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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.