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.
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…
Most fans would have thought that Arsene Wenger was up to his old parsimonious self on transfer deadline day when they heard that he was refereeing a charity game in Rome (which apparently the pope was playing in) but the Frenchman did us wrong again and left it until the very last minute to sign a replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud, bringing in Danny Welbeck for 16m.
What a great little bit of business that is for us. Not only have we nabbed one of the country’s best forwards, but we’ve tied a young player down for the next four to five years of his career. A Man United fan as a kid, he was never going to get a fair chance under Louis van Gaal and now he’s a Gooner. Welcome to Arsenal, Danny.
Elsewhere, we sold Ignasi Miquel to Norwich City for a fee of around 1 million, a good bit of business I think; and then Ryo Miyaichi joined FC Twente on loan until the end of the season. The Japanese winger hasn’t really got a chance forcing his way into Arsenal’s starting line up this year so it will be a nice bit of experience for him.
Falcao was the major talking point of the transfer window though, he joined Manchester United on a season long loan. Hull City were remarkably active, bringing in three good players in Hatem Ben Arfa, Mohamed Diame and Gaston Ramirez. Chelsea appear to have finished their business early though, Jose Mourinho was quiet on deadline day and left the others to do the panicking.
So now we have the international break but I am already excited about the league season after that. Welbeck will be an important player for us and it’s a great bit of business. What a fantastic young English squad we have now? Kieron Gibbs, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers. Brilliant and sustainable.
So, it looks as if Arsenal have wrapped up a move to sign David Ospina this morning and I for one think this is a good bit of business by Wenger. Lukas Fabianski was an excellent backup for us but you have to understand his need for regular first team football at Swansea City. Ospina, from what I saw, was one of the best goalkeepers at the World Cup for Colombia and you have to feel sorry for their bad luck there.
With a whole month left of the transfer window open it is starting to make sense for Wenger to move now. The best talent will be snapped up quickly, especially in the goalkeeping department, as we saw with Real Madrid moving for Keylor Navas who I think was probably the best keeper in Brazil.
Szczesny has bags of potential – there’s no doubt about that. He’s been an excellent keeper for us at times, but occasionally I’ve felt very let down by his performances. The Polish shot stopper has a tendency to make mistakes in some big games. So the arrival of Ospina, I feel, is designed to put some pressure on the keeper. Ospina is much better than Fabianski and will probably get more games than Fabianski did last season.
The rumour from the Emirates is that Ospina could even start the opening game of the Premier League season if he impresses in friendly games prior to the new season. It will be interesting to see how Wenger plays this situation out.
Happy Sunday folks – so the international results this week have been very interesting indeed. The most interesting of all has to be France slumping to 2-0 defeat to Ukraine in the World Cup qualification playoff. In my opinion, this could be one of the biggest upsets in qualification history… it’s going to be difficult for the French to come back. I was having a look at their team and I was very surprised by Didier Deschamps’ starting lineup choices. For example, how can you leave out Bacary Sagna and play Mathieu Debuchy instead? Even stranger, why on earth would you pull in an out of form Nasri ahead of someone like Valbuena? Very interesting. Anyway, we expect changes for the next leg. I’d not doubt France coming back into the tie, and Ukraine need to make sure that they defend strong for the whole game otherwise they could find themselves well out of the picture.
As for other games, well not much to say really. Chile absolutely spanked England at Wembley and even more proof that Roy Hodgson is just not the man to carry this team forward for the future. I was immediately surprised just how bad England were, but then again if you persist in your team selection that includes the likes of Frank Lampard then you’re destined for trouble. Expect a very rapid exit from the tournament in Brazil, don’t forget England are not even seeded.
As for Arsenal news, not much in the way of gossip today actually. Blaise Matuidi’s contract at PSG is expiring next summer and it seems that Chelsea and City are leading the way. I’d actually not discount us from the race to sign the midfielder. Mathieu Flamini is a great player but can we expect another season of quality out of him? Hard to say. Matuidi is what we need. He has drive, power and an excellent stopper of the ball… and he’s French. I’d say we’re in the race.
Elsewhere, Bendtner has been bleating on about his future again. I’d expect to see the Great Dane disappear out the exit door come January as we pursue our next striking transfer target.
In other news, we’ve also been linked with a transfer for Kurt Zouma again. This really excites me. He’s the best defender in Ligue 1 and he’s young, let’s say we actually do let Vermaelen leave you aren’t going to find a better backup for Mertescielny. Speaking of which, Laurent Koscielny also picked up a red card in the international game, which rules him out for the return leg in France . The centre back loves to get a red card or four every season, can’t doubt his commitment. At least he’s got another one for the national side and not domestic and that means one less player that won’t be on the injury table after the international period.
Anyway – have an excellent weekend guys and thanks for reading!