News and gossip from The Emirates in the past 24 hours
Arsenal lost to Manchester City on Sunday in a game full of twists and turns. Hope dimmed rather early for The Gunners when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a foul on Edin Dzeko that also earned the Bosnian an opportunity from the spot. While Wojciech Szczesny managed to save the spot-kick it was a momentary reprieve as James Milner put the champions ahead an Dzeko then doubled the lead when Szczesny couldn’t hold Tevez’s initial effort. Despite the team’s best efforts; in particular Jack Wilshere who had a brilliant game in the circumstances; 2-0 remained the final score. City had Vincent Kompany sent off late on for a two-footed tackle on Wilshere.
Arsene Wenger has vented his frustration at what he thought was a ‘timid’ display from his team. He refused to blame the result on the early red card instead he insisted the result was as a direct consequence of a poor first half performance when his players gave away possession regularly and did not enforce any authority on the fixture.
Abou Diaby started the game and admitted he was surprised to be handed that opportunity after three and a half months out injured. The French international had only played 60 minutes of an under-21 game prior to the game and felt he was likely to start on the bench. However after an injury was sustained by Mikel Arteta in training he was fast-tracked into the starting XI and struggled as the game went on to keep up with the pace.
Any hopes of signing Barcelona striker David Villa in January have been officially quashed. Rumours persisted that Wenger was looking at Spain’s record goal-scorer as a potential solution to his current problems and his situation at the Camp Nou is said to be delicate. However the Catalan side insist they have no intention of letting him go this month.
Arsenal may turn their attentions to another high-profile centre forward in the wake of this news. Argentine striker Diego Milito of Inter Milan is the man in question; and despite the 33-year-old being a regular in the Inter starting XI Arsenal are willing to test the Nerazzuri’s resolve with a January bid.
One time Arsenal transfer certainty Stoppila Sunzu is on the verge of completing a move to Reading. The Zambian international has flown back from pre-tournament training with his national side ahead of this month’s African Cup of Nations in order to undertake a medical at the Madejski Stadium and a deal is expected to be done by the end of the week.
What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal on the 14th January 2013?