Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Mata discusses son's transfer in Director's Box -Rambo superb -Podolski injury woe

Morning Gooners.

So a 2-0 win is no more than we could have really expected after doing all the hard work in Turkey a week ago.  We're through to the group stages of the Champions League for the 16th successive season, a truly remarkable feat.

On the pitch, the game was more exciting than the bore draw at Old Trafford the night before and Fenerbahce came and had a go, even through they were pretty poor. Our own downfall could have come from errors from Szczesny. He made a couple of errors which he was lucky to get away with then made a superb double save. If only he could cut the errors out of his game and be consistently good, Arsene Wenger wouldn't be searching for a new goalkeeper.

At the other end it was the Aaron Ramsey show. The Welshman really has come on leaps and bounds since the turn of the year. The confidence is oozing out of him and he's trying things in his game which he wouldn't have a year ago. It's great to see. I really loved his second goal. It was a lovely finish after a good team move. In fact the first came from a good team move as well.

The other standout player for me was Cazorla. It's a joy to watch him and if Arsene Wenger can add a few more players of his quality before the window closes, I'd be very happy.

The only downside to last night's game was the injury to Lucas Podolski. After his two goals at Fulham at the weekend and his good forward play last night, it was looking like he'd found his groove. But after a run early in the second half, he pulled up and was eventually carried down the tunnel.

Arsene Wenger admitted afterwards the German international would miss three weeks:

"We paid a heavy price on the injury front because we lost Podolski. 
"Podolski's definitely out for 21 days."
So with Champions League qualification assured, now is the time to start pinning down these deals. Our already thin squad is now down to its bare bones. We urgently need additions in all departments and there is just six days left to concluded all the deals we need to get done.

One player the manager is very keen on is Juan Mata and his father and agent was at the game last night being entertained in the Director's Box. Wenger would have known he was in the stadium and being entertained on behalf of the club.

He said in his post match press conference:

"Yes, I like him. I watched the [Chelsea] game last night that Juan Mata could be on the market. I don’t know, there is a reluctance in England to sell to each other."
Clearly Mata senior being at our stadium is not a coincidence. He was there to talk to us about his son. Juan has been virtually frozen out by Mourinho at Chelsea. So it's up to Arsene if he really wants him.

There is clearly no reluctance on our part to sell our players to our rivals. So why wouldn't Chelsea? (Yes, they probably have more sense than we do - plus they have bottomless pockets of cash).

Now isn't the time to be dilly dallying around. Let's go and do our business. We've got no time to lose.

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