News and gossip from The Emirates in the past 24 hours.
Arsenal got back to winning ways with victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Monday night. Arsenal lined up with Theo Walcott in the striker role and he was one of the star performers in a 5-2 win. Lukas Podolski got the scoring under way before a quick-fire double from Santi Cazorla made it 3-0 by the 35th minute. Cazorla grabbed his third to make it four on the hour-mark and despite almost letting Reading back into the game through Adam Le Fondre and Jimmy Kebe it was local lad Theo Walcott who scored the killer goal; finishing left footed to end the game as a competition.
There has been further news on the likely postponement of the Boxing Day tie with West Ham United. London Underground drivers are taking industrial action the day after Christmas and considering the all-London clash will predominantly be served by Tube stations it is believed the safest and most sensible option would be to postpone the game to a later date. QPR and Fulham who also have home games on Boxing Day are ready to go ahead with their fixtures as are Charlton Athletic and Leyton Orient.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has spoken of his belief in Theo Walcott’s importance to the Arsenal team. The 23-year-old England international is currently embroiled in contract negotiations with the club and Vermaelen along with several other team-mates - including Jack Wilshere trying their best to convince him to remain a Gunner. The Belgian did however concede that if Walcott decides he wants to leave then there would be nothing anyone could do to change his mind.
Arsene Wenger has been linked with a sensational swoop for Barcelona right-back Dani Alves. Tito Villanova has not been as big a fan of the Brazilian international as his predecessor Pep Guardiola instead preferring to play Adriano or Martin Montoya ahead of him. With Bacary Sagna’s situation at The Emirates under scrutiny it is a deal that makes sense on paper.
Nicklas Bendtner has undergone thigh surgery in London. Currently on loan at Juventus from Arsenal the Danish international suffered a serious injury during a Coppa Italia clash with Cagliari last week. He had a procedure that saw his adductor longus tendon reinserted in his left thigh with a lengthy spell on the side-lines predicted.
Arsenal legend Frank McLintock believes Aaron Ramsey tries too hard. The former Wales captain has come in for criticism with his recent performances. He feels he is trying too hard to impress and is trying to do everybody’s job rather than focusing on his own game.
What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal on the 18th December 2012?
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