It remains to be seen just how strong a side Arsenal will be faced with in out away game with Tottenham in the Capital One cup, but I suspect that their main striker Harry Kane will be in the starting line up. That might not be too much of a worry to most Arsenal fans, as the Spurs centre forward has yet to score for his club this season, but I think we need to be very wary indeed.
It is not exactly breaking news to us long suffering Arsenal fans that the team is just not good enough this season. After all it is us that has had to suffer the shock defeat at home to West Ham in the first Premier League game and then stumble and stutter since then.
Arsenal have lost their last two games and are trying to avoid a third in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but, conversely, Spurs have won their last three and are keen to keep their run going. Maurice Ponchettino’s men reached the League Cup semi-final last season so they are sure to be keen to go one step further this time, and Jan Vertonghen is quite confident going into this North London Derby.
Just like Arsene Wenger, Petr Cech thought that Arsenal were a match for Chelsea before Mike Dean and Costa decided to ruin the game as a contest by giving Chelsea the numerical advantage.
I really hope it is Arsenal, but there could be a few clubs involved in these transfer talks with Southampton, with at least two Premier League rivals having been linked fairly heavily with the France international star Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.
The Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been hugely impressive this term, highlighted by his inclusion in SkySports Team of the Season So Far, picked at the mid-way point in the season. His performances in the two previous seasons with the Saints has also proved that he is ready to play at a higher level.
Arsenal have got the impetus now and are looking in a pretty strong position to get that Wenger trophy once more, although if the Gunners can win two more games at Wembley we might have to think about calling the FA cup the Wenger trophy.
The big German Per Mertesacker was our captain in Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at Tottenham on Saturday and by rights should be accepting some of the responsibility for allowing Harry Kane to punish us twice. Arsene Wenger clearly blamed the Gunners defence after the game, but Mertesacker thinks that we didn’t defend badly, and prefers to name other (rather cryptic!) factors for the loss.