Did you know that on this day back in 1919, Arsenal FC began their unbroken run in the Top Division of English football? Yes, of course you did.
Portuguese newspaper Record reports that Arsenal are still working on trying to sign Cavani and we can agree a deal for him, Joel Campbell will be allowed to move to Benfica, who have made an offer. Hmmm!
Arsene Wenger held his usual press conference yesterday and of course, everyone wanted to know if he’d be heading off to Lidil with his basket in hand….
It’s harder to buy top, top, top players, yes. Many clubs are on the market and everybody knows each other.
The last few days are poker games. There’s a lot of lies there in the few days, everybody is interested in the same player even if you’re the only one who wants the player. [When you are experienced] you can call it a bluff when it is a bluff.
What on earth is he on about?
Then of course came the big question about about whether of not he’ll be signing a striker after Olivier Giroud has been confirmed to be out until 2015:
You have decided that I have to buy strikers – I have not necessarily decided that! I promise you that if we sign somebody, we’ll inform you.
I will be actively involved but on the last day of the window. I will of course be on alert until the last minute of the transfer deadline.
Heard it all before Arsene.
Our best striker is out and yes, Olivier Giroud is our best striker until Alexis truly finds his feet and the only way to deal with that loss is by signing another striker. Forget all the stuff about Podolski, Walcott, Campbell and Sanogo because he’s barely played some, and he’s hardly played any of them up front so to think they’ll suddenly will be our saviour would be naive and simply stupid!
I don’t know if Podolski was truly on the verge of leaving but from what the player has been posting on the social media networks, it certainly appeared that way, now though those plans have been scuppered. This is another Bendtner situation isn’t it, a player not deemed good enough by the manager who was keen to sell him and then at the last minute he pulled the plug because he lost out on Ba.. Not that I’m suggesting Bendtner is on the same playing level as Podolski, he’s not. I feel sorry for Lukas Podolski, he wants to play football but despite Wenger insisting that he’s staying, I seriously doubt he’ll play much.
Both Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil have been on the end of some cruel stuff in the media for a while now. Wilshere in the summer for his smoking and Ozil because, well I’m not really sure why but perhaps it’s because he cost the club £42 million and this couch potato experts think he should be doing better. Perhaps it’s just because he’s world class and those buffoons don’t like Arsenal having such gifted players!
Robbie Savage came out in defence of Jack Wilshere after the Besiktas match:
Suddenly, it has become the easiest game in town to jump on the bandwagon, pick holes in Wilshere’s performances for Arsenal and hammer him for every mistake.
Sorry. I’m not having that.
I thought he was magnificent in the two games against Besiktas – although Sanchez took the headlines for scoring the all-important goal, it was Wilshere’s persistence that set it up. I hope Wilshere’s most vocal critics will lay off him. I will not be criticising him just to conform with other people’s opinions. I am not going to be a negative pundit for the sake of it.
If Arsenal reach the later stages of the Champions League this season, I’m sure their knowledgeable fans will remember Wilshere’s role in getting them past first base.
Good on you Robbie, perhaps a few Arsenal fans could follow suit, yes, including me..
Yesterday, Arsene Wenger defended Mesut Ozil:
People are very harsh with Ozil because he’s a player who’s always very easy on his play but when you watch the game again after, the next day, you see what a player he is. Everything he does is intelligent. The timing of everything he does is absolutely perfect. You never catch him giving the ball too late.
The number of players you catch giving the ball too late is unbelievable. You never get that with Ozil. The timing, he’s like a guy who plays the music, the timing of what he does is perfect, you don’t get many players like that.
He is not getting enough praise. He came back as a World Cup winner. He played all seven games [during the tournament] and he played some good games.
Play the guy central, stick a top striker ahead of him and I’m sure the whole world will agree but all the time he is played out of position and not able to do what he does best, the world will forever be on his back. We all know Mesut Ozil is a world class player, just as Alexis Sanchez is but they can create all the chances they like but who can guarantee that one of Joel Campbell or Yaya Sanogo will take them?
I guess we’ll just have to carry on hoping that Aaron Ramsey is lurking in the box…..
Mesut himself is full of confidence:
It is important to remember that we won the FA Cup and that’s given us a lot of confidence. Arsenal can win the Premier League.
I doubt it Mesut, not with this squad………..
That’s it for another day….