Having snapped up the signing of Nemanja Vidic, Inter Milan want to make Lukas Podolski their second signing in the summer. The Mirror report that Arsenal want to recoup much of the £11 million we paid for him. Not only do they seem to want our striker, well, winger under Wenger, they want Bacary Sagna as well. That’s if we are to believe the rumour mill of course…
News we didn’t want to hear yesterday wasn’t it. Jackie boy is out for six weeks with a bone fracture and yes, we all know that in reality means his season is over and all thanks to Daniel Agger. The same player who tried to batter Yaya Sanogo during our FA Cup victory over them. Nasty player!
Update: Arsene Wenger has confirmed Laurent Koscielny could also miss tomorrows fixture through injury.
Jack’s had a fair amount of criticism from a certain section of fans this season, some of whom believe he is responsible for slowing our attacking game down, well he’s out now, so we’ll see if his critics have been right.
But, as he heads into the physio room, both Kim Kallstrom and more importantly, Aaron Ramsey are set to leave it. Not sure if either are ready to play tomorrow so my guess is that either Flamini and Arteta will start, or the manager will play one of them alongside Oxlade-Chamberlain or Tomas Rosicky.
Talking of the Everton match, Arsene Wenger has been asked whether or not he still looks forward to the FA Cup as much as he did 15 years ago?
Yes, I have been lucky enough to win it four times, but unfortunately we haven’t won it for a long time now, so in fact I’m even more focused to do well in this competition. I would love the Club to win the FA Cup again.
Unfortunately sometimes the scheduling clashes with the Champions League. For example last season we had Blackburn at home in the FA Cup just before playing Bayern at home in the Champions League, so it was difficult to focus the attention completely on the Blackburn game.
Hopefully we have learnt from that though, and this year we won’t be distracted.
So, it’s quite clear from that comment that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal haven’t always been 100% focused on the FA Cup when a Champions League fixture looms..
Why though I am not sure because I bet most Arsenal fans would love to see us win this old favourite English competition. I know I would.
We are set up to win one of the Domestic Cups as we only have a small and relatively weak squad when it comes to depth in strength so for me, trying to win the big European jug is a long long way from being a reality.
Of course Arsenal FC shouldn’t be in this situation, not now that we have oodles of cash locked away in the safe but until that is spent and we have the kind of squad which is capable of truly being able to win the Champions League, for me it’s a competition which should make way for the domestic challenge.
This season we have a similar situation in which we have an FA Cup fixture at home followed by a Champions League fixture just three days later. However, the difference this time around is that our fixture against Bayern is away from home and we are already 2-0 down.
Whereas last season their was hope for progressing through to the next round of the Champions League, this season, our task in hand is an almost an impossible one.
So, when Arsene Wenger says he won’t be distracted by the Champions League fixture this weekend, I hope he means it because the reality is, the FA Cup is our best chance to finally break our trophy drought and he and the players go all out to win in.
And of course, one eye won’t be on Bayern Munich…..
Don’t muck it up Arsenal!
That’s your lot, have a great Friday…..