It has been over 12 years now since Arsene Wenger and that incredible and invincible Arsenal team lifted the Premier League trophy after doing what almost everyone said was impossible and completing the Premier League season without a single defeat.
What has happened to Arsenal’s scouting system? by JH
Today I thought of writing an evaluation of our squad so far this year, perhaps I may still, but I must have gotten around halfway through when I realised how different our signings have been recently in comparison to previous years. I do not know if it is a purposeful change in direction from AW or a change in our scouting ability.
Mesut Ozil v David Silva
In the run up to Christmas, title contenders Arsenal and Manchester City face each other at the Emirates Stadium for the first time this season. In such a tightly fixed contest, the fine form of playmakers Mesut Ozil and David Silva will be key to the game.
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.