This is it! The start of the Premier League season and the first competitive match preview on Arsenal for the season ahead. Filled with an analysis, opinion and the full expectations, we will look at tomorrow’s game and think about what to expect from The Villans.
As any Arsenal fan will understand, you have to be worried about the current problems that the club faces in the transfer window concerning Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez. Liverpool seem to want £55 million according to some newspapers although the more reliable ones report that £40 million should do it.
Real Madrid have slowed down any negotiations for Higuain and to me that deal seems to be off now. It will be a miracle if we see Higuain in England by the time the transfer window closes. We can probably forget about Wayne Rooney as he will follow the money.
Ever since Christian Benteke made sure his name was known in England, with several stunning performances, Arsenal players have been living in envy that we never picked him up for a bargain last summer and are now calling for Wenger to make a move for the Belgian international striker. The well-known Arsenal fan has already made several pleas to Arsene Wenger through the media this summer and now he has gone to the next stage by handing in a transfer request, which only adds to the speculation.
Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has once again come out and made a ‘Come and Get Me’ plea to Arsenal, for the second time in the matter of a few weeks.
The Belgium international worked wonders in his first season with Villa scoring a total of 19 Premier League goals and has since attracted interest from clubs across Europe, but mainly from the Premier League. Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool are all reportedly interested in the 22 year old but it seems that out of the four he’d most willingly join the Red of North London.
In recent weeks Arsenal have been linked with a few strikers such as Christian Benteke, Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic just to name a few. Things concerning Benteke at the moment are quiet and Higuain and Jovetic look to be going to Juventus, so who will Arsenal turn to next? David Villa is a good option or Arsene Wenger could take a gamble that would be a great success for the club if it pays off.
Can Arsenal accommodate two big, powerful strikers in the squad? We might be able to find out, if Arsene Wenger reacts to the words of Christian Benteke. The Aston Villa and Belgium forward has hinted that he could leave his current club and has previously stated that his `dream` was to play for Arsenal.
He said, “If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won’t necessarily accept that.”
You could say that Olivier Giroud is not the typical Arsenal striker, at least under Arsene Wenger, but the manager seems to be very happy with the contribution Giroud has made this season and I’m sure he has looked on with admiration at the job Benteke has done for Paul Lambert at Villa.