The media have had a field day with the story about Arsenal ticket prices. Fans of Manchester City have failed to buy almost a third of their allotted tickets for the game at the Emirates on Sunday, and much has been made of the fact that Arsenal is the most expensive club to watch in the Premier league, but the price of £62 is not that much more than that of other top teams.
Why Arsene is right not to splash the cash! by DW
It is now January 8th 2013 and the transfer window has officially got underway. The gates to the overpriced and usually disruptive time of the season are open. An often overworked set of players in each team, reeling from the rigors of the Christmas and new year fixtures, are subjected to the media’s speculation of grandeur and the chance for them to apparently play for the potential top four teams, causing managers to squeeze their eyes shut in prayer that their star players show some loyalty over the stupidly high wages that are presented to them at the likes of Man City and Chelski.
There has been a lot of negative talk from Arsenal fans and football pundits following the FA cup draw against Swansea yesterday, but it is not all doom and gloom. Firstly, the performance was lots better than when we played them in the league a month ago. Yes, the first half was drab, but Arsenal were the better side in the second half and should have won.
The penalty claim is inconclusive, but Wenger and Laudrup seem to think it could easily have been given. Wenger asked why Ramsey fell if he was not clipped, accidentally or not. If he had not been, he was in on goal and should have scored. Plus, both of Swansea’s goals were from silly mistakes.
The opening day of this season’s champion’s league group stages was good for Arsenal in a number of ways. The obvious ones are that we took all three points away from home, we didn’t pick up any injuries, we showed that we can win when not playing our best and we got a warning about being complacent without actually getting punished.
The bonuses came from the match between Real Madrid and Manchester City. Manchester City have a massive job on their hands picking themselves up after a terrible night in Europe and getting ready to face the Gunners on Sunday. City have not had a great start to the season and Roberto Mancini has a handful of problems to deal with.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been seen this morning at Madrid airport. It is believed he is armed with £70m to spend after adding the expected profits from winning the Champions League to the £40m already taken off Man City for Emanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure.
He is believed to be going to the Bernabeau first where he will persuade Real Madrid to sell him Rafael Van Der Vaart for £10m. The Holland midfielder has already indicated that he would love to move to the Premiership, and Arsene Wenger is his favourite manager in the whole world.