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Is Alexis Sanchez on the way out?

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Arsenal Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez has been a hero to Arsenal fans for the last three years. It looks increasingly likely that the Chilean will quit the Gunners for a move elsewhere. What will hurt is if that he does move to Man City as opposed to Bayern Munich, Gunners’ fans will have to watch him come to the Emirates and likely tear us apart. I hope that as is being reported he will shun a move to link up with former manager Pep at City and move to Germany to partner his international buddy Arturo Vidal.
What is for sure is that the money is going to be reinvested in the team. With no shortage of activity on the transfer market, this is the year where players look to be available. Thomas Lemar would be for me the perfect signing now we already have Lacazette to replace Sanchez. But if Sanchez leaves, Arsenal need to do all they can to keep hold of the Ox and Mesut Ozil. Midfielders of that calibre are hard to come by and I have a feeling Ozil is going to have a fantastic season for us if we can keep him happy and fit. The Ox should be one for our future and we should also do all that we can to sign him up to a new deal.
Elsewhere Per Mertesacker has been brought in to manage the academy and will retire at the end of this season. Good move from Arsenal in my opinion. Jens Lehmann has already been brought in as a coach and it will be interesting to see how that goes down with Arsene Wenger’s team.
It’s nice to see that there is some movement behind the scenes with new coaches and I think the appointment of Lehmann is a very interesting one as he has never been one to mince his words.
Let’s see what the next couple of weeks brings on the transfer market, fingers crossed we see some more new faces.

Lacazette in; who comes next?

Lacazette

Arsenal finally began their preparations for the 2017/18 Premier League season with their first major transfer signing in the Ligue 1 goalscoring dynamo Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal supporters have good reason to be nervous with concern over the long-term future of Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez and Lacazette’s arrival will help to calm the discontent at the Emirates.

Gunners’ fans now will be looking forward to seeing who Arsene Wenger brings in next. Realistically, Arsenal will have to let at least one of the three aforementioned players leave the club this summer in order to make way for new players and balance the wage bill. Thomas Lemar is a player who is very highly-rated by the Arsenal boss but his club Monaco will do everything in their power to keep hold of him. Jack Wilshere is likely to leave citing a lack of first-team football and Lemar would certainly be an adequate replacement for the Englishman.

Riyad Mahrez is another player who has been linked with the Gunners but transfer negotiations appear to have stalled regarding the fee that Arsenal will pay for the player. Leicester City are demanding Arsenal pay upward of 45 million GBP for Mahrez and the Gunners have only offered 30 million.

Meanwhile Arsenal are also reportedly tracking CSKA Moscow man Aleksander Golovin with Arsene Wenger personally monitoring the player in the Confederations Cup. Probably not the player Arsenal supporters want to see as a replacement for Ozil, though.

It will be interesting to see who comes in next and how much Arsenal are prepared to spend this summer.

Why Arsenal missed out on a good thing in Gnabry

Serge Gnabry

Morning Gooners,

Yesterday morning German international Serge Gnabry told reporters that leaving Arsenal may have been the right decision for his career; as since his move to Werder Bremen the player’s form has gone from strength to strength. I don’t begrudge the fact that Gnabry left Arsenal. For a while, it looked as if he might be on the fringes of the first team and even a regular in the Starting XI, but at some point in early 2015 Arsene Wenger decided that Gnabry would be a bit-part player instead.

I imagine that the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being on the bench didn’t do Gnabry any favours. But I have to say whenever I saw Gnabry on the pitch I was very impressed. He’s skillful, strong and his positional play looked pretty good. One or two loans letter he didn’t really seem to kick on and decided to make a move elsewhere.

Werder Bremen is a good club for a player like Gnabry to continue his development. There’s one thing I think might come back to haunt us though; Gnabry will probably end up at Bayern Munich one day. He’s looking a class act in Bremen and he even scored on his Germany international debut.

So while Gnabry did tell the press that leaving Arsenal was right for him, I don’t personally have any gripe with the player. He did all he could and he waited his turn since he made that move from VfB Stuttgart.

