Oxlade-Chamberlain to join the big boys, Podolski – in, Giroud – nearly, M'Vila – hopefully!


Lukasz Podolski is signed and sealed.

Olivier Giroud will complete his transfer to N.5 after France exit the Euro’s.

Wenger said on French TV station TF1:

Giroud didn’t play much (at the Euros so far), but he’s going to be an Arsenal player 90% next season.

I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing. He is a real team player and knows how to combine with other players and I’m sure he will do well with us.

Robin Van Persie will stay at Arsenal.

That’s what I think, expect, predict, hope, you choose?

But can Arsene Wenger actually play all three in the team?

Does Arsene actually plan to start the season with all three forwards/strikers, spearheading the Arsenal attack??

Yes, if we’re chasing a game, having all three on the pitch does make sense, but as a basis for his first choice starting XI..?
I’m not so sure…

Where would that leave Theo Walcott, whom I also expect to sign a new contract at Arsenal.

Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo Miyaichi, Joel Campbell, Benik Afobe..?

It would certainly point to a change in tactics, maybe a return to what made Arsenal under Arsene a trophy winning machine.

When we had TH14 leading the attack, DB10 in the hole directing operations, Sylvain Wiltord on the wing. Or Nicolas Anelka/ Ian Wright leading the attack, DB10 in the hole and Marc Overmars on the wing.

A trio of forwards/strikers/goalscorers. That was the tried and tested format, a format we lapped up…

To play such an expansive, attacking system, you need strength in your midfield, a shield for your back-four and Yann M’Vila seems the perfect fit to me…

So are we seeing the beginning of the new/old tactics?

I hope so.

The Barcelona lite experiment has been a failure in my opinion. A frustrating failure.

Football goes in cycles and maybe Arsene in returning ‘Back to the Future’, has accepted this, even if he’d never admit it, bless him…

New voices on the training pitch in Banfield and Bould.

New faces in the dressing room.

A new/old approach tatically.

I’m really excited by the prospects of all this during 2012-13.


Written by Allezkev

Just a bit to add and that’s about young Oxlade-Chamberlain, reports suggest he’s heading for a bumper payrise having had such a good season, more like to try and keep the vultures away who could quite easily triple his current salary! Suggestion is that the pay increase will see him earn similar to the top earners at the club.

Deserved, or a bit premature?

Have a good day all…..



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