This weekend Arsenal return to Premier League football after enduring a disappointing midweek Champions’ League group match against Borussia Dortmund. The German opposition didn’t exactly run riot at the Emirates and ultimately we were unfortunate to lose the game, however it is now important that the team focuses on the next match, a fixture to newly promoted Premier League side Crystal Palace.
Just a week after most Arsenal fans were fearing the worst, things are looking a whole lot better after two good wins against Fulham and Fenerbahce. The Gunners scored three goals in each, with both Giroud and Podolski looking sharp in front of goal and plenty of control and chances being created.
So, were we right to worry, or was Wenger’s insistence on the quality in the side right up there with the best in the Premier League? I think the we will be able to answer that question better after the north London derby against Tottenham on Sunday, but I think the team has shown real quality and spirit in the last two games and am feeling confident about roasting the spuds at the Emirates.
In a matter of days, the problems that were threatening to to bog Arsenal down in a swamp of despair seem to be slowly drifting away. The weekend was a dark time and we all showed our discontent at the way things were going.
The opening Premier League game of the season brought a 3-1 defeat to lowly Aston Villa, half of our team was injured and there was no sight of any incoming transfers. We have not seen significant improvement yet but steps have been taken to do so, we hear.
When Arsene Wenger was trying to find a player for Arsenal to sign in January, it was hard to find somebody available who had the right quality to improve the Arsenal team. The player he wanted was the Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa. Terms were agreed between the clubs and the striker apparently, but the Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova vetoed the transfer.
It just goes to show the arrogance of the Catalan club, that they are now demanding top transfer fees for the 31-year old, despite his injury problems and the fact that he will be available on a free transfer next summer. Well they are not going to get it, and Arsenal might be able to sign the striker for next to nothing before the end of the transfer window.
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.
The bookies make Arsenal very short favourites to take all three points against Aston Villa at the Emirates this afternoon, but Arsene Wenger himself is certainly not expecting an easy game at all!
“It is always a battle against Villa,” Arsene said. “They have recently had some good results including a 3-3 draw at Everton.
“They know that they are fighting to avoid relegation. So it will be a typical Premier League game today and we have to prepare ourselves for a fight.