The defence of Arsenal has been the subject of numerous column inches this season but waiting until the summer to solve the defensive issues makes sense. With Unai Emery confirming that he can only pursue loan deals in this window, waiting until the summer to try and solve the longstanding defensive issues makes more sense.
The issues that have plagued Arsenal’s defence for a number of years are not a simple fix. Many good, and bad, players in red and white have floundered against pacey attacks over the last ten years and these familiar failings are something that Unai Emery will have become increasingly aware of.
Chelsea has quite the strike force now. Not only do they have talent up front, but they also have immense depth. The likes of Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain and of course, soon they will have Christian Pulisic. However, this might not last long.
According to Goal, Olivier Giroud is having second thoughts about his time at Chelsea. It’s thought that with the arrival of Higuain on loan, he won’t be needed much. Of course, he would favour a move back to his home country if he does decide to leave.
If Giroud is to move away from Chelsea, then he will need to be quick about it. I’m sure it won’t take much convincing to Maurizio Sarri since he clearly has other plans with Higuain.
Neymar will miss both legs of Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United after the French club confirmed on Wednesday that the world’s most expensive player would be out for 10 weeks with a metatarsal injury
Neymar will not undergo an operation, with PSG saying the Brazilian had instead agreed on “a conservative treatment” that could see him return in time for the Champions League quarter-finals in April should they qualify.
“After detailed analysis by specialists, a consensus was reached of a conservative treatment of Neymar’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal,” the French champions said.
“I also think that sometimes we comment what we see but we don’t know what is behind the scenes. And that influences what we see. And that is a fundamental thing.
“If I tell you for example that I consider one of the best jobs of my career [was] to finish second with Manchester United in the Premier League, you say this guy is crazy, he won 25 titles and is saying finishing [in] second position was one of his best achievements in football.
“I keep saying this. Because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes and sometimes we, on this side of the cameras, analyse things with a different perspective.