I’ll get onto the Manchester City game in the moment – but before then I have some transfer news to go through. That’s right: transfer news. In December! Whatever will be next?
The big news is Arsene Wenger’s rather massive proclamation that he will be actively looking for a striker to replace Robin van Persie in the transfer window. It’s the statement we all wanted to hear and with Nicklas Bendtner our only option in the 4-3-3 formation that relies on one taller player up front, it’s the statement we had to hear.
Wenger has given no indication as to who might be looking for but Marouane Chamakh’s name is sure to be mentioned regularly while there are whispers in Italy that petulant striker Mario Balotelli wants to leave Inter Milan. He’s not playing a lot of football for Jose Mourinho’s team at the moment and along with being petulant and immature at times he happens to be tall, pacy and skillful and possesses the sort of arrogance that would make Cristiano Ronaldo feel uncomfortable.
In short, he might well be a risk worth taking even at a reasonably hefty price.
Moving onto the City game now and it has been confirmed by Wenger that he will be putting up a typical Carling Cup team for the quarter final. That means the likes of Jack Wilshere, Craig Eastmond and Fran Merida as well as the more experienced faces of Mikael Silvestre, Philippe Senderos and the super-hyperactive Lukasz Fabianski in goals.
It’s always difficult predicting how games like this will go but for me the most important thing is that the boys on show put up a good fight. A couple of seasons ago Tottenham put a young team to the sword 5-1 and while I hope that doesn’t happen it has to be a distinct possibility, particularly if Mark Hughes puts out a full-strength team. Likewise, the boys could put in the sort of performance they did to beat Liverpool in the last round so anything is possible.
Win, lose or draw* the most important thing about tomorrow’s game is that Emmanuel Adebayor does something to bring him back to earth. Hurt his knee, miss an open goal, scuff a penalty, slip on a banana peel and cut his head on the advertising banners, it really doesn’t bother me. He needs to pay for what he did to Robin van Persie and the Arsenal fans in the last game and I sincerely hope he does.
Come on Arsenal children! Do us proud!
* With extra-time and penalties to be used in the case of a tie there can be no draws. I was just using this as an expression.
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