This is a subject close to the hearts of Arsenal fans and one that never seems to quite go away. I am talking about the possible return of the Gunners’ former captain and one of the most loved players of recent years, Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish international midfielder was a big loss when he rejoined his boyhood club and many fans feel that we have never really replaced him, so if the rumours are true and he is available this summer, surely Arsenal should make sure he comes back to his second home.
This was by no means a foregone conclusion for Arsenal, although the last two games had restored some confidence around the place. But Hull have rolled over some big names at the KC stadium and were on a high of their own after booking their place to face Arsenal at Wembley at the end of the season.
I must admit to feeling a bit nervous when I saw the team sheet, wondering whether Arsene Wenger had been a bit gung ho in his selection. For the first 20 minutes or so, that fear remained, but then we started to get it together. Aaron Ramsey started to show why he was unlucky not be named in the PFA player of the year shortlist and Mesut Ozil began to ooze class and bamboozle the Hull players.
Well I must admit to a bit of surprise at the Arsenal starting line-up today. The good news is that Mesut Ozil is back and will start the game, which the Gunners must win. I guess that is why the Prof has gone for a very attacking line-up, but it does seem to me to be a bit risky, especially considering our recent troubles away from home.
Hull City vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score by KJ
Arsenal seem to be finally on track now with a massive win against West Ham mid-week. The vast majority of the squad were very tired from the 120 minutes in the FA cup and yet the likes of Arteta and Cazorla were our best players against Allardyce’s men.
Brace yourself Arsenal fans, some of you are not going to like this. There is a very good chance that OLivier Giroud will still be the Gunners’ centre forward next season, especially if he can score a few more goals before the end of the season and especially if he can produce another piece of football genius like he did against West Ham. The fact is that Wenger likes him, so get used to it.
It would certainly be a turn up for the books if Arsenal could pull off a transfer from one of top EPL rivals for a change instead of selling them our best players every year, and according to this morning’s Star, Wenger is planning just that right now.
It is looking very likely that Thomas Vermaelen will leave the Gunners this summer, and with the worrying rumours about Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal are very likely to need a new centre-back. This report reckons that Man United’s Chris Smalling is Wenger’s top target to fill that role. Any even more promising is the fact that the ex-Fulham youngster can also fill in at right-back when the need arises.
We heard this week that the Arsenal manager had met with the French football agent Stephane Courbis, and I hope that Mr. Wenger was at his charming best and had a very nice bottle of Bordeaux waiting at the perfect temperature for the meeting, because Courbis is the agent of Laurent Koscielny and Serge Aurier.
Amid rumours of interest in our French centre back from the likes of Bayern Munich, PSG and even Manchester United, Arsenal are keen to get Koscielny to put his signature on a new deal that will put him at the same salary level as the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, something around £90,000 a week.
It is no surprise that Arsenal have a few injury concerns ahead of a vitally important away game against Hull City. It would only be a surprise if Arsene Wenger had a fully fit and complete squad of players to choose from. Things are getting better for the Gunners, with Aaron Ramsey already back and Mesut Ozil on the brink, but we still have to do without a major player in Kieran Gibbs.
Is the glass half full? Only matters if you’re thirsty by Zac
Most articles start with a line like, I have been an Arsenal fan since I was knee high to Kylie Minogue or something along those lines. Well I am proud to say my first love is rugby league and my second is Arsenal. Now if anyone watches rugby league you will notice the team ethic of, take a hit for the man next to you, the free flowing rugby which at times seems “off the cuff” but the players at the top will tell you it is all earned on the training pitch. Now this is where my two loves are very similar.
We still don’t really know all the details of the injury that has kept Mesut Ozil out of the Arsenal squad for the last six weeks, other than it being something to do with his hamstring, or leg, or some part of his body. But it cannot have been too debilitating because the German is only just back in training but is already fit enough to be included in the Arsenal squad for the trip to Hull tomorrow, according to the Daily Mail.
I am not making any claims to special mental powers, ESP or clairvoyancy, and I don’t even possess a crystal ball or a set of tarot cards, but I can predict the future. I see… lots of Arsenal fans slating me for this article and calling Olivier Giroud everything from a donkey to a Donut, and I don’t think anything I write will change their minds, but here goes anyway…
Is this going to be one of the best season we have had in a while? by Fordo
I know most of the Arsenal fans might not be very happy with our season so far, and I will admit that I have also been heartbroken, especially in this last couple of weeks when we saw our great team going from a title contender to a top four fighting team. But has it really been that bad?