Remember Ray Kennedy?
Of course you do, just like you all remember the goal he scored at WHL which won us the league back in 1971…
Happy 63rd birthday Ray, we’ll always love you for that moment alone.
Arsene Wenger has been talking about our 4th new signing Calum Chambers:
Chambers is only 19 & can play at CB, RB & CM. I hope he will give us competition for the players in those 3 positions.
He’s forgetting Chambers has played right wing, so as said before, this boy is a very versatile player but let’s not forget he’s still young.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola suggest that Arsene Wenger will approach United with an €11million bid (£8.7m) for the 27-year-old winger. Somehow I doubt it…
Alexis Sanchez won’t be joining the squad for the trip to Austria as he’s yet to get his visa. No problems are anticipated in getting it, but it means he’ll be in London training on his own. Not the best situation for our new man.
From bad to good, Kieran Gibbs believes his injury problems are finally over:
I feel like I’m over the injuries now, last season was definitely my best and I played the most amount of games I have in a season.
So to finally show I can play regularly, I just want to build on that. And I want to play for England again, obviously.
So, all positive stuff again this morning…
Talking of positive, here is Kev’s post:
The signing of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers, is a very welcome change the the usual and recent Arsenal transfer policy of Last Minute.Com which has been the norm since the move to Ashburton Grove. More so, since the demise and departure of David Dein.
Wenger has replaced the excellent Bacary Sagna & Lukasz Fabianski, whilst improving the squad in general.
As August dawns on us and the World Cup far behind us, we have a lot to look forward to with the way the squad is evolving.
Debuchy and Ospina, arrived under the radar, whilst those idiots in the Press ranted on about higher-profile targets that ‘Arsenal’ were interested in, according to their sources. Some of those ‘targets’ are still available, mainly because the rules of the 25 man squad is having the desired effect on the ersatz clubs…
21 of Arsenal’s 25 places, are filled. That leaves Wenger with plenty of elbow room to be able to bring in 4 more players. Miquel, Miyaichi, Martinez and Coquelin could fill those places, but I suspect that Martinez is the only one of that four, who can be confident of doing so.
Vermaelen, if he stays, would take one of the four spots. Or maybe Arsene has his replacement earmarked for a place…
Sanogo, Afobe, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ajayi are still a year away from having to be named in the 25 and I’m not sure about Matt Macey.
All the others promising youngsters like Bellerin, Akpom and Calum Chambers are still two years away, although Wenger has hinted he’s ready to challenge in three positions as mentioned above.
That gives Wenger so much scope to give our squad the strongest look it’s had in the Emirates era.
On the surface, it’s looking as if Joel Campbell is going to be part of the Arsenal 25, at least up till January.
There are still a couple more areas where Arsene could strengthen (isn’t there always), but there is also the possibility that he may go with what he has, using a few of the youngsters like Hayden, Olsson or even Zelalem, to fill-out the squad.
I personally think that it would be a risky course for Arsene to take as recent experience has left us gnashing our teeth as a few injuries to vital players has left the cupboard more bare than Old Mother Hubbard’s…
I still harbour hopes that crafty old Arsene has one or two more really decent players, up his sleeve to bring in, a centre-half being one of them if TV leaves and of course a DM. Relying on Abou Diaby is not a sensible option. His role, should he retain his fitness, should be as an occasional starter but more realistically as a regular off of the bench. Sadly, past experience has taught us that Diaby’s inclusion in the 25, does in fact mean that we are going into the season with a squad of 24..,
Campbell, if he remains, and Sanchez, will give the Arsenal attack more variety and much more speed and mobility. They will present our opponents with a whole raft of new and interesting problems.
A fit AOC could be set for an impressive campaign if those pre-World Cup glimpses were anything to go on.
A fit and rested Theo Walcott will give us even more options and pace up front for Mesut Ozil to feed. Ozil must be licking his lips at all the new opportunities that are suddenly going to be in front of him, where he can slide through all those lazer guided passes.
I predict that all those lazy pillocks in the Press, who have been rubbishing him for the last seven months, will soon be made to look the cretinous fools that we know then to be.
So another centre-back and maybe a defensive-minded midfielder are all that is needed and this squad will begin to look really tasty.
Maybe an experienced striker on deadline day as the cherry on the cake, and Arsenal will be ready to rumble.
The transfer window closes at 11pm UK time on September 1st, that’s plenty of time for Arsene to do some more business.
Thanks to Rick, for some help in this post….
Written by Allezkev.