I read that Wenger is moaning about what Alan Pardew has done in this transfer window and the fact that only a few clubs will have to face his new rejuvenated side. Funny enough, we are one of them.
I don’t recall him saying that we were also one of the fortunate ones to have faced them when they had more injuries than Diaby has had in his career…. And that’s saying something.
Ok, Newcastle sit in a ‘nasty’ place in the Premier League and they needed to make a few signings but, what they have done to date is pretty darn good in my view.
Instead of moaning, why didn’t Wenger go and sign one or two of the players that have now joined Newcastle?
How many of us would have been chuffed to see at least two of the above sign for us?
How many of the players Pardew has signed would have NOT improved our squad?
How many would have broken the AFC PLC Bank??
Seriously, OUR club has missed out.
Talking of Newcastle, they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton, our opposition for today. I watched a lot of that game and Brighton were on the top of their game. They never let Newcastle settle, they harried the opposition players, closed them down and were prepared to work from start to finish in order to progress into the next round.
I can’t think of the last time I watched us play and thought that about our side.
No doubt some will suggest we did that at Swansea, I’d beg to differ….
But if Wenger wants to come away from Sussex with a victory, he is going to have to ensure the team puts in that kind of effort today, otherwise we will go out of the FA Cup.
Squad news for today’s 3pm kick off.
Vermaelen, Arteta, Coquelin, Fabianski and Gervinho are all missing. Frimpong has gone on loan to Fulham for the rest of the season so he won’t feature today either.
Maybe the departure of Frimpong is the biggest indication that Wenger is ready to sign a defence minded midfielder? It certainly should be….
He’s only got five days left to bring in a couple of players this transfer window.
I’m beginning to doubt he will though…
Good luck to the guys today, Captain Jack to show us the way?
Have a good day all…..