I'm back from my little New Years trip to Dubai and another scouting mission - this time of AC Milan. Transfer news has been sparse during the first few days of the transfer window with only Wayne Bridge of Chelsea going to Man City. I haven't heard a peep out of Ashburton Grove about who will be coming in for us. Rumours linking us with Arshavin are still circulating. I would be surprised if we did sign him, considering he's already said he would only want to move to one club, that club being Barcelona.
Even the papers aren't really doing much in generating stories and most of the news is on the net. We've been linked of course with Arteta and mainly because of the similarity between himself and Cesc. I'd love an Arteta at the club, but I really don't think Everton will let him go. We've been linked with Elano (but how old is he?) and linked again with Stephen Appiah. All of this does sound a bit wishy-washy, as literally there is no real news.
The performance of Aaron Ramsey and Carlos Vela does make us feel that there is some back up within the squad, but if these players get injured then it's Diaby and Randall...
Anyway, maybe we'll wake up tomorrow morning with news that we've signed an amazing player that we didn't know about and that is somehow world class and will change our season.
Talking about our season, we've been drawn with Cardiff in the fourth round of the FA Cup and Aaron Ramsey will get a chance to perform for his new team against his old.
Cardiff vs Arsenal
This tie will take place around the weekend of January 24/25.
It’s a decent tie, a tie we should. Depending on what happens in the next three weeks, it will determine how we approach this game. Van Persie was captain against Plymouth and by all accounts was pretty impressive. His record in all competitions is now 12 goals this season, and he’s on course to beat the 20 mark if he stays fit. I really think he is hitting some form and if Ade, Eduardo and Vela can get into their groove, we’ll have four class strikers in and around the first team.
VP spoke about the FA cup…
“For me it is a big thing because the FA Cup has a big history going back a hundred years. I was lucky enough to win it in my first year and I hope to win it this year as well. I know it is going to be difficult because you can draw teams that give absolutely everything. There are big tests coming up but hopefully we can go far and make at least the final.
“When we were in the final last time, we were playing at Cardiff. It was fantastic in front of 70,000 people, but it is still a dream for me to play at Wembley. I have never played there.”
Okay, I need some rest, to get rid of the jetlag…