Bad news for Giroud as Arsenal plan another striker transfer

The Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud is already struggling to get a start this season, at club level anyway as he seems to still be in favour with his national coach Didier Deschamps. The problem Giroud has in north London, though, is that the current first choice centre forward Alexis Sanchez is playing so well that Arsene Wenger really has no option but to keep starting him.

Giroud has done brilliantly in recent weeks coming off the bench but even his place there could soon be in danger if the recent Arsenal transfer rumours are right. Already this week the Gunners have been linked with moves for two different strikers in the January transfer window.

One of those is the Germany international Julian Draxler who seems determined to leave his current Bundesliga club Wolfsburg according to a report in The Mirror. Although Draxler is not a central striker his signing would make it even less likely that the Chilean would go back on the flank.

Even more worrying for the big Frenchman, however, is the Metro report about Arsene Wenger lining up a £20 million bid for the AC Milan and Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, as he does play through the middle and is in good scoring form for his Serie A club.

Is Giroud set to slide even further down the Arsenal strikers pecking order?

Giroud to start for Arsenal at Man United?

I may be in the minority of Arsenal fans here, but I still believe that our is a very good player and is a very realistic option for Arsene Wenger to use in the centre forward role. So even if the Chile international star Alexis Sanchez has been passed fully fit and the Frenchman has no qualms about using him then I would not be surprised to see Giroud in the starting line up against Manchester United today.

Even though the game is being played at Old Trafford in front of the United fans who wuill want their team to be on the front foot, this is a Jose Mourinho team we are talking about and I can see them sitting back and trying to stifle our attacking flair. United are the favourites for some reason, but I think Arsenal are much better value for the win, and I will be checking out the dating the enemy english subtitles before splashing my money on the away win!

We all know that the physical attributes and aerial ability of Giroud could be crucial as we could utilise the width of the pitch and get balls into the box and the big striker does give defenders a lot to cope with and he is a very good link up man in tight situations.

Do not forget that Alexis Sanchez has been a very effective player for the Gunners on the left flank or that Alex Iwobi’s performances have dropped off a bit of late and get ready for Giroud. Whoever starts we want it to be a fast one that leads to a dominant Arsenal showing and a vital win. COYG!

Wenger reveals secret behind Arsenal striker’s success

I must admit that I was not convinced at all that the Arsenal experiment of playing Alexis Sanchez in the centre forward position would work and for the first couple of games this season it looked like I was right. I have to say, however, that the Chilean is certainly proving me and all the other doubters wrong.

It seemed that the role was not good for Alexis and when the Gunners had tried it in the past it never worked out, so I expected him to be back on the left side as soon as Arsene Wenger had another option, but the 27-year old striker has improved in each game and is really looking the part now.

Another great striker of ours from the past, Thierry Henry, spoke to his old boss about the new role for Sanchez in a Daily Mail report. Our former forward is a big fan of the new system and he asked Wenger what had made him change things around.

The manager replied, ‘First of all I had big competition up front. I thought Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud would play there.

‘I reflected at the end of the season and I decided to try it with Sanchez. He has similarities with (Luis) Suarez. He goes at you.

‘Remember at the start many people questioned the decision. The few times I had tried him there before he was not convincing. In the first two games I was not convinced but now game after game he is growing into this position and getting better and better.’

We can all remember the infamous attempt by Wenger to get Suarez and with the crazy transfer fees being paid for strikers this summer it seems that Wenger’s idea was to get a Suarez like striker without having to break the bank. So far it is working out nicely, so is Wenger’s masterplan going to help Arsenal end our long wait for the title?

Giroud set for Arsenal return against Chelsea

We heard from Arsene Wenger the sort of news that Arsenal fans have sadly become used to in recent years, with the return of the Welsh international star Aaron Ramsey after his hamstring injury having been put back yet again. He has now been out of action since that first EPL match against Liverpool and is not likely to be ready for next weekend either.

Some better news for the boss, however, was that our big French centre forward Olivier Giroud is close to a comeback having come through a training session earlier in the week without any problems. The striker was due to be tested again during training yesterday but as long as nothing untoward happened he should be fit to face Chelsea today.

Whether the manager selects him or not is another matter but I think he will. Having the Frenchman up front may offer less pace and mobility but he does bring a lot of other things to the side and an important one of them could be his size and aerial ability in defending set pieces which is a strong point of today’s opponents.

We also have Alexis Sanchez and either Theo Walcott or Alex Iwobi to give plenty of pace and movement to the attack, so I expect to see the big man back in the starting XI to face Chelsea today. Do you agree that this is the best way for Arsenal to get a result against our bogey team?

Arsenal reveal BIG transfer plans and squad overhaul

Perhaps Arsene Wenger, his back room staff and the Arsenal board have been getting worried about losing some of our best players in the summer after the disappointing way we seem to have blown this season’s fantastic chance of winning the Premier League again. We never seem to be confident winners any more, and rarely feature in those betting tips from any more, so it is obvious that the club need some improvements going into next season.

There have certainly been Arsenal transfer rumours going around the football media suggesting that the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were not happy with the boss and his lack of transfer spending and the way that has hurt our title challenge.

Whether this is behind the report by The Mirror about Arsenal’s summer plans or not we do not know but I think it is likely. According to the report Wenger’s plans are not just to spend some decent money on some big name transfers but to clear out some of the current squad like Arteta, Rosicky, Flamini, Mertesacker and the Ox.

