NO Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal face 4 games in 10 days

Even though Arsene Wenger has declared himself happy with what Arsenal were able to do in the summer transfer market this year, spending more than ever to bring in Lucas Perez, Mustafi, Holding, Xhaka and Asuno to strengthen the squad in key areas, the international break did not come at a very good time for us.

The boss told Arsenal Player that it would have been nice if the Gunners were able to carry on where we left off with the fluency and penetration we saw away to Watford but he does believe that our squad now has the quality and quantity that we need to fight on the four fronts of the Premier League, Champions League, FA cup and the EFL cup.

He said, “I believe that we have the strength and the numbers that I wished and that we can compete now on all fronts.

“That’s what we want to show. We can focus now completely on competition, that is quite important and hopefully the victory at Watford will give the belief and confidence to our group of players to have a successful game [against Southampton].

“We want the players to score from crosses but to do that you have to go in the box and go for the goal, so I am pleased that Ozil, for example, gets in the box and scores a header,” said Wenger. “It can only encourage him to do it again.

“[International breaks] are a little bit of a problem [for maintaining fluency], so I have to analyse how everybody came back, what kind of intensity they had to cope with and the fact as well that we play three days later again.

“Certainly, for some players, four games in 10 days plus the travelling is not really feasible at the top, top level. That’s why you have a strong squad and I will focus on the players who could prepare properly for the game.”

That sounds to me like the players that played most recently for their countries will not be risked and the two that got back latest and with long haul flights from South America were Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina, so I think we can expect to see the Chilean on the subs bench for the start of today’s clash with Southampton.

He can always enter the fray if we need him but I think it is a good idea to keep him fresh for the away match with PSG on Tuesday. Wenger still has good options up front with Giroud, Walcott, Iwobi, Lucas and the Ox so do you agree that Alexis should be rested today?

Wenger blames strikers and fixture congestion for Arsenal downfall

Arsenal may not have given up completely on winning the title yet and are strongly hoping that Leicester suddenly lose their impetus in the title race. Arsenal were extremely convincing in yesterday’s 4-0 destruction of Watford, but when compared to our woeful defeat to the same side a few weeks ago it just shows that Wenger’s side is unbelievably inconsistent.

Wenger believes that Arsenal were just as dominant in the FA Cup tie, but they lost simply because they couldn’t turn their superiority into goals. “We played well.” Wenger said after the match. “We had a good flow in our game and a good desire to play. Our technical quality was high and we combined the fact that we played well and that we could score as well. In the FA Cup defeat we had the same domination but we couldn’t score. That makes a big difference.”

Wenger also moaned that while Arsenal had to fit in their FA Cup games and Champions League ties against Barcelona into their tight schedule also gave Leicester the advantage in the title race. “The title is never there for the taking, you have to work for it.” Wenger continued. “Everybody works for it and you have to respect the teams who have more points than you, and who have not played in as many competitions. We played Watford, then went to Barcelona on Wednesday and then to Everton on Saturday. It’s not the same [for Leicester City]. People on the outside think it’s easy but you have to earn your points, work well in every game and recently we haven’t made the most of the chances we’ve created. We paid for that.”

The Frenchman then said that all Arsenal can do is keep winning and hope for the best in our rival’s results. “We want to focus on the way we play and keep the quality very high. Then we’ll see where we are. We will fight until the end to have a chance. The only way we can achieve that is by playing games with our team quality. That is based on our movement, on our technical ability to play at the highest level and at the highest pace.”

So we can only watch and hope this afternoon that Southampton can take the Foxes down a peg or two and give us a slight hope of catching Leicester. But I wouldn’t put money on it!

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Despite the fact that Arsenal have not lifted the Premier League trophy in almost 12 years, Arsene Wenger still has the reputation of changing the face of English football. The Frenchman even gained the nickname of Le Prof for his educated and erudite approach to all aspects of the game.

So even though his tactics or his refusal to change the Arsenal style of play has attracted some criticism in recent years, Wenger is still a man to listen to when it comes to the beautiful game. So the football press and Arsenal fans in particular were keen to hear his thoughts on what has been going wrong for the Gunners and our title challenge recently.

