Thursday, 29 August 2013

Walcott's gonna kill Spurs -Flamini, Ozil, di Maria, Mata latest -Guilavogui linked

Morning Gooners.

Let's start with the breaking news from last night... Arsenal are to face West Brom in the third round of the League Cup. It's a competition we used to blood our promising youngsters in, but as we have very few of them, it'll end up being a mix of the first team squad (not that we've really got a squad either).

The other big news is happening later today. The draw for the group stages of the Champions League. It'll take place at around 4:45pm and the Official Site have put together a guide as to who we could face.

Meanwhile Theo Walcott has told the Daily Mirror among others that Arsenal can win this Sunday's north London derby at the Grove.

Walcott said:
"We need to make sure we focus on ourselves, and the way we’re playing at the moment we believe we can beat anyone. 
"I feel that we’re very, very strong. 
"Everyone may say our squad is very, very weak and there are not many of us, but I think we showed we bounced back from such a disappointing result in the opening game and proved a lot of people wrong.
He added:
"Tottenham is a big test - the biggest test. Definitely. 
"We know about the positives in their team, we know their strengths. We need to make sure we neutralise their weaknesses. 
"They’ve invested well, they’ve got some very good players, a good manager as well. 
"But we don’t care who we’re playing against, whether they’ve brought in £30million stars, it doesn’t matter. We just want to focus on our game and especially at home I feel that we can win. 
"Tottenham are playing some very good stuff, but I think we are looking very sharp. For the neutral, it’s going to be an impressive spectacle."
Three wins in three has got to breed confidence. We have been prolific in front of goal while our neighbours have scored just two league goals, both from the penalty spot. That's not to underestimate the quality of their  side because they've spent some big money this summer, something we are yet to do.

But the judgment on whether they've made the right signings can only be made at the end of the season. After their two humbling results at our place in the past two seasons, they won't under estimate us. But we shouldn't do the same with them either.

There is still time to add to our squad before Friday's noon deadline. I expect the Flamini deal to be finalised within the coming day. He'll add some experience to our bench for Sunday at least.

Where else might we see players joining from? Well it appears that both Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria are keen to stay at Real Madrid. I was never convinced we'd sign the German when we started being linked with him but I do still believe there is a better chance of us picking up the Argentina winger.

Despite wanting to stay any player could ultimately be encouraged to leave, especially in a World Cup year.

And it appears that our attempts to bring Juan Mata to north London will end up being thwarted as Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said he has tried to get the Spain international as well and Chelsea are having none of it.

So where does that leave us five days before the transfer window closes? Being liked by the Daily Mail to  St Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui and Manchester City's Gareth Barry. But that's only if we can't get Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle.

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