Thursday, 10 January 2013

Wenger to miss out on £12m wonderkid -Diaby's set for Manchester City

Morning Gooners.

Football, it's a funny old game... Just look at last night's league cup result. Not many would have predicted that after our draw with Swansea on Sunday. Now the Welsh side are just 90 minutes away from Wembley.

Meanwhile in Arsenal world, there isn't too much going on. The majority of the newspapers are reporting that Manchester United are set to beat us to the signing of Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. They're set to offer the Championship club a £12m package for the 20-year-old.

If this deal goes through, it confirms my worse suspicions that we're too one paced in the transfer market. We scout a lot of players and keep regular tabs on our highest priorities, but don't seem to be able to react to what's going on around us in the market.

We've known about Zaha for a long time. It's well known he's a Gooner. Yet we've not managed to turn that to our advantage and get this deal wrapped up. Maybe Palace are asking too much but we've spent a lot of money on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott as teenagers, so why not push the boat out for Zaha?

The Sun reports that Palace wanted to take Carl Jenkinson on loan - a deal which may or may not be linked with the Zaha transfer. Clearly Jenkinson isn't a player we want to lose when he's making steady progress at Arsenal (although he's not played a first team game since last month when he played in the league defeat to Swansea). But there must be players we could have loaned to them to sweetened the deal.

Maybe the manager will read this morning's newspaper reports and storm back in with a bid for the player. But it seems as though this one is too far down the line to recover, which is a great shame as Zaha is a player I'd have loved to have seen in an Arsenal shirt.

One player we can expect to see back in the first team soon is Abou Diaby who made a 60-minute comeback in the under-21s game against West Brom yesterday. The Daily Mirror report he could be in line for a place on the bench this Sunday when Manchester City come to town.

Other than that there is news on the official website that Gervinho wants to make up for his penalty miss by winning the African Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast.

And Wojeciech Szczesny talks about his love for the club and how he is a real Gooner like the rest of us.

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

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