Daily Archives: December 29, 2011
The first half of the Premier League season has painted a vivid picture for football fans all over the world.
We’ve learnt that Bolton, Wigan and Blackburn are presently in hot soup and they stand a chance of playing npower Championship football next season.
We’ve also learnt that the destination of this season’s Premier League title is odds on to be in the city of Manchester, as the clubs from London continue producing inconsistent performances.
Arsenal had a big chance to cement their stay in the top four for a week as well as put their fierce rivals Tottenham under some pressure but the disappointing draw against Wolves has raised a few eyebrows yet again.
Funnily enough, it wasn’t like the Everton or Aston Villa performance where Arsenal played crap but had enough in the gas to get all three points.
In Arsene Wenger’s newsletter to Arsenal fans worldwide, he reiterated that he couldn’t fault the attitude, commitment or desire of his players to win the game. Wayne Hennessey had the game of his life and will probably go back to being mediocre when Wolves take on an opponent of ‘equal stature’.
Down the years, many goalies pick the game against Arsenal to make the media Vultures sing their praises all week long. Ben Foster was a goalkeeper that conceded an 85-yard punt from Paul Robinson but he became a colossus in the Carling Cup final and we all know how that result ended.
It was expected that a few words would emanate from the Arsenal camp and Mikel Arteta has said that Arsenal needs to be more ruthless at home. In the Premier League, home form is an important attribute that goes a long way in shaping the destiny of a club in a season.
Stoke City is a club that has a very dismal away record but the Britannia Stadium has become a fortress for them. This has been one of the key reasons why their Premier League status has been intact since their promotion in 2008.
I don’t even want to write about Manchester United’s home form last season. 18 wins in 19 home games with a shaky away form was more than enough to hand Sir Alex Ferguson and his hordes a history 19th title.
Per Mertesacker is another player that has said a thing or two to the media Vultures. He said that the draw against Wolves was a missed opportunity but he still believes that Arsenal can break into the top four.
Arsenal is within touching distance of Tottenham and Chelsea and with the form Andres Villas-Boa Constrictor’s side is showing, they’ll be the likeliest candidates to be usurped by the Gunners.
Moving over to everyone’s favorite section of the news, the media Vultures are at it again linking Arsenal to many forwards in the business.
Give Me Football reports that Arsenal is considering a January bid for AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato. It’s reported that the duck from Pato Blanco isn’t really in good terms with his boss Max Allegri and he could be seeking a move away from San Siro. It’s believed that a bid of £25m could be enough to seal the deal.
Pato is a proven talent that has bags on pace as well as good dribbling skills and a clinical finishing ability. He’ll add a lot to Arsene Wenger’s side because he could be deployed as a center forward or in the wings.
Mirror Football has also reported that Arsenal is linked with Montpellier Herault SC’s Oliver Giroud and the striker currently has an audacious price tag of £40m. Giroud has been in good form this season with 13 goals in 18 appearances but the £40m price tag will make him beyond Arsenal’s reach.
Still sticking with transfer news from Ligue 1, Arsene Wenger has ruled out a move for Lyon’s Yoann Gourcuff because the midfield is too crowded for the French playmaker.
Lyon has to understand that Arsene Wenger is no Harry Redknapp or Roberto Mancini that can afford to get the Steven Pienaars, Nico Kranjcars and Owen Hargreaves to hand them warm and cozy spots in the bench.
Besides, Arsenal has more than enough personnel in the midfield this season so Gourcuff will have to wait till the summer.
Thierry Henry has been training with Arsenal for a while since the close of the MLS season and has been linked countless times with a move to the Emirates.
With Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh leaving the club next month for the African Cup of Nations, some firepower will be needed upfront and the fans have pleaded with the manager to get Lukas Podolski among others.
Arsene Wenger is getting frustrated with the barrage of questions asked regarding Henry’s possible arrival and it seems as if some Arsenal fans will get their wish because the Daily Mail has reported that Arsenal has finally offered Thierry Henry a two-month loan deal.
I gave five reasons why Arsenal shouldn’t re-sign Henry and it didn’t go down well with most of the Gooners reading the article.
As a true Arsenal fan, I hope Thierry Henry does well again in his second coming because Arsenal needs a lethal finisher to support Robin van Persie and a clinical free kick taker.
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