With just a day to go before the Arsenal get the Premier League campaign underway, I assume that Arsene Wenger already knows what starting line up he will pick to take on Liverpool at the Emirates. With the injury and fitness problems the boss has to cope with, both ends of the pitch are lacking in options but as usual our midfield is packed with options and is our strongest area of the pitch.
Well that did not take long Arsene! Just a few days after Arsenal fans were given the bad news about our seemingly constant problems on the injury front striking at the heart of the Gunners back line, with the German World Cup winning centre back Per Mertesacker ruled out for a significant part of the season, the Daily Star have reported that the boss may have already found the solution.
I have to think that Arsene Wenger was having a little bit of fun with the football media this week, as he spoke about some recent Arsenal transfer rumours. The Frenchman was being asked about the Jamie Vardy saga after the England international striker opted to stay at Leicester City and sign a contract extension with the current Premier League champions (that still sounds strange).
Arsene Wenger was asked about taking over the manager’s role for his country of birth France after leaving Arsenal, and he refused to deny the possibility.
Gunner Granit changes squad numbers!
It was only last week that Arsenal secured their first new signing of the summer, with the Gunners getting Granit Xhaka to sign on the dotted line.
Who starts with Xhaka in Arsenal’s midfield?? by JH
Granit Xhaka is expected to be announced as having joined Arsenal in the coming hours, having been snapped in the official new kit of next season.
The Swiss international has been watched on a number of occasions this season, with the Gunners believed to have prioritised his arrival, and they now appear to have wrapped up his signature swiftly.
It has been quite a while since Olivier Giroud got anything but a hefty slating in my Arsenal player ratings, but fair play to the big striker today as he scored a very good hat-trick and gave Arsenal the perfect send off to a season that once again flattered to deceive. Other notable performances came from the returning Santi Cazorla and our midfield rock Francis Coquelin but there really was only one choice for Man of the Match.