It feels much better to be an Arsenal supporter in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening after Arsene Wenger’s side kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Dinamo Zagreb last night.
The Gunners now travel to Athens in two weeks’ time knowing that they need to overcome Olympiakos by two clear goals to progress to the knock-out phase.
In what is going to be an absolute cauldron-like atmosphere as is usually the case in Greece, it will be no easy feat for Arsenal but their manager and fans are upbeat again regarding the club’s prospects.
It will be a case of do or die in Piraeus because otherwise, Arsenal will fall into the Europa League (which they are now guaranteed following last night’s win) and with all due respect to that competition, the majority of Arsenal supporters would rather the club remained in the superior European competition.
Dominating the headlines pre-Zagreb and even after has been the cruel injury to Francis Coquelin at West Bromwich Albion with the influential Frenchman set to miss at least two months of the campaign.
Naturally, talk in the tavern has turned to who Wenger might target in January to replace the former Charlton Athletic loanee although like he usually does, the Arsenal boss has already alluded to the fact Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers can do a job in his position.
According to today’s Metro, the publication claim Arsene Wenger is keen on strengthening his attacking ranks in January however with a bid for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi in the pipeline.
If this turned out to be true, who else could be following the Nerazzurri captain to Emirates Stadium?
Click on the image below to reveal the five players who could follow Mauro Icardi to Arsenal in January.