Lars Bender heading to Arsenal?? Defoe too? Finally a voice of reason!

Morning Gooners,

Four days to go now until the transfer window closes and the newspapers are filled with mischief.

Rumour has it that Arsenals chief negotiator is in Germany in attempt to secure a deal for Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen. He can play at both right back or defensive midfield. For  The 6′ tall 23 year old has featured for Germany on ten occasions, scoring one goal.

Here he is in action.

The Daily Express continue to report that it’s Yann M’Vila on Arsene Wenger’s radar, as is Yohan Cabaye and they believe it’s going to be a battle between us and the tiny ones for their signature.

The Sun report another two-horse race for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, this one though is between us and Chelsea and in the same paper, Ian Wright says he would sign Jermain Defoe, if he was Arsene Wenger.

The Mirror suggests Mbiwa is off to Milan and Angel Rangel of Swansea will be heading our way.

That’s the gossip out of the way for the day!

Two sensible articles struck me this morning. One by Martin Keown, the other by our midfield workaholic, Mikel Arteta.

Martin Keown talks about just how good Santi Cazorla is describes him as being like Liam Brady and Cesc Fabregas rolled into one player. He’s our midfield general who just wants the ball all the time, regardless of where he is on the pitch. Left foot, right foot it doesn’t matter, he’s equally good with both.

A statistic for you – Santi Cazorla has had more touches of the ball in the oppositions half than any other player in the PL to date, yes, even Eden Hazard!

A few more games under his belt and we might start seeing the best of him, he’s not bad now is he but he needs to get his shooting boots sent over from Spain..

Shooting boots takes me nicely onto Mikel Arteta:

All the talk about Robin all of the time… you can get frustrated.

You cannot do in two games what it has taken eight years to create. It’s impossible!

Arteta is spot on, not only is it frustrating for the players, it’s boring.

How on earth can two strikers be expected to perform at the highest level in a tough Premier League after just two fixtures, especially when up against two sides who set out to defend, defend and defend….

Giroud and Podolski are great players and another little statistics from Sunday, Olivier Giroud didn’t lose a single header against Ryan Shawcross of Stoke RFC. That is not easy!

Their time will come and very soon no doubt and as we all keep saying, they just need one goal each to set them on their way.

With Santi Cazorla gradually finding his way too, they will have plenty of opportunities to get off the mark.

As for achieving in two matches what our departed one did after eight seasons, well he only managed it for one entire league campaign, I have a feeling that our three new boys will be ‘doing it’ for a lot longer and will achieve more at Arsenal than he ever did.

It’s time to move on from the Dutchman and look at the present and towards the future with Arsenal.

Maybe one day, the press/media will do that too.

On a final note, a few words from Mick Dennis of The Daily Express:

Stoke fans who booed Aaron Ramsey because he had his leg smashed at their ground two and a half years ago took to message boards to defend that despicable behaviour with expletive-filled invective. Both the chanting and the internet chat are criminal offences.

Over to you, Staffordshire Police.

Will they take any action? I doubt it, but they should!

That’s it for another day, could be a signing day today….

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