Even though Arsenal have fallen three points behind the top of the Premier League table club Chelsea and surrender control of our Champions League group during the month of November which was us fail to beat PSG, Tottenham and Man United, we Gooners cannot complain too much as the Gunners are still unbeaten since the first game of the season in all competitions.
There are bound to be hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours for us Gooners to wade through before the closing of the upcoming transfer window at the end of January, with all sorts of players in all sorts of positions linked with a move to north London.
Some will be more believable than others but as we do not really know what Arsene Wenger is thinking but we are used to the Frenchman letting very little slip before any transfer deal is in the bag, we can only go with an educated guess.
When the Arsenal players next kick off in the Premier League we could start the game six points off the league leaders, as Chelsea face Man City away in the early Saturday match. The best thing for the Gunners would be a draw but failing that I think it would be better for Man City in order to halt the recent momentum of Chelsea.
There is another reason for Arsenal fans and our players to want Chelsea to falter as well, because their Belgian international star Eden Hazard was reported by Metro this week dismissing Arsenal as a serious rival to his club for the EPL title this season.
The need for Arsene Wenger to get Alexis Sanchez tied down to the club with a new Arsenal contract was brought into sharp focus again today as the Chilean drove the Gunners on to win a vital game that could well have gone the other way.
The striker was back in the centre forward position against Bournemouth with Giroud back on the bench and even though the French forward did well and made a difference after coming on, especially with his great work to set up Sanchez for the late third which made the game safe, the manager’s decision was justified by a brilliant game from Alexis.
Some Arsenal fans and football pundits were left a little confused in midweek after Arsene Wenger chose to hand a rare start to Olivier Giroud. Not because the French international forward is no good but because he finally got a start in a match that was probably the least suited to the big man´s talents as a player.
After starting him against PSG though, we all expected him to be in the line up for the game against Bournemouth in the Premier League today, as it looks to be the ideal sort of encounter for Giroud, against a deep lying and determined defence, but Wenger has surprised everyone again and left Olivier on the bench.
It’s been reported today that Arsene Wenger fully intends on offering Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere a new deal this season, despite the player seeming out of favour at the club.
Arsene Wenger is in the final year of his current contract with Arsenal, and many of us would like to see the back of him before the start of the 2017-18 season. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has been touted as a potential replacement for the Frenchman and may be just who Arsenal need if they are to undergo a renaissance.
Recent reports suggest that Inter Milan are ready to spend huge sums on bringing their former player back to the San Siro, though. And if Arsenal doesn’t want to miss out on one of the hottest managers in the world they should act fast.
While Arsenal are not exactly in a bad place right now, as we sit just three points off the top of the Premier League and are already guaranteed a place in the next round of the Champions League, you could argue that we have not really pushed on as we would have hoped after comfortably beating our bogey team Chelsea.
The main reason for Arsenal wanting to finish on top of the Champions League group, apart from ending the frustration of coming second for six years in a row, is to be in pot one when the draw for the knockout stage is made and hopefully get an easier route through to the latter stages.
The Gunners have already secured a place in the next round after Mesut Ozil hit that late winner away to Ludogorets Razgrad, but Arsene Wenger has called on his players to ensure that we do not mess it up at home to the French champions PSG, with any win enough to guarantee us top spot.
Arsene Wenger was clearly delighted to be able to finally confirm that Arsenal and Hector Bellerin have agreed the terms of a new long term contract which will keep the young right back at the club for the next six years at least and he revealed that there is more than one reason for him to be so happy.
Before the official announcement the manager had spoken at length to Arsenal Player about how the Spain international has improved since joining Arsenal as a teenager from his boyhood club Barcelona, pointing out that Bellerin was not the best at defending when he arrived in London but is now making regulat key interventions as well as continuing to provide a great attacking threat.