Talking about the 2011 trolley dash, the manager said:
At that time it was linked with injuries, we had unexpected long-term injuries and you cannot sit there and do nothing at all. If you have unexpected injuries you have to do something about it.
We are not in need of numbers like we were at the time. We have our targets, we will try to achieve that and I am confident we will get there.
I am confident [of new signings]. The desire of the players to join us [makes me confident] and the fact that we have – maybe not as much as everyone writes – but we have some funds available to do the transfers.
Ideally I would rather have the squad in place at the start of the season and I am a big fan to cancel the transfer window at the start of the season anyway.
Ten days and we need quality and strength in numbers, todays squad proves that!
Thomas Vermaelen, Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out and long term.. Vermaelen is rumoured to be back in training but I’m sure he still a good few weeks away from a return.
Bacary Sagna will have to slot into the middle of defence to replace the banned Laurent Koscielny, meaning Carl Jenkinson will start at right back.
Other than that, the staring eleven will no doubt be the same one which played just a few days ago in Turkey. Although rumour is that Lukas Podolski may start, giving Olivier Giroud a rest.
They did well midweek, very well and today we need the same kind of focus, commitment and result.
Playing away might be just what’s needed as life at The Emirates isn’t easy these days. That’s down to the way the club/Arsene Wenger and the way they have gone about our transfer business so far this summer. It’s also about fans spending a vast amount of money for many years and seeing little of it being reinvested in the squad.
No matter how angry we are about that though, for 90 minutes today it’s all about those we do have and getting behind them. It’s not their fault that the squad is virtually down to the bare bones….
But, is it really all down to Arsene Wenger? Jack Wilshere doesn’t seem to think so:
I want to win things with Arsenal and I want to be there in the future, but if the boss leaves then things could change.
Arsenal are always in my heart and by signing a deal for the next five years shows my commitment to them and their commitment to me so at the moment everything is good.
Arsene Wenger has been there for so many years and he’s always delivered trophies.
OK we’ve had a little dip in the last five or six years, but he’s a great manager and people who question his ability are ridiculous.
He’s qualified for the Champions’ League for 16 years so I think he’s the right man for the job.
That’s quite a statement from our future club and England captain.
Is that really how he feels or his he just coming out in support of Arsene Wenger during this difficult time and hoping that coming from him, the fans will cut Arsene a bit of slack.
After all, there aren’t many, if any true Arsenal fans who don’t think think the world of our number ten but Arsenal Football club has been around long before Jack Wilshere and Arsene Wenger and it will be around a long time after both leave…..
As a fan, we love the club, not any one man, manager or player……….
And Jack Wilshere knows that too, Arsenal are in his blood. If Wenger left tomorrow and a new manager came in, he’d soon be right behind him….
Let’s just go and beat Fulham today and register our first three points of this Premier League campaign.
Have a good one all….