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7 OUT for Arsenal’s trip to Watford

Arsenal could be without seven first team players for their trip to Watford in the Premier League this weekend following the international break

Prior to the final round of World Cup qualifiers, Arsenal were already without Laurent Koscielny, who had been sidelined for the Gunners over the past few weeks. The French centre back has seen a flair up of a long-term existing injury to his achilles. His chances of being fit for Saturday’s game were 50/50.

Koscielny may well be rushed back into the game with centre back partner Shkodran Mustafi having limped off in Germany’s 5-1 win over Azerbaijan on Sunday. The German international could miss the club’s next seven fixtures having suffered a torn ligament just 36 minutes into the game.

Another who did not travel with his country was Mesut Ozil has played just 17 minutes of Arsenal’s last 6 games as he recovers from a knee injury.

Two with a chance of returning are Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck picked up a groin strain against Chelsea and hopes to be fit for the match, whilst Coquelin has been out since the Bournemouth fixture which took place on the 9th of September.

Calum Chambers on the other hand is not in contention for the clash. He is suffering a knee injury that will keep him out until the end of the month.

While Santi Cazorla will be out until the new year after suffering Achilles problems all the way back in October 2016.



5 Santi Cazorla replacements

Leon Goretzka

The lanky German central midfielder has been on a lot of people’s radars for a long time.

The 6’ 2” Schalke 04 midfielder’s contract runs out in 12 months. Whilst he is likely to mirror many playersn Germany by letting his contract run down before joining Bayern Munich, Arsenal could do well to force a move this summer.

He is certainly not a Santi Cazorla clone, but he would offer a lot in the middle of the park.

More of an Aaron Ramsey than a Santi Cazorla, his passing is not quite as good as the midget Spaniard, but he makes up for it in physical size and his ability to get around. And even though he is not as good as Cazorla on the ball, he is still a solid passer.

At 22, and with a World Cup round the corner, he would be pushing for 1st team football. Whilst Arsenal can not (and should not) guarantee this for any incoming player, a scenario where he is pushing Ramsey for a spot next to Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park is forcible.

Signing Goretzka would also leave us with the option of Ramsey moving further forward where he excels for Wales.

Jean Seri

Labelled the next “N’Golo Kante”, but I am sceptical.

The reason he has been labelled this is the same reason Abou Diaby was labelled the next Vieira, and Bruno Cheryou the next Zinedine Zidane. Seri is 5’ 5” and black.

A lot of people who claim to watch French football have been raving about him recently, comparing him favourably to Kante. But these people had probably not even heard of Kante until Leicester signed him.

Seri is a diminutive, hard working midfielder who has a £33 million release clause.

He is a defensive midfielder who covers a lot of ground, so would not be a direct replacement for Cazorla.

Signing him would simply push everyone forward. Seri would play defensive midfield, and Xhaka would be pushed further forward, becoming the deep lying playmaker that Santi Cazorla was.

Dani Ceballos

The Spain under 21 international was named Player of the Tournament at the recent 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Dani Ceballos is a terrific young player and, alongside Saul Niguez, is surely the future of Spain’s midfield.

With a reported release clause of just €15m, he is a player who should be at the top of a lot of clubs wish list this summer.

At just 20 years old, he is unlikely to make the Spain squad at the 2018 World Cup, and would possibly be happy(ish) to not be starting week in, week out and fight for his place in the squad.

Not only would he be able to replace Cazorla’s creativity, but he would also provide brilliant back up for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Max Arnold

The second German on the list, I am a massive fan of Max Arnold and he was one of my Ones To Watch at the recent European Youth tournament.

The Wolfsburg man was named alongside Dani Ceballos in the Under-21 Team of the Tournament and recently ran a friendly against England with a display of precise, intelligent passing and power.

Again, like many others on this list, he is not a Santi Cazorla clone, but would certainly add depth, competition and quality to our central midfield.

Renato Sanches

Just 12 months ago the Bayern Munich youngster was staring for Portugal in the European Championships. This summer he was relegated to the U21 tournament, and took his poor Bayern Munich form with him.

Still just 19, Arsenal should not be put off the youngster. He is clearly very talented and you do not lose his natural attributes over night.

He will probably be the most expensive on the list, but, if playing at 100%, is easily the best.

Arsenal would make a big statement by signing him.




Cazorla OUT, Szczesny STAYs, does anyone have a CLUE?

Santi Cazorla OUT

It has been reported that Santi Cazorla’s injury will keep him out for another 12 months. It will be a sad end to a good Arsenal career.

Earlier this year, I questioned whether it would be a good idea to renew Cazorla’s contract for another 12 months.

He has had an awful 24 months with injury, and looked set to be ruled out till Christmas. He has now potentially been ruled out until the end of the season. This means Arsenal have basically chucked money away.

Interestingly, a lot of those attacking my opinion when I said we should not renew often criticise Arsenal for giving contracts to the likes of Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky in the past, but they were happy to renew Cazorla’s.

A sad end to a career.

Wojciech Szczesny STAYs

It all seems to have gone a bit quiet surrounding Wojciech Szczesny and Juventus.

Early summer interest does not seem to have materialised into a strong transfer bid.

With Szczensy’s contract set to run out in 12 months, Juventus know that they can put the transfer to one side and secure the Polish keeper on a pre-contract deal in 6 months. With Buffon not set to retire until next season, they are not pushed to get in a number 1.

Meanwhile, at Arsenal, a move for Jordan Pickford did not happen, and David Ospina still looks set to leave. This would leave Arsenal with no senior Number 2 if Szczesny also leaves.

Putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5, it would not surprise me if Szczesny is at Arsenal next year, as number 2, before moving to Juventus on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.

Attention seeking ITKs

So I am seeing attention seeking Vloggers and Bloggers becoming attention seeking ‘in the knows’ all because the miss the attention during the off season.

The reality is they are attention seeking w*nkers.

No one knows what Arsenal are doing. Arsene Wenger does not know what Arsenal are doing.

People just guess. They hope to get it right every now again. Sadly there are people out there so desperate for information that they will believe anything that is said. They elevate these saddos and play to their ego’s by asking for updates.

We always just give our opinion. Like in Szczesny above. It is our opinion he is staying. We are not privy to anything.

Ignore the white noise. Ignore the attention seekers. Do not give them the air the demand and they will suffocate.