Southampton 1-1 Arsenal + transfer update

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BULLETS
– match analysis
– Walcott to extend contract?
– transfer news
CIVILIZED ANALYSIS
An embattled arsenal side (of their own making) could not continue their awesome run of form with a performance at Southampton.

There are matches that you draw, and then you tell yourself: “well at least we tried. We hit the bar a dozen times, scored six goals that were given as offside, and had 4 clear penalty claims denied.”

When this happens, everybody understands, the fans know you gave 100%, and you go home knowing you were unlucky but good. ‘s**t happens.’

This was not the case on Tuesday. Arsenal were lethargic and made Southampton feel, look, we may actually get something from this game.

I made up my mind that I won’t single out any player(s) for blame, but it is impossible not to mention Bacary Sagna. He played like a battered boxer that couldn’t find his way to his corner after the bell rung, and instead waltzed deliriously to the opponents corner where he received more battering. And this is an understatement.

His passing was miserable but so was that of all the other players. The fact that Sczesny was voted man of the match on arsenal.com should tell you all you need to know about the individual performances.

In the first five to ten minutes of the game, arsenal passed well and I thought, Southampton are in for a bashing. The home team at that point seemed content to defend and absorb pressure, but as the game wore on, they got some impetus to put on some pressure and attack.

The more we passed slowly and moved poorly, the more they grew in confidence, and felt encouraged to attack, and inevitably the goal came in the 35th minute.

Sagna made a mess of an easy clearance(very easy) and Gaston Ramirez did well to capitalize. He struck the ball well from fairly close range and beat Sczesny with ease.

Our game didn’t really improve after the goal, but six minutes later, arsenal had a free kick. Walcott looped it into the box and Guly Do Prado was there to score the own goal. Perhaps he could have done better but had he not touched the ball, Koscielny was there to finish it off. Either way, It was the dangerous nature of the free kick that brought about that goal and full credit to Theo for that.

Earlier in the day, I watched Man u thrash Wigan, and I couldnt help but notice how the man u players started playing shots from anywhere when they noticed that Al Habsi was having a very bad day.

In our case, Boruc, the saints goalkeeper made some ridiculous errors in the beginning of the game( he looked like a man that had had too much to drink for new year’s eve) but arsenal did not capitalize on this by attempting shots. In fact we played only one shot on target in this match and it’s unacceptable for Arsenal football club. Something has got to change and fast

It’s impossible to really understand where the problem is from…..some say the manager’s got to go, some say the board is bad, and some even blame it on the fact that Ramsey is still an arsenal player but whatever the truth is, we can’t ignore the obvious fact which is: WE LACK DEPTH.I mean if a manager brings in Gervinho and Ramsey in the 74th minute of a game we so desperately had to win as impact subs, then it shows just how poor our bench really is.

That said, I find it hard to understand why Rosicky was not used in this match. If he wasn’t fit enough, then why put him on the bench?

Wenger frustrates me and that’s where I’ll stop.

In other news,
Theo Walcott has reopened talks with Arsenal over extending his contract and it seems a deal may well be in the offing. There’s a witty piece on Arseblog about that, so you can just click the link and have a laugh.

Rumor also has it that Arsenal have tabled a £10million bid for Athletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez, so we will just keep an eye on that one, and fingers crossed, we eventually sign him.

That’s it for today. You can like our Facebook page to get news there through out the day.

Have a great one.

Happy new year and Southampton preview

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This is the first Ever post of this weblog. Happy new year folks. We have some Southampton stuff to talk about so let’s just get right straight to it.
BULLETS:
-arsenal tackle Southampton today away from home
-the gunners have won four of their last four games. Will they make it five from five?
Walcott says:

“I’m going to wrap myself in bubble wrap for the next few days”

in anticipation of his famous return to his former club
– arsenal to sign Adrian Lopez?
– Santi’s fabulous 2012

CIVILIZED ANALYSIS
This is a match that every gunner would look forward to, on the back of our 7-3 thrashing of the magpies.

The gunners seem to have found some sort of form (I hope) after winning their last four matches. I’m almost certain that Wenger will make no changes to the side that so drubbed Newcastle three days ago.

The question is will they still be fresh enough to get the job done. I personally feel there will be a few tired legs and I go with the consensus that Giroud should start in center forward, with Walcott on the right, replacing The Ox.

Chamberlain has had a decent run of form recently but perhaps a rest will do him some good at this point. That being said, I also believe Cazorla should get a little break with Rosicky filling in for him, but knowing Arsene, Rosicky will probably not even come off the bench today.

In DM, Coquelin could deputies for Arteta and perhaps Jenkinson could rest Sagna. My starting 11 of choice would be:
-Sczesny
Jenkinson. Koscielny. Vermaelen. Gibbs.

Coquelin. Wilshere. Cazorla.

Walcott. Giroud. Podolski.

As I said, Wenger will be reluctant to make any changes from our last game and this could well be due to a lack of confidence in those players. Ramsey hasn’t had a great season so far, Arshavin doesn’t make the bench these days and lets face the truth, there are really not many options to choose from.
That last paragraph brings me to the next issue: TRANSFERS

The window is open now, and I hope our routing of NUFC will not give Wenger the impetus to buy no body as he so often does.

I’ve spent many cold and lonely nights on newsnow in the past waiting for news of someone we have signed….. And then i finally see a headline suggesting a deal has been done.
Enthusiastically I click the link, only to be greeted with some story about a 12 year old prodigy named Vince junkrubbish or whatever.

I’m not saying investing in youth isn’t great and blah blah blah, but right now, this squad needs some proven talent to relieve the work load off Arteta, Cazorla, and others who play every week and who may all well be in danger of the fabled red zone.

I will not make mention of any players we should buy because if I do, Wenger will see it, and deliberately not buy them, just to spite me.

When Alex Ferguson described Vanpersie as the final piece of the jig saw puzzle, it made me wonder how many more pieces we would need to complete ours. Certainly not one. Perhaps three or four.

In other news:
Walcott says something about bubble wraps and what nots.
And, Cazorla describes his amazing 2012

So you can just click on the links to read those.

I have to go and buy fuel now to power my generator set and watch today’s game in case there is no power by that time.

Have your self a happy new year folks.

Gunnnnnneeeeeeerrrrrrrrrzzzzzzzz………

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