Wojciech Szczesny is still in possession of the number one shirt at Arsenal, but that is not likely to make the Poland international feel much better about life right now, as he has lost the honour in everything but name. Shezzer may look set to make up for last year´s FA cup disappointment by starting in a Wembley semi-final and hopefully a final in May, but that could be his last act as a Gunner.
There have been plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us ever more strongly with the young Argentinean striker Paulo Dybala, with some reports claiming that the president of his current club Palermo has already been in London for talks with Arsenal representatives about a possible transfer to the Premier League this summer.
But there have also been other reports suggesting that the talented 21-year old who is highly sought after around Europe, would actually prefer a move to La Liga leaders Barcelona or staying in Serie A with the Italian champions Juventus.
Not only do I feel that Arsenal were very lucky to leave the north east with all three points yesterday, but I do feel sorry for Newcastle who will play a lot worse than that and win games. They were clearly stung by the `flip flop´ jibes from their defeat last weekend and we nearly paid the price.
I have rarely seen such hunger and determination than we did from the Magpies in the second half but thankfully Giroud had taken his shooting boots with him and we defended well and rode our luck.
It will have been pretty easy for Arsene Wenger to prepare his Arsenal team for today’s Premier League away game against Newcastle United, as their manager John Carver admitted this week that he only had 13 fit outfield players to choose from.
So the Arsenal boss does not have to worry too much about which players or system his Gunners will have to contend with today ,and he should be able to set his own team up accordingly in order to exploit the home team´s problems. This game is the last before the international break but I still think the Boss will use it to rest a few key players, like Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and perhaps Mertesacker, Monreal and Bellerin.
Depending on which side of the fence you sit on when it comes to the performances of the Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil since he came to the Premier League from Real Madrid a year and a half a go, this could be seen as great or terrible news for the Gunners. I can guess what the midfielder´s constant critic Paul Scholes would say.
However, a lot of us have seen a big improvement in the German´s form for Arsenal this season, especially since he used his spell on the sidelines to get in the gym and increase his upper body strength. So Ozil´s statement, reported by Metro, declaring that he is happy at Arsenal and is in way considering leaving this summer, is good news.
The last time that Arsene Wenger had to persuade Theo Walcott to sign a new contract to stay with Arsenal, all the high cards were in the players’ hands. Robin van Persie had recently left for Man United and Wenger was struggling for decent options up front.
Walcott had him over a barrel really, especially as there was less than a year to run on his contract at the time. So the England international got a big pay rise as well as some guarantees over his starting place and even where he would play.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that the contract talks between Arsenal and England star Theo Walcott are not exactly proceeding rapidly. The Frenchman made a cheeky reference to the difference between Walcott´s speed on the pitch and his dithering off it, as the last contract talks seemed to take forever as well.
But as The Mirror have reported, Wenger has declared that the negotiations or lack of them are not the reason why he has not been playing the flying forward much recently. The reason for that, according to the manager, is that Walcott has still been getting back to full fitness after more than a year on the sidelines due to injury.
It must have been a tough call to make for Arsene Wenger, because the Arsenal and France international striker Olivier Giroud has been in great goal scoring form since he returned from injury. The big Frenchman had also put his poor show against Monaco behind him and scored in the next two games for the Gunners, while Danny Welbeck has not been featuring much and may have been a bit ring rusty.
But Wenger thought that his pace on the counter attack could be crucial playing away in such an important game and the fact it would be Welbeck’s first return to his old stomping ground Old Trafford made his mind up and it paid off big time.
This Arsenal transfer would be a massive surprise to everyone and to be honest, is unlikely to happen. But the Tottenham striker Harry Kane would be a fantastic signing for Arsenal and he would fit perfectly into the Arsenal team.
It probably won’t happen Arsenal fans, and there are no rumours linking us with him, but how often does the rumour mill get it right? It would make Kane a pariah among Spurs fans of course but if they fail to reach the Champions League AGAIN and if Arsenal do make it AGAIN, you could see why Kane might fancy the move.
If you asked the Arsenal boss what he would have preferred from Wednesday´s trip to face QPR in the Premier League, it would probably have included plenty of Arsenal goals and a clean sheet against a lacklustre side that the Gunners did not have to break sweat to beat.
As we know, the game turned out to be far from that. But the most important thing for Arsene Wenger was ror us to get the three points and move on to the FA cup game at Old Trafford on Monday night. And from what the Frenchman said about his team´s gritty and hard won win at Loftus Road, reported by Arsenal.com, it is obvious that he was pleased with the performance as well.