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Premier League football is back – 9 weekend predictions

None of the Arsenal players due to return from injury after the international break to actually return from injury. An update will come out ruling most out until the New Year.UntitledAlexis Sanchez to play and get injured. Arsene Wenger blames Chile for their mismanagement of him, questioning why he had to play in a key qualifier.Untitled

Unemployed fitness coach Raymond Verheijen will tweet about yet another Arsenal muscle injury. He will criticise Wenger, praising Manchester City (despite Delph being injured, again) and praise Manchester United (despite them having more injuries then us). He has a new book to sell.cid164630_VerheijdenVI02_1180Olivier Giroud will score. He will run over to the bench, hug Laurent Koscileny, and hold up the Tricolore.Untitled

Arsene Wenger will be wearing his coat. He still won’t be able to do up his zip.

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Spurs will win, proving their title credentials. The win will take them from their current position of 5th to 5th.715b31a4-ce83-43ac-aacc-773ae3c96f83-medium

Dele Alli to score a wonder goal, which justifies the presses recent praise of him. In 3 years time people will still be going on about THAT performance for England, even if he falls out of favour at Spurs after an argument with the physio._86502105_andros_townsend_rex

Diego Costa will cheat. Or stamp on someone. Everyone will agree, he is that type of player. Even his team mates.4221396001_4499029144001_cheat

Kieron Dyer will pull a hamstring muscle in the jungle. Raymond Verheijen will blame Arsene Wenger.Kieron-Dyer-MainKeenos

Arsenal Fans: Keep Calm The Seasons Not Over

The league season had barely concluded 24 hours before, an FA Cup final still to come, still to prepare for, but it has already started, the madness of summer transfers.

We are SheWore have not even started our A to Z of Transfer Speculation, where we usually start logging every player we are linked to, starting a month before the window opens. And yet, the craziness has begun. Not in the players we have already been linked to (although in a single day, we were linked to 10 players, and that was before the season had ended), but in the impatience of fans.

Reports are Liverpool have big for Adam Lallana, the Manchester United have bid for Luke Shaw, that Chelsea have agreed a deal for Diego Costa and, despite this being little more than paper talk, and Arsenal have an FA Cup final to prepare for, fans of the club are already questioning why we have not signed anyone.

CALM THE FUCK DOWN, THE SEASON IS NOT YET OVER.KEEP CALM

Yes, business can be done early, and it has its benefits – allowing a player to get a full pre-season under his belt with his new club being the main one. And yes, Arsene Wenger was wrong when he said reportedly said “Big deals are impossible to be completed before the World Cup” (The real quote is “in a World Cup year, it [business] has never been done early,”), but completing your deals early, and before a World Cups is also fraught with danger.

A perfect example is with Manchester United. In 2007, they did their business early, signing Anderson, Nani, Hargreaves and Kuszczak by July 2nd. Whilst they actually had a successful year that year (League and Champions League double) the 4 players they signed have been relative flops.

You then get the injury factor. Imagine we go and agree the deal for Julian Draxler for £37.5m tomorrow. He then plans in the World Cup, picks up a knee cruciate ligament injury, and is out for 12-18 months. We would be wondering why we signed a player before the World Cup.

Yes, there is business to potentially be done before the World Cup, but it will always be a bit of a risk, and anyway, our season is not over yet.

As for the players that our rivals are linked with Lallana, Shaw & Costa, would I even want Arsenal to be in for them? The answer is no.

Adam Lallana is a player I have liked for a long time, due to a friend being a Southampton fan and never shutting up about him, even when playing in League One. But lets look at things. In his position, we have Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey & Jack Wilshere. Two players are infinitely better than Lallana and the third, Jack Wilshere, is 4 years his junior and, were it not for another injury hit season, would also be considered superior.

People also seem to be getting confused over Lallana’s age. A lot of talk is about him being a rookie in the England squad. Whilst this is correct, it is wrong to lump him in with Sterling, Barkley and Stones. Adam Lallana is 26. He is older than Mesut Ozil. Add in Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky, where would the sense be in spending £25m, early, on Adam Lallana. Keep calm Arsenal fans!

Diego Costa is a player I simply do not rate. Yes, he has had an electric season this year, but it is his first year of doing anything special. Before this season, he had never scored more than 10 league goals in a single campaign.

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Whilst Costa’s record is slightly better than both Negrado’s and Soldado, it is not massively. Considering how these two have struggled in the Premier League, a £35m deal for Diego Costa is over priced. It is £10m more than what Spurs paid for Soldado, and £20m more than what Manchester City paid for Negrado. It is a massive outlay for a one season wonder.

As for Luke Shaw, his talent is not in doubt. Whoever he joins, he will be their 1st choice left back for potentially 15 years. A high price (reportedly £27million) for an 18 year old full back, it is justified if he remains at the club for a long period. And even if he does not, he will have sell on value. However, despite saying this, Arsenal have Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal. It would be gross misconduct if we competed for Luke Shaw. Spending £27m in a position which is perhaps our strongest in depth, a long side attacking midfield.