Elsewhere Alexis Sanchez is still locked in talks with Arsenal over a new contract. What’s clear to me is that we need to tie Sanchez down to a new deal ASAP. He single handedly wins us games, as shown in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend. Whatever he is requesting, it’s worth listening to. It’s hard to even get a world class player and so when you have one, you have to really weigh up your options. For me he needs to be given whatever he needs. Some are saying that he wants to see new, bigger signings at the club; I think many of the fans can relate to that.

There’s also rumours that Bayern Munich and Austria star David Alaba prefers a move to Arsenal instead of Man Utd, who can blame him? While this seems to be early days on this rumour, the player is definitely one for the future and someone we should be keeping an eye on if he were to decide to make a move to the Premier League.

That’s all for now, have a great Tuesday.

Liverpool next – can Arsenal show their form?

Arsenal Palace

After a hard fought 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, now it is time for Arsenal to take on Liverpool this weekend. With two wins out of two, Brendan Rodgers’ team look good value for a top four spot this year. Benteke is proving to be dangerous and continues to prove why he is one of Europe’s best strikers. On the other hand, Arsenal’s defence has been weak so far this season despite the sterling efforts of Laurent Koscielny against Palace last week. If we are to reproduce the success of last season against Liverpool, we are going to need to be powerful going forward and strong at the back.

There’s not much news on the transfer market so far, you have to feel that with the signing of Petr Cech, Arsenal are pretty happy with their current squad of players. Arsene Wenger had been expected to spend big this season but with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil expected to do big things this year, you feel our boss won’t be spending much left for the remainder of the window, which finishes at the end of August.

The Telegraph says that we’ve had a bid for Karim Benzema accepted by Real Madrid, but I hear that there’s no truth in the rumours and Arsene has given up on his fellow countryman.

Meanwhile, Joel Campbell had been set for a move to Palermo, but it appears Arsene Wenger is looking for at least 7 million euros before he sells the Costa Rican striker.

That’s all for now, have a good one!

No Sanchez, no problem

Hector Bellerin

On the stream that I watched from FOX news last night, one of the pundits suggested that Aston Villa might get a result out of this game; this from a team who hasn’t scored a goal in 9 and a half hours.
The result was indeed just what we needed, with Arsenal winning 5-0 against a very poor Aston Villa team. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring with a neat chip over Brad Guzan having ran on to a stunning through ball from Mesut Ozil. The German himself then made it 2-0 with a little pearler in at the far post. Further goals from Santi Cazorla from the penalty spot, Theo Walcott with a Thierry-Henry-esque finish and then a late one for the impressive Hector Bellerin.
What I liked most about the team yesterday is that Giroud looked comfortable in front of goal, Ozil looks like the player that we forked out all that money for, Bellerin is clearly better than Chambers at full back and we need to consider putting Chambers more centrally for the future and that Coquelin is just what we need in at defensive midfield. Overall, it was a brilliant performance.
The transfer window comes to an end today and Arsene Wenger admits it is likely his business is done already. Gabriel Paulista didn’t get a start yesterday and didn’t come off the bench and it is likely he won’t play against Tottenham in next weekend’s game either, unless we’re looking to protect a lead.
What does this all mean? Well, Chelsea have decided to move for Cuadrado as a replacement for Schurrle and Salah, which is a good bit of business. Man United are probably going to be in the market for someone and Liverpool could sell Lambert now that Sturridge is back from injury. Expect the transfer deadline day to mainly involve the bottom of the table clubs today (and that includes Tottenham).
Who, speaking of which, are our next opponents on February 2nd at White Hart Lane. I am looking forward to this North London derby just because our form is coming through at the right time. We’re looking strong all over the park and I think we have found a line up which can do serious problems to most top teams. We’ve got Monaco this month in the Champions League and I fancy us to get a win against them. We’ve got a nice game against Boro at home in the FA Cup. We’re only 11 points off the pace in the Premier League. Dare I say it, we’re looking quite good at the moment?
That’s all for now!

Alexis Sanchez does it again

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Well, well, well! Morning Gooners, how was yesterday for you? I was really impressed by the way we played against Stoke City and none more so than the performance of Alexis Sanchez. He really is one special player. If you didn’t see the game yet, Sanchez made an assist for our first goal, for Laurent Koscielny, he then scored a wonder goal having beaten three defenders and tucking in the ball at the front post of Asmir Begovic, then finishing up with a free kick under the wall. The game could’ve easily been 8-0, not 3-0, but for the excellent shot stopping of Begovic. That’s one keeper I wish we’d have signed a few years back….

