Whilst the majority of news surrounding Arsenal is positive at the moment, I’m afraid following on from our good win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, there is some bad news to deliver on the injury front. Firstly, though, Lukas Podolski is recovering well and could be in line for a return in early October, whilst vice-captain Mikel Arteta could feature in the Capital One Cup game vs. West Brom. Thomas Vermaelen too made his return for the final few minutes and although he didn’t have a lot to do, he looked up to shape and possibly he could be in line to challenge for his place in the team.
It has been a great weekend for Arsenal, and if Arsene Wenger and his transfer team can pull off a couple of clever signings today, I think that Arsenal could be back in the business of winning trophies.
All the talk ahead of the game between the Gunners and Tottenham yesterday was the now ritual talk about power shifting in North London, especially because of the vastly different transfer business the two clubs have had. Now I know it was only a 1-0 win, but they had Lloris to thank for that. Their keeper was on top form and Arsenal were a bit unlucky not to score more.
Yesterday Arsenal finally brought another player into the squad, with former Gunner Mathieu Flamini re-signing for the club on a 3 year deal worth £40k a week. And now the news could get even better with rumours suggesting the last remaining piece of deadwood (Bendtner aside) could be leaving the club for France.
Firstly my opinion on Flamini signing is a mixed one. Although I’m glad we now have another option to field and his experience will hopefully help us through the struggle, I am not particularly happy with the club making another free transfer and still not spending any money. What I also didn’t like was the fact, Arsenal were praising it up, especially on their twitter account, bombarding the fans about his signing as if we had just signed Messi or something.
Do you want the bad news or the good news, Arsenal fans? OK, the bad news is that Lukas Podolski has damaged his hamstring much more than the club originally believed. Arsene Wenger has announced that our German international forward will be out of action for about 8-10 weeks, and after his double against Fulham last weekend that is, like his shot, a hammer blow for the Gunners.
Wenger said, “We have paid a very heavy price for that win(Fenerbahce). We have to be patient now.”
News emerged yesterday that Gervinho is seemingly ever more certain to leave Arsenal this summer as the player, agent and representatives from Roma have met and discussed personal terms, which Gervinho agreed upon. All that is now left to do is for the two clubs to agree a price with there supposedly being just £1 million in difference according to the speculation.
According to the media, the Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman is once again looking to lure the talented Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi to the De Kuip stadium.
After joining Arsenal back in 2011, the Japanese youngster has failed to make a senior league appearance for the London club and had been loaned out to Feyenoord, Bolton and Wigan, his spell in The Netherlands being the most successful.
The 20-year-old had earned great plaudits about his pace and technical ability during his spell with Feyenoord but has seemed to struggle to cope up with the physicality of English football during his time at Bolton and Wigan.