Arsene Wenger has told his players to start communicating on the pitch if they are to prevent seeing their title aspirations going up in smoke, according to Sky Sports.
The Gunners’ win over Chelsea seemed to imply that they were ready to end their trophy hoodoo, but a disappointing draw just days later at Wigan again highlighted deficiencies in the side’s consistency.
The manager has slammed the defence for needlessly conceding corners and goals, telling Arsenal TV: “There was no need to concede the corner that led to the own goal against Wigan. We have to make a bigger effort to communicate – there was no need to concede the corner if someone talks before. That’s something we need to rectify.
“We need to recover quickly and focus quickly again. It’s down to us. The players are very frustrated after the Wigan game but they can be strong in their belief and think ‘that will not happen again’.”
Gunners in for Alcantara.
Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in landing highly-rated Barcelona youngster Thiago Alcantara, reports Goal.com.
The Spanish U-21’s contract expires at the end of January, and the Catalans have been sluggish in offering a renewed deal in a strategy similar to that which led to Gai Assulin’s move to Man City last month.
Alcantara has admitted he hopes to stay at the Camp Nou and fight to earn a new deal, but the son of 1994 World Cup winner Mazinho is wanted in north London and Manchester. Arsene Wenger has reportedly already made contact about bringing in the 19-year-old, and GiveMeFootball.com believes that whoever ties the player down also appears to be the frontrunner in the chase for the midfielder’s similarly coveted younger brother Rafael.
RvP in Juve link.
Robin van Persie, who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates in recent days, is the latest transfer target for Juventus, who are lining up a player plus cash deal according to Goal.com.
Reports in Italy are suggesting that the Turin club are set to rival German outfit Bayern Munich for the transfer, and could be set to offer Felipe Melo as a makeweight. An alternative offer would see La Vecchia Signora offer a straight £23m for the Dutchman.
They have identified van Persie as an ideal alternative to Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, who appears on the verge of a move to Manchester City.