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Why Arsenal WILL NOT be bidding for Petr Cech

New Kid on the Block : Emi Martinez
On the verge of leaving Arsenal in the summer, Argentine 22-year-old goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez feared that his time was up at the Emirates after Arsene Wenger signed David Ospina as back up to number one goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Jumping forward a few months we’ve seen the young goalkeeper thrust into the spot light of the first team. With some excellent performances in both the Premier League and the Champions League, Martinez has quickly become one of the most talked about goalkeepers in European football.
Martinez kept his third clean sheet in a row after Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday night. Since standing in for regular number one Wojciech Szczesny the third choice goalkeeper has risen to the challenge and made a big impression. In fact, Martinez has gone as far as saying that he now wants to challenge Szczesny for the number one spot. A clear sign that he is full of confidence on the back of his superb performances.
Our friends at Opta powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have focused their attention on the two Arsenal goalkeepers on a per game basis and Martinez has a point as to why he deserves Wenger’s backing. The stats suggest that Szczesny will face a fight in regaining his first team spot once he regains full fitness. Martinez leads the Pole for clean sheets, fewer goals conceded, saves per goal, catches and punches.

Premier-League-Martinez-and-Szczesny

With Szczesny and Ospina both due back from injury during December, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces a festive headache in whether to stick with the ever impressive youngster or to recall Wojciech Szczesny. Wenger may now consider crossing Chelsea’s Petr Cech off of his Christmas shopping list with the goalkeeping talent that has emerged at Arsenal.
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Arsenal v Southampton Player Ratings – Koscielny Phenomenal!

Arsenal 1 – 0 Southampton Player Ratings by KJ

Martinez – 6
Another solid performance. He had no real saves to make and that’s why he isn’t getting a higher score but he was commanding throughout the game.

Chambers – 7
Another fairly solid defensive performance. Was pretty good offensively but lacked the option from Chamberlain at times.

Mertesacker – 7
It was a more solid performance which built on his game against West Brom. He was commanding.

Koscielny – 8 (MOTM)
He was cleaning up any attempts by Southampton to get attempts at our goal. He is just a phenomenal defender.

Arsenal v Southampton Preview, line up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Southampton Preview, Predicted line up and predicted score by KJ

This has been a rocky season and the usual pattern would mean that we’d drop points against Southampton. However, there is hope that we are finally going to push on now and win against the Saints would send a message that we are finally hitting some consistency.

The last time Southampton visited the Emirates, Mr Admin was lucky enough to get some free Arsenal Tickets but was disappointed to see a makeshift Gunners team get beaten 2-1 after Alexis gave us the lead with a sublime freekick. Hopefully we can score first again and hold on to our lead.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Dortmund – Sanogo starts!!

As wellas the injury problems continuing to pile up for Arsenal, with Jack Wilshere out for a while and now both of our first choice keepers unavailable as well as Danny Welbeck. At least Arsene Wenger had the good news about Laurent Koscielny, but the Frenchman has decided not to rush the French centre back and has stuck with the same back four that has struggled in recent games.

Another major talking point is the inclusion in the line up of our young French striker Yaya Sanogo, who is still looking for his firts senior Gunners goal. But his pace and power in the centre forard role means that Wenger does not have to change the system.

Comparing Arsenal with Newcastle, Everton and Dortmund!

INTERESTING TIMES by AD

What happened at Swansea was so depressing that it brought pealing fit of laughter from me. Interestingly though we have three parallel propositions of varying circumstances and positions for an observer to finally take a subjective as well as objective call on the quality and competence of our Mr. Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal in the hunt for free-scoring hitman?

I was among the Arsenal fans who were not entirely convinced by one of the top transfer targets of the summer, Porto and Colombian international centre forward Jackson Martinez. It was looking like Arsene Wenger was going to finally firm up his interest, but that is now at serious risk after the Metro reported that Liverpool are planning a £30 million transfer bid in January to beat Arsenal to the punch, although that figure shouldnt be beyond our means nowadays.

Flamini and Chambers keys to Arsenal beating Anderlecht

It is clear that Arsenal simply have to beat the champions of Belgium tonight, not just to keep us in with a chance of winning the group stage ahead of Borussia Dortmund, but to get the confidence flowing and get the season back on track after a string of disappointing results.

The Gunners need a similar sort of morale boosting result as the 4-1 drubbing of Galatasaray in our last group game. But even that game showed why we have struggled so far, because despite dominating the game we could not keep a clean sheet. And that goal came with a red card for Wojciech Szczesny and with David Ospina ruled out with injury, Arsenal will have to start with the inexperienced youngster Emiliano Martinez.

Anderlecht v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Anderlecht vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

We still haven’t really kicked on this season and even though we managed to beat Galatasaray fairly comfortably a few weeks ago, a poor decision by Szczesny leaves us with reserve keeper Damian Martinez starting in a Champions League game that we need to win.

Our defence is suffering numerous injuries which has forced us to play players out of position or to dip into our reserves and that puts a lot of pressure on our midfielders. They will need to dictate the tempo of the game far better than we did against Hull and to ensure that the first counter attack isn’t a goal.

Pick your Arsenal side to face Anderlecht tomorrow (plus injury update)

The good news for Arsenal is that Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are now back to fitness and should figure in the squad, but the loss of Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Rosicky (not to mention Ozil!) after the international break has put a bit of a damper on the celebrations.

With the long-term injuries to Giroud and Debuchy, and with Sanogo still not recovered from his hamstring problem, Wenger will not have a large choice of players to choose from for tomorrow’s Champions League game in Belgium. One easy decision he will have is the goalkeeper as Szczesny is banned and David Ospina is also on the treatment table, so Martinez will definitely get a rare chance to impress.

Everton v Arsenal – Expect a tactical battle?

Match Preview: Everton vs Arsenal by SE

Match Day 2 of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season for Arsenal sees them travel to the North West of England, where they take on Everton at Goodison Park this Saturday evening. Arsenal and Everton finished 4th and 5th respectively in the Premier League table last season, as Wenger’s men narrowly edged the Toffees to seal that last Champions League spot. On paper, this should be an even contest, with both teams strengthening their respective squads during the summer.

Why Everton could be BIG threat to Arsenal again this season

After Arsenal had looked like we could become champions of England again for much of last season, the misery of seeing the title challenge fall away was almost completed by Everton. At one point, the Toffees of Roberto Martinez were in pole position to beat Arsenal to the final Champions League spot.

As we know, they fell away while the Gunners finished strongly, and we are all hoping and expecting Arsenal to provide an even stronger push in the Premier League this time, but if we do end up in another fight for fourth, I would not be surprised to see Everton threaten us again.

Todays Arsenal rumours – Ruddy, Ospina, Martinez and Khedira

As always on a Sunday there is no shortage of Arsenal transfer rumours, and todays offerings include a couple of goalkeepers. The Mirror reckons that the Gunners have dropped interest in David Marshall because of the asking price, but are now going for another relegated keeper in Norwich’s John Ruddy. At just £7m he would be half as expensive as Marshall.

They also say Arsenal are keen on the Costa Rica World Cup star Keylor Navas, but John Cross reckons Wenger is close to finalizing a deal for the Colombian keeper David Ospina for just £3m, as the Nice stopper is entering the last 12 months of his contract. To be honest I would be happy for any of these four as backup to Szczesny….