Okay, yes, realistically 10 goals would represent progress. Still not setting the bar high enough. Welbeck will have to work his way into the side to start with but with the talent all around him, and his ability to work hard and make defenders make mistakes, he should have his chances. He just needs to put them away.
It could but Arsene Wenger, even this supposedly more pragmatic version of him, won’t do away with Danny Welbeck after just one season. He shouldn’t have been bought at all but I guess that’s besides the point.
Agreed. The money could, and should have been used elsewhere. May as well have given Joel Campbell or even a proven finisher(well he once was at least) like Lukas Podolski, more opportunities.
Manchester United is up next for the ever-frustrating Arsenal side, and many Gunners can’t wait to see how the club will bounce back from the 2-1 loss to Swansea that occurred before the international break.
With Olivier Giroud returning from injury, Yaya Sanogo morphing into the French Didier Drogba, Lukas Podolski being held hostage and Abou Diaby likely to keep his status as Arsene Wenger’s favorite “new signing” there’s been plenty to talk about.
Article links are in the headlines so you can just click on them to read as well.
No, he can’t. Not just because of the way Arsenal ended both games, we’re talking about Anderlecht and Swansea here, but because it’s happened time and again for the last 10 years. There’s really no excuses for Arsene Wenger against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City either.
Arsenal was winning trophies before they both came into money but arguably made the situation worse during the rise of those big-spending clubs by doing things such as selling key players and not getting the requisite cover in the necessary areas of the pitch. Stadium transition aside, it really doesn’t sit well that Arsenal couldn’t hold on to Cesc Fabregas(understandable but possibly could’ve been avoided) Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie. They probably left because of Wenger falling behind the times tactically just as much as they left because they saw no new signings as a lack of ambition while they wanted to win silverware. Which they did.
Wenger is running out of excuses and, frankly, should be running out of time, especially with a loss to a beleaguered, still getting used to Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United. A win would be nice boost but nothing to go head over heels for, a draw wouldn’t be so bad but a loss, especially if it’s one that shouldn’t have occurred depending on how the game goes, should drive the nail further in the coffin.
There can’t be any excuses for that, nor should they be if Dortmund trudge into the Emirates and waltz out with a win.
A 2-in-1 here for Danny Welbeck.
Would be a fairytale if he scores against Manchester United this weekend. Either way, I’d prefer him keep his place as the main forward for the Gunners. Of course, form dictates things so he needs to start scoring again, otherwise he could take a confidence hit if the returning Olivier Giroud and Daniel Sturridge score goals and displace him.
He offers a lot of the same things Alexis Sanchez does in terms of movement, speed and work-rate but he needs to add the goals too. We’ll see what happens.
Does it? Doubtful. As the author, John Cross, himself states;
There is money to spend in January and you wonder what the priority is — centre half or holding midfielder. I would imagine it is a centre half but give Wenger the cash and he’ll probably get a skillful midfielder who loves to get forward.
It honestly would be somewhat of a shock if one of the missing pieces is brought in during the winter window, and I think that’s dependent on who is injured and where Arsenal stand in the league. I think Andrei Arshavin was the last big January purchase. Nacho Monreal did come during the winter too, a more pragmatic move from Wenger, and I wouldn’t be up in arms too much if Wenger went that route, not Kim Kallstrom range though mind you, and waited until the summer to get a quality signing.
Yay. Who cares?
Okay, yes, stated in the article his record against the smaller teams is good and he would add an element to Arsenal’s attack that none of the other attackers can with his style of play. Not our biggest concern by any means, though. Giroud will offer another good option, coming of the bench preferably, but its the defense and midfield that need to be sorted.
If you think about the fact that Arsenal is still bedding in two new signings, Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, and is without the player most likely to take advantage of their movements, Mesut Ozil, then it’s a bit understandable things are slow going at times. Giroud can help reduce that, which is fine, but I don’t think he should jump back into the starting lineup.
I think anyone watching from his Udinese and Barcelona days would have thought this from the moment he signed for Arsenal. The comment in the last few parts of the article that Sanchez has a way to go to meet Luis Suarez’s standard from his last season with Liverpool is a bit harsh.
He’s already shown how important he is, and will be, for Arsenal. While one can certainly point to Suarez’s goalscoring record as evidence of him being better, I’d counter that the two, while very similar, are still different players.
Suarez has spent the majority of his time as a central forward in whatever teams he plays, though he’s certainly played wide as well. Sanchez, however, is just now seeing more time in the middle, similar to his best season at Udinese, and we already see how that’s working. I also think Sanchez is a bit more of a playmaker, just a bit, and his versatility means, unless he doesn’t want to or there is no other solid option centrally, he may play wide for Arsenal just as much as he plays in the middle.
Suarez arrives at Barcelona with Lionel Messi reverting to more of a creator-role, and thus his goal-scoring may, and should, remain potent. Sanchez never really had that opportunity but showed in his last season what he’s capable of.
Also, remember, Barcelona went for Alexis Sanchez first. They may have been interested in Suarez, and surely could’ve gotten him if they tried hard enough, but they picked up Sanchez.
Back to the fun this weekend when Manchester United come to town.
Until next time.