The Mirror report that Arsene Wenger is again interested in signing Luiz Gustavo to bolster our midfield.
Reports in Greece suggest Roma have agreed personal terms with Olymipacos for the Greek international Kostas Manolas.
However, Italian journalist Gabriel Marcotti believes the players agent is in England to seal a deal for the defender:
Mario Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, is currently in the UK. He is in London trying to do a deal for Kostas Manolas, presumably to Arsenal.
This story has been bubbling away longer than a saucepan full of brussels at Christmas. The big Greek international was left out of the squad for Olympiacos’ first league game of the season and that omission has fuelled speculation that he’s on his way to us. The longer this goes on though, the more I suspect it’s untrue. Unless he’s waiting to see what happens on Wednesday night of course.
If true, it’ll be good to add a bit more height to our defensive options and Arsene Wenger can’t keep playing Calum Chambers, or Laurent Koscielny if he has an Achilles problem.
And what about Jack Wilshere, does Arsene Wenger keep on playing him, even though it seems that we improve once he’s been replaced during a match. Jack is dividing fans opinion right now but the player is full of confidence ahead of Wednesday nights crucial match against Besiktas.
It is easy for me to say that we have great character but if we put in performances like that week in, week out we can prove it to people. We have got great character, great togetherness and some leaders out there that keep us going. We also have great players to go with that.
We never give up and at this level that is massive. We have always shown over the years that Arsenal are going to battle like mad right until the end.
There have been a few games where we have been behind right until the end but have kept going. This is a fantastic point and now we have a big game on Wednesday and this will give us great confidence going into that.
He’s absolutely right of course, to come back from 2-0 down to earn a point away from home and at a ground where we got trounced earlier this year, showed true character and determination but we have to stop going behind in games before upping our level because there our sides who if they get a lead, won’t surrender it.
We can’t afford to go behind on Wednesday, that’s for sure because one goal for the opposition leaves us needing two.
It would be quite refreshing to take the lead and go kill the game off early….
Finally, Arsene Wenger has backed Olivier Giroud to score 25 goals this season. Following comments made by GaryLineker about Giroud not being the 25 goal a season striker we need, our manager said:
How sure are you he won’t be that man? He scored 16 last season and what he demonstrated here when he came on was very convincing.
You never have to set limitations or targets for any player, but for me he is improving every year. I wouldn’t rule out that he will get 25 goals.
What you smokin’ Arsene…..?
Have a great day all, it’s a Bank Holiday here in England and it’s raining!