So the gossip is that Arsene Wenger, Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker are all in advanced contract discussions and that the club is set to announce an agreement with all three in the coming two weeks. This would be a wonderful statement of intent by the Gunners. Let’s hope it’s true and that this doesn’t drag out for too long. Sagna is the best right back in the country and Mertesacker adds a lot on the field and off it.
On the pitch, we picked up an important 2-1 win away at Aston Villa. The kind of performances that will win titles. I was very impressed with the fighting spirit of all of the players during that game, especially Jack Wilshere. It’s great to see him doing so well. He’s going to need to keep the form up ahead of the World Cup, there’s massive competition for places. For England, I think he should partner Ross Barkley in the middle – a great little duo.
Our next game is the home game against Coventry City in the FA Cup. What a great draw we got there, let’s hope we see it through. We need to play a strong team, so let’s hope we see some of our best players.
So yesterday Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long awaited return to action as he took part in the 1-0 win for Arsenal’s under-21 team yesterday. He played in 48 minutes and showed some nice touches early on before being taken off into the second half. His return will be a welcome boost after we lost Theo Walcott.
Elsewhere, there is a whole lot of transfer rumours everywhere. Alvaro Morata still is the name that is continuously mentioned on all of the blogs everywhere, I personally think he would be a great addition to our squad and add a new bit of strength to our attack. If we need another forward, signing one on loan would make sense.
Yesterday Mr. Wenger also admitted that he is seriously considering a move for a new striker in January as well. The player we need is not necessarily someone who is going to be playing every week, but someone who is decent cover for Olivier Giroud. I still think the Frenchman can do a good enough job for the remainder of the season.
Mesut Ozil picked up the German footballer of the year award for the third time running yesterday. A nice accolade for the midfielder – big congrats to him.
Let the games begin – I saw various rumours yesterday from all over the place, let’s see who Wenger decides to buy.
So, this weekend is a tricky visit to Aston Villa, here’s to hopefully another three points.
Have a good Friday all
So, the good news is that Spurs and Man Utd are both out of the FA Cup. That obviously is a massive boost for Arsenal’s chances of winning the cup, leaving the other likely two as our biggest rivals for the cup (City and Chelsea).
The best part of the Arsenal – Tottenham game was the atmosphere. The fans are really coming together of late and being at the emirates at the game reminded me of years gone by when we’ve had successful campaigns. The fans are hugging and kissing each other and there’s a general positive vibe going around the stadium.
The bad news from the game was the injury to Theo Walcott, which will be a blow to our plans and England’s as well. He’s out for six months with a knee ligament issue, which means we need to really strongly consider a move into the transfer market. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if we don’t buy a forward this is going to damage our chances of success on all fronts. I would love to see us sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, and with a reported 40m release clause, that’s not a bad bit of business. On the other hand, if we can’t afford that, what about signing Rickie Lambert? He’s an international striker, he is 31 years of age and experienced and he needs to show the England manager ahead of Brazil next year exactly what he can do at the top level. Will Southampton sell him? I expect yes. How much do we think we can get him for? Maybe about 6m. A bargain.
Elsewhere this morning, there’s not much news regarding Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be returning to training this week, which is great news for us indeed. What we need to do is make sure we integrate him straight into the first team and he will be competing with Serge Gnabry for a place on the flanks in the coming weeks. I think Gnabry is going to be a star for our club and I hope Wenger uses this kid well in the coming few months, March will be a big month and players as fresh as Gnabry will be vital for that period.
We’re still being linked with a loan deal for Alvaro Morata. I suspect that one is dead in the water already though, so it will be interesting to see what Wenger does in the market now.
That’s all for now – have a good day.