Saturday, 4 December 2010

Wenger on title race - Rosicky on his way? New keeper set to join? - Centrepoint match day

Morning Gooners.

This afternoon we will play our first fixture in December. November has been a notoriously difficult month for Arsenal in recent years and this season was no different.

Four wins and four defeats is the headline. However the caveat to that headline is two of the losses came away in the Champions League, a competition we haven't gained victories in away from the Grove consistently for some time. 

The other two defeats were at home in the Premier League. But fortunately we ended the month two points behind league leaders Manchester United and level with Chelsea.

The manager said yesterday he believed the club was lucky to be where we are in the league.

He said:
"Considering we lost three home games, yes, I feel fortunate to still be in the title race. 
"That is an opportunity that usually you don't get. But, on the other hand, everybody dropped points and we had an exceptional away record until now. We must take this chance even more so because we have the luck to still be in there.
"We are only two points off the leaders and we have the best away record. At home, it's easier to rectify a problem rather than away from home. 
"We also have nearly everyone available. We don't have an injury crisis. I think the attitude is right and I believe strongly that we have the quality to do it."
The manager has also stated he'll shake the hand of Mark Hughes, who he fell out with when the Welshman was manager of Manchester City.

This afternoon we really need to get back to winning ways at the Grove. It's not going to be easy by any stretch. But it is important we start the month with three points. 

Not only will it put pressure on Manchester United, who's game with Blackpool has been called off, but it will also help to banish the feeling we're not performing well at home in the league.

If we win today, we'll go top by a point. Chelsea will join us there if they beat Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere there's a good interview with Marouane Chamakh in The Sun.

A couple of pieces of transfer news around. The Daily Mirror are reporting we've been scouting Villarreal goal keeper Diego Lopez.

Whilst the Daily Mail say Aston Villa are keen on Tomas Rosicky.

Finally for this morning, I would like to congratulate Arsenal on making today's game with Fulham their charity match of the season. Lots of fundraising will be going on, so if you are going to the game be sure to donate any money you can to the official collectors inside the stadium.

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