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.
ARSENAL IS IN CRISIS We’ve signed 1 player and 1 in on Monday supposedly and we’ve lost…well 1 person. Apparently though because we MIGHT lose Nasri, and Fabregas will most likely be on his way we are screwed. Wenger hasn’t been busy like they said they would is what many are thinking and many are worried that we won’t be able to hold our own in the league. I on the other hand have much confidence in the squad and I think Wenger has the right intentions in waiting to make signings. So I will defend him with these points…
1. We have needs for new players in two positions, Center Back, and Defensive Midfield. We also have two young players who play that same position. Wenger is looking to see if they can fill that position of need.
Frimpong looks to have gotten bigger physically since the injury and must have used his time in the gym. It looks like he can really be a force in the midfield and will get the chance to prove that he can be Song’s backup this summer. If he can step up and be the back up, then we don’t spend 13 million on Matuidi or whoever else we want AND…no more Diaby covering for Song when he’s tired!
Kyle Bartley spent time at Rangers last year and had experience in both the Scottish league and the Europa League. If he can step up and be a force at the back and really work well with the other defenders, it saves us 10-20 million on defenders AND we will probably see less Squillaci. I do think we will abuy ONE defender as well but Bartley could be a key figure this season, maybe not as a starter but in the rotation.
2. Ryo Miyaichi is one of our most exciting prospects and with his spectacular season at Feyenoord last year he will look to impress for Arsenal now. With questions over Miyaichi’s work permit possibilities Arsene will assess him and if he can get a special talent permit then will not spend money on a winger. I don’t see how he wouldn’t get a special talent visa, seriously, Denilson got one…Many of you are thinking…well what about Mata…well Arsenal have been interested in Mata for a while, we just plain want him!as
3. What will happen with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri? Well Wenger would like to keep both and it could very well happen…in Nasri’s case. Fabregas looks to be off though and Wenger will need to find a replacement. Well we’ve been looking at Juan Mata and if reports are to be believed, then Vidal as well. If Nasri is to leave then we will need to find a replacement for him as well but we don’t know yet so Wenger will wait to enter the transfer market until he knows for sure.
4. Arsenal are yet to qualify for Champions League. If we were to spend early and much but missed out on Champions League, all of the sudden we’re out 25 million pounds as well as being quite tight on money. Wenger is known to play it safe with his money and it’s better to wait until you have it before spending it!
5. None of our players that want out have left…besides the player we already have two backups for. Bendtner, Denilson, Almunia, Squillaci, Diaby are all still Arsenal players and teams haven’t been frantically bidding for them. Our wage budget will be in much better condition once we get them all OFF of it. As well then there is more room to make acquisitions where players have left.
While we as Arsenal fans may not like the idea of waiting for players to come in because they may have more problems integrating into the squad, its better to wait for the RIGHT players instead of being rash with our money. Wenger does have his reasons which I believe are right. I get frustrated as well with the lack of buying but I have to remember that we have much quality in our side already and are getting better every year.
So a slow start to what hopes to be a busy week for Arsenal in the Transfer Market, we are still waiting for a conclusion on the Gervinho transfer, as well as seeing what Center Back Arsenal go for. Will it be Cahill or Samba? Maybe Arsenal will pull a fast one on us and buy Mertesacker…wouldn’t that be a pleasant surprise?
The only news today is about QPR midfielder Adel Taraabt…he’s saying that Arsenal and Chelsea are interested but he wants to go where he’ll get first team football. I don’t think he would get that at Arsenal. Sounds more like he’s trying to engineer himself a move to a big club more than anything…he’s kind of like Bendtner’s dad!
Speaking of the Dane, a lot of speculation has been heating up about where he’ll be off to next. Not sure many top teams are going to want him and he may realize he’ll have to settle for a lower team.
Actual Arsenal news though, it looks like Emmanuel Frimpong will be leaving on loan this year which is a good career move. If he can be a regular starter out on loan this year he can come back and be a regular starter for Arsenal and really give Song a run for his money. For now it’s Coquelin’s chance. Unfortunately for Coquelin, he won’t be back for preseason because he’ll be with the French U-20’s.
