Arsene Wenger would not say so of course, but he must have been very worried as he sat and watched his almost full strength Arsenal side struggle to make much impression on the goal of a ten man Newcastle team. The only good thing to come out of the game, to be honest, was the three points but if this latest toothless performance can persuade the boss that he really could do with another striker, then maybe the win will not be the only positive.
This will make the powerful and talented striker one of the highest earning players in the Arsenal dressing room, although there is still a long way to go before the new salary of France international forward Olivier Giroud gets close to the really big earners in the Premier League like Wayne Rooney and anyone who plays for Man City.
But it is a significant move for the Frenchman who may have been worried about his future in north London with many Arsenal fans and members of the football press expecting Arsene Wenger to spend big and add to the firepower of the Gunners this summer.
Arsene Wenger has been pretty cautious in the summer transfer window so far, adding just Petr Cech to the Arsenal first team. But he has been open about his confidence in the squad already at his disposal, especially if they can stay relatively injury free.
Getting Cecg from Chelsea should be a big help top our chances of beating Jose Mourinho’s team to the title and there is a lot of strength and depth all over the pitch as well, but there is no secret that one of the positions we may need to strengthen is the centre forward role.
The Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla thinks that the Gunners have a ready-made strike force but believes that we may need a new arrival this summer as he is not convinced that Theo Walcott is enough to fire Arsenal to the title. The Spaniard also told how important it was for us to keep the defensive solidity that we found last season.
He said: “One of the key areas we have to focus on next season is being a very strong defensive team. If we have got those things under control our offence is already good enough.
So this is it Gooners, Arsenal’s last game of the current season is very close now and Arsene Wenger needs his players to dig deep for one last performance against Aston Villa at Wembley to make sure that history is made by the club and the manager today.
So as Wenger aims to become only the second manager to win the famous old trophy six times and the only man to do it since the war, his team selection today could be the most important ever. And with the Gunners having the chance to go past Man United to be the most successful club in FA cup history, we need him to get it right.
For all the Arsenal fans who may have been getting excited after recent Arsenal transfer rumours had us strongly linked to the PSG and Uruguay international star Edinson Cavani, our manager has some bad news.
Even though the news coming from the French media suggests that Cavani is ready to end his spell in Paris with the French champions, Arsene Wenger has explained that he will not be coming to Arsenal this summer.
The Frenchman did not use Cavani’s name specifically but his words this week on the Arsenal transfer policy, reported by the Daily Star make it clear that Cavani is not on his list of summer transfer targets.
Arsenal fans were crying out for Arsene Wenger to sign the Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani in the summer of 2013. That was a year after the Frenchman had brought in Oliver Giroud and Lukas Podolski after the departure of Robin van Persie and it is safe to say that we were not too impressed.
But Cavani went for around 65 million euros to PSG from his Italian club Napoli and they spent some of that money, too much really, in beating us to another striker in Gonzalo Higuain. Neither have exactly lit up their new clubs, but the Arsenal fans could finally be set to see what all the fuss over Cavani was about.
Ever since he returned from injury, the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been in scintillating form for the Gunners, having now notched up 13 Premier League goals for the season. Despite the Frenchman’s long spell on the sidelines, he has now scored the same number of goals as teammate Alexis Sanchez and has made no secret of his desire to be Arsenal’s top goal-scorer ahead of the Chilean.
As reported by The Express, Giroud said said: “I’m not going to say something silly because it’ll be reported, but why not finish ahead of Alexis? We push each other, we’re on 13 goals, and I would like to score some more to help the team achieve its objectives.”
Olivier Giroud was on target for Arsenal as the Gunners came away with a narrow 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. After a dominating first-half performance which included a brace from Giroud, Arsene Wenger’s men resisted a Newcastle onslaught in the second half to claim the victory and go back to within a point of Manchester City in second place. Here are the player ratings:
Ospina – 8.5 – It was another impressive performance from the Colombian. He was commanding in the air and looked assured throughout. The highlights were his brilliant reflex saves from Sissoko and Perez.
Arsenal may have left a mountain to climb after losing at the Emirates stadium to Monaco by 3-1 at the end of February. In fact the Gunners must pull off something that has never been done before in the Champions League if we are to achieve a remarkable comeback and stay in the competition.
So we know it is not going to be easy but there are a few reasons for the travelling Arsenal fans to believe that the team just might do it.