So, I said yesterday that I think our run and our season starts here. I truly believe that. Yes I know we have Man City coming up, but with the returning Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil; we’ve got a decent squad to choose from. The downside of yesterday was yet another injury to Mathieu Debuchy. He’ll be out for a month or longer with dislocated shoulder. But to be honest, I think we have cover for him in Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin. Who would I go for? Bellerin… of course. He looks the part and deserves playing time.

The other impressive performance from yesterday was that of Coquelin. Out of nowhere he’s come back to Arsenal after a few spells on loan and is now an important member of the first team. Just goes to show you….

Anyway, we now need to focus all of our efforts on a big win against Man City next weekend. I believe we can do it – do you?

Stoke City game – the start of a special run?

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Morning folks,

Not much to report today, other than that we’re still in the race for a 17-year-old Polish midfielder and we’re rumoured to have made a bid for Edinson Cavani. Forgive me, but think our priorities are certainly wrong. We should be signing a defender and a defensive midfielder this January – none of the above.

However, I think this weekend’s Stoke City game will be the reverse of our poor form. I actually fancy us to go on to win or draw every game until the end of the season.

The return of Mesut Ozil is massive for us. I know he must be ramped up after missing three months of the season and eager to get back on the pitch.

Elsewhere, most are concerned about the fitness of our star man Alexis Sanchez. I have to agree that he needs a rest, but I don’t think the Stoke City game is the right place to rest the Chilean. Stoke City are tough opponents and we need Sanchez as Giroud’s missing due to suspension.

That’s all for now – let’s hope we get a good result this weekend
-Sensei

Important WBA win; we must buy a defensive midfielder

Danny Welbeck Olivier Giroud

That was a big win for us yesterday. WBA made it difficult for Arsenal at the end, but a goal from Welbz was enough to secure an important 3 points and push us a little further up the Premier League table. All in all, that was a pretty good week. A 2-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund was of course the highlight. However, we’ve had the additional setback of further injuries. Jack Wilshere had to have surgery and will miss three months of action. Mikel Arteta picked up a knock. Yesterday, Nacho Monreal had to come off for Gibbs and also it is possible the Ox might miss a game or two. I know many people are questioning our medical team and training, but I think it’s really bad luck. I think a lot of it is to do with the types of players Arsene Wenger recruits. Buying players like Yaya Sanogo, Thomas Eisfeld and Abou Diaby, young players with certain question marks over their fitness, shows Arsene Wenger tends to take a bit of a risk when purchasing players.
Anyway, we now move on to our next game. Six points from our last two games is a big boost for the team.
In terms of yesterday’s performance against West Brom, it was crucial having Laurent Koscielny back in the side. He and Per Mertesacker really complement each other well at the back and it’s good to have our two recognised players back at the heart of defence. I know people were asking why we sold Thomas Vermaelen, but I think it is obvious that Calum Chambers could end up being a centre back and the Belgian’s replacement. By the way, Vermaelen is out until April next year through injury and hasn’t yet played a game for Barca…
Aaron Ramsey is having a worrying spell of form recently. I know I’m not the only one who transferred him out of their fantasy team more than a month ago. Yesterday was the same. He’s not making his usua runs into the box and he doesn’t track back efficiently enough. Good performances on the whole came from Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud did his thing pretty well, Santi Cazorla got stuck in to continue his great performance after the Dortmund game and at the back pretty good too. Martinez seems a decent backup for us in goal, but I can’t imagine he’ll keep the number 1 jersey for long. I want to see Ospina in between the sticks as soon as possible.
On to the January transfer window. One thing I’ve noticed from all top European sides such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is that their formation seems to all have a similar setup.
Take Bayern for example: Lewandowski up front, has three men behind him at all times. Robben, Ribery and Muller. Goetze can sit behind those four. Bayern then sit an anchorman behind those 5. Xabi Alonso. Or even Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Real Madrid have Benzema up top, Ronaldo playing loose behind him; Rodriguez and Bale on the flanks. Behind that, Toni Kroos sits in the middle of midfield. Behind him? an anchorman. Sami Khedira.

