Titbits first today:
The Sunday Mirror suggests that Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison’s situation is being monitored by our manager. Morrison is out of contract in the summer and is throwing his toys out the pram because he’s not playing.
The Sunday People report that Wenger wants to loan Real Madrid Spanish Under-19 striker Alvaro Morata on loan. The story suggests that the player has been told to get himself a move but whether that is this month or in the summer, remains unclear.
Arsene Wenger has been talking about this current transfer window and he believes it should be scrapped. That way it will:
Force disaffected players to fight for their places and remain committed to the cause.
He goes on:
I am for [scrapping the transfer window]. I would leave it completely open all year, or you close it for a whole year. But that’s in-between.
Everybody becomes nervous from November until January. Then players maybe think, ‘if I don’t play then I will leave in January’. They are already less committed to the cause, it gives them an opening.
We have gone from a period where we knew that if we didn’t play, we still had to be committed to the club for your whole life.
You had no other option but to fight for your place. There is not a position where the players have a quick and easy way out if it is difficult.
So, another excuse given for not signing anyone this month, can’t understand why our club don’t believe that signing an odd fresh face or two in this window can actually spur others on, those who really want to play for Arsenal have to fight more for their place. Fresh players this month for the last few seasons has been just what we needed to push on in the second half of the season.
We didn’t get them and we have faded, just look back to last season when we really had a great chance to win the PL?
He does go on to say that he’d rather wait for the injured players to return than sign an old has been who is looking for an easy exit from their current club, for sure, we all agree there but a player like Jan Vertonghen is hardly that is he, he wouldn’t break the bank and he would no doubt solve all our defensive frailties right now.
As for up front, well the club recently sanctioned a break for Robin van Persie as they must have thought he was shattered, does that not tell us that something?
Oh well, window locked and bolted already then Arsenal!
On to today, a trip down to sunny Wales to face the side rightly earned promotion last season, the side that we huffed and puffed against at home and finally sneaked a 1-0 victory. That victory though saw us get our season kick started. We’d had a dreadful opening few fixtures and despite the result being far from convincing, the recovery began and with it came the creep up the table back into a decent position in the league.
Today is going to be a tough one but then again, every game in this league now is that way. We still have a long list of injuries and Francis Coquelin is the latest addition, Mertesacker and Rosicky both face late fitness test having been ‘ill’. Chamakh and Gervinho are of course gone now for a while.
Swansea however has pretty much a full squad, a few of which had a rest in their last fixture.
Djourou returns after his one match ban and should he feature at right back, he’ll be in for a tough time up against Scott Sinclair.
Thierry Henry should also make his return to Premier League football but I truly hope we don’t need a repeat of Monday to secure this victory, Robin also returns from his holiday so things up front should be different.
Will the two start together and put the pressure on?
Swansea are a confident side at home, the only loss they have suffered in front of their home fans is to Manchester United!
There is not too much to tell about the history of this fixture as the two sides have only met on ten occasions and that tells us little really about the players of today – Brendan Rogers has his side playing football the right way these days, they won’t be parking any bus or looking to hit us on the break, the game will be open and maybe it will be more about who scores most will win.
Yes I know that is obvious but you know what I mean!
We have wobbled on the road recently and have an average of just one goal a game in our last seven matches which doesn’t make pretty reading does it?
Time for that to change or Wenger may just have to get his cheque book out!!
Have a good day all, 3 points would make it that wouldn’t it?