Over the past few weeks, there have been plenty of reports from the English media in regards to the future of the Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna. The Frenchman has so far refused to sign a new deal at the Emirates and while Arsene Wenger still seems pretty optimistic about the situation, it is not hard to see that talks are not going ahead as planned by the club.
Arsenal are very close to coming through this current international break unscathed. With just tonight’s games to get through, it looks like the Gunners should be in really good shape for the visit of Southammpton to the Emirates on Saturday.
The illness bug which arguably ruined our chances of a famous victory over Manchester United at OLd Trafford has actually worked in our favour for the international players. Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky sat out the Wales and Czech Republic games, and they do not play tonight.
There are a number of Arsenal players involved in the current round of international friendlies, although because there is no real pressure on the game and because managers are experimenting, we can be reasonably hopeful that nobody will be overplayed or pick up an injury that will affect the Gunners and their hunt for a trophy.
However, Arsenal have three first team players in the France national set-up, and Les Blues are involved in a hugely important two legged play-off, with the prize on offer a place in the Brazil World Cup next summer. They made a terrible start, going down 2-0 away to Ukraine and this could be bad news for Arsenal.
Do not be too surprised if you see stories in the media linking Arsenal with almost every right back in the world of football between now and next summer. Unless or until the French international Bacary Sagna agrees a new contract with the Gunners, speculation will be rife about who Arsene Wenger is planning to sign to replace him.
Arsenal have recently been linked with one AC Milan right back, the young Mattia De Sciglio, but he is only 21-years old and relatively inexperienced. However, the main man in that position at the Serie A club, Ignazio Abate, seems a much better fit for Arsenal and the Premier League, and a report in the Express claims that Milan are already preparing for the 27-year old’s potential departure by lining up the Newcastle United player Davide Santon.
Another possible Sagna replacement? by AT
Reports in the English media have emerged claiming that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is plotting a move for the versatile AC Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio in an effort to add more defensive depth to the Gunners’ squad. The Italian international, who primarily plays as a right-back, is said to have been lined up by the Arsenal boss as a replacement for Bacary Sagna who has so far stalled on contract talks.
Like most Arsenal fans, I would love Bacary Sagna to stay with the club. But with his current contract due to run out next summer, there are plenty of rumours linking the France international right back with some of the top clubs around Europe.
Sagna will be 31-years old next summer, but looks like he has got many years left in him, although it seems like the Gunners are not really offering him the contract he feels he deserves. So assuming that he is going to move on in the summer, Arsene Wenger and his scouting network have got some work on their hands to find a suitable replacement.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has intimated that he would prefer not to have this international break at the minute. The Frenchman would rather have the chance for the Gunners to get straight back into action after a disappointing defeat, but it does represent a good chance for some of the more overworked Arsenal players to get a break from playing every midweek and weekend. One player who seems more in need of that than most is Olivier Giroud.
After losing at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players would like to have a chance to put it right straight away, but the two week international break means that we will have to wait until Saturday 23rd November to see if they can do just that when Southampton come to the Emirates.
I understand why Wenger has spoken about the international break coming at a bad time because of this, but realistically, quite a few of the regular first team Gunners look like they could do with a bit of a rest, and hopefully the likes of Giroud, Ramsey and Ozil will be feeling fresher again when they return.
Why Wenger Should Have Started Gnabry Against United. by Ricardo
Hello Gunners, greetings from Nigeria!
The battle of Old Trafford has come and gone and Arsenal lost a game which had few chances between both teams. Personally, losing to the Champions is nothing to be ashamed of. We are still top of the league and with the other contenders (Chelsea, Spurs and Man City) dropping points, we should be fine if we continue with the way we’ve been performing these past few months (after the International Break). However, there was something I noticed in the match against United which got me thinking.
Manchester United 1 – 0 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by Matt
Here is the latest Infographic report from our friends over at allarsenal.com for you to look at…
A very disappointing display from an Arsenal side who have been in blistering form. We didn’t really start playing until the last 20 minutes, with a few players looking tired and playing with a lack of desire. Bacary Sagna put in an excellent shift and created the best chances of the game with some sublime crossing. Somehow no-one in a yellow shirt could connect.
Manchester United 1 – 0 Arsenal player ratings by KJ
Ahead of this crunch Premier League game for Arsenal at Old Trafford, it seems like Arsene Wenger is relishing the Old rivalry. Maybe it is because this is the first time in years that the Gunners have seriously threatened to become champions of England or not, there is definitely an extra bit of spice in the build up.
The last time that Arsenal finished the campaign in top spot was 2004 and that is arguably the best performance over a season that England has ever seen. I’m not sure if you remember, but Arsenal did not lose a single league game that season, and so the team gained the nickname of `invincibles`, quite rightly. They also beat Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest record of unbeaten games in that spell.