Emirates club to rebuild squad after mass clearout.
The French contingent at Arsenal could fall this summer. Samir Nasri, under contract until 2012, has still not extended. His future at the club is linked to that of Cesc Fabregas.
If the Spaniard stays, it is likely the French leader will look elsewhere (Inter is interested). If Fabregas goes, Nasri could get the keys of the game to Arsenal and then stay one more season at least.
Abou Diaby does not start. Good thing he is coveted by Manchester City, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus.
In defence now there asking questions since Laurent Koscielny, who arrived last summer from Lorient, is part of the project.
Bacary Sagna is ” happy “at Arsenal says his adviser, Christopher Monga. “But you never know,” he added. Gael Clichy, out of contract in a year, has refused to extend.
As for Sebastien Squillaci, he has not convinced since his arrival last summer and found himself fourth choice central defender. If he wants to return to game time, a departure is inevitable.
Maybe the French think that April fool’s day runs all month.
Well according to this article they may just do. There is no way Arsene Wenger would clearout his squad in such dramatic fashion.
In his eyes this squad has performed extremely well this season and made excellent progress. And you can see why.
Currently second in the Premier league, and the only main contenders to Manchester United – a big improvement from last year.
Knocked out again by Barcelona in the Champions League but the Gunners beat them at the Emirates and were in a great position at the Nou Camp until the sending off of Robin van Persie.
Losing to to United in the FA Cup was understandable after just losing to Barcelona. The Carling Cup, on paper, they should have won but lost to a goal that occasionally happens in football.
When Liverpool finished second to Manchester United under Rafael Benitez, everyone said a team needs to finish second in the league before they can win it, to understand what it takes to become champions.
The reason Liverpool fell so dramatically afterwards (losing Xabi Alonso did not help) was because they failed to invest and strengthen certain areas.
Wenger needs to do this and not let established stars like Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri go – not that this is likely to happen.
Arsenal do have weaknesses, namely at centre-half and back-up to Alex Song, but the Gunners are not far off becoming a great team.