A lot of the talk about Arsenal right now is the injury crisis and what Arsene Wenger might to do to boost his squad when the winter transfer window opens in January. One of the priority pieces of transfer business that the Arsenal fans wanted to see done was for the boss to sign a striker but after the French defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin picked up a long term injury last weekend the priority is now clearly to find a replacement for him.
Arsene Wenger has showed us that he is willing to spend big money in the transfer market if he thinks it is the right thing for the club, with the signing of the Germany international Mesut Ozil a couple of years back for over £40 million almost trebling the club record at the time.
And now it looks like the manager could be set to break another record. Don’t get too excited though, because it is for the same player as a report in The Mirror claims that Wenger is set to offer Ozil a bumper new contract as a reward for the scintillating form our attacking midfield star has been in this season, or more accurately ever since he came back from a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury last season.
I think that most Arsenal fans would still say that another forward player should be the priority for Arsene Wenger when the winter transfer window comes around in January, even though Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have been going along nicely and we have Danny Welbeck on the way back from injury.
Maybe the boss will agree but we will have to wait and see and I would not hold my breath if I were you. Another commonly held belief among Arsenal fans is that our central midfield could do with strengthening, as Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are not at the top level and we rely too much on Francis Coquelin.
Arsenal fans have long thought that Arsene Wenger was, let’s say careful, with the club’s money and treated every penny spent as if it was coming out of his own bank account. We also accepted, by and large, that Wenger’s hands were tied, financially speaking, while the cost of building the Emirates stadium was paid off.
That is done though and he is still not spending anything like what our Premier League rivals are spending and nowhere near the amount available to him, so when you read the report in the Daily Star about the shocking and exciting possibility that the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, might want top sign for Arsenal, it is tempered a bit by the news that Messi is looking for a massive salary.
Arsenal fans just love beating Tottenham, and we missed a big chance to put more distance between us in the League by only getting a draw at the Emirates yesterday, but would you say that considering our 5-1 mauling to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, we have bounced back by retrieving a point yesterday?
Wenger seemed to think that the draw felt like a win as we were behind for most of the game. He said afterwards: “I think we have shown character today because we were a bit on the ropes and we responded. Every time we have a disappointment I feel we respond well in the game after.
Arsenal could not have reached the Top Four last season if Alexis Sanchez had not been in explosive form in the first half of the season. He practically carried Arsenal when half the team were out injured. Fast forward 12 months, and we yet again have an injury list longer than my arm, but our erstwhile saviour simply doesn’t have the energy to carry us any more.
Olivier Giroud has been in prolific form in recent weeks, always managing to score in just about every game, but yesterday his record was tarnished as he missed three very real chances against Tottenham.
Arsene Wenger said that the striker was angry at himself after the game,but how do the Arsenal fans feel about it? Arsene Wenger actually said that he was happy that Giroud was angry! “I’m pleased. When you see players happy to miss chances you can worry. He is a real goalscorer, he did try. In the last two games, against Bayern and today he worked extremely hard and maybe he wanted too much to score in the end, and especially the opportunity he had in the six-yard box, but that can happen.”
Arsenal fans will be hoping that the striker who has scored more Premier League goals than any other in 2015 has an off day this weekend. That striker is Harry Kane and he will be leading the line for Tottenham against the Gunners in the latest episode in the long running rivalry that is the north London derby.
But while the Spurs fans sing about him being one of their own, there are those awkward photos of the young Kane in an Arsenal shirt celebrating us winning the title and he was also part of the youth set up with Arsenal when he was very young.
After hitting Arsenal fans with the bad news about the latest injury blow to his playing staff, with the young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin having to miss out on the Champions League away tie with Bayern Munich, Arsene Wenger softened the blow by revealing on the Arsenal website that the groin problem our defender has picked up is not a major problem.
Hopefully it will allow Bellerin to line up against Tottenham in the north London derby this weekend but if not then at least we have a two week international break in which he can recover. I think he could be a big miss against Spurs on Sunday with his pace and attacking flair but I also think that in Munich tonight the Gunners might be batter off with his replacement Mathieu Debuchy.
Arsenal played some wonderful football today to beat Everton and it really should have been by more than jujst a single goal, but the chances came and went both before and after Barkley´s deflected shot got them back into the game just before halftime.
Arsenal teams of the past might have crumbled after that and failed to win or even got beat, especially after the mighty exertions from all of the players against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. After showing the classy, creative and exciting part of our game though, we also showed the new gritty side.