Sterling or Walcott: Both Please

There is lots of talk at the moment of unrest with both Theo Walcott and Rahim Sterling at club level. So naturally many have put two and two together and come up with a swap deal. This could be a good deal for all but I personally would not like it.

I would love to see Sterling at Arsenal but not at the cost of losing Theo. In my eyes we need to see the real recovery period out with Walcott and then judge him. We owe him that much at least. He was very very influential prior to his injury. If you actually look at his goals/assists to games played he was up there with the best.

So the question is then, is there room foe Sterling, Walcott, Oxlade Chamberlen, Welbeck and Sachez? Well it is always good to have options on the bench and wingers need to be rotated. Alexis currently plays every game while, Welbeck, Walcott and The Ox all pick up lots of knocks.

The answer to get rid of Podolski. He unfortunately was not in favour with Wenger. I hope he finds a good club to move to, somewhere that he can play every game. A side like Valencia could do with his services.

The short answer is that there is room to get in Sterling and keep Theo. Do you agree? Let me know.

Another striker out the door? Why?

It seems that in strengthening our defence we have decided to leave our selves short again up front. Podolski jetted out to Inter, Sanogo to Palace and now it seems that we are letting Campball go to Villarreal.

Campball and Sanogo were not my favourite strikers but atleast they provided competition to the likes of Giroud and Welbeck. I can understand the decision in the club letting all three of these strikers go but will we be left short again?

So now we have Giroud and Welbeck as our two out and out strikers. The former who has already suffered a long injury this season and the later who is currently injured. Welbeck had a fair few injuries in his time at Manchester United also. We then have Sanchez and Walcott who can play up front. I personally think both are more effective from a wider position.

I like Akpom a lot, but there was also talk of a potential loan move to MK Dons. Him being the replacement for the former Arsenal striker Afobe. He needs game time but we also need bench strength.

God forbid we have another injury crisis, this time up front we will be left wondering again why Podolski was frozen out. On a positive note it looks like we have spent good money on a decent centre back.

Counter Attacking the Key to Sunday’s Match

There has been a lot said about Arsenal’s performances in the last few years in big games, especially those away from home. We have had quite a few spankings on our travels. From memory I can remember one at Old Trafford a few seasons back and last seasons embarrassing results away to Liverpool, Man City as well as a horror show against Chelsea too.

So far we have avoided being ridiculed at Stamford Bridge and Anfield, but Sunday is another test. I feel we had gone wrong in the last few seasons, Arsenal would normally push up to much in order to score. When we did not the other teams would counter attack and score. There is no need to over attack from the get go, patients is something the other sides have over us.

In terms of tactics for this game I would seriously consider a change in tactics. I honestly feel we should employ the counter attack more in games like this. This is not saying we put ten men behind the ball and give the ball to Theo, Alexis and Welbeck to run, it means be more selective as when to attack.

This ruthless counter attack has been employed by Man Utd to great effect this season, us being one of their victims. What we need to do is sit slightly deeper than we have been in other big games. We have started to press teams pretty well over the last games. This is something that both Welbeck and Alexis do particularly well.

Arsenal are normally the ones to over attack in the big games, meaning teams simply wait and counter us. A slight change of emphasis could put Manchester City off their game plan.

Realistic Arsenal January Transfers

Logo-Arsenal As with most seasons it seems that we are short of quality in key areas, these are the same areas that Arsenal fans have been calling to be filled for the last five seasons. There could be an argument to say that Arsenal need a dominant player through the spine of the team. This being a poacher upfront, a dominant midfielder, combative centre back and a trust worthy goalkeeper. Lets forget strikers for the time being as Giroud, Welbeck, Sanchez and Walcott can get us through this season. The wingers when fit are the best options in the league, if fit Theo, Sanchez, Welbeck, Ozil, The Ox and Santi Cazorla make these up. I personally think we need a goalkeeper, but Ospina is a steady option for us until the Summer. Martinez is a good back up keeper while I feel Szczesny will be kept until the summer where he will probably start to look elsewhere. The pressing positions are at CB and DMC. The needs are must so big money may have to be spent. Lets not delude ourselves WE WILL NOT BE GETTING HUMMELS or EVEN A PLAYER LIKE GODIN THIS JANUARY!

CB Options:

1. James Tomkins (CB)– (Surprised?) It is clear we are after Winston Reid but Tomkins is the real star here. He is the ball winner in his partnership with Reid. Tomkins would be the long term replacement for Mertesacker. We should not let what happened with Gary Cahill happen with Tomkins as he has the potential to be of a similar quality. Very low chance of this happening.

2. Winston Reid (CB) – It is very unlikely that Wenger will pay over the top money for a player he can get for a free in the summer. So it will be a test of West Ham’s nerve. I don’t think they have an issue with just letting him go for free, especially if they can’t get their replacement in. If we do not get him in January I think we will be seeing him in the red of Man Utd or Liverpool instead next season. A good player who would improve us greatly. he would be the cover we need when Koscielny is injured.

3. Nacho Fernandez (CB/RB/LB) – He is a good defender who plays at Real Madrid, he  has had little game time. That is not surprising considering the players who he has in front of him. A defender who is primarily a CB but can play anywhere along the back line. One of Jose Mourinho’s boys that he promoted up from the youth system. With a bit of game time he could be a gem of a premier league player. He has one international cap to his name and is pretty highly rated. He is also a more realistic option to purchase over Varane (who also struggles to get into the Real Madrid side).

4. Philipe Mexes (CB) – This would be at least ten years too late, just like we missed out on a young Vincent Kompany we sort of missed the boat on Mexes. He is now 32 but could still be a value signing in January, bringing lots of experience. He is also French and may be looking for one last pay day. I would love this to happen but again do not see Wenger go for a stop gap option. Mexes would definitely mix it up against the likes of Stoke.

Other CB Options: These are probably more likely to happen – Howdes, Perrin. We have been linked with these players pretty heavily so who knows. Nastasic at Man City could be another option but it might be hard for them to help us out.

Defensive Midfield Signings:

1. Adrien Rabiot – He has had a season ravaged by injury so far. But watching him last year there is defiantly a quality player there. At only 19 years old this would be a long term signing, but one Wenger would relish. Rabiot is tipped to hold the French midfield in years to come with Paul Pogba. Despite his slight frame he actually adds defensive cover. Wenger do it!

2. William Carvalho – I will be honest, I have not seen much of Carvalho. All I have seen is bits and bobs of his game against Chelsea. This is not really enough to go on, but saying all that everyone else seems to think he is the real deal. Including his club who have slapped an high value on his head. Lets see more of him to judge.

Luxury Signings For The Summer:

  • Juan Quintero – We do have a lot of attacking midfielders at the club but lets not forget the injuries we have every season. This kid is quality, he should be made to shadow someone of Santi Cazorla for a season and eventually take over from him.
  • Jackson Martinez – It was this time last year that his name cropped up when I wrote about us signing him. We should still make this plan a reality in the summer. Just so no other rival team can snap him up.
  • James Milner – Many people dislike him, but at the age of 27 he still has many many good years ahead of him. Whats better is that he could be available on a free transfer who would say no?
  • Chuba Akpom – Not a new signing but someone who should be treated like one next season. If we do not enter the market for another striker he is a perfect number 3 striker for us.