Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal, has decided that he needs a left back to be brought into the club by the end of January. He is desperate to ensure that a left back is brought in and this has resulted in one of the weirdest deals ever to have been faced by Arsenal…
They have decided to take in Saad al-Mukhaini on trial and after a two day trial they might finalize the deal if they like what they see. If the deal is finalized, then Saad al-Mukhaini will be only the second Omanian player to have been participating in the Barclay’s Premier League.
Arsenal have been associated and linked with a diverse set of names this season, including those of Wayne bridge, Taye taiwo, Aly Cissoko and many others. But experimenting with an unknown Omanian is something which has not happened in quite a while and the outcome might well be surprising.
Arsenal will be offering a two-month loan deal to former legend Thierry Henry, who has been training with the Gunners for the last few weeks.
Thierry Henry represented Arsenal for an eight year period from 1999 to 2007 and is regard at as one of the greatest strikers ever to play in the Premier League. He is also the record goal scorer for Arsenal and he left for Barcelona in 2007 for £ 16 million.
Since then, he has signed for MLS side New York Red Bulls, and the hope of him returning to his old stomping ground has all but been ruled out. However, the two-month break in the MLS season has now provided the 34-year-old with an opportunity to return to the Emirates Stadium.
A number of newspapers in England have been reporting that Arsenal will consider offering a two-month loan deal for Thierry Henry. This would mean that Thierry Henry would be at the disposal of Arsene Wenger for up to 7 Premier League matches, which is extremely good considering that Arsenal are set to lose a few players during the African cup of nations. Even though a lot has been spoken about the fitness of Thierry Henry, it is calculated gamble by Arsenal because they have nothing to lose.
“He is a great opportunity for us. But I’m not the manager. I am happy training with him. He is playing well. Training against him is a great experience. He shows his class. He has the same attitude he showed in a lot of Arsenal games,” Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker said when asked about the possibility of Thierry Henry returning to the Arsenal team. Thierry Henry’s last season in Europe with Barcelona was a disappointing one, as he managed only three goals in the entire season.
Arsene Wenger was left cursing his side’s bad luck after two key decisions went against Arsenal in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
David Silva’s goal was enough to hand all three points to the Sky Blues and return them to the top of the Premier League, but Wenger believes that things could have been very different had the officials awarded his side a penalty and not ruled out a Robin Van Persie effort for offside. The Dutch striker was also involved in the penalty incident, which occurred when his shot was deflected into the path of Aaron Ramsey who then went down under a challenge from Kolo Toure.
Although his manager admitted he had not had chance to watch a replay of the incident, he was happy to accept his striker’s word on what has happened.
“Yes [I thought it was a penalty]. Honestly I haven’t seen it but Van Persie is adamant it was a 100 per cent penalty,” Wenger said.
Speaking about the offside goal, he added: “I haven’t seen it again but we know that these decisions can turn the game and they didn’t go for us today. We were unlucky with the decisions but we have to take it on the chin.”
Arsenal have staged a quite impressive comeback in the League and the Champions League ever since suffering a horrible dip in form during the early parts of the campaign. However, their impressive comeback is threatened by the amount of reliance they put upon the striker Robin van Persie and also the recent draw with Fulham. The 1-1 draw was extremely surprising, as Arsenal could have easily lost the match. In order to be competitive in the league, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Arsenal should not be dropping any more points in the campaign.
This is quite a powerful statement considering that Arsenal to rely a lot upon the players like Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott. The return of Jack Wilshere in January should add some much-needed strength to the Arsenal line-up, although the Christmas fixtures could prove extremely costly should Arsenal suffer any more injuries. The sale of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas has severely weakened the team, but the rise of Robin van Persie as a real quality strikers has compensated for it. Despite drawing against Fulham, Arsene Wenger may have a lot of positives to take away from the match given that they are on a nine match unbeaten run.
Thomas Vermaelen scored the goals at both ends in the match against Fulham. Speaking after the match, Arsene Wenger said, “Overall I must say that the spirit in the squad is so good that I’m confident we’ll improve even more. The spirit was exceptional [against Fulham] – you could see that when we were 1-0 down the team responded by giving absolutely everything to come back.”
Andrey Arshavin has been one player who has come under intense criticism this season, but Arsene Wenger was quick to defend the Russian for his lacklustre performances this season.
Arsenal Striker Robin Van Persie has been the stand out performer for the start of the new Premier League Season. This week the Dutch striker came out and heaped praise on teammate Theo Walcott. Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has suggested that his “connection” with teammate Theo Walcott as a vital factor behind his exquisite form this year.
After a captivating end to last season, Van Persie has scored 11 goals already during the current campaign and paid honour to the playmaking expertise of Walcott.
“After each and every goal, the fans and press ask me, ‘Who set it up?’ and I have to tell them ‘Who do you think set it up?!’ We just seem to have a connection. It’s like I know what he is going to do, where he is going to go, and I think thats very important. It’s almost vital to have that type of player around me, as a striker – someone who knows how I move, where I move, where I want the ball to be played – into feet, behind, etc.”
This sudden rush of goals has seen Arsenal shoot up the table after a rocky start to the season. They now look very much more likely contenders for the Top Four position they so greatly crave. However the question does have to be asked that, without Van Persie, Arsenal look like they are lacking something. With Robin on the pitch, even the most anti-Arsenal fan would be comfortable backing a win on the Arsenal betting index. But should Van Persie face a long spell on the sidelines one does wonder how Arsenal would cope. This is a worrying proposition for Wenger and one he may have to solve in January.
However for the time being Arsenal fans everywhere will be rejoicing in their rich vein of form and will be hoping it continues for the foreseeable future and should their talisman stay fit it looks likely that they will continue their assault on the Top Four – and the current Premier league betting odds make them favourites to get there.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has said that he expects striker and captain Robin van Persie to stay at Arsenal. The dutch striker’s contract is up for renewal at the end of next season, but if he doesn’t sign one before January 2013 he will be free to discuss moves to other clubs, and will leave the North London side for nothing.
If Van Persie did go, he would be following in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, who both left the Emirate stadium in search of trophies and Championships.
Wenger was confident of holding on to the striker. “He has 18 months to go and I’m confident he’ll sign a new deal. I’m always confident.”
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The new talkSPORT website will see the arrival of an online platform to match the radio and magazine output that has made talkSPORT the home of great sporting debate.
These are exciting times at talkSPORT Towers and the newest addition to their digital family will offer up-to-the-minute sports news, all the latest transfer rumours, football results and great competitions. They’ve also linked up with footballscores.com to make sure fans are always up-to-date.
A well compiled video of the seasons good and bad memories, some of the best goals scored through-out the season shown from all the teams in the league.
Good moments and goals varying from Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Craig Bellamy, Fernando Torres and more – with bad moments like the Abou Diaby’s own goal against Manchester United and when Liverpool’s Reina conceded from the beach ball defelection!
“I want to stay and I want to give it my all for at least another year. I could do two, but the manager never gives out two. We always want a little bit more – even if we’re sat in Arsenal Hospitality!
“Give me one year and I will work every day and try to win a trophy and bring some kind of glory back to Arsenal.”
Campbell continued, “Deep inside I feel I have got two real gritty years left in me, the years in which I can affect things.
“If I am in the team I can really make a difference. I know that.
“And after two years I will look at it again and we’ll see.
“After that I might only be able to play games here and there, who knows, but I think I can be an influence and be positive and win games and be strong for two years.”
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