I’ll get the newspaper stories out the way first:
Jefferson Montero, an international winger is linked to us, he’s rumoured to be wanted by Cardiff but as Di Maria is looking more and more difficult to sign because that Scum knob is holding back on the Bale transfer, the Ecuador player is Wenger’s backup plan. He mainly plays on the left but can fill in as striker if needed.
There is an interesting article in the Daily Mail by Rob Shepherd – it’s here if you are interested in reading it but basically, David Moyes would have and still could sell Wayne Rooney to an overseas club or to us, if the player really wants to leave Manchester United. The article suggests that Moyes could not and will not sell to Chelsea as he has to stand his ground during his first season. Having taken over from SAF, selling a player like Wayne Rooney to a club fighting for top spot would not be a good start.
I’d argue that selling Rooney to us would go a long way to helping us be title contenders too, especially if we do get other signings in before 11pm tomorrow…
In other gossip, Juan Mata could move from Chelsea if he submits a transfer request and we have made another offer for Cabaye. £15 million is the figure reported.
It’s Derby day and never before have I dreaded one as much as I do this one.
Whilst AVB has been snapping up new recruits left, right and centre, our manager has done pretty much nothing, other than nabbing a couple of freebies of course, but then we all know that by now.
No doubt most of the neighbours new signings will be on display today, either in the starting line up, on the bench or simply around the dugout which will no doubt be enough to raise the voices of the away fans. They’ll be full of abuse and insults about how tight Wenger has been so far this summer transfer window.
We need to shut them up!
Every game is about eleven v eleven and our eleven is pretty darn good on it’s day and today has to be one of those days if we are to get all three points.
Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby are all longterm injuries leaving our likely squad looking something like:
Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Rosicky, Walcott, Giroud, Fabianski, Monreal, Jenkinson, Sanogo, Frimpong, Flamini, Gnabry.
I strongly suspect that Flamini will go straight into the side in place of Mikel Arteta. The Frenchman is no stranger to a NLD and he’ll be out to show all fans and the manager why re-signing him was nothing other than a very good idea.
It’s NLD day and it matters!
Today means so much to all Arsenal fans, it’s much more than just three points and I don’t care how we get them, do you?
We fans know what this game means, no doubt all the players will do too, all have been part of at least one before, well except Sanogo but I suspect he’s been told exactly what this means to everyone involved with Arsenal.
No player should need to be reminded about what today means to Arsenal fans, if our boys are not up for this game they should not be in the red and white that represents OUR club, our history and just what days like today mean to us!
Bacary Sagna knows:
As I have said before, we can beat anyone. We have very talented players who are young and motivated.
This game is one of the highlights of the season because it is a derby – we know how important it is for the fans, the club and the players to win it. The atmosphere is just magic and it will be even more magic if we win on Sunday.
So does Carl Jenkinson:
It means an awful lot to me. It’s a massive game and it’s the first one I look for at the start of the season. And of course I am spreading the message throughout the dressing room about how important it is.
I wouldn’t miss it for the world as a fan or as a player. I have grown up supporting the club and I know what it means to the fans. The boys in the changing room need to be aware of what it means as well.
But I don’t think it will be an issue. We’ll be up for it.
Come on you Arsenal men, fight for your lives and give us the win we all so desperately want and need..
And all you fans going today, forget Arsene Wenger for 90 minutes, or whoever else you choose to blame for this fiasco of a transfer window. Put all of that to one side. Today is not a day to sit and home in protest, leaving your seat at The Emirates empty it’s about getting behind those in red and white..
Those players matter today and that’s all.
Each and every one of them need us behind them 100% from start to finish.
Let’s not let them down…….