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.