You old tease Arsene!! Merts and Sagna deals close….

Morning all.

So then, the sightings of Julian Draxler at The Emirates was likened to a UFO, some believe they have seen them when others don’t.

Berbatov is admired as a footballer but not needed as Bendtner and Sanogo will soon return and as for Arsene himself, well he reckons his future is all sorted but he’ll make his own mind up about telling us all his big decision, when the right time is here.

My guess is that that time will be the same time which Arsenal announce Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker have also signed new contracts with the club which it seems could be any day soon..

What a way to mask the lack of January signings eh?

No. No it won’t. Yes it will be fantastic news to hear both defenders have signed on again but they won’t solve our striker needs will they. In fact when Mertesacker has had golden opportunities to score with his head, he’s fluffed his lines so….

You watch the big friendly one go and score today now that I have written that….

Seriously though and back to Arsene Wenger’s press conference, to me he seemed to do just what he always does in front of the media, and that’s to tell them nothing but as the clock ticks on and the days go by, I just keep my hope that he’s got something planned before 11pm on the 31st January arrives and I don’t care if that means one or maybe two loan deals, as long as he just gets those players in the door. Players who will make us stronger and give us more depth.

Right, today and Fulham.

Arsène Wenger says that beating teams in bottom half of the table will be vital if we are to maintain our challenge for the title.

That [beating the bottom-half sides] gives you consistency. After that you want to make some special results against the direct contenders as well.

Of course that is the target but let’s first be consistent. The table is divided in two at the moment, you have nine up to Southampton on 30 points. That is the first part of the table and then you have the second part between 16, 17 and 23 points.

There is a gap between Southampton and the rest but every game is difficult. We want that consistency against the lower part of the Premier League but as well produce some exceptional results against the top level teams.

Isn’t that just what we have all been saying?

Today we face Fulham, one of a few sides flirting around the relegation places and we seriously need to be battering them. Manchester City would in their own back yard and we need to do the same IF we are really going to be at the top come May.

Head-to-head

  • Arsenal have never lost at home to Fulham in any competition spanning 110 years (W22, D5).
  • However, Fulham earned a Premier League draw at the Emirates Stadium on each of their last two visits.

Well the last two matches don’t make pretty reading do they, both matches drawn, come on, we need better, much better…

But then we are better, much better and despite our long list of injuries, we really should pick up maximum points today.

Here’s some positive stuff:

  • The Gunners are unbeaten in their subsequent nine home league matches since an opening-day defeat by Aston Villa, dropping just four points and conceding only three goals.
  • They have the joint best defensive record in the division, conceding 19 goals in 21 matches and keeping nine clean sheets.
  • Arsenal’s total of 48 points after 21 matches is their highest since 2007-08 (50 points). They finished in third place that season.
  • No team has scored the first goal in more Premier League games this season than Arsenal (16).
  • Olivier Giroud has scored the opening goal on a league-high six occasions this season.

More of the same please Arsenal, but let’s have a few more goals and a bit more of the slick play we are known for…

Go get three points in style and show just why we really are true title contenders……..

COYRRG’s…..

That’s your lot, have a good one….

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