A few ‘hot topics’ for us to blog over.
Nacho (29) to finish his career at THOF?
Great news that Nacho Monreal – surely the coolest name in football – has signed a new contract. He has been Mr Consistent this season with some outstanding performances both at the back and up-front, where he has established a fine partnership with Alexis. I think Gibbs is a good FB/Wing-Back too, but Nacho is just too good to be dropped at the moment. The Spaniard has a great attitude and fights for the shirt in each and every game. It does beg the question what will happen with Kieran now. Surely, he needs to play more regularly at this stage of his career? Or is he happy to sit on the bench game in game out and wait for his chance?
Was Ozil really injured?
Or did he get another rest from Arsene? I hope and reckon it is the latter. Wenger needs Mesut and cannot give him a prolonged break, even though he deserves and possibly needs it. But he can play him sparingly to make sure he has less of a risk to get injured, and resting him against the Orcs was probably a wise thing to do. The thought that Wenger can start with both Ozil and Sanchez against the Chavs really excites me: it should give us a new, and much needed, lease of life!
Will we buy anybody else this transfer window?
Hard to tell. Paradoxically, the chance of this happening will increase the closer we get to the final hours of the January window, as the pressure of the deadline often sees parties starting to shift from their until then unmovable positions. We could do with another Alexis type ‘mid-winger’, but only if they are of a very high quality. And who is happily selling these at mid-season?
What has gone wrong with Debuchy – Jenkinson to return?
Bellerin – our very own Hector Vector – really should have had a couple of breaks in the last few weeks, and Debuchy was available, yet Arsene hardly played his fellow countryman. He must have really annoyed Wenger for him to be bypassed like this. I expect him to leave this January and we either get Corporal Jenkinson back or buy a new one.
What do you say fine fellow Gooners?