Sanchez set to start
Alexis Sanchez is set to start against Bournemouth today after almost leaving the club in the summer for Manchester City. Arsenal wanted the deal to include Raheem Sterling but Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted Sterling was not for sale. City finally agreed a £60m deal depending on Arsenal signing Thomas Lemar that failed to materialise on transfer deadline day. Today’s match is a fantastic opportunity for the forward to show how committed he is to the club.
Arsenal can win title
According to manager Arsene Wenger, Arsenal can still win the Premier League title this season despite their poor start to the season after losing two out of three games to Stoke City and Liverpool. Wenger claimed the club was strong enough to win the title but failed to confirm if the club is stronger than last season.
Lemar deal done
According to reports, Thomas Lemar has signed a £250k a week deal to move to Arsenal in January for a fee of £92m, after agreeing a deal in principle for the player with Monaco. Lemar had turned down a move on transfer deadline day as it seemed he didn’t want to sign for the club but now looks set to arrive in January. The deal, however, does not mean Alexis Sanchez will also leave the club in the next transfer window.
Nelson chance to step up
Arsene Wenger has claimed that the departure of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will give opportunities to some of the younger players to step up and make an impact. Reiss Nelson has impressed in pre season and seems likely to break into the first team this season despite some fears that Wenger may ruin the player. The 17-year-old has already won the PL2 player of the month award which was capped off with an excellent performance against Manchester United on Friday where the talented youngster scored from a free kick.
Law to leave
Dick Law is set to leave the club at the end of the month as he returns to America due to family reasons. Law has been the club’s principle transfer negotiator and also a close ally to manager Arsenal Wenger. Law may be replaced by Huss Fahmy who currently works on players contracts, but it will certainly leave a large hole at the club behind the scenes.
Evans move was close
It seems that the only reason West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans didn’t arrive at the Emirates was because the club failed to reach the asking price for the player which was set at £30m. The 29-year-old seemed keen on the move but West Brom failed to let the player leave due to his valuation not being met.
More fan unrest
As Arsenal continue to struggle, fans have arranged to protest before the Chelsea game on September 17 with fake bank notes with Arsene Wenger’s face and the words ‘Bank of Bulls**t’ on them. The supporters are not happy with the summer spending on transfers and the direction the club is going, with no signs that there will be any change in the near future. The club certainly needs a win today against Bournemouth or the Emirates could become a very toxic place.
Cedric Carrasso claims he almost joined the club but due to a problem with agents the deal never occurred. The former French international goal keeper is a free agent and with Arsenal loaning Emiliano Martinez it seemed a move to the Emirates may have been on the cards.