Southampton 2-0 Arsene-al: Class in defeat by JB
Arsene Wenger has already stated that one of the main reasons behind the transfer of Calum Chambers to Arsenal was the versatility of the young Englishman. But in his first two games as a Gunner this weekend, Wenger deployed his new player in the centre of defence, so could this end up being his main position?
Arsene Wenger may be seen as one of the more intelligent and thoughtful characters in football management, but the Arsenal boss has been known to lose his rag on the touchline, argue with officials and rival managers and lose his generally calm demeanour.
It seems as if everything is up in the air concerning Arsene Wenger and his future as the manager of Arsenal Football Club. And whatever happens at the end of the season, I am worried that all this uncertainty could have an adverse effect on our transfer business this summer.
Because he has been the manager of Arsenal for 17 years now, Arsene Wenger knows most of the former players who are still working in football in one capacity or another. The Frenchman has always seemed to be keen on the old bootroom philosophy, in which former Gunners have stayed at the club or returned to it to work as coaches, academy directors or managers.
Return of the non-flying Dutchman by Big Gun
Arsene Wenger is clearly delighted as well as relieved to have his club captain Thomas Vermaelen back from his injury lay-off. The Belgium international centre back came on for the last 10 minutes or so at Sunderland on Saturday, and Wenger now has a decision to make about his starting line-up from now on.
There are various theories about why Arsenal have had a much improved defensive record in the last year or so. Last season, the Gunners conceded just 37 Premier League goals, 12 less than the previous year. That is almost a 30 percent reduction. The statistics look even better when you look at just the last 10 games of the season, when Arsenal conceded just five goals, while we were the only team all season who stopped the treble winning Bayern Munich from scoring.