The news that Jack Wilshere is taking longer than expected to recover from his ankle injury will have Arsenal fans feeling an icy sensation of dread, as the last time we heard that sort of thing, it was 17 months on the sidelines for the Gunners star.
Victor Wanyama is one of the players linked with a summer transfer to Arsenal to fill the troublesome position of defensive midfielder, and his manager at Celtic, Neil Lennon, admitted that they are not too confident of being able to keep the 21-year old at Parkhead for another season. The manager was speaking after Celtic went out of the Champions League following defeat by Juventus last night.
Defensive Frailties by PW
As you have invited thoughts from Gooners these are mine.
Sunday’s result was our local derby and means far more to them than us so I tend to dismiss it as another defeat and much less serious than defeats to Norwich (who were on the crest of a slump when we played them), Bradford and Blackburn which were morale sapping.
Arsenal suffered their third defeat in four games yesterday to leave them seven points behind Tottenham with just ten games remaining in the Premier League, and the Gunners now face an uphill battle to get back into the Top Four and qualify for the Champions League.
Abou Diaby did not recover to make the Arsenal squad, so Arsene Wenger chose to start Aaron Ramsey alongside Arteta with Wilshere in his more advanced role. It was clear from the start that Ramsey would play his normal game and not just try to stop Bale from influencing the game.
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Following a huge disappointment last night, when West Ham ran out of steam in the last 20 minutes, and Sam did not bring on the subs quickly enough, our manager must see that the one man team we play this weekend can be stopped. Lennon was hardly in the game and our traitor of a striker was again very poor. However, Bale is on fire.
Arsenal are workinh hard to bring at least two quality players to the Emirates before the transfer window closes in just over a week. Most people seem to think that one of these will be a striker, with David Villa and Stevan Jovetic two possible transfer targets. The other is likely to be a defensive midfielder, possibly a player in the same mould as Abou Diaby. With the club also short on centre backs, Arsene Wenger may well opt for a player who can also fill that position in an emergency.
After Arsene Wenger declared that the club are ready to spend some serious money in the January transfer window, some clubs will be dreading the phone ringing as they may be about to lose one of their best players to the Gunners. One of these clubs is Celtic, the Scottish champions, and the manager Neil Lennon is going to try to persuade his Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama to sign a new contract with the club in order to keep clubs like Arsenal at bay.