Let’s get the gossip out of the way.
The Metro claim we have opened talks to sign Olympique Lyon’s French international Maxime Gonalons. He’s 23 years old and believed to be the player who will finally replace both Song and Diaby.
Iker Casillas is back in the headlines for a summer move to Arsenal. He’s not played since January having fallen out with ‘The Special One’ and could be on the move. However, it’s more likely to be the manager on the move and the player staying put.
Nigel Winterburn is like all of us, he wants Arsene Wenger to spend big this summer and finally show a bit of proper intent in the transfer window. That way, he and all of us will know if his intention is to sign a new contract and remain Arsenal manager for the new few years.
First he needs to trim the wage bill and get rid of players like Bendtner, Arshavin, Schillaci, Chamakh and other fringe ones.
That will free money to bring big names to the club. If he does that it will tell us a lot about whether he stays.
I believe Arsene is the right man for next season. But there will be a restriction on the amount of money he can spend.
Arsenal haven’t bought a £30m player before, so if they do it will be a big sign that he continues.
He doesn’t really go for the big established £30m players. Around £15million is probably his limit.
That’s all for the summer.
Simple task ahead for Arsenal from now on, win all our matches and we will get at least 4th spot.
Starting today of course against the newly crowned Premier League Champions….
Giroud is the only player missing from last weekend’s squad. He is serving the first of a three match ban.
Who Arsene Wenger selects to replace him remains to be seen, maybe he’ll be bold and try something different, I like different.
We haven’t got the big target so we can stop trying
failing to get a good cross into the box. Maybe try and beat with a bit more play on the ground, use the wide areas and they hit them hard with shots from distance, De Gea is dodgy, test him hard and often.
I hope Podolski and Walcott start up front, with the younger of the two scaring the old man Rio in the Manc defence with his pace. We know Theo can shoot, we know he can score too, he did both earlier in the season and did well.
He just needs to do it again today, but better than ever before.
Podolski, well he has a left foot which on it’s day is simply awesome and good enough to match most but like Walcott, we need him to remind us today all just how good he is……
Surely Oxlade-Chamberlain has to start? He’s direct and dangerous and causes defences problems.
Why? Because he’s prepared to run at them and through them. If Vidic plays, he won’t like that and he’s always good for a penalty…..
The midfield has a huge part to play…
Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Cazorla, Arteta. Who gets left out?
At the back, well that five picks itself and that’s no disrespect to Gibbs or Jenkinson.
Today isn’t about RvP, the guy Merts says, he and his team-mates missed, who questioned so many times how he could hurt them in the way he did, how the leader of the pack both on and off the pitch could walk away to a rival.
Well he did!
He’s gone, he got what he wanted, Arsenal seemingly got what they wanted and after the game today, fans and players need to forget him. He’s history, just like so many other players who have left us for greener grass.
We are Arsenal fans, ok we favour players as they arrive and perform so well over the years with us, but when they depart, Arsenal will remain and what is paramount today, what should be every day is who is our present and our future, not who was our past!
Whoever faces Man Utd today has to give their all, they have to fight from start to finish and come out victorious.
Spirit, passion, desire, attitude, collective spirit, resilience etc etc, we have heard them all from the manager and players after we have huffed and puffed our way to victory over a team in the bottom half of the table.
Well it’s about time we heard those words after beating a side who is not only in the top half of the table, but a team who are sitting top!
I’m sick and tired of us losing to Fergie and his mob, I’m sick and tired of losing to them on our own soil.
The rot needs to stop.
We have the players, if we can apply the right tactics, the right commitment from all who play, we can and will win….
Over to Wenger and the team…….
I hope it’s a good day……