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Alexis Sanchez, obviously. I could go on and on about Fabregas, his purchase/departure, his attitude, the implications of his purchase, his ugly rat face etc and so on, but I'll just keep it very short. Nobody that I talked to was really depressed about Fabregas leaving. Sure, some people were justifiably angry over the selling price, but I think most fans were happy to see the back of him. Again, I can go on all day why and how Cesc struggled, but at the end of the day, he simply didn't fit our system. He was NEVER the Xavi heir. Poor second half of seasons, combined with disappearing during big matches meant that by the end of last season, many fans were ready to see him go

Twitter doesn't really give that type of breathing space for such scenarios to happen. You're instantly exposed (sometimes indirectly) to many who want and wish for heavy attention and you may often find them saying outrageous things that they themselves do not believe just because they like measuring reaction and receiving interaction, or worse, to get enough of a reaction so that they can sell awful merchandise. And this does not stop at a click of a button, (you can easily log off or block every Arsenal fan as an alternative), or you can let go of a subject right there and then, and even leave Twitter. But if you come back the next day, someone who has just woken up on the other side of the world will give you his/her side on the exact same overtalked, overdiscussed issue and it is replicated, often following the similar pattern of others.

 

Aurier has an ability to get beyond the right winger and put in dangerous crosses from advanced positions. On occasions this year, when Walcott was injured, we relied on Sagna getting forward and posing a threat on the right flank, and although Sagna’s crossing has improved in the last few seasons, he really doesn’t offer much of a threat. He doesn’t like to cut inside and take on a shot when the opportunity is presented and often relies on getting his head up and trying to play in a cross. Aurier on the other hand averages 1.7 shots a game, compared to Sagna’s 0.5, and has an average of 1.1 crosses per game compared to Sagna’s 0.5.

Transfer speculation aside, this summer Wenger has a chance to put his foot down and dictate how much action we should be doing in the window. It is clear that a right back is needed, a striker will be acquired and potentially a midfield recruit (although I have a feeling it will be an attacking wide player rather than a bull-dozing, testosterone sniffing, Vieira-Pogba-esque hybrid that so many fans long for). These three positions aside, there is a smidgen of uncertainty over one or two players – namely the charismatic Podolski and the steely eyed first team captain Thomas Vermaelen.

don’t feel the need to mention our two awesome centre backs as I praised them last year and feel that if they can maintain their level of ability I’ll be happy so I’ll move onto our midfield. It’s hard to rationalize having Mesut Özil, (I’ll admit to googling his name also as I have no idea how to make the O with the two dots over it on Word) in an article about next season given that he should and did produce the goods this year but I will clarify – we did not see the German International at his best.  Despite this he got 5 goals and 9 assists in 26 premier league games – that is fairly impressive after making the move from a league where the tempo is as slow as forthcoming birthday wishes in the Toure household. He has now settled with his team mates and has become familiar with our style of play and with the speed of the league. I think

There are many great videos in circulation at the moment, many on the cup final which is no surprise. Whether that be individual player performances or highlights of the game itself. I have watched most of them and all are very enjoyable. Hell, even Arsenal.com are in on the action with this lovely mini movie. But it often takes a little originality to stand out from the crowd. Our friend @frenchfinesse who created this excellent video on Arsenal Vision back in July 2013 which got me all emotional at the time :-)

Last summer Wenger courted (and bid for) Lars Bender, Luis Gustavo, Gonzalo Higuain, and Luis Suarez. I think it would be insulting to suggest he has suddenly forgotten that our options in central midfield and up front need attention. I don’t expect players of the quality of Özil or Suarez to be targeted again, but I presume we will prioritise signing players in those positions. Let’s not wait for Javi Martinez and Edinson Cavani to be rock up in N5 come August – we can all agree that (surely) isn’t happening. But Lars Bender? Perhaps (Bayer Leverkusen are in their own fight for fourth place at he minute.)

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more