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Why Arsenal missed out on a good thing in Gnabry

Serge Gnabry

Morning Gooners,

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.

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.

Swansea win sends Arsenal top of the league

Jack Wilshere,Per Mertesacker,Aaron Ramsey

So, Arsenal continued their good start to the season and Aaron Ramsey has kept up his goalscoring exploits. If you compare our season so far to this point last season, it couldn’t be any different. Aaron Ramsey has scored more goals so far this season than he did in the whole of the last two seasons and we’re top of the league, it’s truly amazing!

Yesterday’s game and build up was all about whether or not we could maintain this good form on the road against a big club. Granted, Swansea weren’t a big team until a couple of years ago, but a trip to Wales is always a good test for the boys.

Arsene Wenger decided to keep an unchanged side to the week prior and that meant young Serge Gnabry would be playing three games in a week. It’s experience like this that gives youngsters the chance to prove themselves at the highest level.

We started off on the back foot, but didn’t ever really look like we were going to be challenged by the Swans. In truth, Michu looked like their most dangerous player for the majority of the game, while Dwight Tiendalli and Nathan Dyer often looked like they would cause aggravation for our team from the wings.  However, I have to say, Sagna and Gibbs played excellently stopping the attacking threat of the Swans. It’s amazing to see Gibbs continue to develop after a rough start at Arsenal, but I think in Gibbsy England have a pretty excellent replacement for Ashley Cole.

In the middle of the park, we played pretty well. Jack Wilshere seems to be becoming more of a free role midfielder these days. He’s been given complete freedom to pick up the ball, get stuck into challenges and then roam forward and start build up play. He was saying earlier in the week that he hopes to score more goals soon – to be honest he shouldn’t worry about the goalscoring, just keep doing the simple stuff well. As for Flamini, what can you say… yet another solid game from the Frenchman. What a good start he’s having back at the Emirates. Of course, most of the plaudits will go to Ramsey again. He had an excellent game and bagged another goal, if he keeps this up then we too will be able to continue our good form.

Serge Gnabry opened the scoring with a crisp and composed finish into the corner. I really like the look of Gnabry, the German made a couple of excellent runs and almost created a goal earlier on in the game. It’s going to be hard for the young lad to move back to the reserves after Walcott and The Ox return from injury.

Giroud looked a little lost yesterday and so did Ozil. Luckily when our best two attacking players have bad days this season, we have the strength in central midfield to stay in the game.

Overall, excellent from the Arsenal. There’s not much in the news today, apart from talk of a potential new contract for Per Mertesacker. I have to say, we need to give him a new contract as soon as possible, he’s coming into the best years of his career and he still continues to produce the goods every game I’ve seen him in this season.

The next game sees us take on Napoli on Tuesday. Looking forward to that one. They are in my opinion better than Juventus now and will push for Serie A, and Rafa Benitez is a great coach who can do the business there. Will be looking forward to seeing how well Higuain plays as well of course!

Have a good Sunday, please post in the comments.