Monthly Archives: August 2014

Olivier Giroud injury means Arsenal must buy forward

Olivier Giroud

It’s a story you get used to as an Arsenal fan. Your only recognised out and out first choice striker comes off the bench, scores an all important goal and then sustains an injury. In this case, Olivier Giroud’s injury leaves him out of action until December and comes at a critical time. Having just edged our way past Besiktas in the Champions League last night, it was painfully obvious that the Gunners need to sign a striker before the transfer window closes on August 31st. However, Arsene Wenger seems to be happy with his current selection of forwards. This is where we could be undone this season.

Yaya Sanogo, bless him, he’s got a lot of potential but he looks uncomfortable out on the pitch and with the ball at his feet at the best of times. I’ve no idea how he bagged a hat-trick in that pre-season friendly.

Joel Campbell appears to be a good option for us in the years to come but clearly Arsene Wenger isn’t convinced by his talents yet. No idea why that might be, in the World Cup, Campbell looked absolutely class. It also appears obvious to me that Wenger sees Campbell as more of a winger as opposed to a striker.

Then of course we have Lukas Podolski, who I think very nearly joined another club yesterday but Giroud’s injury means he’ll stay until January. Again, he’s not the right man to play as a lone striker.

We also have the Alexis Sanchez option, but he’s no out and out striker.

What does this all mean? We need to spend money to bring in a forward before the transfer window shuts. If we don’t, we’re missing that extra talent needed to win a Premier League title. We need to be ambitious – we need to stay in the Champions League and push for that competition as well.

This is a huge moment for Arsene Wenger. He’s finally opened his cheque book in recent summers but Arsenal fans want to see him spend even more. This is the time where he should be looking to bring in someone, anyone.

How about Fernando Torres? He wont get a game at Chelsea and is ready to leave on loan. Sign him up.

What about Fabio Borini? He did an OK job at Sunderland and seems to be lingering around at Liverpool, grab him on a loan deal until January.

There’s options out there, but will Wenger take them? We just have to wait and see.

Tricky Everton game coming up; mixed start to season

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Hello Gooners,

It’s been a topsy turvy start to the new season. With a last gasp 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on the back up a 3-0 win over City in the Shield, we traveled to Turkey on Tuesday night for the first leg of our Champions League qualifier with Besiktas. It wasn’t the best of performances and I felt we were lucky to come home with the draw. Despite that, we’re still in a good position to qualify and we need to be at our best at home to see of the Turkish club. Demba Ba looked particularly dangerous and we need to nullify that thread in the home return tie. Finally, with Aaron Ramsey missing after his red card, we need to bring Ozil back for the return leg. His creativity will be important going forward.

Now we move on to a big weekend game against Everton. I wonder if Per Mertesacker, Podolski and Ozil are ready for a return? Wenger will be tempted but Calum Chambers has been impeccable at the back and also of course Ramsey has been shifted further forward since Ozil has been left out of the side. I expect us to go for it. We need to be winning games away at the top clubs and Everton are in that bracket now. They are able to sign the likes of Lukaku on permanent deals, so they can back their progress last season with financial brevity as well.

I do fancy us to get three points this weekend. Martinez is a great manager. I really like him and I think he is a candidate for replacing Wenger eventually. But I think this is going to be a tricky season for him.¬†What we need to do is attack right away from the off. Everton’s defence is older now and we have the pace to get stuck in.

In transfer news I hear that Sami Khedira has turned down a Real Madrid contract – this is big – we need to bring a defensive midfielder of that calibre before the transfer window shuts – god forbid Chelsea should sign him as well.

That’s all for now – thanks for visiting!

Riproaring Gunners celebrate Community Shield success

Arsenal Community Shield

I was wondering whether or not Arsenal would continue to show the progress made at the end of last season and follow on with a win in the Community Shield and to be honest, I was skeptical, but yesterday’s brilliant 3-0 win over Manchester City could be the boost we need to show we can win a Premier League title.

Goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and a stunning Olivier Giroud effort ensured we won the trophy.

We were excellent yesterday. Efficient all over the park. Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are beginning to become one of Arsenal’s best ever central midfield duo and if they can keep up the performances shown in yesterday’s game, we can win the league with these two as our midfielders alongside Mesut Ozil.

I was impressed with the defence as well. Calum Chambers looks to be a steal and capable of playing in central defence despite being a full back (strange move I thought at first but well done Arsene), while Alexis Sanchez at times showed why he is going to be a great asset for us. He’s World Class. He needs to be on the ball at all times because this guy can run at any defender. Can you imagine Sanchez against John Terry next season? I love the idea of seeing Terry on his arse!

So, it’s an important victory for us. Not because the trophy is really that important, but more because it is a blow to City’s preparations and a boost to ours. We now need to prepare for the first game against Crystal Palace now and I look forward to seeing who Arsene Wenger starts in that game!

Come on you gunners!

Emirates Cup ends on sour note

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Hi everyone,

So the Emirates Cup is over and unfortunately we didn’t win, not that it is that important anyway. It would have been our first win in the cup in four years but a spirited performance from Monaco and some dodgy refereeing probably cost us a draw. Instead it was Radamel Falcao who scored the winning goal and Valencia went on to win the trophy. What we did learn from this tournament is the following things:

  • Calum Chambers could be playing as a centre back often this season
  • Aaron Ramsey is going to have an excellent season, he finished right where he left off
  • Joel Campbell is unlikely to be staying at Arsenal even though he’s quality – I really liked the way he linked up with Yaya Sanogo against Benfica
  • The players are some way off of full fitness, it will be a real test against Man City

Our next game takes us to the Community Shield at Wembley against Man City, which should be an interesting one. What we do know is that Bacary Sagna is playing for the opposition and I doubt there will be many negative feelings toward him, fair play to him for moving elsewhere after what he’s done. City are also probably a bit short on fitness having had so many players on international duty at the World Cup.

I really liked the look of Alexis Sanchez during the game against Monaco. He looked lively and ready to run with the ball, something Arsenal desperately need throughout the season. Someone who can go at the defence. Walcott can give it a go but for me he doesn’t have that little bit of skill to get past the last defender as much as Sanchez has.

Jack Wilshere was a bit off the pace as well – I know the guy gets a lot of stick for smoking and also for under performing, but this is a massive season for him. He needs to prove that he is a class act as Arsene Wenger has put so much faith in him.

In transfer rumours, there seems to be some noise from Portugal that we’re going to wrap up a deal for William Carvalho for 30 million euros. I will believe that when I see it. If we do get him, that could spell the end for Mikel Arteta (who has today been linked with a transfer to Athletic Bilbao as it goes)…

That’s all for now.