It seems a long time ago now that Arsene Wenger produced an Arsenal team with club legends like Vieira, Henry, Pires, Campbell, Ljungberg and Bergkamp, and led us to the Premier League title without losing a single EPL game. It is hard to believe that was the last time Arsenal were crowned champions, but as much as we have struggled to build another side that good, their achievement has never been matched by any of our Premier League rivals.
There is still a chance for Arsenal to finish the season strongly and end up with second place in the Premier League. But apart from the FA cup final, a lot of the focus for Arsenal will now be turning to the summer transfer window and the chance to reclaim the Premier League title next year.
Despite all the talk this week about the Arsenal and Chile star Alexis Sanchez and whether he is the best player in the Premier League this season so far, the former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has suggested that it is the Man City and Spain midfield maestro David Silva that is the key figure in the clash between the Gunners and Man City at the Etihad stadium tomorrow.
There is some very good news on the team front for Arsenal fans today, but it does not concern anyone on the Gunners’ team sheet. It is the fact that our opponents Man City are without their talisman and best player Yaya Toure. And of course the new boy Danny Welbeck gets his debut at centre forward.
I can understand Arsene Wenger’s thinking, especially as Arsenal players had been falling by the wayside like the bunnies on normal batteries in the Duracell advert all season long, but it seems fairly clear that the injury that the Welshman picked up on Boxing Day, was a result of him being over-played.