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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, the 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.

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 having 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!

Liverpool rampage to top of Premier League table

Gael Clichy Tomas Rosicky

So, the title race has taken a major twist and Liverpool are now top of the league. I’m genuinely surprised that Chelsea have slipped up at this late stage and as a Gooner I’d much rather see Man City win the league than either Liverpool or Chelsea.

In terms of news today, there’s not much of note. Apparently, Lukas Podolski has been linked with a move back to his homeland after a disappointing season. Do you think that the German should be shipped off?

Also, it’s being reported that Arsenal are chasing youngster Josip Drmic of who I know very little about.  The player is at Nuremburg in Germany.

That’s all for now folks – see you tomorrow.