Just three points from the last four EPL has seen Arsenal drop from top spot into fourth place and we are now five points off the pace and with a worse goal difference as well. The Frenchman told the http://thearsenalblog.com/longcase-clock-hands-dating/ his thoughts on why our push for the title has stalled at suck a key phase of the season.

He said, “You expect their keeper to have a good game but I believe as well we had very poor finishing. It’s difficult to find a player in our team basically who had no chances today.

“We came out with a 0-0, with the experience we have in our team, that’s disappointing. It’s frustrating because we put a lot of energy into a game like that. We created a lot of chances of top quality and couldn’t finish.

“I think we have to look at ourselves and start to finish with a bit more conviction. The way we have took our chances was not good enough and that’s why we dropped two points.

“What is terrible is that our performances are not bad. That is worrying because with the quality of the performances we had, we didn’t take the points and that’s very difficult for the players to take as well.

“We put the energy in, we create chances but at the end of the day we come away with no goals. It’s very disappointing.

“The team is strong. We have shown, I believe, a great performance tonight, especially in the second half, but we couldn’t finish the game off.

“We have to look at ourselves and not be satisfied with that.”

You think Arsene? So not being able to score goals is costing us points yes? Well thanks mate because I was really having a hard time working out why we had not won. We did score those three against Liverpool, though, and only came away with a point. What was his insightful take on that? Not defending well enough perhaps?

Arsenal just DAYS away from Schneiderlin transfer?

Without any reliable insider information on the transfer comings and goings at Arsenal, we are often left to trawl through the myriad of Arsenal transfer rumours desperately hunting for a crumb of truth. Sometimes you think you have got a handle on what Arsene Wenger is planning but often as not the Frenchman then goes and surprises you anyway.

So when I say that the Gunners could be just days away from completing the brilliant transfer of the French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, it is because a report in The Mirror has revealed that the player himself has confirmed that he is in transfer talks and that he hopes that his summer move will be sorted very soon.

Schneiderlin said, “Talks are ongoing and should be completed in the coming days. I hope it will all be concluded before pre-season begins next week.”

Arsenal are not the only club that he could be talking to though, as there have been strong links with Tottenham and Man United as well. Spurs have no Champions League football to offer though and United still have to get through the play offs and are also said to be about to sign Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich. I hope that means that Arsenal are in pole position and will soon complete the signing of this key addition.

Schneiderlin says YES to Arsenal transfer!!

Unless you believe Arsene Wenger’s claims that Arsenal are not yet in transfer mode despite all the Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with players like Petr Cech, Jackson Martinez and many more, then you will be hoping that Wenger and his transfer team at the Emirates are already working hard and trying to get the transfer business of the summer done early.

According to a Metro report we may have already secured one of the most important signings, a top quality central midfielder, in the Southampton and France international star Morgan Schneiderlin.

The report claims that the fantastic Frenchman has chosen the Gunners as his next club, despite plenty of interest from other clubs in the Premier League and Europe. Whether Wenger will need to pay the Saints their full valuation of £25 million or not we do not know but the fact that Ronald Koeman knows his player wants to leave and where he wants to go should give Arsenal a decent bargaining position.

But if this report is correct, does that mean that the rumours regarding Arturo Vidal are not?

TOP target WANTS Arsenal transfer and CONFIRMS talks

If this is all true then Arsenal should soon have one of the main transfer targets of the summer sewn up nice and early and us fans can start to relax and look forward to a promising summer in the transfer window and a real crack at the Premier League title next season.

The Gunners have long been linked with the France international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and according to a Metro report the player himself has all but told us that the transfer is one the brink of being done.

The midfielder revealed that he was ready to leave Southampton for a Premier League club that is in the Champions League so it does not take a great leap of imagination to guess that Arsenal are that team. The report also reveals that Schneiderlin has said that talks over his summer transfer have already begun so will we soon be welcoming the 25-year old to the Gunners family?

