Christian Benteke wants a move to us in the summer:
There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa, and I don’t think there is any need for one. If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I am convinced that we can reach a compromise where everybody comes out a winner.
This guy has been good, very good for Aston Villa and it’s not the first time he has hinted at wanting to join us.
Remember back in 2012 he said this:
Arsenal are the club I love, I like their philosophy of selecting young players and, besides, they had Thierry Henry.
For me he is the best player in the world and was my boyhood idol. I’m not afraid of making enemies at Villa by saying I love Arsenal.
We always say we need more players who love our club, because when they do, they give a little bit extra. He has to be up there with some of the better strikers in the Premier League right now and if he can score 19 Premier League goals for Villa, I’m sure he’d get a few more in red and white….
Go get him Arsene!
Another who has been strongly linked to us for a while now is Swansea’s Ashley Williams. The latest suggestion is that he and Arsenal have agreed personal terms on a deal that would see him make a move to our club. All that is left to agree on is the fee.
Jacks been talking to Arsenal Player:
The games earlier on don’t decide our season but we have got to think that we have to win them, because that is what champions do.
The likes of Manchester United go away and win games and leave you thinking, ‘they keep winning and winning’ and at the end of the season the points tally shows that.
That is what we have to do [to challenge for the title], and we also have to improve our record against the big teams. It has not been great this season and if you want to become champions you have to beat those sides.
Our first two fixtures of last season (seems funny writing that) saw us drop four points against two very average clubs. Stoke and Sunderland – the latter being at home. But back then, and after conceding 40+ goals in the league during the previous season, most of us were quite impressed at how organised our defence looked.
Finally – we looked like we’d not not reach such an outrageous figure again…..
Funny enough, it was the scoring of goals we struggled with, our main man had gone and we’d started with a goal drought.
Of course, the press loved that…
Then we travelled to Anfield and beat Liverpool 2-0 with both Podolski and Cazorla getting their debut goals and then we battered the new boys Southampton 6-1 at home and all seemed a little brighter. A couple of own-goals, Podolski, Walcott and Gervinho got the others, Gervinho with two.
But then cam Manchester City, the Premier League Champions, the team oozing with class and with a manager who loved to spend money. We faced them away, we battered them. But we only managed a draw.
That’s six points dropped already and it was still September. An even worse result followed that, a 1-0 defeat to Norwich, another who had been promoted from the Championship. Another who we really should have beaten.
Nine points dropped – and yes, dropped….
The next three points we missed out on was at Old Trafford, a 2-1 defeat, a flattering score-line for us. I was glad to see the back of that fixture…..
From 2-0 up at The Emirates, we drew 3-3 with Fulham, we even missed a chance right at the end to clinch all the points, but Arteta’s penalty was kept out by a keeper we once tried to sign……
Eleven points surrendered far too easily….
We battered the neighbours at home 5-2, that was a nice day, Adebayor getting sent off is always pleasing on the eye!
But, again, we dropped two points against a poor Aston Villa side away from home. Thirteen and counting…..
A draw at Everton away was a fair result but a 2-0 defeat at home the following week was simply shocking, we were really all over the place, especially as the game came to and end and they scored twice.
That’s sixteen, not so sweet eh!
Next place to drop points was at St Marys against the side we’d hit for six earlier in the season. Eighteen points by my reckoning and it was only Jan 1st 2013….
Man City and Chelsea both beat us over the next couple of weeks, we deserved nothing from either in my opinion.
Liverpool at home saw us go 2-0 down but somehow we dug in a earned a point.
Then came the 2-1 defeat at WHL, a game we deserved to get something from in the end but defensive errors let us down. I’d say we definitely dropped a point that day, at least. Nineteen and still counting….
By this time, we’d also been knocked out of the two domestic competitions and had been torn apart by Bayern Munich in front of our own fans. The players were down, the fans were down and we looked like a side that would struggle to make the Europa league, let alone get into the top four.
Next up was the return trip to Bayern, the general view was ‘how many we would lose by’….
We didn’t, we turned up, we played great, we won and we did ourselves proud. Very proud!
From that night until the end of the season we didn’t lose again….
A further two points were dropped at home against Man Utd and Everton and yes, they were dropped, we really could have beaten them on the night of each match – that makes it four more dropped – twenty three in total…
Sixteen points was the difference between the Premier League winners and us….
Jack’s right, start the season sharper and start getting much better results against those so called ‘better sides’. Learn to dig a bit deeper and beat a few of the sides down the other end of the table as well and who knows where we could finish next season.
We know what this current squad can do, we’ve seen it over the last couple of months.
Adding stronger, better and experienced players to what we already have will make us so so much stronger…
Roll on July 1st…..
Finally, Emmanuel Frimpong underwent surgery on his knee on Wednesday – hopefully all went well and he’ll make a full recovery.
That’s it for another day, have a good one….