The Mirror report that chief scout Steve Rowley has been to check on Charlton’s promising right-back Jordan Cousins, 19, last week. Not only that, Rowley has also watched Reading’s highly-promising 24-year-old keeper Alex McCarthy who is perhaps seen as a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski is set to leave on a free transfer in the summer.
Arsene Wenger has to be fibbing doesn’t he?
One day he says he is looking to sign a striker, the next he says he wants to sign someone if something ‘special’ comes along and then yesterday he said that any signing this month is ‘unlikely’.
We’ve learned over the years that our manager likes to think he’s getting one over the idiots who keep bombarding him questions about transfers but at some stage, he needs to get a little bit more serious.
Comments like this irk!
I feel a bit guilty always going to a press conference during the transfer market and having nobody to announce (as a signing) but I don’t want to lie.
Of course that was all said with a smile and he clearly thought it was funny but sometimes, I wish Arsene Wenger would spare a thought for us fans.
It’s been a few years since we have been sat at the top of the league in January and we all know that we could still be there at the end of the season IF he’d at least sign us a striker.
Then we get the usual:
We have Chamberlain back, Bendtner back and I hope next week Arteta and Ramsey back, so I feel overall we have the squad needed. We have Yaya Sanogo coming back into the squad next week as well.
Players coming back from injury are of course good news, very good news but we have needed a goal scorer for years and in addition to who we already have.
Yaya Sanogo, well he is struggling to just stay fit and none of us know how he would cope with the league, let alone Europe or an FA Cup match like tonights against a Coventry side who will be all out to take our scalp!
Then he said:
Overall we have a very strong squad. If something exceptional turns up we will do it but having said that not everybody will strengthen. They buy, but buy does not always mean strengthen.
Who cares what others do or don’t do? All that matters is the club he manages and he needs to strengthen!
Ok, rant over.
Fingers crossed he’s fibbing and he has that ‘exceptional’ player very close to signing a contract at Arsenal FC.
Onto tonight’s Friday night big bash in the FA Cup and Arsene’s view:
I have total respect for people who will come to this game and it is a sell-out. It’s fantastic. We have to prepare for this game seriously. We are on a good run and we want to gain respect
I know much more than you think about Coventry. I’ve had many difficult games against them.
So do I, Friday night and getting through London won’t be easy I’m sure and I am still surprised this fixture was moved just to suit television coverage.
But it was and it’s going to be a tough one.
• Arsenal have progressed on both occasions that theses sides have met in the FA Cup. They won 3-0 in a replay at Highbury in 1975 (after a 1-1 draw at Highfield Road) and 3-1 at Highbury in 1977.
• Arsenal won the last meeting in all competitions 6-1 in the League Cup at the Emirates in 2012.
• Arsenal have won the FA Cup 10 times – most recently in 2005. Only Manchester United (11) have won the competition more times than the Gunners.
• Coventry’s only success in the competition came when they beat Tottenham 3-2 in the 1987 final at Wembley. It is their only ever appearance in the FA Cup final.
Sorry but I had to include those facts for one reason only and you’ll know what that is….
Nicklas Bendtner is available for tonights fixture after injury, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to start too after his spell on the injury list.
Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky all miss out.
Thomas Vermaelen, who Arsene has admitted is about to be offered a new contract, will no doubt start tonight if fit.
As for Coventry, without sounding disrespectful to them, I know nothing about the way they play, or who is likely to start tonight.
All I know is they sit in eleventh place in League One….
We cannot and must not lose against them. Arsene has said he will take this game seriously and he must ensure that every single player involved tonight has the same approach.
Last season in the domestic cups players failed, they let themselves down and the club and fans down.
We cannot afford to go through the same embarrassing situation again this season….
And I doubt we will…..
That’s your lot…..