Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger today revealed that he is not looking to make major changes to his current squad before the new campagn, so we thought we’d look at the latest possible arrivals.
Whether the Arsenal transfer rumours about the possible sale at the end of the season of the England international midfield star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are true is anyone’s guess. It could all be just the football media putting two and two together to get five or simply conjecture after the latest injury picked up by the Ox has thrown into question the impact that the 22-year old has had for Arsenal since we signed him from Southampton in 2011.
Arsene Wenger could still have a surprise or two up his sleeve for us when he puts in the Arsenal team sheet for the Champions League match against Barcelona this evening, but I think that the team he picked for the FA cup clash with Hull City on Saturday as well as the Arsenal injury list makes it fairly easy to guess most of the players that will start against the Spanish champions.
After a somewhat cautious and nervous start to the game today, Arsenal scored two good goals through Mesut Ozil and the Ox and so a lot of Arsenal fans were looking forward to more of the same after the break. It had been seven years since the Gunners failed to score for the Premier League games in a row so I thought this was the perfect chance to make amends and fill our boots.
Arsenal got two first half goals and then saw out a spirited second half from Bournemouth to end the recent run without a win. The points were vital today and we now prepare for Leicester with renewed confidence and a better looking league table. But it was not the dominant performance and heavy scoreline that it could have been had we kept our foot on the gas after the two goals.
It was not really too difficult tp pick a Man of the Match from the Arsenal win over Burnley in the fourth round of the FA cup, despite some impressive performances from the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Alex Iwobi and the Ox because the star man Alexis Sanchez scored the winner and set up the opener as well as being the best player on the pitch.
Arsene Wenger has had a bit of a balancing act to perform as he prepares Arsenal for the first step in the defence of our FA cup trophy. We all know that the Premier League is a big priority but we also must pay due respect to the cup that has been so good to the Gunners down the years.
The Arsenal and Spain international defender Hector Bellerin had arguably his least effective game of the season for the Gunners in our hard fought but disappointing draw away with Premier League strugglers Norwich City. While there are various reasons for Arsenal getting just a point from the game, with our injury problems and the home side’s commitment and desire two big aspects, I wanted to look at why Bellerin struggled to get into the game.