Nine days after their FA cup heroics against Tottenham, Arsenal were back in Premier League action at Aston Villa. Only a win would do for the Gunners to go back to the top of the table, so Wenger was glad to be able to name Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil in the starting XI, with Kieran Gibbs back on the bench.
Can’t believe I’m saying this- let’s get Ballotelli By- Gunner Gyzinermouth
As the Arsenal transfer season is upon us, speculation and sensationalism are in the air. I too get caught up in considering what I would do were I in Arsene Wenger’s shoes. Now I’m not suggesting that I have the tactical acumen Wenger does, but my Arsenal team is unbeaten in 2 years with Football manager so I must be almost there right?!? Do we get a big name now (are there any available) or do we wait until summer when there are more options? Do we buy a short term solution now and hope to offload him in the summer when we buy a top top top striker? Do we seek a loan?
Good day. Earlier I wrote an article about Arsenal not needing a striker when we had a 5 point cushion in the Premier League and were leading our UEFA Champions League group. But after a bad week, I am taking my words back as Podolski is not fully fit yet and he will need time to readjust with the team and Giroud is making it a habit of missing easy goals in crucial matches. Plus we have had a difficult draw in both the FA Cup and Europe.
It seems like Arsenal may be forced into the transfer market for the Aston Villa and Belgium striker Christian Benteke in January, or risk seeing the talented 22-year old move somewhere else. Reports of interest from other clubs are getting more regular, and there could well be a transfer tussle for Benteke when the transfer window opens in a couple of months time.
Wenger drops interest in Suarez by Ash
Over the course of the last few days we have finally seen Arsenal make some movement in the transfer window with a rather hopeful £10 million bid being reported for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew rejected the offer straightaway and even accused Arsenal of not only ‘turning Cabaye’s head’ but also for disrupting his team ahead of their 4-0 loss to Manchester City. Apparently the hammering was our fault, but anyway onto a different player and its back to the Luis Suarez saga.
Well, at least injury did not ravage the Arsenal starting line up as badly as we had feared. Mikel Arteta was the only major absence, and Arsene Wenger was actually able to name the same eleven players that finished the final game of last season. Cazorla and Podolski were on the bench, but the squad lightness was clear with Gnabry and Frimpong beside them.
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky
Walcott, Giroud, Chamberlain
Arsenal vs Aston Villa preview, line up and score line by KJ
It’s been way too long since Arsenal have played a meaningful match and it’s great to finally be back with our first game of the Premier league at home hosting Villa. It’s a shame that this game will most likely be met with frustration and anger before the game and we can’t really blame the fans for what has been a shambolic transfer window for Arsenal (here’s hoping they can amend it in the next two weeks…).
What happens if we don’t sign Suarez? by Dominic
At the start of the summer transfer window Arsenal were linked with hundreds of strikers, with names including Higuain, Jovetic, Villa and so on. However as the window has progressed we have seen Arsenal drop out of the running for each of these players and as a result seen them move to other clubs (or in Benteke’s case sign a new contract). Now I’m not necessarily saying that I’m too aggrieved at missing out on some of those players (as we all have our own personal favourites on which ones we’d like Arsenal to sign) but it’s the fact that we seem to be missing out on everyone that has angered me.
Arsenal striker solution by Blaz
Higuain to Arsenal looks gone; we can probably safely say that Suarez was never gonna happen (even though I’d love to see him at the Emirates, £40 million wired to the premier league team is just not Arsene’s thing. Rooney? Well, unfortunately it’s just us selling top players to competitors, they don’t do the same for us. Džekko would be nice, but again, Manchester City won’t sell him to us, even though they are filling in their strikers ranks daily.
Who needs Benteke? by Stefan
Today Christian Benteke, the reported Tottenham and Arsenal target, has handed in a transfer request to Aston Villa – and their manager Paul Lambert continues to be defiant over letting the big Belgian go.
You would have to say that Tottenham have been far more active in their pursuit of him than Arsenal and that’s okay. I’m here to say that Arsenal do not need Benteke and we can let Spurs have him and laugh next season as they finish fifth, once again failing to qualify for the Champions League.
I must admit that when I first heard of Arsenal bidding £30 million for the wild Liverpool striker Luis Suárez I was extremely skeptical, but now it has been confirmed by both the Guardian and The Telegraph I have little choice but to believe the approach was real.
But that doesn’t mean that Arsene Wenger really expected the bid to be accepted, as why would anyone after Suarez’s comments last month when he spoke about how he hated his treatment from the British media.
Back From Reality by Blaz