If the Gunners are ever going to go one better than 2006, they have to put the really hard yards in early.
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The German is in awful shape, but these simple remedies can get him back on form.
The Japanese playmaker is on the loftiest of highs after his return to the German club.
The Gunners’ summer signing from Barcelona’s goal against Besiktas was his first in continental competition for 14 matches.
Taking greater responsibility on the ball, the England man was twice the player he’d been at Goodison.
Spanish youngster Hector Bellerin can provide the defensive cover Arsene Wenger now lacks.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be considered after another limp display from the German.
Loquacious Louis van Gaal is far from alone in unleashing confidence crushing brickbats on the playing staff.