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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!

Theo Walcott injury means Arsene must buy new striker

2-0 Theo Walcott

So, the good news is that Spurs and Man Utd are both out of the FA Cup. That obviously is a massive boost for Arsenal’s chances of winning the cup, leaving the other likely two as our biggest rivals for the cup (City and Chelsea).

The best part of the Arsenal – Tottenham game was the atmosphere. The fans are really coming together of late and being at the emirates at the game reminded me of years gone by when we’ve had successful campaigns. The fans are hugging and kissing each other and there’s a general positive vibe going around the stadium.

The bad news from the game was the injury to Theo Walcott, which will be a blow to our plans and England’s as well. He’s out for six months with a knee ligament issue, which means we need to really strongly consider a move into the transfer market. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if we don’t buy a forward this is going to damage our chances of success on all fronts. I would love to see us sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, and with a reported 40m release clause, that’s not a bad bit of business. On the other hand, if we can’t afford that, what about signing Rickie Lambert? He’s an international striker, he is 31 years of age and experienced and he needs to show the England manager ahead of Brazil next year exactly what he can do at the top level. Will Southampton sell him? I expect yes. How much do we think we can get him for? Maybe about 6m. A bargain.

Elsewhere this morning, there’s not much news regarding Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be returning to training this week, which is great news for us indeed. What we need to do is make sure we integrate him straight into the first team and he will be competing with Serge Gnabry for a place on the flanks in the coming weeks. I think Gnabry is going to be a star for our club and I hope Wenger uses this kid well in the coming few months, March will be a big month and players as fresh as Gnabry will be vital for that period.

We’re still being linked with a loan deal for Alvaro Morata. I suspect that one is dead in the water already though, so it will be interesting to see what Wenger does in the market now.

That’s all for now – have a good day.