It seems as though Arsene Wenger agrees with the fans about the need to sign a quality striker in January, as long as he can find the right one available. But, unlike a large number of Arsenal fans, the manager does not think that current number one centre forward Olivier Giroud is not good enough. Wenger is happy with his French striker but knows that he needs options and cover.
When Mikel Arteta decided to join Arsenal on deadline day in Arsenal 2011, it was to join a team in a bit of a crisis. The Gunners had sold Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri and started the Premier League campaign very badly, including the club’s worst ever result, an 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford.
Despite that, the Spaniard knew that by leaving Everton and joining Arsenal he would be able to play in the Champions League and have a better chance of winning tropies. Well Arteta is 31-years old now and has yet to get a medal for his trouble, so it is understandable that our vice-captain is desperate for Arsenal not to let the great start Arsenal have made to the season go to waste.
I know a lot of Arsenal fans will say that we shouldn’t be hoping for or relying on problems for our Premier League rivals to help us in the bid to claim the Premier League title. But the fact is, the more the likes of Chelsea and Man City struggle, the better chance Arsenal have of winning.
Anyway, Arsene Wenger has had more than his fair share of problems to deal with since the start of the season. The Frenchman’s main problem has been an unbelievable injury list, with key players like Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla all missing for significant periods.
Arsenal started this crunch clash at the top of the Premier League with a few changes from the Napoli game, whether for tactical reasons or because of the lack of recovery time. Walcott, Wilshere, Monreal, Ramsey and Sagna came in for Jenkinson, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky and Cazorla.
The Gunners needed a good start and to not just sit back, but City set off like a train and for the first five minutes the ball did not go anywhere near the City half. But we were solid and well organised and City could not get a clear chance on goal. It was a good sign that we were up for the fight and we started to do some probing of our own.
According to reports in the English media, the Manchester City striker and reported Arsenal target Edin Dzeko has admitted that a move away from the Etihad is a distinct possibility. The Bosnian is understood to be very unhappy about his game time at City and has indicated that he may leave the club to find more first team action.
We all know that Olivier Giroud is doing much better for both Arsenal and France this year, and his headed goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday took him level with the goal machine that is Aaron Ramsey, at least as far as Premier League goals are concerned. Strangely, the two are also locked on the number of goal assists in the league with four each. With Mesut Ozil also in the top five on the assist table, it is easy to see why only Manchester City have scored more goals than the Gunners.
Aguero disrespects Arsenal by Sam P
I don’t know if Sergio Aguero just forgot to include Arsenal in his discussion of who he sees as contenders for the Premier League title, and quite frankly I don’t care. I just want Arsene Wenger to make sure that the players take it as a personal insult. Pin it up in the dressing room and tell the players to prove the short-arsed Argentinian striker wrong.
This is what he told Gazzetta dello Sport, “United will be our biggest rivals, even if they have changed coach. And then Chelsea with the return of Mourinho. Yottenham have built a great squad and then there isd always Liverpool.”
Suarez can lift Arsenal to the title? by AH
As I’m sure everyone is aware by now, Arsenal have had two bids declined by Liverpool for their Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. The bids were made public by Liverpool officials after the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Ian Ayre, and John W Henry all decided to publicly express their views on the matter and now after a few weeks of speculation, the professionals are beginning to have their say too as the story heats up.
There are lots of Arsenal transfer rumours flying around at the minute, and it is clear that the Gunners are in the market for at least one top, top, top striker. The media has Arsenal linked with Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain and David Villa among others. There are not so many stories about the Belgium and Aston Villa player Christian Benteke, but one of the rumours about him gave me real cause to take notice.
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.