Arsenal’s Changing Transfer Tactics And Waiting For The City Bus
Good morning Arsenalites.
The excitement is finally building up to Sunday’s game against shitty. In recent seasons, that has meant providing access to a rather large blue bus with “We Are Sacred Of Getting Beat By You” painted on both sides in large bold letters and which is intended to be parked on the Emirates pitch for the entire duration of the game.
This year has to be different though. City’s expensively assembled superstars with their inflated egos and wrecked Bentleys have been brought down to earth by Manchester United’s relentless pressure and the noisy neighbours could find themselves eight points behind their more illustrious rivals prior to the start of the game on Sunday.
Although I still think the Italian in Mancini will want to keep things tight in the first half of the match. Force of habit. But that’s tactics and tactics will be part of the preview post on Sunday morning.
Arsene Wenger has been speaking to Arsenal.com on a number of things besides the upcoming match. He feels it will be a cracking encounter as both teams will go for the three points, although he felt the greater pressure for a positive result will be felt by City:
I say on our side it is a ‘want-win’ game more than a must-win game. We love victory and we want to win. On the table side of course you want these three points.
Man City are in a situation where they will have to win. They are in a position as well where one point is not good enough and that is why it will be a very exciting game. It is a game where everybody will give absolutely everything.
In team news, the squad is likely to stay the same as the one against QPR, with neither Diaby or Coqulin ready enough to force their way into contention. On Jack Wilshere, the manager was extremely succinct:
Jack is progressing normally but slowly.
The secrecy makes you wonder if there has been a setback on young Wilshere’s rehab. On the other hand, Arsene is probably just being cautious of raising expectations of an early return.
The manager also warned that Chelsea’s tough run of fixtures in April does not necessarily mean Arsenal will benefit from their fatigue. He wants the focus firmly on our performance, rather than the opponents schedule:
If you want to beat Chelsea, whether they have played three days before in the Champions League or not, you want to come out with a strong performance. I think it is very much possible for us to beat them if we perform.
On the transfer front, the Frenchman admitted work is progressing behind the scenes. Unlike previous years, Arsene has been much more forthcoming about player acquisitions this year.
It indicates that lessons have been learnt from the summer. Wenger had promised after the United game that he would do everything required to put things right. The early move for Podolski and the manager’s willingness to talk of other players is a sign that Arsenal intend to be aggressive in closing transfer negotiations much more quickly this year.
It also points to the fact that Arsene has access to funds that have not always been there in the past. It may not be a war chest, but there has to be an underlining financial committment from the board for AW to be so elucidating about new arrivals.
Arsenal have lucrative commercial deals coming up for renewal in 2013/2014. Has the management finally decided to invest now instead of waiting for those deals to come on the table? Naturally, our negotiating power is directly proportional to our competitiveness on the field. As long as the club are judicious about how they manage any deficit, it would be a statement of intent to supporters, players and opponents.
But that is next season; all that the players need to worry about right now is the next game. Bring on the City bus.
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