Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal are “lucky” to be in the title race, ahead of the Gunners’ clashes with Manchester United and Chelsea this month, according to The Guardian.
The Frenchman believes that the visit of Fulham on Saturday will prove Arsenal’s “defining moment” of the season, saying: “Considering we lost three home games, yes, I feel fortunate to still be in the title race. That is an opportunity that usually you don’t get. But, on the other hand, everybody dropped points and we had an exceptional away record until now. We must take this chance even more so because we have the luck to still be in there.
“There’s more to come. We want to take off now. This is where the race starts and we are in a good position to start the race. If you look at the fixture list – Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham – they all play each other this month. It is a defining moment in the season.”
Rosicky to West Ham.
The Mail Online is this morning carrying a report that Wenger’s long-time friend Gerard Houllier wants to take Gunners midfielder Tomas Rosicky up to the midlands.
The 30-year-old’s agent was spotted at Villa Park this week, and this has lead to speculation that the Czech playmaker could be about to follow Arsenal legend Robert Pires to Villa Park.
While Houllier is also reportedly interested in West Ham’s Frederic Piquionne, he wishes to tempt Rosicky, who has only played 23 full games for Arsenal since joining four years ago, ahead of the former Portsmouth star.
Rosicky has also spoken in the past of his frustrations at the lack of playing opportunities present at the Emirates, making this deal a genuine possibility should a fee be agreed between the two clubs.
Gunners eye Mexico ‘keeper.
With both Arsenal and Manchester United searching for new first-choice goalkeepers, both parties have arrived at the conclusion that Club America’s Guillermo Ochoa could be a good fit for their long-term ambitions.
The 25-year-old, who has been capped 40 times by Mexico, is on Arsene Wenger’s shortlist after long-term target Mark Schwarzer signed a new deal with Fulham.
The stopper’s contract is set to expire in the summer and as a result would be available on the cheap or even free, depending on when the club make their move.