Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Wenger's £100m war chest on-hold as Rosicky hails "absolutely exciting" title race

Morning Gooners.

The feel good factor from winning Sunday's north London derby doesn't every feel like it'll wear off. The fact we've beaten them three times this season, without conceding makes it even more special.

And with Chelsea dropping points at Aston Villa, having two important players unavailable for Saturday's match and having to win tonight's Champions League tie with Galatasaray to progress, I don't think this weekend's fixture could come at a better time for us.

The atmosphere around the club is positive. We've come away with two wins and a draw from our last three fixtures against tough opposition and now we look ahead to games against Chelsea, Swansea, Manchester City and Everton in the league before our date with Wigan at Wembley in the FA Cup semi final.

There will no doubt be more twists and turns in the title race in our remaining nine matches. But we can go into this tough period in the knowledge that we've got what it takes to win the league. If the injury gods look positive on us, maybe a few of our influential attacking players will return to the side sooner rather than later.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should be fit to play at Stamford Bridge after being substituted at White Hart Lane with a tight calf. Whether any of our other attacking players will be available remains to be seen.

Saturday's match winner Tomas Rosicky has been talking about Saturday's game.

He told the official website:
"It will be a vital game against Chelsea but still there are so many games to go so we don't know what will happen after that.  
"It can change very, very quickly in two games and of course you talk about Chelsea and Man City but you have to talk about Liverpool as well. 
"There are four teams there and it is absolutely exciting."
I don't think anyone can rule Liverpool out of the race after their win on Sunday at Old Trafford. However they do have to face Chelsea and Manchester City at Anfield, both tough opposition.

While there is lots of talk this morning of the manager being given a £100m war chest to spend in the summer, there are doubts he will remain at the club beyond his present deal which runs until the end of the season.

The next nine league games, the FA Cup semi final and a possible FA Cup final will in my opinion decide Wenger's future. In his 18 years at the club he has never left signing a contract extension this late. The manager has indicated to the board that he plans to stay, but events could overtake that decision and the window for announcing the Frenchman's continued management of the club during this season has now passed.

The manager and his playing staff must now remained focused on the task in front of them. There is no window of opportunity to finalise contract negotiations now. It will have to be left until the end of the season. Of course the deal is on the table and he could sign it today, but I think he'll wait until the end of the campaign and see where the land lies.

I'd like to see him continue at Arsenal, but only if he is up for the challenge. 

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