There’s no doubt that Arsenal are in good form at the moment.
Robin van Persie – danger to Newcastle
The Gunners have won their last four league games, hammered Tottenham 5-2 in the process, and then beat AC Milan last Tuesday 3-0 in the Champions League, and almost came back after their 4-0 trouncing in the first leg in Milan.
Newcastle visit the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, and in their minds will be the two five goal hammerings the lads have taken on their last two trips to London, at Fulham and Tottenham.
A danger to Newcastle will be the in-form striker and Arsenal captain, Robin van Persie, who has 25 Premier League goals this season and 32 goals in all competitions.
And would you believe Manchester City have expressed an interest in buying the Dutchman for over £55M in the summer.
How can Manchester City keep spending money they don’t have, after they lost over £190M in the last financial year, and the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules are coming in over the next couple of seasons?
With clubs going belly up like Rangers, you would think the authorities would look into this, and hopefully before Manchester City announce they have lost £240M in the next financial year.
You have to think they’ve already found some way around the new financial rules, and the way some football clubs are run financially these days is simply beyond belief.
But back to Arsenal, and Alan Pardew was asked about the London side yesterday:
“I just think they are a good side. The ethos of what they do is admired throughout the world.” “For us, it’s about going there and trying to stop them being at their best and winning.”
“That’s something we did last year. We defended very well there last year and nicked a goal.” “We rode our luck many, many times in that game, but got the win, and there’s no reason we can’t do that again.”
It’s no secret that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is copying the Arsenal strategy of building on youth, and creating home made players after buying them for peanuts from the French leagues, and the results of that strategy are starting to pay off.
But whether Newcastle are good enough to give a top form Arsenal side a tough game tomorrow night in London we don’t know, but we do want to see the lads going all out for the win.