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Is Alexis Sanchez on the way out?

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Arsenal Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez has been a hero to Arsenal fans for the last three years. It looks increasingly likely that the Chilean will quit the Gunners for a move elsewhere. What will hurt is if that he does move to Man City as opposed to Bayern Munich, Gunners’ fans will have to watch him come to the Emirates and likely tear us apart. I hope that as is being reported he will shun a move to link up with former manager Pep at City and move to Germany to partner his international buddy Arturo Vidal.
What is for sure is that the money is going to be reinvested in the team. With no shortage of activity on the transfer market, this is the year where players look to be available. Thomas Lemar would be for me the perfect signing now we already have Lacazette to replace Sanchez. But if Sanchez leaves, Arsenal need to do all they can to keep hold of the Ox and Mesut Ozil. Midfielders of that calibre are hard to come by and I have a feeling Ozil is going to have a fantastic season for us if we can keep him happy and fit. The Ox should be one for our future and we should also do all that we can to sign him up to a new deal.
Elsewhere Per Mertesacker has been brought in to manage the academy and will retire at the end of this season. Good move from Arsenal in my opinion. Jens Lehmann has already been brought in as a coach and it will be interesting to see how that goes down with Arsene Wenger’s team.
It’s nice to see that there is some movement behind the scenes with new coaches and I think the appointment of Lehmann is a very interesting one as he has never been one to mince his words.
Let’s see what the next couple of weeks brings on the transfer market, fingers crossed we see some more new faces.

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!

Emirates Cup ends on sour note

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal

Hi everyone,

So the Emirates Cup is over and unfortunately we didn’t win, not that it is that important anyway. It would have been our first win in the cup in four years but a spirited performance from Monaco and some dodgy refereeing probably cost us a draw. Instead it was Radamel Falcao who scored the winning goal and Valencia went on to win the trophy. What we did learn from this tournament is the following things:

  • Calum Chambers could be playing as a centre back often this season
  • Aaron Ramsey is going to have an excellent season, he finished right where he left off
  • Joel Campbell is unlikely to be staying at Arsenal even though he’s quality – I really liked the way he linked up with Yaya Sanogo against Benfica
  • The players are some way off of full fitness, it will be a real test against Man City

Our next game takes us to the Community Shield at Wembley against Man City, which should be an interesting one. What we do know is that Bacary Sagna is playing for the opposition and I doubt there will be many negative feelings toward him, fair play to him for moving elsewhere after what he’s done. City are also probably a bit short on fitness having had so many players on international duty at the World Cup.

I really liked the look of Alexis Sanchez during the game against Monaco. He looked lively and ready to run with the ball, something Arsenal desperately need throughout the season. Someone who can go at the defence. Walcott can give it a go but for me he doesn’t have that little bit of skill to get past the last defender as much as Sanchez has.

Jack Wilshere was a bit off the pace as well – I know the guy gets a lot of stick for smoking and also for under performing, but this is a massive season for him. He needs to prove that he is a class act as Arsene Wenger has put so much faith in him.

In transfer rumours, there seems to be some noise from Portugal that we’re going to wrap up a deal for William Carvalho for 30 million euros. I will believe that when I see it. If we do get him, that could spell the end for Mikel Arteta (who has today been linked with a transfer to Athletic Bilbao as it goes)…

That’s all for now.

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…

Onward we march – Arsenal prepare for tricky Everton tie

Roberto Martinez Arsene Wenger

It’s the weekend and that can only be one thing, time for the Arsenal! Having beaten Hull City in midweek (courtesy of a very rare Nicklas Bendtner goal and a stunning Mesut Ozil performance), we’re four points clear at the top of the league and all is looking very rosy. Next up is the visit of Everton to the Emirates. The Toffees are in pretty good form right now, having just beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time in 21 years. I have to say, one of the most amazing stories coming out of that tale is the fact that David Moyes never managed to achieve that and Roberto Martinez did it on his first effort. I really like Martinez, he seems to have tactical wisdom whilst also focusing on good quality football. Should the day come that Arsene Wenger decides to step down, Martinez would be a quality addition. This weekend’s game should see the return of Olivier Giroud back into the first team and I think you might even see Theo Walcott make his first start since returning from injury. Mesut Ozil will need a rest soon and I challenge Wenger to give him the first 60 minutes on the bench. Will be very interesting to see how we line up. If we do win, we should keep our four point lead ahead of Chelsea at the top of the league. Chelsea have a pretty tricky looking visit to Stoke City on Saturday, I wouldn’t expect there to be too many goals in that game, so fingers crossed the likes of Robert Huth and Scowcross can do us a favour and keep a cleansheet. City travel to Southampton and I wouldn’t expect Pellegrini’s side to drop points there, Southampton’s early season form appears to be waning and Victor Wanyama also is out of this game.

I’d like to see Ozil rested, Walcott playing alongside Giroud up front and in the middle, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla and Arteta. The rest given to Sagna and Gibbs should mean they are called up to the squad as well.

Elsewhere, it appears that Arsene Wenger has been offered a new three year deal and that he is very close to accepting it. Fingers crossed on this one. I’ve been worried that Arsene has been delaying for far too long to put pen to paper but it appears he’s been persuaded to stay by the board and his focus on signing young players and watching them grow up appears to be the catalyst for keeping him at the club. With a new deal for Wenger, you have to always be thinking ahead for the next few years and what might be possible with this cracking set of young players. He’s had his ups and downs, but he actually might well be on the verge of something special this season.

Also, the World Cup draw has been completed – another farce from FIFA as always. How on earth is Switzerland seeded?! In one group you have the mighty Greeks, Japan, Colombia and the Ivory Coast; in another, Germany, Portugal, USA and Ghana. This to me is an absolute farce. What is the point of having seeding if the same old boys are the ones deciding who gets seeded? Any chance that the fact FIFA are based in Switzerland has anything to do with it? Or the fact that Mr. Blatter is Swiss?! Regardless, England have been drawn Costa Rica, Italy and Uruguay. That is a tough group. But as many have already said, to be the best you need to beat the best. Oh well, we’re not the best – so at least we won’t have to face the agony of another penalty shoot out.

Anyway, that’s all from the Sensei for now – enjoy the game and come on you rip roaring Gooners!!!!