Gibbs especially is a class full back. Had he not once more been hampered with injuries, it would have been him, and not Luke Shaw, on the plane to Brazil. Whilst Shaw’s talent is not in doubt, Arsenal certainly do not need a £27m left back. Now if he could play right back…

So calm down Arsenal fans. We have an FA Cup to play for. We will do business this summer, so stop getting your knickers in a twist that we are not currently bidding for players that we do not need.

Keep calm, the seasons not over.

Keenos

SheWore blog is back from Thailand, what a 3 weeks for The Arsenal

So what a last 3 weeks we have had. The blog has been quiet since before January due to me being away in Thailand (and Jordan, Cambodia & Laos) for 3 weeks – Koh Phangan for New Years Eve, epic. A brilliant time and anyone reading who ever fancies going, give me a shout and I will happily point you in the right direction.

Anyway, Arsenal. What has happened since I went away? The boring 0-0 v Chelsea (the only game I did not watch) was followed up by 3 Premier League victories in a row. None of the performances were great, but is it not the sign of a Championship winning side who can win when playing poorly?

Top of the league into the New Year is something we all would have taken. For a long time, Arsenal fans have not spoke about winning the league, but about competing for it. And we are certainly doing that this year. The strength of Manchester City’s squad and ability to win games comfortable 3/4-0 does scare me, but as long as we keep winning, who knows what can happen.

Out of the current top 8, we have 3 at home, 4 away, so there will be more dropped points. Chelsea have 5 home, 2 away, and Manchester City have 6 away games. Taking into account their poor away form, this could be their downfall.

As a famous commentator once said “It’s up for grabs now” and this year, the title certainly is. A couple of signings by any club (more later) could be the difference.

Then we have the FA Cup tie against Tottenham. I watched this in the Tottenham Supporters bar in Chiang Mai. And fair play to them. They were accommodating and we had some good banter. All were old lads from North London and Hertfordshire, and my guess is they could recognise in myself and my mates other real fans. there was no hint of trouble, and we all got on well! It was certainly an experience I can never forget.

And the performance of that game was exceptional. Whilst we never set the world alight in the league, we completely outplayed a strong Spurs side. Gnabry was exceptional, and we should not worry about Walcott being out as this kid is special. Yes, he is nowhere near as good as Walcott yet, but he is easily the best teenage winger in the Premier League.

Walcott being injured is a kick in the teeth. He had returned from injury in sparkling form, scoring 5 goals in 6 games, showing that last year (21 goals in all competitions) was not a fluke. I do not understand why people still hate on him, when his talent is clear in the statistics:

2011/12 – 8 goals, 10 assists
2012/13 – 14 goals, 11 assists
2013/14 – 5 goals, 4 assists

9 goals/assists in just 13 games this season. Yes, he might not be Aguero, Rooney or Suarez, but he is certainly up there with the likes of Eden Hazard when it comes to effectiveness of a wide forward, and fair superior than Willian, Navas, Welbeck and Nasri. The boy is good. And as for the thumbs up against Spurs. That is a picture that will live long in the memory of Arsenal fans.

With Walcott’s injury, it does allow for others to step up. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back from injury (could be on the bench for Aston Villa) and Gnabry showed his ability against Spurs. If one of these takes the position as theirs for the rest of the season, they could both make a run to be on the plane to Rio

As a final point about Theo Walcott, the comparisons people were making with Andros Townsend earlier this season have been blown out of the water. For those who rated Townsend as better, and called for him to go to the World Cup, well hang your heads in shame. Townsend’s hype was based on 1 goal for England. He is no more than an average player. In the last 3 Premier League games, Theo Walcott has scored 3 goals. In Andros Townsend’s entire Premier League career, he also has 3 goals. Argument over.

Whilst I am on about the FA Cup, it is a disgrace that it has been moved to a Friday night for TV reasons. I feel for the long suffering Coventry fans who have already been exiled from their own city and have been playing over 30 miles away in Northampton. They have now had a potentially brilliant day out ruined by TV executives. London on a Friday night means they will all have to take a day off work and the last train back is 23:30 from London Euston. Whilst they should make this, it is not right.

A lot of people on twitter use the hashtag #AMF. I usually cringe at this ‘Against Modern Football’ line, but in this case I fully agree. I would love Arsenal to do the right thing and offer to use their share of the TV money to put on free coaches for the Coventry fans. But this won’t happen. BT Sport are now in the same pot as Sky TV and ITV as ruining football. It is time the FA/Premier League stood up to the TV companies and said “Let’s be sensible”.

Finally, the transfer window is now in full swing, with a grand total of 0 deals currently done. As I described here, big deals in January are tough, especially in a World Cup year. Will Diego Costa really give up his World Cup place to start in a new country? Would Julian Draxler risk losing form by moving to England when Germany have so many similar player’s itching for a spot on the plane to Brazil? We certainly need to buy. A decent signing could see us push to the league title. However, who is about? We have already been lined to nearly 50 players since December 1st. As always, my advice, ignore the speculation  until the player signs.

Have a good day everyone, and it’s good to be back

Keenos