Arsene Wenger and most of the Arsenal fans are hoping to see Mesut Ozil back in action on Sunday. The German international has missed the last seven games with a hamstring problem picked up in the second leg of the Champions League clash away to Bayern Munich and has been back in full training for a week or so.
My wish list for the summer transfer window by Dboy
It is no secret that Arsenal need to do some serious business once this season is over. This year has seen our team tumble from first place on the table to fighting for our much coveted fourth place again.
If only Arsenal could have had a slightly smaller injury list this season, who knows what we could have been fighting for now. One of the worst aspects of the Gunners’ injury problems this season has been losing so many of our key players in the middle of the park at the same time. So this picture of Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere should bring a smile to a few faces.
With Aaron Ramsey already back playing with the first team, Kim Kallstrom over his problems and starting to show what he can do and Mesut Ozil already having rejoined training last week, the report in the Daily Mail that Jack is back in training makes Arsenal’s midfield start to look magic again.
It seems that Arsenal and their scouts have got season tickets to watch Real Madrid, because it looks like we could be after two more of their players this summer, to add to the marquee signing of Mesut Ozil at the end of August. You are probably well aware of the rumours surrounding the transfer of Alvaro Morata to the Emirates, but he may not be coming alone, as they say.
The next Real Madrid player on Arsene Wenger’s transfer radar, according to The Mirror, is the young Brazilian midfielder Casemiro. This could even end up being another deal like the one with Morata, which looks like being either a long term loan or with a buy back option included in a permanent transfer.
Last week, Santi Cazorla caused a bit of a stir and upset quite a few of the Arsenal fans by suggesting that he would be looking to move on from the Emirates if the Gunners did not start to win things. Well, according to one former Arsenal star, the boot should be on the other foot.
Sky Sports presenter Charlie Nicholas, who scored both goals for Arsenal as we won the league cup final in 1987, has layed into our diminutive Spanish midfielder, as a report in The Express reveals, and accused him of failing to live up to his talent and also going missing during big games for Arsenal. He certainly has not been nearly as influential as he was in his debut season last time.
Well it was rollercoaster ride of emotions for anyone connected with Arsenal Football Club today, but the end result is that the Gunners will be running out on to the Wembley turf on Saturday May 17th to face either Hull City or Sheffield United. But is that all that matters?
Arsenal were far from great today and I wonder if that performance will just dilute the fact of the result, as we have to travel to West Ham on Tuesday. Then we go to Hull, which could well be a precursor of the final, before hosting Newcastle and West Brom, with the final game of the season for us at Carrow Road against Norwich City. And we probably need to win every single one of those games in order to beat Everton into fourth spot and qualify for the Champions League.
Positive injury news on Jack Wilshere!
Whilst there are some recent disappointments on the injury front upon hearing that neither Mesut Ozil nor Laurent Koscienly will be available for this weekend’s semi final cup clash against Wigan Athletic, it is good news that they will soon be returning to the fold in a week at the most.
We also heard that Aaron Ramsey should be returning to the Arsenal starting line up for the Wigan game, whilst Rosicky, Chamberlain and Gibbs could also overcome fitness doubts. However I think arguably the most positive outcome of the injury update was hearing that Jack Wilshere could also soon return to the team.
Everybody knows that Spain is producing some amazing players in recent years and Arsenal have not been slow to take advantage of that. Arsene Wenger already has three Spaniards in the first team, with others like Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral in the academy.
If recent reports are to be believed, they could soon be joined at Arsenal by two more of their countrymen. The young Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is heavily linked with a transfer to the Gunners this summer, although whether it is a loan deal or a permanaent one, with certain strings attached, we will have to wait and see.
There are certainly doubts about whether Arsenal have the players, mental strength and whatever else is needed to finish the season strongly. But it appears that most of those doubts are in the minds of Arsenal fans themselves. Of course, we are a lot more reason to be nervous than the neutral, but a look at the odds tells you that the bookies, who do not tend to make many mistakes, have more belief in the Gunners than most of us do at the moment.
Santi Cazorla has made a statement that I am sure will rock a few Arsenal hearts and test the minds of others. In a recent interview with an independent reviewer, reporting for Sport360.com, the Spaniard suggested that he would consider moving to another club if Arsenal continue to fail. As he approaches 30. the midfield maestro is running out of time to add to his single intertoto cup winner’s medal and that is weighing on his mind.
Goodbye Mr Wenger by Dan
Well…what can I say! Yet another pathetic Arsenal performance in a big game; made worse when my girlfriend uttered the classic phrase “it’s only a game.” Luckily as an Arsenal fan, I’ve been numb to the affects of that phrase for many years now. But on a more serious note, I think Arsene Wenger should walk at the end of the season.
I think that Arsene Wenger has shown remarkable forbearance this season by not blaming all of the problems Arsenal have faced on bad luck. The Frenchman has not moaned too much about the awful decisions from referees that have cost us valuable points, except maybe the Szczesny red card against Bayern Munich. And he has not blames our recent slide down from the summit of the Premier League on the crippling injury list, until now that is.