Monthly Archives: December 2011

January Quick Approaching and Changes Expected For Tomorrow

A game of pretty high unimportance for Arsenal tomorrow but of significance to the Greek Champions who will want to be playing on Thursday nights at least now that the Group stages are just about over. 

We should see almost all 11 players that started against Wigan getting some rest and I wouldn’t be surprise if you see the same team that gave Money Bags City a real run for their money.  

For a few of these players it may be their last chance before they go out on loan, or possibly even sold!  If rumors are to be believed we could see the end of Chamakh, Arshavin, and a few others before January 31st.

Both Coquelin and Frimpong will be looking to put in a good performance tomorrow as well with both vying for a spot as Alex Song’s backup.  Both players are fully capable of fulfilling that but it looks like Coquelin will be the one taking that spot while Frimpong is sent out.

Frimpong could benefit from moving to one of the lower teams in the EPL as he would really strengthen any midfield he went to.  

Another Midfielder who really didn’t get time in the Carling Cup is Oguzhan Ozyakup.  The midfielder made a few small appearances in the Carling Cup but really didn’t get a fair run out with both Coquelin and Frimpong ahead of him.  We should see him going out on loan to a Championship side, or possibly a team in France of Holland might be on the cards.  

The talented midfielder recently signed a new contract and will be hoping to have a future with the club, and for that to happen he will need to go out on loan, gain experience and be quite successful.  Coming back next year he will have even more to compete with Lansbury returning, along with Coquelin and Frimpong with an added year of experience.

My hope is that we’ll even see him get some time against Olympiacos tomorrow but I don’t think we will.

With all that in mind, the transfer window is fast approaching and while Wenger doesn’t seem to want to buy players with his large squad, the board, and Ivan Gazidis may want to splash a little bit of money to get us back into the top 4.

Wenger was very quick to quash the rumors of Mexican Midfielder Marco Fabian saying it was an agent starting a rumor, while the press is saying it’s from a family member.  It could be possible it’s one in the same, maybe Wenger is hiding something.  Most likely it’s absolutely nothing!

Interesting rumors going around that Arsenal is in preliminary negotiations with AC Milan for Alexandre Pato.  In return AC Milan would receive a large sum of money and the person we’ve paid the most amount of money for ever!  To me he’s a fantastic player with great ability, great pace, and could really bring something to this Arsenal team…but, I think he’s overpriced.

Now if this happened I would not complain for a second, but with Lukas Podolski wanting out of Cologne, and a smaller price tag he may be a better option.  The 26 year old comes vastly experienced with the German National Team and is a real goal scorer.

As exciting as all the rumors will make you, my gut tells me we will go through January and see absolutely 0 incoming players unless we have injury problems.  There is also still the possibility of Henry rejoining the club.

Until tomorrow!

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Have Arsenal Already Made a January Signing?

Of course it’s too early to really make assumptions or guess what Arsene Wenger has up his sleeve and with recent reports linking Arsenal with Lukas Podolski, and Mario Gotze we have to anxiously and impatiently wait and jump to conclusions like we always do because we can’t help ourselves only to be disappointed because we didn’t sign Eden Hazard or Messi….

Reports from the Mexican Press though is that Arsenal have already made a signing…it’s not often that we hear of this from the Mexican press, but the information that is reported was leaked by a family member of Chivas Guadalajara midfielder Marco Fabian.  The Goal.com Report is here.  Now I look at this with a lot of excitement, only because I get excited by possible players that could join Arsenal.  I mean who wouldn’t get excited over having Lukas Podolski as our backup striker instead of Marouane Chamakh?

If the reported arrival of Marco Fabian were to be true, it could see the end of the line for a few players such as injury plagued Abou Diaby, One game a month Tomas Rosicky, and could even see the end of the Mario Gotze rumors.  In fact this rumor may even make sense as Arsenal do like to take the cheaper option.  Now while Fabian is cheaper it by no means reflects the talent he possesses.

The attacking midfielder from Chivas is known for his wonder goals against Barcelona in the summer and is regarded as the best play maker Mexico has.

There are a few things though that lead me to believe this is all hype though.  First of all, on November 10th Chivas president said they had no contact with anyone about the sale of Fabian and they had no intention of letting him go.  Fabian is a big part of their future and that he has a 5 year contract.  Quotes are here

Now that was almost a month ago and anything could have happened in between then and now, and money can certainly talk when it comes to a club like Chivas, but many are finding it peculiar that this was leaked, but when Javier Hernandez made his move it was kept in secrecy.

Either way, it’s almost transfer season again and I’m here to keep you up to date, get you hyped up so that when you are disappointed that it didn’t actually happen, you’ll come right back because I’ll have another name for you to get excited about!!! Just Kidding, here’s a video of Marco Fabian…future Arsenal player?  Who knows.