If reports are true, then there should be a crew from Barcelona in London today to try and negotiate with Arsene Wenger to give up Cesc Fabregas. They are thinking of even bypassing everyone else and going straight to Kroenke. We’ll see what happens with that but if he does leave it will be important we have a replacement and I think that Arsenal should prepare for his possible departure with a big midfielder signing whether he leaves or not.
It’s a little disheartening seeing some of the players we’re linked with as possible replacements for Fabregas though. If we sell a world class player we should be signing a world class player, not a potential world class player… we are linked with Jurado, Taraabt, Barton, Menez when we should be linked with players like Diego, Hamsick, Gourcuff, and Lucho.
Diego would be quite a signing for Arsenal, he’s at an average team with Wolfsburg and could do so many great things with Arsenal with his slick passing, great awareness, his set piece accuracy, and is just a great footballer, although he’s had some troubles in the last few years. His last few years haven’t been successful with Juventus and Wolfsburg but I still rate him quite highly and with the right team around him he could return to being the brightest Brazilian talent and at a cut price of around 6 million, but I don’t see it happening anways. Anyways, wishful thinking
Many Arsenal fans believe that Arsenal need to buy a defensive midfielder this summer, in fact most have thought that for the last 3 or 4 years ever since Gilberto left. So who are our options and what would they bring to the table? Would they challenge Song for the starting position?
1. Emmanuel Frimpong
The Young Midfielder was looking very promising at the beginning of the 2010/2011 season and was looking to challenge for a first team place. Tragedy struck as the midfielder missed almost the entire season due to injury but was able to make it back for a few reserve games. Frimpong will this year be looking to play in the Emirates Cup again and in preseason. It is almost certain that he will go out on loan this year as he has already revealed he is in talks to go on loan. I think he is too good for the lower leagues and Arsenal should try loaning him out to Lorient where Coquelin saw much success.
2. Francis Coquelin
Coquelin went to Lorient on loan for the 2010/2011 season when Laurent Koscielny came the other way permanently. Coquelin is not the biggest player on the field but he makes up for it in fight, speed, a hard tackle and a competitive attitude. After his successful loan spell Coquelin will be looking to backup Alex Song this year as a replacement for Denilson. The French midfielder will be looking to force his way into the team just like Jack Wilshere did last year and with the heavy schedule Arsenal already have, and the African Cup Coquelin could see himself getting quite a lot of playing time unless Arsenal decide to buy.
3. Scott Parker
Player of the year Scott Parker was high on the list for many Arsenal fans and he would come on the cheap as West Ham were relegated.
Most Arsenal fans love his attitude and competitiveness and how hard he works. He would help whip the kids in shape! Parker does have a downside though, he spends much time on the doctors table along with too many of our other Arsenal players. His age will be getting to him soon as well.
4. Gokhan Inler
Inler has been at Udinese for quite some time and has been constantly linked with a move to Arsenal although nothing has really ever happened. Many Arsenal fans see him as a fitting midfielder for Arsenal but it doesn’t look likely for him to be on his way to Arsenal.
5. Ever Banega
Banega is more wishful thinking than anything else, and ever since Arsenal played Valencia I have been hoping Arsenal would eventually land the talented midfielder. Good in both attack and defense and really doesn’t like being pushed around Banega is technically gifted and would fit in quite well with Arsenal. Not the tallest player out there but makes up for it well with his aggressive play and good awareness!
6. Blaise Matuidi
A player that has been linked with Arsenal for a couple of summers now, and his transfer fee isn’t getting any lower. Someone we should have brought to the Emirates last summer to help Song as he was fatigued late in the season. Matuidi was rated the best tackler in the French Ligue 1 last year and would be a welcome addition to Arsenal when Alex Song plays in the African Cup in January, and we will need a player who can tackle as well as work really hard for the team. Matuidi could be that player!