Wednesday 20 August 2014

0-0 to Arsenal: edge of precipice

To draw 0-0 in Turkey is hardly ideal. You don't need me to remind you that if former Arsenal target Ba scores early on in the second leg, we'll need 2 goals to progress. And I think Besiktas will be tougher to break down than Palace, so we'd best be on our toes!

A tough game at Everton now looms on the horizon and this time Mertesacker will actually return to the team. Honestly!

It was good to see us get a clean sheet without the vice captain, and it proved that fears that Koscielny's Achilles heel injury would keep him out we're unfounded.

Let's hope he's not getting injections to continue playing, as that's only a short-term fix.

The potential long-term fix, Iggy Miguel, was left on the bench against Besiktas. But at least he was there. I still have high hopes for him and I hope Wenger has them too!

The second leg is going to be even tougher without the suspended Rambo. What a silly way to get sent off: 2 shirt tugs!

Anyway, Rambo's apology suggests he's learned his lesson and that's all we can ask for. His indiscretions are so minor compared to others of a similar age, so we should just rejoice that he signed for us and not Man U, when he left Cardiff!

As far as other new signings go, there is nothing on the horizon. Kostas Manolas has been having his medical at Arsenal for about a week now, if the media is to be believed!

Vargas won't be signing for us and neither will Cavani. For some reason, I half-believe the Rabiot story, so won't be that surprised if he arrives on 31st. He'd be a typical Wenger signing, as in completely off most radars and French!

Meanwhile, something tells me Khedira could join on deadline day for a knockdown fee. It's just a hunch. Nothing more.

Song and Kolo Toure are not going to join us, I fear, although I'd love the latter to return as a squad player.

So no signings until deadline day and maybe none even then. And yet, I'm still saying it'll be be Khedira for peanuts! Well, as long as we're still in the Champions League, that is!

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