Apparently this has convinced the club’s top stars not to leave and that the Frenchman is the right manager to win major trophy honours for Arsenal next season. Of course this also means that the Arsenal fans that were hoping for a change at the top will not get their wishes, at least not yet, but if Wenger keeps the best players and makes some top signings would that really be such a bad thing?

Arsenal to ask for a favour from England over Welbeck?

Arsenal may be happy to have the international break coming up for a number of reasons but Arsene Wenger also has a problem coming up when the Arsenal players return from representing their various nations and so the Frenchman may have to ask a big favour of the England national coach Roy Hodgson over his use of Danny Welbeck.

While this international break sees fewer arsenal stars than usual heading off, due to the injury problems of Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla and the non-selection of players like Francis Coquelin and Nacho Monreal, we still have plenty of internationally involved players to worry about.

The biggest problem for the next Premier League game at home to Watford next Saturday is in the forward line, as both Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell are set to play World Cup qualifiers in South America in the early hours of Thursday morning.

That leaves us with Giroud, Welbeck, Walcott and Iwobi and we have been hearing that Welbeck has a problem playing two games in quick succession. No problem as long as England start him against Germany on Saturday and not use him much against Holland on the Tuesday, but will Wenger be able to get Roy Hodgson to play ball?

Arsenal XI to face Barcelona – Welbeck to start!!

Arsenal could really have done with our England international forward Danny Welbeck coming back from injury a lot sooner in the season and his comeback may prove to have been too late to save the Gunners from this most frustrating of seasons, but he has at least come back with a bang.

Once again at the weekend he made a big difference after coming on as a sub in the FA cup defeat to Watford. Arsene Wenger suggested after that loss that he was having to ease Welbeck back as he has been out for a long time and is not quite fully match fit yet.

What I think is that the boss was saving him for the match against Barcelona tonight as he possesses the pace and the power to trouble the Barca defence and with Giroud, Alexis and Walcott struggling for form, Welbeck is the in form striker at the club right now.

Apart from that we have Koscielny back and he will probably have the BFG next to him in a full strength back four, with the energy and defensive strength of Coquelin and Elneny to protect them and with Ozil to pull the creative strings.

Finally I would go for Alexis and Campbell but I think Wenger will prefer the pace of Walcott on the right, making the Arsenal team tonight look like this.

Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Elneny
Walcott, Ozil, Alexis

Do you like this Arsenal team and has it got any chance against the might of Barcelona?

Arsenal line up for Chelsea clash with 2 HUGE comebacks

With Arsenal really needing to take all three points from the Premier League home game against Chelsea this afternoon, Arsene Wenger will have been hugely relieved to see two of the club’s best and most important players back in training this week.

And barring any last minute setback, both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be fit to feature at the Emirates Stadium today. If that is the case you do not need me to tell you that the boss will put them straight back into the first team.

I also think that Arsenal fans will have to wait a little longer to see our new signing Mohamed Elneny make his Arsenal debut, as I think that Wenger will stick with the experience of Mathieu Flamini for such a key game. Other than that the only real decision for the Frenchman to make is who to play on the other side of our forward line, with Olivier Giroud sure to start in the middle.

For me it would have to be the pace, movement and finishing of Theo Walcott ahead of the fancy footwork and tireless work rate of Joel Campbell. So this would be my starting XI.

Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Flamini, Ramsey
Walcott, Ozil, Alexis

Latest injury news – Blow for Arsenal, boost for Liverpool

This is just about typical of the luck Arsenal have had in recent years on the injury front. About a week ago it was looking as though our opponents for the midweek Premier League match this week would be severely hit by injury problems, especially on the defensive side of things, while Arsenal would have our star striker Alexis Sanchez back after almost two months on the sidelines with a hamstring strain.

Both of these things have turned out to be wrong, though, as Arsene Wenger revealed in his press conference on the Arsenal website that the Chile international star would not be ready to face Liverpool at Anfield and he might not even be fit for the trip to Stoke at the weekend.

The Frenchman said, “We think he will be short for Wednesday, he has a chance to be available for Sunday [against Stoke]. He is always keen to play. If you listen to Alexis, he can always play – even when he is injured. We try to be cautious. With a muscular injury you never exactly how big the risk but he is very close. If you look at him training he is very close.”

So that means that Arsenal will not be as potent up front as we might have been but that would still not be a big problem if Liverpool had none of their central defenders back as they had to face Exeter in the FA cup without any. But Jurgen Klopp has been handed the boost of not just one but two of his centre backs being fit again, as The Mirror has reported.

The German said, “The situation is better now. Kolo will be available.

“Mama wants to be available. Hopefully we can use him.”

So it looks like Liverpool will have Sakho and Toure at the heart of their defence when Arsenal come to town. Will they be enough to stop Arsenal’s Alexis free attack?

Arsenal STILL sweating on LONG Alexis injury break

Despite the football media being full of positive reports about the Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez, with most of them saying that he was being sent home to Chile for a week to help with his recuperation but was expecte3d back in time to face Manchester City before christmas, it turns out that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal mediacl team are really none the wiser about how long the forward will be out of action.

As reported by the Daily Mail today, the manager himself admitted that they really did not know for sure just when he would be fit to play again, and to make it even worse, the same is true of our Spanish midfield duo Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla.

Wenger revealed, “At the moment on Alexis, Santi and Mikel (Arteta), we don’t know how long they will be out for.”

So I have no idea where the various reports about Alexis being three weeks out have come from. Hopefully it is an educated guess that will prove to be close to the mark, but should we be concerned that the Chilean could be set for a long spell in the Arsenal treatment room?

At least he will have plenty of company in there if that does turn out to be the case.