This could finally be the year that Arsenal falter and our mighty rivals Tottenham, from down the road, come steaming up on the outside to pip Arsenal at the post. And the thing that is going to herald this long awaited (by the Spuds anyway) transfer of power in North London? The transfer of Petr Cech.
A new keeper was one of the four players declared by Thierry Henry to be vital for Arsene Wenger to add to the Arsenal squad this summer, to give the Gunners a real chance of winning the Premier League title. Whether you agree with our former striker and record goal scorer or not, the keeper question is definitely a big one for the boss to deal with.
I watched the Spurs, and I liked it. by JS
Arsenal may not be in pole position in terms of points or places in the league, as the race for a top four finish hots up, but most other things seem to be going the way of the Gunners.
It is just a matter of time before Arsenal make Victor Valdes one of their summer signings, at least that is what officials at Barcelona think. The 31-year old keeper has until the end of the month to change his mind and sign a new contract with the runaway leaders of the Spanish Primera Liga. Valdes has obviously considered his decision and is unlikely to change it, so the club will sell him.
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.
The race for the top four and qualification for next season’s Champions league is well and truly on. Arsenal passed the latest test and showed that they have more steel and determination than was evident earlier in the season. With the forward players all chipping in with goals, and the midfield combinations able to run rings round opposing players, a good defensive display means that all the factors are there for Arsenal to finish the season strongly.
In one of the strangest transfer sagas of the summer, the French international keeper, Hugo Lloris, was priced out of a move to Arsenal by his French club Lyon. The demand was for £16 million which Arsenal refused to meet, even though they were keen on the keeper. He then joined Tottenham for around €10 million, which is about half what Arsenal were asked for, and it seems as if Tottenham don’t really want him that much.