Arsenal have got a lot more to do than simply catch and overtake our north London rivals Tottenham if this season is to be seen as anything but a disappointing one, and with 11 points to make up on the current Premier League leaders you would have to say that Leicester City are big favourites to finish above the Gunners and complete an amazing campaign by being crowned champions of England.
I wonder if Roman Abramovich is now regretting his decision to let Arsenal sign the Czech Republic international number one to Arsenal, despite the advice from then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and their captain John Terry suggesting how much difference Petr Cech could make to our Premier League title challenge.
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.