Arsenal with GREEN LIGHT and PRICE to sign Schneiderlin

Although it meant that Arsenal had to miss out on one of our top transfer targets last summer, I have to admit that I was quite impressed by the way that Ronald Koeman and Southampton dug their heels in and managed to hold onto their midfield star Morgan Schneiderlin.

But it appears that the south coast club have already accepted that they will not be able to repeat the feat this time around. According to The Telegraph they have offered the Frenchman a bumper new deal that would make him the highest paid player at the club but they do not expect it to be enough.

Even if they do secure a place in the Europa League, Schneiderlin has his eyes on a bigger prize and for Arsenal to finally get him all we have to do is agree to pay the transfer fee of around £25 million. The paper reckons that the transfer could be done very soon after the season ends and that would be a great start to the summer for Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal to let star join Premier League rivals on LOAN! WTF?

I do hope that this latest Arsenal transfer rumour is some sort of wind up. Or perhaps if it is going to happen it is because Arsene Wenger has found something better for the Gunners as letting our Poland international keeper Wojciech Szczesny go to strengthen another Premier League club, especially one who beat us twice this season, seems a bit daft.

A Metro report claims that Szczesny will be playing for Ronald Koeman at Southampton next season in order to provide cover for their England international Fraser Forster who looks set to miss quite a bit of the season with the knee injury picked up last month.

It would apparently be a loan deal, suggesting that Wenger has not given up on Shezzer just yet but while it would help the player and the Saints, I cannot see how it would help Arsenal unless it would give Martinez a chance to show what he can do.

If Wenger is planning to sign a new number one such as Petr Cech, then Ospina would be number two, though, and so I don´t get the loan deal. Do you?

Arsenal closing in on their BIGGEST piece of the jigsaw!

If reports from ESPN are to be believed, it seems as though the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already made contact with Southampton over the transfer of Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been on the club’s radar for quite some time now. After having been denied the chance to leave last season as a result of the mass exodus from St. Mary’s, ESPN reports that Southampton have assured the player that he will be allowed to leave this season, but for the right price.

While the report does say that Arsenal are yet to make a formal bid, the news of the Saints being approached in regards to Schneiderlin will come as music to the ears of all Gooners, as most of us know that Wenger’s interest in the holding midfielder is indeed genuine, considering the fact that a move was made for his services last season as well. Now although the Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is also keen on his former player’s services, Schneiderlin has made it clear that he wants to play Champions League football, which blows Spurs out of the race for his signature.

With the player admitting his desire to take his career to the next level on a number of occasions and the Saints boss Ronald Koeman stating that he will be allowed to leave this season, it seems an inevitability that Arsene Wenger will bring his compatriot to the Emirates in this summer’s transfer window, especially now that an approach seems to have been made.

Personally, I believe that Morgan Schneiderlin is the most complete defensive midfielder in the Premier League at the moment. Along with his great ability to read the game and make tidy interceptions and challenges, the French international is also extremely good with the ball at his feet and is very adept at keeping the ball moving in midfield, switching the play and also playing a killer pass to the forwards. Looking at all these attributes, there is no doubt that the Schneiderlin is indeed the perfect fit for Arsenal’s midfield and I hope that Le Prof can bring him in as soon as possible.

Spurs loss gives Arsenal BIG trouble in Top Four fight

It was not just a bad day for the Arsenal fans who will now have to suffer the taunts of our rivals from down the Seven Sisters road. The away day defeat by Tottenham in the north London derby has left Arsenal in real danger of missing out on a top four finish this season.

Any lingering Premier League title hopes were extinguished as Chelsea beat Aston Villa and now it is all about the top four for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners. But with Southampton grabbing an extra time winner away to QPR and with Man United still to play tomorrow, that is now looking like a tall order.

Even a draw for United at West Ham will give them a two point gap over us and leaves us languishing in 6th place. We still have to travel to OLd Trafford and play host to Chelsea and Liverpool. Lose those three games and there will be a very real chance that Arsenal woul;d have to win the Champions League this season in order to be in it next season.

Could this really be the year that Arsenal lose the Wenger trophy?