As the week slips away and we start to move towards the weekend, some mouth-watering football awaits us. This Sunday see’s Manchester City visit the Emirates stadium trying to keep their title hopes alive. They are facing the one of the most in form teams in the Premier League (if you ignore the QPR defeat) and I hope we give them a good thrashing; after all it’s the least they deserve. I’m sure all football fans across the world would pay to see the look on all the City fans faces when they realise that you can’t buy trophies. Regarding team news, there is little to be said at this stage but during the week various stories have emerged regarding Arsenal’s summer targets, the latest one being on loan Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. Reading Boss Brian McDermott, who managed the midfielder, thinks he has the quality to cut it at the top level.
“I spoke to Arsene about him and you could not tell me he could not play for Arsenal,”
To be honest, from that single quote, it tells us very little. Sigurdsson has far from proved himself at a top club and has a long way to go before we can start speculating moves to a bigger club. He has although, just been awarded the Barclays Premier league player of the month and there is no doubt he is a promising talent. The reaction online seems to be a good one, in many people’s eyes we need to buy a goal scoring midfielder. I agree with this, since the departure of Fabregas and Na$ri last summer we haven’t really replaced them with any players with an eye for goal. Arteta was the best signing of last summer in my opinion, but I think we can all agree that he should be scoring more than he is currently. All we really need is someone to share the burden with RVP as if *touch wood* he did get injured; we currently don’t have anyone providing on a regular basis.
Nicklas Bendtner remains indecisive about his future with Arsenal, speaking to The Shields Gazette, he said,
“I really like the club and the manager has done really well since he came in here, but I haven’t given it any thought yet.
“I still have two years left with Arsenal. It isn’t just up to me.
“Ideally it would only be in my hands, but I’m just waiting to see in the summer.
“We’ve got the Euros, then in the summer after the Euros, we will see where we are.”
Now, I like Bendtner and I hope he comes back. He is clearly a better alternative to Chamakh, who’s form is nowhere near good enough for a top four Club. When you sub a striker on from the bench, you expect an impact; Bendtner has that, but unfortunately Chamakh doesn’t. Unfortunately, with the imminent arrival of Podolski, I think his chances in the first team will be limited, but even if he doesn’t stay I’m sure Barcelona would be happy invest in someone of his calibre.
Finally, after being heavily linked with Arsenal over the past few days, Oliver Giroud has spoken publicly about how he will continue to concentrate on the job in hand,
“I can’t let it trouble me.
“I want to carry on being good with Montpellier and keep producing what I’ve done since the start of the season, and take the club where it should be, into the Champions league or even higher.”
I must admit, I don’t know much about Giroud but from what I have seen (YouTube) he looks like a natural goalscorer. His movement is good and he finishes very nicely. On the other hand, it seems as though it could be Chamakh all over again. If you remember, Chamakh was performing very well whilst playing in League 1 and look where he is now. It is clear that this kid has quality, but getting excited and rushing to buy him would be a mistake. Nobody knows how he would perform in the Premier League or Champions league and the asking price of £50 million is a large gamble. Obviously he would never sell for this much; I have even heard that he has a £16 million release clause in his contract. It really is amazing that a player rated at £16 million last year, has more than doubled in value in less than 6 months. But there you go, welcome to the money driven world of football.
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