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Liverpool next – can Arsenal show their form?

Arsenal Palace

After a hard fought 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, now it is time for Arsenal to take on Liverpool this weekend. With two wins out of two, Brendan Rodgers’ team look good value for a top four spot this year. Benteke is proving to be dangerous and continues to prove why he is one of Europe’s best strikers. On the other hand, Arsenal’s defence has been weak so far this season despite the sterling efforts of Laurent Koscielny against Palace last week. If we are to reproduce the success of last season against Liverpool, we are going to need to be powerful going forward and strong at the back.

There’s not much news on the transfer market so far, you have to feel that with the signing of Petr Cech, Arsenal are pretty happy with their current squad of players. Arsene Wenger had been expected to spend big this season but with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil expected to do big things this year, you feel our boss won’t be spending much left for the remainder of the window, which finishes at the end of August.

The Telegraph says that we’ve had a bid for Karim Benzema accepted by Real Madrid, but I hear that there’s no truth in the rumours and Arsene has given up on his fellow countryman.

Meanwhile, Joel Campbell had been set for a move to Palermo, but it appears Arsene Wenger is looking for at least 7 million euros before he sells the Costa Rican striker.

That’s all for now, have a good one!

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!

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. ┬áThe player is at Nuremburg in Germany.

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

Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Liverpool puts Gunners 5 points clear

SantiCazorla2013ARSENAL

What. a. result. I don’t know about you but the Liverpool win was probably one of my favourite Arsenal moments in the last 5-6 years. From start to finish we were simply outstanding. Up front, you had Giroud who was bouncing around all over the pitch, picking up the ball in the air and bringing others into play. In the middle, Santi Cazorla was outstanding, picking up the ball and driving forward. Rosicky was sublime. I love the way the 33 year old is coming back as an important player even though he’s into his mid 30′s, long may it continue. Ozil had a quiet game but made all the difference with an assist. Aaron Ramsey. Absolute class. Mikel Arteta, one of his best games for the club…. then finally the entire defence: BEAUTIFUL!

This was one of the best Arsenal performances I’ve seen for a long time and puts us in good track for the Borussia Dortmund game on Wednesday.

We started off the game in great fashion, this was as Mesut Ozil put on Twitter ‘Formula 1 football’. The first goal by Cazorla was great. A cross from Bacary Sagna met the head of the Spaniard, which bounced back off the post, only to fall back into his own path to spank the ball into the roof of the net. 1-0

Aaron Ramsey is having the season of his life and took his tally to 10 when he spanked home a glorious volley over the head of Simon Mignolet and into the top of the net – 2-0.

What more can you say? That defence held their own for the whole game. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are simply a superb duo. All that needs to happen is for Per to clear the last bits of dodginess in his game whilst Koscielny needs to stop giving away bad penalties and we can really make a go of it this year.

So, onto Germany we go. If we can get a win that would be simply outstanding and go a long way to guaranteeing qualification for the next round.

Gunners looking for 3 points at Hawthorns to return to top of the table

Mikel Arteta WBA

So, yesterday Liverpool managed a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. I have to say, I wasn’t that impressed with Liverpool. Sure they have a very gifted front duo in Sturridge and Suarez but the rest of the team looks a bit rough around the edges. The Liverpool fans who are already saying they are genuine title contenders need to take a good look at their squad and admit, a January departure for Suarez to Real Madrid or an injury to any other of their key players will do their challenge some serious damage. Their squad is weak and Brendan Rodgers has a habit of speaking a bit too much in front of reporters. Whenever I hear the Northern Irish manager on TV he’s always bleating on about how good his squad is or how he thinks his squad can stay in the race for the title. He reminds me a bit of Andre Villas-Boas a few years ago. Always in front of the camera, always speaking too much and not keeping mum when it comes to the future of his players. That’s what Wenger is incredibly good at. He keeps his transfer activity quiet and the future of any of his players will never be discussed in front of an audience. Villas-Boas has been a bit better at this in recent months to be fair, but Rodgers seems to make a habit of it.

So regarding today’s game, I really fancy us to get our record breaking 11th win. We’re on a good run and we have an international break coming up. I can’t work out if that’s a good or bad thing right now, but when we’ve got momentum we’d definitely want to keep the games coming fast. However, international breaks can do wonders for some players and also those who don’t get a chance to represent their country get a much needed rest. This will include the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Serge Gnabry and Kieran Gibbs; the rest will probably be getting game time. Anyway, fingers crossed there’s no injuries there. For the West Brom game, I heard that Jack Wilshere might play on the flank. I really hope there’s no truth in that. Sure he got caught having a ciggie outside of a nightclub, but he’s been made an example of and wrote on Twitter that he’s not a smoker, that should be it. But putting him on the wing sounds like a dodgy plan to me Arsene.

I’d like to see Rosicky play on the wing and let Jack and Aaron alongside Flamini and Ozil do the work in midfield. That’s quality in the middle and should be enough for us to win three points.

If we do win, I really do believe in our title credentials. What do you think the score will be today? I reckon we’re looking at a 3-1 victory with Ozil to grab his first Premier League goal.

Come on Arsenal – let’s break that record!