Arsene Wenger has had a fair bit to say recently about the short term thinking displayed by a lot of football clubs these days, while trying to end the speculation about his own future as the Arsenal manager. We know that the Frenchman is a man of principles and will stick to them, although the Arsenal fans wish he would be a bit more flexible sometimes.
Arsenal could possibly make the most of the uncertainty and confusion at Manchester City to beat the oil rich club to one of the transfer targets we have in common. The Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanich has been linked Tottenham as well, but if the Gunners can continue the fantastic recent run and grab six points off Wigan and Newcastle, we will have the lure of Champions League football and will be a much more attractive proposition to potential signings.
Arsene Wenger will be the longest serving manager in the Premier League next season, assuming that the Arsenal board and owner do not surprise everyone by sacking him. Alex Ferguson has been at Manchester United for over 26 years, while the man who will replace him at Old Trafford next season, David Moyes, is currently the third longest serving manager with over ten years at Everton.
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 Man City manager Roberto Mancini has had a very indepth interview in the Guardian ahead of this weekends massive game against Chelsea, and he has been very forthright and honest. In fact he quite clearly has criticized some of his players.
One of those was our very good friend Samir Nasri, who forced Arsenal to sell him to Manchester City a couple of years ago. Mancini said: “I think Samir has fantastic qualities. With his quality, he should always play well. Every game he could be the difference. A player of this quality could be one of the best players in Europe. But it’s not happening.
The former Arsenal midfielder, and close friend of Arsene Wenger, Patrick Vieira, could be in line for a big promotion, if the Manchester City players have any influence at all on club policy. It is looking increasingly likely that Roberto Mancini will not be in charge at the Etihad stadium next summer, after an abject display against Southampton, followed by United’s win over Everton, left them 12 points off the lead.
I know that Arsenal will be looking for a new striker or two at the end of the season, and I know that Christian Benteke has done really well for Aston Villa in his first season in the Premier league. I don’t think that means he would do well for Arsenal or that Arsene Wenger will even try to sign him, but the media certainly seem to think so.
There have been some crazy Arsenal rumours this year, but there are few that have made me laugh as much as this one. It is being reported that the little French traitor Samir Nasri would love to come back and play for his “second father” Arsene Wenger, after having a very underwhelming effect since joining Manchester City and falling out with Roberto Mancini.
Reports today suggest that Roberto Mancini will start the bidding in January with a £15 million offer for The Arsenal transfer target, Wilfried Zaha. If this is true, then we will have to wait and see whether Arsene Wenger will be given the money to compete with Manchester City, and whether Crystal Palace will stick to their word and rebuff any offers.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Preview, line-up and match prediction by KJ
It’s the big one. It’s the test that we all have been waiting for. Arsenal will now face the champions of England at the Etihad. This will tell us how far this squad has come and how far it can go.
I’m not entirely optimistic about the result. Manchester City are an extremely good team. They have strength both in their first eleven and depth-wise. They have world class players across the field. They are very formidable at the Etihad with a 39 wins out of 41 (2 draws). This will be a difficult task for the likes of Real Madrid let alone Arsenal. However, there is still a chance that we can get something out of this game.
If he was trying to wind up his opposite number in the build up to today’s match between Man City and Arsenal, then Arsene Wenger seems to have succeeded. Roberto Mancini has complained about the way other managers discuss the massive spending of City and mentions Arsenal in particular.
“All the managers talk about the money we have all the time, but we have 11 players just like all the other teams.
“I don’t know why we should only talk about the money.
“There were a lot of teams in the past spending money for big players, including Arsenal.”
Arsene Wenger wants his players to strike a blow at the heart of last season’s champions, Manchester City, tomorrow. The French tactician is well aware that tomorrow’s result will not decide the title race, but an Arsenal win could have a massive psychological effect on the Citizens.
City are at home and the pressure is on them to perform after a slightly shaky start and a demoralising defeat by Real Madrid in the champion’s league. Conceding eleven goals in six games puts a lot of pressure on the City defence and they have not yet faced Arsenal’s new look, fluid attack.