Let’s look at Arsenal’s formation. You can easily put Olivier Giroud up front and he’ll do a job. On the flanks, you can choose your pick between Welbeck, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanchez. Behind him, I’d like to see us play Ramsey in that Kroos/Goetze role. But where is our anchorman? We’re currently playing Arteta alongside a Ramsey/Wilshere combo. That’s not really doing the job. Arteta tries to play the water carrier alongside those players, but he’s not quick enough, not strong enough and not a defensive midfielder. I think in January Arsene Wenger needs to buy a central defensive midfielder. Who would I like to see? It’s difficult to say because I don’t know who is on the market. Who do I like? Well, Matic at Chelsea is the type of player I think we need. We could’ve had Luiz Gustavo, we turned him down. We chased Xabi Alonso for years, he’s at Bayern now. We’re apparently chasing Sami Khedira. Not sure he’ll join us, though.
Personally, I think Arturo Vidal is the best in the world. Maybe with the Chilean connection of Alexis Sanchez at the club, we have a chance?
In terms of market availability, it is clear there is one man who Arsenal should sign. He’s French, he plays at Southampton, with whom we have an excellent relationship… Morgan Schneiderlin.
But the price wouldn’t come cheap… but he did want to leave for Spurs last summer, so maybe we have a chance.

End of the road for Arsene Wenger?

Arsenal Swansea

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. With Arsene Wenger effectively conceding the title to Chelsea yesterday, and after a shocking defensive display that saw Arsenal slump to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City; I think most Gunners’ fans’ patience has now been fully tested.

Watching the game was an absolute nightmare. Bar Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, we were awful. At the back Per Mertesacker had a shocker and Nacho Monreal IS NOT A CENTRE BACK. We had chances in the summer to buy a replacement for Vermaelen but failed. In midfield Aaron Ramsey played poorly and Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta were non-existent. When is Arsene going to learn that these players are not good enough for a championship challenging side?

The worst part about it all, was the fact that Arsenal went out with the most useless looking line up for a visit to Swansea. You have to attack these teams. You can break them with talent alone. Why on earth we are still not playing Podolski and Joel Campbell and prefer to bring Yaya Sanogo off of the bench is a complete mystery to me and just about every Arsenal fan.

Arsene Wenger has lost the plot. He is so powerful at the club, he is the decision maker from top to bottom. The problem is, he’s got too much power and calls the shots. If players like Campbell and Podolski want to leave, he doesn’t play them. He’s too much pride. It’s time for him to consider his future.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be up there at the end of the season. The only silver lining is that Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are also useless this season. We’ve still got plenty of time to push our way into the top four, which as we all know, is like a trophy to our ageing coach.

Is it time for a change? Yes, it probably is…

Brutal Anderlecht comeback delays Arsenal qualification

Alexis Sanchez

Well, well well… that was not fun to watch. When all seemed to be going well, with Arsenal coasting to a 3-0 victory over Anderlecht, the Belgian minnows fought hard and came back to level up the scores at 3-3.
We’ve been used to seeing Arsenal score late goals this season, it’s not fun to see us on the other end of some late action.
Positives from last night; of course, yet again Alexis Sanchez. He scored a wonderful goal after an initial free kick rebounded off of the wall and then he had a second crack on the volley and the ball went past Silvio Proto into the corner of the net. That’s about it.
Negatives; the entire defence – I don’t know what has happened to Per Mertesacker but he is looking well off the pace since he won the World Cup. In addition, Nacho Monreal is not a decent centre half so should not being played there. Why oh why we didn’t sign another centre back when we had the chance is beyond me. I’d love to see Carl Jenkinson back at Arsenal sooner rather than later.
One other positive, we only need a point against a struggling Borussia Dortmund at home or a visit to Turkish side Galatasaray. I think we’re safe, but we’ve made a meal of it.
We now need to focus on our next game in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger has just a little under two months to find a centre back that he MUST sign in January otherwise it could be a trophyless season for us.
We can’t keep conceding goals like this, especially against average sides like Anderlecht.
That’s all for now.

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