So then, Puma and Arsenal have agreed a £150 million kit deal for the next five years and Ivan Gazidis yesterday confirmed that Arsene Wenger will be signing a new contract and staying for a few more years yet. The first instalment of £30 million will be available for Arsene Wenger to spend in the summer. The Daily Star suggest Wenger will be given £100 million to spend but we all know what he once said about being given that kind of money….
The Puma deal is great news it really is and it’s the biggest deal Arsenal have ever done….
Arsene Wenger’s new contract, well time will tell and I truly hope that too turns out to have been great news…..
What of course would top it all off would be a trophy this season and to do that we need a couple of additions this month but time is running out and as much as we all read/hear the rumbles about Julian Draxler and others, those rumbles aren’t enough, we need concrete news and there’s just four days left to go….
Anyway, we have a fixture tonight against Southampton and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is looking forward to returning to his old club.
To go back there in any sense is always really nice, especially when we go to play them. Last season I went back there and it was a surreal feeling for me, warming up on the opposite side of the pitch and being in the opposite dressing room.
It was the first time I went back there to play so it was a bit weird for me. I’m looking forward to going back this season, obviously they’re doing really well so it’s a tough game for us.
Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen are all back in the squad but Jack Wilshere is a doubt after picking up a knock against Coventry.
Arsene also confirmed the club are trying to sort out the new contract for Bacary Sagna. He didn’t mention Per Mertesacker so that could be a huge indication that he’s agreed his new deal.
Tonight will be tough. Southampton may have a lot of internal issues going on but they have a group of very good players and a good manager.
Here is both sides current form:
- Southampton have 31 points from 22 matches, their best tally at this stage of a Premier League season since 2002-03, when they had 35 points. They finished that season in eighth place.
- They average 58% ball possession in the Premier League this season, second only to Swansea (59%).
- The Saints have conceded 20 goals in the last 11 league games, having let in just five goals in their opening 11 matches.
- Rickie Lambert needs one league goal to complete a century for the club.
- Arsenal’s tally of 51 points is their joint second-best total after 22 top-flight matches of a season. They had 52 points in 2003-04, when they went unbeaten all season.
- Arsenal and Tottenham have the joint-best away record in the top flight, earning 25 points from 11 games.
- The Gunners have the division’s best defensive record, conceding 19 goals and keeping 10 clean sheets.
- Arsene Wenger’s side have hit the target with 53% of their shots this season, the best accuracy rate in the division.
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored nine goals in 36 league appearances for Southampton in two seasons with the club in League One.
- Aaron Ramsey is poised to make his 150th career league appearance.
Southampton have gone from having one heck of a mean defence to a side who has let in 20 goals in their last eleven fixtures which is very different to us. Apart from the mishap at the Etihad, we are very strong at the back and we’ll need to be again tonight..
Not much else to tell really, let’s just go get three points tonight please boys.