The Arsenal Lunchtime Bulletin

Afternoon Bulletin

FA Cup

Well after all the talk of pitches and upsets, Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners against Sutton United. It was a “professional job” which means we didn’t play great but did enough. Sutton, to their credit, played well. But for me there were two memorable moments during the game, both involving Sutton players. One was the shot from Deacon which almost snapped the crossbar and the second was reserve keeper Wayne Shaw tucking into a pie on the bench during the game. That is non-league football right there! Bring on Lincoln next.

Lucas Perez

His agent has come out to say how unhappy the player is and he will definitely be on the move come the end of the season. Hours later the comments were played down. Those crafty agents. Lucas’s goal and performance, against Sutton however, may persuade Wenger to perhaps play him more often.

Ton up

Theo Walcott scored his 100th Arsenal goal in the 2-0 win against Sutton United. Not bad for a player who plays more out wide than a central striker.

Oh Theo

Just on Theo, some words of advice. When your captain it’s important to remember the flag pendant to give to the opposing team captain before kick-off. Nothing worse than being handed a pendant only to give nothing back. Awkward!

Transfer news

Well more rumours, with the Gazzetta dello Sport reporting Arsenal are interested in Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne who has yet to agree a new contract. The Mail are reporting Arsenal are interested in Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke. The 19-year-old has only played once for the Chelsea first team but was impressive out on loan last season scoring 7 times for Vitesse Arnhem.

Sanchez watch

I decided I would keep an eye on Sanchez to see if there was any tell tell signs of him leaving. He spent majority of the time on the bench staring wide eyed at something. Maybe he was staring at the opposition’s pie eating keeper? When he did come on he got himself in some good positions. He was always wanting the ball, which led to some arm throwing when the ball was not played exactly where he wanted it. One criticism of Alexis was he does at times keep hold of the ball for too long. On many occasions he tried to do the impossible when a simple pass would make more sense. Did any of this give me any insight to his happiness or if he will sign a new contract? No not at all. I am still none the wiser.