The Arsenal captain and centre back Per Mertesacker is still out of action with the knee injury he picked up in pre-season. The chances are that Arsene Wenger was going to use the summer transfer market to boost our defence anyway but the long term absence of the World Cup winning German made it even more imperative.
Arsenal Football Club held their AGM today to announce a few facts and figures for the year, but perhaps there is one comment that stood out from the rest. As well as being able to talk through the thoughts of those in high positions at Arsenal, the floor is also opened to journalist questions. Arsenal Chairman Sir Chips Keswick has today revealed that the Arsenal board have spoken regarding Wenger’s contract with the club and that they do plan on holding talks with Arsene Wenger about his future with Arsenal.
There was obviously a fair amount of disappointment for Arsenal fans at the weekend, as we failed to beat or even score against the Premier League strugglers Middlesborough after putting six past Ludogorets Razgrad without reply in midweek.
Arsenal fans still have a couple of months to wait before the opening of the January transfer window and the usual stressful wait to see if Arsene Wenger is going to spend any more of the club’s huge cash reserves to strengthen the Arsenal playing squad.
The clear and obvious priority for Arsenal this season is to fight for the Premier League title, with a decent run in the Champions League a close second, which would be greatly helped by finally finishing on top of our European group.
Arsenal succumbed to a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough this weekend, and some people would even say we were lucky with the one point we received.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka claimed his side should have won the match, and if it wasn’t for Petr Cech’s heroics, we most likely would have lost, but the same could also be said for Victor Valdes, who denied us with some super saves also.
Before the current Premier League season kicked off there was a lot of debate and disagreement about which clubs might be set to win it and most expected it be quite different from Leicester City’s surprise victory last season. Quite a few people thought Arsenal had blown our best chance and would find things much harder this time around with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Pep Guardiola at Man City, Antonio Conte joining Chelsea and both Klopp and Pochettino being more settled at Liverpool and Tottenham.
With Arsenal struggling to get a point against Middlesbrough at the weekend, our League Cup opponents Reading managed a hard-fought win over Rotherham to move up to 8th place in the Championship. After these games, Tom Marshall-Bailey at Getreading.co.uk gave an analysis of how the Royals could make life difficult for the Gunners tomorrow night.