Friday, 11 January 2013

Wenger reveals transfer plans -Capoue or M'Vila moving? -Striker missing from training!

Morning Gooners.

Well I'm sure it won't come as a shock to many that Olivier Giroud is rated at only 50:50 for Sunday's game with Manchester City. The French international hasn't trained all week following the cut to his knee in last weekend's game with Swansea. And the manager will make a decision on the striker's inclusion in his matchday squad later on today.

Frankly I'm nervous that our only out and out striker is injured during the busiest period of our season. There is every chance he could play on Sunday but realistically he's not trained all week and therefore is unlikely to start this weekend.

The manager could play Theo Walcott upfront again. But I'm not sure this experiment of him playing through the middle is really working. And can he play against the best teams in the country in that position? Alternatively there is Lucsz Podolski but he's had limited opportunity to play as the central striker and is arguably better on the left, bringing more balance to the team.

So it makes me even more nervous when the manager says he has no plans to bring anyone else in at the moment, while revealing no one else would be leaving.

He told the official site:
"We have a good squad, a balanced one. At the moment nobody can go out, unless we buy somebody.  
"At the moment our focus is to keep everybody. In every position we have two players. Three is too many and one is not enough."
Whatever you think of Johan Djourou and Marouane Chamakh as player, they were at least players on the premises who we could use if the situation arose. Now they aren't at the club for the remainder of the season, we've two vacant squad positions.

While other clubs are looking to do deals, everything at Arsenal appears from the outside to be very quiet. This week would have been the perfect time to put some deals in place. We've had a whole week free from games to dust off the cheque book and bring in the players to bolster our squad to ensure we end the season in the top four.

Let's not beat around the bush, this will be the toughest time in Arsene Wenger's time in charge at the club for us to finish in the Champions League positions. The Manchester clubs look unlikely to finish outside the top two. Then it's two from four of: Chelsea, Spurs, Everton and us for the remaining two positions. And if we've not got a player like the greedy badger to score us a goal from no where to win the game, then we're going to seriously struggle.

The manager must know of clubs who are in financial difficulties who he can go and raid for their best players. The Daily Star link us with Sevilla's 27-year-old centre forward Alvaro Negredo. Toulouse's defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue is also being linked with a move to north London by the same newspaper, who say the French club might look to cash in on their star player because his value will drop in the summer.

And of course then there's Yann M'Vila. The Daily Express report that the Rennes general manager has said the club would listen to interesting offers for the midfielder.

Elsewhere, the manager tells the official site that he's impressed by Kieran Gibbs' development. And Aaron Ramsey says that January is our most important period of the season so far.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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