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Arsenal victory over Man City the start of a revolution?

Coquelin

I had a funny feeling we would get something out of the Man City game, but I didn’t expect us to ever play quite that well. For me, Santi Cazorla was out of this world, but the real difference was made by Francis Coquelin. What a reversal of fortunes for him. One minute you’re out on loan at Charlton Athletic, the next you’re putting in a match winning performance against the champions of England. I really hope he keeps this form up. I can’t see him being dislodged from the first team until the end of the campaign now. I heard that Flamini and Diaby are free to leave the Emirates and I think the emergence of Coquelin ensures that.

Next up we have a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup. I think this is a tricky game for us. It’s imperative that we keep up our good form in the cup competitions but I expect to see Walcott, Flamini, Ozil and Campbell all get some playing time. We should beat them even with a rotated squad.

Elsewhere, we’ve signed our first player of the January transfer window, that Bielik chap from Poland – I don’t know anything about him but I think it’s a typical Wenger addition. Young with bags of potential. Hopefully he can push for a first team place in the next couple of years.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Enjoy revelling in the victory!

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?

Who should Arsenal sign to replace Bacary Sagna?

Astuto Uchida

Hi all – thoughts today have turned to discussing who might be brought in to replace Bacary Sagna. The Mirror is reporting today that the Frenchman has already agreed terms with Man City and will have a medical on Monday afternoon before agreeing a huge salary and signing a reported three year contract at the Champions.

Who can we bring in to replace Sagna? Many are expecting Carl Jenkinson to step in and fill the void. I’m not sure if Jenkinson can do the job to push us on to become genuine Premier League challengers and I think we need to bring someone in. Here are some of the options that have been mentioned:

Atsuto Uchida
I have to admit, I know nothing about the 26-year-old Japanese international. He’s spent four years playing in Germany with Schalke; playing in the Bundesliga seems to be very common for most Japanese youngsters, he’s short and has rapid speed much like Sagna and has played over 65 games for his national team. The player has two years left on his deal and has apparently been contacted by Arsenal representatives already – I like the idea of signing someone who still has his best years ahead of him but already has experience in one of Europe’s top leagues – definitely a good option…

Serge Aurier
I’ve watched a few videos of Serge Aurier and he looks quality. In most of those videos he was always far too forward though, so I didn’t get a chance to see how good defensively he really is. He seems to have a decent cross and pass and occasionally gets himself into the box to score goals. With 8 goals in 70 games for Toulouse, he definitely is an option for us. The one thing I would say is that he’s only 21-years-old so does he really have the experience to take over Sagna?

Micah Richards
For not the first time, Richards has been linked with a move to the Emirates. If Sagna does move to City that makes Richards their 3rd choice right back. I’m not sure why he’s still there and he would be a great option for us. Having watched him and his defensive abilities before, at times he can be a bit of a liability. But he does have strength and pace and still has a few good years ahead of him. He’s also English so he won’t need to acclimatise to Premier League football.

Juanfran
The Spanish right back has been one of Atletico Madrid’s best players in their title winning season and I really like what i’ve seen of him. The one question I have is whether or not he can produce the same creativity we saw from Sagna, but defensively he is solid.

Of all of the above names, I think I would like to see us move for Richards first and then Uchida second. I don’t think Aurier can offer what we need right now and it is almost inevitable that he will move to someone ready to take a risk on him now and throw him into the first team, someone like Everton or another up and coming Premier League team.

Final day victory for Gunners

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Well, what a season it’s been. Up and down that’s for sure… but I can’t help but feel most Arsenal fans will be thinking what could have been.

Arsene Wenger went out and spent big at the beginning of the season, at the last minute of course. Mesut Ozil was the player who came in for a big money fee. Initially, and for the first four months of the season, the German was first class. After January though, he looked to be tired and short of fitness. This, as has been in the past, was the story of Arsenal’s decade. A short squad, lacking the players needed to make a title challenge.

The first few months, in and around the Emirates, it felt like we supported a different team. The fans were more friendly, the atmosphere was buzzing; people felt like Arsenal could go on and win some trophies this season. We looked like we could do it and Wenger had finally got it right.

Then the injuries started coming, as they usually do. What we need to look at desperately is firstly our team of physios and also the training that Wenger is adopting. It seems to tire out our players and makes it easier for them to pick up injuries during the big games. Think about this, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was missing this year, Mesut Ozil for a lengthy spell, we lost Lukas Podolski for a while; Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky picked up an injury for a short time, Kieron Gibbs picked up his annual niggle too. There were many. Why does this happen to us at all important times of the season?

