Congratulations to Calum Chambers for being called up to the new look England side, I’m sure he’s chuffed to bits. I’m not. Just 3/4 steady appearances so far this season and Roy Hodgson wants to put more pressure on the young lads body. Why did Arsene Wenger just tell him he needs one more season to mature…
So the Champions League draw for the group stage saw us paired up with Borussia Dortmund yet again! Added to them is the ghastly Galatasaray and Belgium’s Anderlecht. Not the best three teams to be drawn against, but it could have been a lot worse and the biggest threat is Dortmund but I’m not sure they are as strong as they were when we last met. Mind you, are we?
Travelling to Turkey is never ideal, the fans there are quite hostile to say the least but the short trip to Belgium will be a much more gentle affair. Not suggesting for one minute that they are an easy opponent, not at all, I just believe the whole atmosphere will be more calm…. Well, I hope…
Many fans would love to see us win this big competition but I see it as a hindrance to our domestic campaign and always have done. If Wenger wants to win the CL, then go and build a squad deep and strong enough to do so. The same can be said for the Premier League, the one I’d really love us to win.
However, we all know that the further we go in the CL, the more money the club will bring into the club and Arsene likes money, even more so than Albert Arkwright! That bloke was tight too!!
Anyway, four days left now!
There a lot of talk about Sokratis Papastathopoulos, another big Greek defender. We are supposed to have held talks with his agent about a move and we are reported to have made a £10.9 million bid for the versatile Greek international yesterday. Funny enough, that amount is short of Dortmund’s asking price but we are still in there trying to reach an agreement.
The same is supposed to be happening with Adrien Rabiot, PSG and us according to TalkSport.
Not long left now though….
The under 21’s continued their good form last night with a 4-2 victory over West Brom. Diaby managed 45 minutes, Campbell and Coquelin had a run out too but the star of the show was Chuba Akpom with a hat-trick.
Surely it won’t be too long before we see him on the subs bench, especially if Arsene Wenger doesn’t sign up a striker….
On that positive note, I’ll sign off..
Have a great day all, keep those fingers and toes crossed we soon get some good news…