Joel Campbell will celebrate his 22nd birthday next month, and a couple of months after that, it will be three years since he signed for Arsenal Football Club. He may even have played for the Gunners by then as well, in a pre-season friendly, as he is set to end his loan spell with the Greek champions Olympiacos at the end of this season.
Just like with Arsenal, the media and most football pundits are writing off the chances of Liverpool, but the fact is that Arsenal are top and Liverpool are second in the Premier League table. So just as it seems disrespectful for everyone to just assume that Arsenal will fall away, I think we have to take Liverpool seriously.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that the France international striker Olivier Giroud returns from the international break with his scoring boots on. The Gunners centre forward has been getting a bit of criticism lately and there is a feeling that he had lost his edge a bit because of having to carry the strike duties of the club on his own.
It makes a nice change for Arsenal not to be drawn against the Greek side Olympiacos in Europe, and the way their star striker is finding the back of the net this season, it could be a good thing, although Arsenal’s Champions League group is quite hard enough thanks very much.
At the same tonight as Arsenal kick off in Athens against Olympiacos, Carlo Ancelotti’s Paris Saint-Germain face Porto in a game that could decide whether he keeps his job at the French club. The French newspaper, Le Parisien, has reported that the owners of PSG have identified Arsene Wenger as the man, or one of the men, they want to take over from Ancelotti. The report states that Wenger met with people from the oil rich club last week to discuss a possible contract. The Arsenal boss has flatly denied the rumours, but in the world of football that does not mean too much.
Arsene Wenger has taken a much changed group of players to Athens for Arsenal’s final group game against Olympiakos. The manager has declared that he has not done this because he has given up on top spot in the Champions league group, but because he feels that the fresher players will have a better chance of success tonight. Bizarrely, he also seems to think that Schalke will fail to beat Montpellier in France tonight.
Promoting Gnabry by KJ
The Walcott contract situation is dragging on now and even though I remain optimistic, we need to prepare ourselves for the worst. Walcott could potentially be sold in the January window, forcing Wenger to promote German wunderkind, Serge Gnabry.
Arsene Wenger’s new assistant Steve Bould has received nothing but praise recently. He has been given most of the credit for the new solidity in the Arsenal defence that saw us let in just two goals in the first five league games. Both of those cvould be attributed to goalkeeper error so the defence was looking irresistible. The last two games, however, have given Arsenal fans a reason for concern again.