This season has been a roller-coster for Arsenal fans, but at least we have made it as far as March and are still in with a chance in the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League, which is a lot better than in recent seasons where we have usually been discounted by the end of February.
It is an ever growing concern that this season is slowly turning out to be ever so similar to those that have passed before. We have been in the running and likely contenders for at least three competitions out of the four before slowing progressing into a period of decline that eventually leaves us trophy-less for another successive season.
Many Arsenal fans would like Arsene Wenger to go all out to win this season’s FA Cup, as they would really like to win one trophy (Please! Pretty please!) in the very near future, and the Cup would be the one we have most chance of winning.
But Wenger clearly thinks that it is more of a hindrance than a target, and would prefer the later stages (like this weeks game) to be relegated to a midweek game so as not to interfere with the title race.
Arsene Wenger may have spent a fortune bringing Mesut Ozil to Arsenal this summer, but it seemed that a backup striker to Olivier Giroud was the main target for the Frenchman, hence the 40 million (+1) on the table for Luis Suarez.
But it practically went un-noticed that Arsenal brought in the young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo for next to nothing! Now Wenger has revealed that Sanogo is more than capable of moving up to the first team, and compares him with another certain young Frenchman that Wenger got on the cheap some years ago.
Arsenal’s title challenge seems to be back on track for now after securing three points this weekend for the first time since Arsenal’s game against Crystal Palace at the start of the month. Sunderland wasn’t the Gunners’ first win since the Palace game, though, having beaten Liverpool in the FA Cup. However that aside we have seen double blows from Liverpool and Bayern Munich, whilst a draw against Manchester United means that in three games which has seen Arsenal ship 7 goals and score just 1.
In football you win some, you lose some and if you are unfortunate to be on the receiving end of the latter then it is a horrible feeling. The problem is that with Arsenal’s last game, which was a drastically poor 5-1 defeat to Champions League hopefuls Liverpool, it meant so much for the North London side.
A win would have seen the Gunners stay on top of the table, maintaining a two point gap over Chelsea and Manchester City, however instead we have slipped into second place, with Chelsea now on the upper hand and being one point ahead, whilst Manchester City remain just the one point behind in third place after having their own poor result at the weekend, a draw with relegation candidates Norwich City.
It seems that the big transfer target for Arsenal today is Kim Kallstrom on loan. He’s currently at Spartak Moscow but appears to be on his way to Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the season. It’s been confirmed by most media outlets and the BBC’s Ornstein himself. Why are we trying to sign him?
He is 31 years old and had to be sold to Spartak because he was no longer good enough for Lyon in Ligue 1. He is even struggling to start for Spartak and yet he is somehow good enough to play for a team fighting for the title and playing in the Champions league. I’m not sure if he would even be available to play in Europe as Spartak qualified for the Europa League but were knocked out in the play-offs.
Tonight Arsenal will face Coventry City in a strange sense of Friday night football for this 4th round FA Cup tie. The Gunners go into the game full of confidence having kept up their title challenge for this season, with a good run of wins, the latest coming against Premier League strugglers Fulham FC.
Coventry may not be Premier League or even Championship opposition for the Gunners to face this time around. However sometimes this can go against you and in the opposition’s favour as everyone expects the big guns to win. Wenger has made it very clear that the team will prepare for this game in complete seriousness and train as if it was against any other opponent that they would face on a weekly basis.
With the news that Manchester United are lighting up the transfer window with just over a week to go, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has had his say on the ongoing transfer. The latest news out of the Premier League is that Juan Mata’s £40 million move from Chelsea to Manchester United looks very likely to go ahead with the Spaniard set to have his medical tonight.
However whilst Arsenal seemingly sit back and do nothing, Wenger made it very clear that he cannot quite believe the news regarding the transfer. Wenger told the media in his press conference prior to tomorrow’s FA Cup game against Coventry City:
Every single transfer window that comes around sees some Arsenal fans pipe up to suggest that we should be looking to sign a new goalkeeper because quite simply, Arsenal’s number one ‘isn’t good enough’ and our back-up options aren’t any help either. However every single window passes and there isn’t any change on the number one goalkeeping spot, leading to much disappointment.
However this time around things are a little different because this season, Wojciech Szczesny has proved exactly why he should be the club’s number one and also why he has the potential to be one of the world’s best. Since Szczesny made his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford some years ago, he has had a very bumpy ride to get to the position he is in now.