I'll begin today's round-up by discussing a few transfer rumours - the man pictured above, if you don't already know, is Napoli's Edinson Cavani.
You should already know by now though. The Uruguayan striker is now one of the hottest properties in Europe, having fired Napoli into fourth place in Serie A. Most people probably thought Ezequiel Lavezzi was their best talent, but not anymore. Cavani's goals, a lot of them sensational, have come by the bucket load this season. He's grabbed 29 goals in 40 games already, and there are plenty more to come. You can check out his superb "diving scorpion kick" goal here. Make sure you do.
Anyway, to the point - we've been linked with him. Well, I wouldn't really include him in the rumours section of an Arsenal blog if we hadn't. The Metro has claimed he has a £20 million buy-out clause; he's actually only on loan to Napoli from Palermo. Personally, I would pay that. He's only 24, and will be world class. I can't see Wenger paying that much for a striker though.
Apparently Manchester United now lead the chase for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who I mentioned that I'd like us to sign a few posts back. I can't see him going anywhere other than Arsenal to be honest.
Nicklas Bendtner has again been linked away from the club - this time in a joint swoop from AC Milan. The other player is Andrey Arshavin, and the price quoted is £45 million. I'm not sure I'd do that deal, it's a huge amount of money for those two, but they're important players for us.
Andrey has that ability to break down teams when we're struggling for inspiration (see West Brom at the weekend) and score crucial goals, something Nicklas also does. Plus, strikers and wingers are players we have few of. If we sold B52, that would leave us with Van Persie, Chamakh and Vela. Unless of course, we signed Cavani. But that's just a fantasy.
Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have publicly got behind the team today, both insisting we're still in with a huge chance of the title. Here's what Rambo had to say:
"We have a game in hand and we play Man United at home so we are definitely not out of it [the title race]. Definitely not. There is a lot to play for and hopefully we can do that and become champions at the end."While Jack is still backing us to be United's strongest challengers:
"There are nine games left and we really have to go to it. United still have to come to the Emirates and we will have to beat them — from now, that is the biggest game we have to look forward to. Until then, we will just have to win every game. We all feel we are still their main challengers and we believe we can win it. Hopefully the fans do as well because we need them behind us."I agree with both of them. I always said Chelsea were still in it, but I still think we'll have to collapse hugely for them to overtake us. We did that last season, but that was without our best players - Cesc, Song and Theo are all returning soon, and then we'll only be without a couple of goalkeepers, Vermaelen and Djourou - nothing we can't cope with. Hopefully..
The topic of goalkeepers leads me nicely to my final part of the round-up. Wojciech Szczesny says he'll be back stronger than ever:
"If you lose a game, you can pick yourself up - but when you are injured, you cannot just miraculously come back, you know it will take some time to get fit and you won't actually have a game for a few weeks, so that is the biggest challenge. But I am confident I will get through it and come back stronger than ever."I'm sure he will be back, and ready to continue his claim for the number one shirt. If Fabianski wasn't injured too, Wojciech would have a real fight on his hands to regain the shirt. However, I think next season it'll be Szczesny between the sticks outright, Fabianski as back up. In my opinion, that's not too bad.
That's all for today Gooners, should be another post up tomorrow. Enjoy, comment, spread the word.