After watching Aaron Ramsey put in another stunning performance for Arsenal against his former club Cardiff City, it would be hard to argue with his manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman claimed that Ramsey has been so good this season that he would be a clear favourite to win the Premier League Player of the season award if the voting was to take place now.
It appears as if Arsenal Football Club will soon be able to add to the growing number of promising young players they have managed to attract from the academy of the Spanish champions Barcelona. The main one, of course, was Cesc Fabregas, who left his hometown club to get more playing opportunities and ended up becoming one of the best players in the world and wearing the Arsenal captain’s armband.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans would definitely rather have Thierry Henry back in the Arsenal squad than Nicklas Bendtner, despite the fact that the Gunners’ record goal scorer is now 36-years old. So the pictures in the papers of the mercurial French striker in Arsenal gear training with the current players will certainly have some Gooners wondering if Henry is to make his second comeback.
Whenever you come across a transfer rumor linking Arsenal with one of Barcelona’s young starlets from the Spanish club’s La Masia academy, you would know that the story certainly has a fair amount of credibility in it. After ‘poaching’ the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral from the Catalan side’s renowned youth academy, Arsene Wenger seems to have his sights on yet another La Masia starlet, goal-scoring sensation Antonio Sanabria.
If reports from the Spanish media are to be believed, Arsenal are in ‘advanced talks’ with the representatives of Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez ahead of a potential move in January. The Spanish international is said to be unhappy over his limited opportunities at the Nou Camp and is understood to be willing to quit the club in order to secure first-team football.
Aaron Ramsey’s goalscoring this season has been nothing short of incredible. The Arsenal midfielder is showing no signs of slowing down, either, having scored again last night to snatch a point for Wales against runaway group leaders and talent filled Belgium. And it was not any old goal, it was a beauty.
Ramsey had another great goal, but the way he was involved at the start of the move and then bust a gut to offer an overlap to Bellamy was typical of his play this season. Then to nutmeg Atletico Madrid keeper Courtois from the narrowest of angles would have made Lionel Messi proud. Simply brilliant!
When Arsene Wenger was interviewed after Arsenal’s emphatic second straight win in the Champions League group of death, he surprised quite a few people with his reaction. Wenger is usually good in interviews and is always positive about his team and players, even if most of us thought they had been poor.
But when he was asked about the club’s record signing Mesut Ozil, and the German’s influence, Wenger’s face lit up like a small boy in a sweetshop, and the suave Frenchman actually gushed. It was as if he couldn’t believe he really played for Arsenal, and even the manager was surprised at how good he was.
The majority shareholder of Arsenal Football Club is the American billionaire Stan Kroenke, who with his family owns lots of other sports teams in America. His nickname `Silent` Stan is well earned, because we rarely hear anything from him, even on his rare visits to see the Gunners play, but he has recently given an interview and revealed a lot more than usual.
There is a lot of talk and speculation flying around at the minute about how to improve the England national side, and the latest proposal could be fantastic news for Arsenal Football Club. The idea being discussed is to bring English football more into line with Europe by allowing and encouraging the bigger clubs to have a formal arrangement with lower clubs in a `feeder` capacity.
After a slow start to his Arsenal career, the France international Olivier Giroud got going and ended up having a decent, if not spectacular first season in the Premier League. The striker showed flashes of brilliance, like his goal against Brighton and some of his clever flicks in link up play, but he was guilty of some poor finishing at times.
So far this season, his finishing has been vastly better, while his link up play, touches on the ball and movement off it have been even better than last time. That is why nobody found it strange when the Mirror reported that Giroud is targeting the Premier League Golden Boot this season.
I can’t speak for the rest of the Arsenal fans, in fact I can’t really speak at all because my mouth is full of flies after walking around with my jaw hanging open since Monday night. However, I am going to go out on a limb and say that we are all excited about the prospect of Mesut Ozil playing at the Emirates.
The reaction from the football world continues to roll in, with many experts and players expressing their admiration of Arsene Wenger in securing the German international’s signature and their surprise at Florentino Perez and Real Madrid in letting him leave.
Why do Arsenal get so many injuries? by Raymondo
I’ve been a Gooner for 63 years, was a qualified referee and have a Preliminary FA Coaching Badge so I believe I have a little knowledge of the game. I would like to submit a brief article for consideration after just registering for the site. After playing, officiating and watching the great game for over 60 years, I have a theory as to why we seem to get a disproportionate number of injuries, compared to the rest of the Premiership.