Is Lescott a good option for Arsenal? by Ash
It is widely reported that the Arsenal board are going to hand Arsene Wenger a significant amount of money to spend in the transfer market this summer. The amount usually suggested is around £70 million, but there has been talk that this amount will be reduced if the Gunners do not finish in the top four because of the loss of revenue from the Champions League.
Even if Theo Walcott does not play as the central striker for Arsenal against Manchester City today, a lot of the expectation for scoring goals will be on his young shoulders. With the jury still out on whether he can make it as an out and out front man for the Gunners, people will be watching him closely today to see how he fares against the better teams in the Premier league.
Gael Clichy spent eight seasons at Arsenal under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger before moving to Manchester City last July. He does not occupy the same pantomime villain role as Samir Nasri or Ashley Cole, however, because he is not gloating and disrespectful like those two. He seems to appreciate what Arsenal and Wenger did for him and his career.
Statistics from Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal by AH
Arsenal fans got what they wanted with Koscielny starting, but it was instead of Vermaelen, who has the flu, rather than Mertesacker. Wenger also started with Giroud on the bench and Aaron Ramsey in midfield. With Podolski and Gervinho able to play deeper, on the wing, or as strikers, the plan was to be compact and control the game from midfield.
Manchester City are preparing for their biggest test of the season in the league so far against Arsenal on Sunday. I wouldn’t say that they are running scared but they are showing signs of concern about Arsenal’s excellent form compared to their average start to the season.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that he could possibly want to add one more defensive player to the squad, but then goes on to say that the transfer window should be closed as soon as the season starts!