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Transfer window over and Jack could be set back, time for football to take over.

by on February 1, 2012

Hello all and happy February. Pinch, punch and all that. A few odds and ends from the Villa match to get out the way, so let’s do that. Here’s our match report if you didn’t see it. Reuben and Jacqueline making theirs débuts on the site. How exciting. As always, Arsenal Report’s piece is worth a read. Aaron Ramsey had a very mixed match, he was poor in the first half but pushed up further in the second and the difference definitely showed. In fact, here’s a compilation of his performance so you can see just how much it showed. I’ll even throw in an RVP compilation as well. How nice am I?

Right, I have a pre-match interview from the boss for tonight, but no press conference. Nice injury news though. Gibbs and Diaby are back training, but Diaby is still a month away while Gibbs could still be a week or two away. Bacary Sagna is likely to be back in the squad, but it could still be too soon for him to start. Johan Djourou, Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta will all be available as well.

Speaking of Bolton, Ryo Miyaichi has left on loan. I don’t think it’ll be the kind of breakthrough that Wilshere had there, but I do think it will definitely help his development and it will be interesting to see how he gets on. The big dilemna is obviously which squad he sits with tonight! That was one of two deadline day moves involving us. The other was the signing of nineteen year-old Thomas Eisfeld. If you’re going to complain about it then you can leave this page right now, because your point of view is imbecility at it’s finest. He signed for between £400,000 and £600,000 and plays as an attacking midfielder, but can also play as a centre-forward. He could well feature for the Reserves tonight and it will be interesting to see how he gets on. Here’s Arsene Wenger on the young German and here is the man himself on signing for The Arsenal.

Eisfeld aside, this was a pretty pointless transfer window. Sanchez Watt left on loan, but he’s back already after ‘not settling’ at the club. To be honest, it’s been a pretty low-key transfer window all around. No Carrolls or Torreses going around. The likes of Taiwo and Muntari are as interesting as it’s gotten and Le Boss things he knows why. Obviously there’s less money around and clubs are looking to fit in with the FFP rules, while player wages are still not unrealistic. There’s also the issue of the Euros. How many players are willing to risk their national team places? Still, it’s not like we haven’t been trying. Read this and then tell me we haven’t been ambitious. The ‘England international’ is particularly interesting. I doubt it’s Emile Heskey, unfortunately, but still… you never know.

There were also talks of Anzhi being interested in Andrei Arshavin. I believe that the Russian transfer window ends on the 28th of February, so he could still leave. Saying that, we rejected Anzhi’s seductive advances in October so I’m not sure how likely a move for Arshavin is now, especially when we can’t sign a replacement and Anzhi’s director of football said yesterday that they’re not going to sign him. There’s also this saying that Barca want Robin Van Persie. Who doesn’t? Finally, the Mail said this morning that Jack Wilshere will be out for the rest of the season. I don’t believe that’s true. He is still being assessed by The Arsenal’s medical staff, so how the Mail could know before them is a bit of a mystery. I’m told he has suffered another small stress fracture, which isn’t at all unusual for a player coming back from ankle surgery. I don’t know when he’ll be back and we can expect more from Wenger after the Bolton match. He could well miss the rest of the season, but there’s no way that the press could have known that this morning. Anyway, we’ll have to wait and see. As Cookie was saying on twitter, the worst case scenario is that he doesn’t play for us at all this season because we don’t want to rush him back and then he goes to the Euros and starts every match.

Anyway, that’s it for today. As always you can follow me on twitter @SavageGooner and ‘like’ the blog on facebook.

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