Sunday, 27 January 2013

My Thoughts - Arsenal:

Top 4 ambitions: Arsenal are currently in 6th place, and are in the 5th Round of the FA Cup.

Same old Arsenal. Arsene Wenger promised at least two signings in this January transfer window. 27 days gone, no signings.

The one's that got away:

Lewis Holtby - Tottenham

Shame: Lewis Holtby has made an agreement to join Arsenal's London rivals Tottenham at the end of the season

Yann M'Vila - Rubin Kasan

Bull: Defensive Midfielder Yann M'Vila has joined Russian club Rubin Kazan, despite Wenger's advances.

Demba Ba - Chelsea  

Demba Ba joined Chelsea for £7million, despite being the EXACT type of player Wenger needed in strike.

Klaas Jan-Huntelaar - Contract extension at FC Schalke 04

There were reports that the Dutch striker would move to England in the summer, or in this window since he said that he was "very interested, and would have joined sooner if van Persie had left before", but he has vowed to stay in Germany.

Wilfried Zaha - Manchester United

Wenger admitted that he was an admirer of the 20-year-old winger, but as soon as his price-tag rised over £10million pounds, the Frenchman allowed Sir Alex Ferguson to swoop for him. 
You never would have thought he would spend over £10million pounds on a young winger that has no experience in the EPL (look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), but still. His loss. 
Watch him rip up EPL defences next season at United. And then it will sink in that Wenger has lost his chance to buy a wonderkid.

David Villa - Unlikely

A 31-year-old injury-prone Barcelona striker, who wants to play in England? Arsenal and Liverpool calling! A bit scared of the price-tag, and no deal done.

Mohammed Diame - Staying at West Ham

Isaac Cuenca - Too late, staying at Barcelona

Edinson Cavani - LOL.

Linked with a move to England, with Manchester City and Arsenal both interested in him. Arsene Wenger claims that he has MONEY to spend.
Surely he should sign an experienced, clinical striker because if Walcott (top scorer with 17 goals in all competitions) gets injured, they are in trouble. But no. It's Wenger. -_- 

Linked, not realistic: Napoli striker Edinson Cavani was linked with a £40m move to England - to Arsenal.

Apart from the last 2 matches against West Ham (5-1 thrashing) and a scrappy 3-2 win against Brighton yesterday, The Gunners have struggled to win in the EPL.

Last 5 matches (apart from selected):
2-1 loss to Chelsea - EPL (a)
(Scrappy) 1-0 win against Swansea - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay (h)
2-0 loss to Manchester City - EPL (h)
2-2 draw with Swansea - FA Cup 3rd Round (a)
1-1 draw with Southampton - EPL (a)

Disappointing losses against Manchester City and Chelsea, because it proves that they cannot cope on the same level as them yet. 
Despite the fact that the opposition hardly went past 4th gear in both matches.

Season so far:
Played - 23 matches
Won - 10, Drawn - 7, Lost - 6

EPL Table:
3rd: Chelsea, 45 points
4th: Tottenham Hotspur, 41 points
5th: Everton, 38 points
6th: Arsenal, 37 points

7th: Liverpool, 34 points
8th: West Brom, 34 points

The Gunners are still with in a shout of the top 4 finish, but need to ensure that they win at least 10 matches of the last 15 matches, and not lose to opposition behind them.

They struggled to beat MANY teams, yet they have a BIG match-up next month against German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League Last 16.

German giants: Bayern Munich come to The Emirates to play Arsenal in the CL Last 16 on the 19th of February.
Oh boy....looks like a 9th year without a trpohy for The Gunners.

I hope you liked my first post of "My Thoughts", and I vow to post at least one new post every week. 
Speak to you all next week everyone! :D