At last Cameroon are out of the African Cup of Nations, Egypt beat them 3-1, and we all know what that means, Alex Song is coming home. Hopefully he'll be available for selection against Manu at the weekend. The Ivory Coast are also out, it will be useful to have the versatility of Emmanuel Eboue back in the squad too.
Apparently Jay-Z is a Gooner and his favourite player is Cesc Fabregas, I'm not sure if the lure of backstage passes for a Jay-Z gig will help motivate our players towards title success, but there you go. The Galindo deal is not as done as some would 'exclusively' have us beleive, while there are some more baseless rumours linking us with a French striker. Phil Senderos has gone out on loan to Everton for the remainder of the season, I have never understood how big Phil has never got a run out while the hapless Silvestre seems to be ahead of him in the pecking order, bizarre, something funny must have gone on behind the scenes.
Arsene has revealed that quite a few of the players that were rested could not have played against Stoke even if had wanted them to. Clichy, Vermaelen and Sagna were not fully fit, and could well have missed the Villa game if it had not been for the weekend off. Having had another 24hrs to calm down, it was a tight game overall and we weren't far off getting a result, Sol did well, Eastmond impressed me again.
The one thing we really lacked was a cutting edge up front, JET is not a leader of the line and Theo had an absolute shocker. I really think that if we are to challenge on two fronts in the Premiership and Champions League then we need three strikers, Eduardo and a fit Bendtner is not enough. I don't think Fabianski was that bad but he doesn't look like a future world beater to me, the only young keeper on our books who looks to have this potential is the young Szczesny. Mannone has just signed a new deal and wants to push for the no1 slot, fat chance in my opinion, he doesn't look good enough to me, maybe he'll prove me wrong with time. At least we're going to have a strong back four back for the visit of Villa, maybe Diaby will be fit, then we can bring in a whole fresh front three, come on you Gunners.