Arsenal have a really tough end to a really tough week today, with Manchester City in sparkling form at the Etihad stadium. There were reports that Manuel Pellegrini was set to bring Joe Hart back into the starting line-up, but he hasn’t and I think the Gunners should be thankful for that. Pantilimon is alright but he is not as good as Hart and does not command his box as well.
Should Arsenal sign Casillas? by KJ
It was well reported in the summer that Arsenal were after a multitude of keepers that would most likely start for us. We were definitely in for the likes of Asmir Begovic and Julio Cesar, apparently. But most won’t know that we were according to some reliable sources in for Iker Casillas late on but couldn’t fund a move because of the possible transfers of Di Maria, Suarez and Özil to Arsenal. We only managed to make one of those transfers and according to the AST, we’ll have £50million to spend in January. Should we use that money to buy Casillas from Real Madrid?
After Aaron Ramsey proving 99 percent of Arsenal fans and media wrong with his resurgence, who is next? Could Abou Diaby return to the squad in the new year and never miss a game again? Could Nicklas Bendtner give up socialising and start smashing in the goals, proving himself to actually be the Greatest Striker in the World?
I am not too confident about these things, but what do I know? Because I thought that Arsene Wenger had dropped an enormous clanger this summer by failing to sign a top class keeper. Wojciech Szczesny, in my opinion, had already been given more than enough chances and was destined never to be the top class keeper that he looked like becoming when he first broke onto the scene.
Mikel Arteta was sitting next to his boss when Arsene Wenger reacted angrily to questions from reporters in the press conference before Arsenal took on Bayern Munich last week. It is safe to say that the media have milked that outburst for all it is worth, and their main line of questioning to Wenger or any of the Arsenal players now seems to be, whose fault is the current situation.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks that his captain Robin Van Persie is definitely in with a shout of winning the PFA Player of the Year award, but he also named a couple of Man City players as possible challengers.
Arsenal could completely derail City’s chances of winning the Premiership on Sunday, but Wenger acknowledged they have some quality players when he was asked if he thought Van Persie should be favourite to win the top accolade.
“Van Persie is a strong contender, certainly,” said Wenger. “His focus has always been very great but his consistent presence has not been fantastic.
Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for either Joe Hart or Shay Given in the last few weeks, and the reports have said that neither of them would be willing to spend the next season on the bench. Well now Shay Given has admitted that it is a fact!
Hart has ambitions to be Englands regular Number One, and he won’t be able to claim that position if he spends all year on the bench, and Shay Given is just too good (and too far long in the tooth) to spend his twilight years on the bench. The latest rumours have said that Arsene Wenger wants Given to come to Arsenal on loan for a year while he waits for Wojneich Szczesny to gain experience, and after hearing Given’s thoughts it seems that it could be a very likey scenario.
After the amazing 6-5 win over Legia Warsaw at the weekend, the papers are full of Arsenal transfer rumours about goalkeepers, obviously based on the premise that Wenger will have been so incensed after conceding five goals that he just HAS to buy a replacement.
I laughed very hard when told about Arsenal putting in a £23m bid for Pepe Reina, but there are numerous reports now saying that it is completely true! Both the Sun, the Mail and numerous other websites are claiming to have inside knowledge that Wenger has put in a second bid of £25m for the Spaniard. It would certainly be a dream come true if Liverpool would sell him, but I just can’t help being cynical……
There is another good selection of Arsenal transfer rumours coming in today, and this time we have THREE goalkeepers on the list. I suppose because Lukasz Fabianski has come under fire again after yesterdays defeat to Blackburn, the papers are absolutely determined to put every available goalkeeper in the world in the frame for a move to the Emirates.
Joe Hart has been linked for a while now, but I seriously can’t see Man City selling him now that he has gained some Premiership experience at Birmingham, especially now they have seen the need for a competent substitute for Given.
After Arsene Wenger refused to back Manuel Almunia as Arsenal’s permanent No1 on Friday, and Fabianski’s unconvincing display against Wigan, it is no surprise that Arsenal are being continually linked with talented goalkeepers. The Man City keeper Joe Hart has now emerged as the most likely arrival, if you go by the amount of articles suggesting that Wenger is considering a bid for the young Englishman.
The consensus seems to suggest that Hart will be available for around £8m – £9m, which seems a reasonable amount to pay for any keeper with sound Premiership experience…