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Alexis Sanchez – fast becoming a hero at the Emirates

Alexis Sanchez

A hard fought 2-0 win over Sunderland last weekend was necessary to ensure a confidence boost for Arsenal. After scraping a 2-1 win over Anderlecht, we were lucky for three points there to almost certainly ensure qualification for the next round of the Champions League. We needed to get our league hopes back on track and thankfully the ever impressive Alexis Sanchez was on hand to grab two goals.
Sure, both were courtesy of suspect goalkeeping and defending, but who cares. You have to be class to fight for both of those goals and that’s exactly what the Chilean international did.

I was really happy to grab three points against Sunderland. Most importantly, we have a relatively nice few games ahead. We’ve got players returning from injury, most notably Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. There’s lots to look forward to.

It was nice to see Chelsea also drop points in the last minute to Man Utd so that their lead at the top has been reduced.

We’ve got Burnley at home next. I hate these kinds of games, they’re always a potential banana skin. What we need to do is put out a very strong side and go into the game with confidence.

For now that’s all – good to be on track fellow Gooners!

Arsenal youngsters out of League Cup; Southampton win 2-1

Alexis Sanchez freekick

Well, how do we start? A disappointing performance last night saw us slump out of the Capital One Cup to a decent looking Southampton side. Fair enough, Ronald Koeman appears to have done wonders since taking over at St Mary’s, but I feel like we should have done better.

Our defence on the team sheet was not good enough. With Bellerin in the heart of our defence, you knew we were going to struggle.

It was nice to see Ospina get a start, and also good to see the likes of Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski get a game too.

In terms of the action,┬áthe Arsenal started off in good fashion. Alexis Sanchez started and he also opened the goalscoring with a pearler of a free kick. I wonder how hard it was to persuade Podolski that he should take the set piece, but he spanked the ball over the wall and into the top left corner of the Saints’ net. A truly stunning effort.

Dusan Tadic later levelled things up with his first goal for Southampton, before the impressive Nathaniel Clyne scored a belter on 40 minutes.

The second half I would say that we did dominate, but we couldn’t get the win and thus we are out of the League Cup, again. Arsene Wenger has still yet to win this trophy during his Arsenal tenure, quite miserable, but to be honest he does have other priorities… just about everywhere else.

Anyway, we now have a much better and bigger came coming up this weekend, against our good friends Tottenham. I would love nothing more to see us continue our good league form after the 3-0 win over Villa with a win over the Spuds this weekend, I am confident that we will do so.

Who should we play? Well I think Ozil will be crucial and needs to start. I also think it’s time to play Sanchez up top alongside Danny Welbeck. Tottenham are looking shaky at the back and it’s important that we take advantage of that. Fingers crossed we can get a sneaky win.

Have a good one Gooners!

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.

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

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

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.

Why the signing of Alexis Sanchez is a masterstroke

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

When Arsenal moved to sign Alexis Sanchez during the middle of the World Cup, I think most Arsenal fans would have been surprised. One, because Arsene Wenger historically has a reputation for leaving things until the last minute. Two, because we rarely buy players from top teams like Barcelona; historically, we’ve always sold to Barca. Three, we just very rarely spend that much money. But this time, Arsene Wenger has gone for broke and spent big to sign one of the world’s best forwards.

With Luis Suarez┬áhaving already completed a move to Barcelona, many expected the Spaniards to sell a forward. With Liverpool short of a striker, I thought that they’d move for Alexis Sanchez; a snip at about 42 million euros. Instead, the day prior to us completing a move, I’d read that his agent had been adding Arsenal players on Twitter. Surely, surely not, Arsene Wenger moving for a player before August 31st?

The next day I woke up to the news – we’d signed Sanchez. Finally, we’ve got the forward we’ve been looking for since the days of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, a genuine World class finisher.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

How Sanchez will fit into Arsenal’s team, I’m not yet sure. One thing I am sure about though is that Lukas Podolski will probably heading elsewhere. The German is unlikely to dislodge Sanchez from the Gunners’ first team, so he must be heading back home or to another team.

The price for Sanchez? Cheap in my opinion. How often do you get a player who proves himself for Barcelona and for Chile in the World Cup for such a fee? In today’s modern game, hardly ever. We’ve done some wonderful business. A masterstroke by Arsene Wenger.

Most importantly, one of our league chasing rivals Liverpool have also lost their star forward in the process. Luis Suarez had done serious damage to us over the years and now we’ll not have to play against him domestically ever again.

So, now on to next season. I can’t wait to get started and I can’t wait to see Sanchez wearing the new red jersey – which, by the way, is stunning!

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