Into January, the injury to Theo Walcott against Tottenham was the final nail in the coffin. Even though we were top of the league then and flying high, we were short of pace on the flanks, all important in the modern game. Look at any other title chasing team, Liverpool have Raheem Sterling; Chelsea have Schurrle, Salah; Man City have David Silva and Jesus Navas. Arsenal did have Serge Gnabry on the bench, but he didn’t have a go, not really sure why Wenger didn’t put much faith in him. I expect to see Gnabry play a more important role at Arsenal next year. If he’s not guaranteed a chance, then please send him out on loan somewhere Arsene.

Then, everything went downhill into the last 10 games of the season. Psychologically, Arsenal took a battering with the 6-0 defeat against Chelsea. That’s when it was all over. We still continue to show that we can’t compete against the best top teams, that really does hurt. We need to change that if we’re going to compete next year, that means we need a class defensive midfielder, someone like Fernandinho; also a good replacement for Bacary Sagna. We also need to keep Lukas Podolski and think about bringing in yet another striker. We don’t have enough forwards to challenge for the title. I wonder if some of our promising wonderkid’s will have a go next season?

As for the final day for Arsenal, it was a victory and a comfortable one as well. Aaron Ramsey scored a wonderful goal, Marco van Basten-esque in fact. Then Carl Jenkinson also got on the scoresheet as well with an impressive goal. Finding some room in front of goal and spanking home in decent fashion. I wonder if he’ll be brought in to replace Bacary Sagna next year as a straight swap? So very ironic that his first goal for the club comes in Sagna’s last game…

So it’s on to the FA Cup Final against Hull City next week and then it’s job done and on to the World Cup for the majority of our players. We have had a brilliant little spell of form recently, it’s just a shame we couldn’t hold up against the top teams this season and it might’ve been different indeed.

We’ve also got the all important and expected contract signing of Mr. Wenger coming up soon. When will that be announced? How long will he sign for? Is he doing a Sir Alex and will he retire at the end of the season unannounced? Very unlikely, but it is peculiar that Arsene is keeping his cards close to his chest. I expect he’ll sign a two year contract and that he’ll not be spending much money at all this summer. He really doesn’t think he needs to. What he should be doing though is bringing in some experienced heads to join his coaching team. Dennis Bergkamp is doing a wonderful job at Ajax as Frank De Boer’s assistant, how about bringing him onto the coaching team? What about the medical team? Can we bring in some experience from a rival club there? How about the backroom team? In the age of big data, do we have quality people who are analysing our opponents? Can we add some knowledge here… I’m sure most of our rivals do.

Anyway, it’s a final day win and congratulations to Man City. To be honest, of all the teams at the top I was personally happier that City won the league… can you imagine if Liverpool won with that average squad? What about Jose Mourinho with his negatron tactics?

Let’s learn from this season, lift the FA Cup and spend big in the summer. It’s been a mixed season indeed… onward and upward.

Does Man City draw end Arsenal title hopes?

Gael Clichy Tomas Rosicky

Morning Gooners – hope everyone’s having a pleasant weekend.

I’ll jump straight into the weekend’s events at Arsenal. On the back of Chelsea dropping points to Crystal Palace and ahead of a crucial showdown with Man City our hopes of catching up in the title race were well and truly on going into the game. Arsene Wenger put out a pretty solid side of which I think many were happy to see Mathieu Flamini retain his place in the side. Excluding him from the Chelsea drubbing was suicidal in the first place so the Frenchman getting a full game was nice to see.

Into the first ten minutes, City looked dominant. Nice free flowing passing and Yaya Toure was at the centre of most of their good play (I still can’t believe we missed out on the burly Ivorian!). From there on, I think Arsenal controlled most of the game. Of course, City would take the lead through David Silva having had a bit of luck after Edin Dzeko hit the post and the ball rolled out to David Silva. cue alarm bells and a thought back to last week’s 6-0 defeat – very concerning.

However, Arsenal fought back with real guile and really made an impression. Most of the day’s good play started through Santi Cazorla, who has really come in for some stick of late. Him and Flamini battled hard in the midfield. Mikel Arteta was a bit disappointing, on a few occasions he was caught out in possession and his pass was a bit wayward, we have to assess whether or not he is the right player to keep as our holding midfielder next season.

Finally, in the second half, Mathieu Flamini scored a delightful goal to set the scores up at 1-1. We were really going for it and looked impressive as we moved into the last ten. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a Wenger. Arsene looked very disappointed on the touchline, and rightly so. I reckon this could be our title ambitions dead in the water. Liverpool will play Tottenham later today and you have to fancy the Reds to pick up 3 points against a pretty poor Tim Sherwood side.

For us, it’s to the drawing board. Will Wenger sign a new contract on the back of 2 points out of a possible 9? The FA Cup is looking increasingly more important… we have to just wait and see…