder impressed by their midfield options

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal midfielder impressed by their midfield options

Arsenal trail leaders Chelsea by just a point heading into the final dozen matches of the campaign, although third-place Manchester City have a game in hand.

Much had been made of Arsenal's lack of attacking back-up for main frontman Olivier Giroud following the season-ending injury to Theo Walcott, but Arsene Wenger certainly has plenty of options in a supporting role.

Arteta had returned to the starting XI in Saturday's 4-1 win over Sunderland following suspension for the UEFA Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, with Mathieu Flamini on the bench.

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who had been in sublime form before a thigh injury sidelined him on Boxing Day, is close to a return - all of which will bolster Arsenal's selection choices for the run-in.

"It helps the team because we can rotate players and we can play differently," Arteta said on Arsenal Player.

"We can play with two [in midfield] and it gives us another option.

"No-one has been able to play every game this season. I think the league is getting more demanding, you need a big squad, you can't afford to have only 11 players."

The imminent return of Ramsey will be a welcome boost for Wenger ahead of a testing run of fixtures next month.

Arsenal face an FA Cup quarter-final against Everton followed by the return leg of their European tie in Germany, and then the north London derby on March 16 before showdowns against title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.

A trip to Stoke's Britannia Stadium is hardly the ideal preparation for a run of games which is likely to shape Arsenal's season.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, though, maintains the Gunners are ready to meet those challenges head on.

"We know what to expect. Stoke away is always a tough game," Wilshere said.

"We have to again press them high up the pitch and try to deal with the long balls they are going to play, so when we get the ball, we have to play."

Club record signing Mesut Ozil is expected to shake off the dead leg which kept him out of the Sunderland game, having been given some extra time away to recover.

Defender Kieran Gibbs remains a doubt with an injury to a buttock muscle. However, Laurent Koscielny (back) and Nacho Monreal (foot) are expected to be over minor knocks by this weekend.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Lionel Messi breaks goalscoring record as PSG win

Lionel Messi became the Champions League's all-time record scorer as Barcelona thrashed APOEL Nicosia, while PSG won.

Champions League: Mourinho hails Chelsea team performance after Schalke demolition

Jose Mourinho hailed Chelsea's "complete" performance after their 5-0 demolition of Schalke.

Champions League: Aguero treble stuns Bayern

Sergio Aguero's last-gasp heroics earned Manchester City a thrilling 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich at the Etihad.

Mail Box

Counter-Attacks: Making Me Fall In Love Again

There is a good deal of love for counter-attacking goals, plus some sympathy for Arsene Wenger, heaping the praise on Chunky Pardew too early and why Klopp > Rodgers...

There's Excitement In Toon Again...

We have mails on a young, vibrant Newcastle side along with the usual woe from those in the red of Liverpool and Arsenal. We just love having the Premier League back...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property