Sunday, 10 April 2011

City to bid £40m for Wilshere - Arsenal's vanishing goal scorers

Morning Gooners.

With all the events happening Arsenal wise off the pitch yesterday, I'm certainly glad to be looking forward to matter on it this afternoon.

We know we're ten points behind Manchester United after they beat Fulham 2-0, so only a win will really do and what's most important is that we start scoring some goals.

We need to put the last three results behind us and start winning games. I'm looking for a response from these players after the way Arsene Wenger passionately defended them on Friday. They owed him before that though, so now they are in debt to him big time.

The manager says he's not concerned about his legacy but considering some newspapers are saying he wants to work until he is 80, it's not a surprise that he's yet to worry about that.

The one thing which has obviously got to be on the manager's mind is out lack of goal scorers at the minute. It's been lucky that Robin van Persie has been in such good form, but it appears that if he doesn't find the net, some of our other players are struggling to do so as well.

"After what happened to us we are in grief and the spontaneous side of your game goes a little bit.
"That's why our goals have dried up. This team cares and fights but after what happened to us, it takes time to recover.
"We have not given up but it's not as easy for us as it was before.
"We are second in the league, so why are people asking me if I should give up? What kind of world do we live in?''
Marouane Chamakh has not scored in the league since November (last goal March 2 v Leyton Orient in FA Cup replay); Nicklas Bendtner's last league goal was in December (last goal March 2 v Leyton Orient in FA Cup replay); Samir Nasri scored in the league last on January 1, which was also the last time he found the back of the net (January 1 v Birmingham); Jack Wilshere scored his one and only league goal in November against Aston Villa; Cesc Fabregas scored in the league last in December against Chelsea (his last goal was against Ipswich Town in the Carling Cup in January) and Theo Walcott last found the back of the net against Newcastle in February.

The only two players who have been consistent with their goals are van Persie and Andrey Arshavin, although the Russian has only scored six league goals, half as many in practically the same number of appearances as last season. Amazingly, Arsenal substitutes in the league have found goal just three times. And yet we are the league's second highest goal scorers.

We need to start finding the back of the net from a variety of players if we are to maintain our chance of taking the league title.

There is not too much around from the boss, unsurprisingly as I imagine all the best material from the Sunday newspaper journalist's press conference were items discussed by the manager in his daily newspaper briefing.

There is however lots of transfer speculation around.

We'll start with the News of the World (£) who claim Manchester City are to offer us £40 million for Jack Wilshere and are prepared to double his wages to £100,000 a week.

The People say Gael Clichy isn't looking to leave the club in the summer although if he does move on, Everton are prepared to sell Leighton Baines to us for £10 million, according to the same newspaper.

However we are close to signing Charlton's Carl Jenkinson on a free transfer, although compensation will be due to the south London club for training him which would be in the region of £1 million, also in The People.

And finally for now on the transfer rumour front, Nicklas Bendtner is a target for Hamburg, according to the Mail on Sunday.

There is some Sunday reading for you in the form of an interview with Kenny Samson in the Sunday Mirror. Who also reveals he used to drink a lot.

I'll be back later with a preview of who I believe will be in the starting line up.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday morning.

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