Arsenal near £26m deal for Barcelona’s Pedro, reports Metro. Arsenal are hoping to sign Pedro from Barcelona when the transfer window opens in January as Wenger might as well just got himself a traditional winger.

The Spain international was promoted to the first-team at Barcelona during Pep Guardiola's reign at Barcelona. His incisive movement from wide positions and capability to play on either wing produced 15 goals in 37 league matches last season. However, since Luis Enrique took over this season, he has only played 90 minutes in one league game.

The winger insists he remains supported at Camp Nou:

"The coach is giving me a lot of confidence and he speaks to me even though I'm not getting in the team," said Pedro, per the aforementioned report. "I know it's hard to play at Barcelona, so I will continue to give my all and do well.".

Fragile, feeble, frail, crumbly, decrepit, vulnerable - best describes Arsenal's defense after the meltdown-defeat at Swansea a few nights ago.

At 1-0 up, Arsenal was caught attacking with 7 players in Swansea’s half, leaving two players to paddle back and defend, hoping not to be hit by the opponent's counter attacks. That was not the case, as two quick goals sunk Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.

Arsene Wenger started the match with Chambers at right-back, Per partnering Monreal at centre-back and Gibbs at left back. Although this is not Wenger's first choice to field his back four facing an in-form Swansea side, the quality of the combination should have been better. Much much better to be honest.

Having taken the lead from a well-struck goal by Alexis, Arsenal gave away the lead to draw level and then trailed 2-1 till the final whistle after Gylfi Sigurdsson struck from a beautifully taken set-piece and Bafetimbi Gomis scored three minutes after his teammate.

What's that smell in the air at the Arsenal? No it's not the smell of extortionately over-priced, Emirates hot dogs that could quite conceivably be hot 'dogs.' No it's not the smell of the smoke from the cash that's burning a hole in Monsieur Wenger's increasingly deep pockets - It's got a slightly less pungent BBQ essence than that.

It's actually the smell of optimism. Sweet soaring positivity as we put to bed the slow, painfully draining start to our season.

Failure to lay down a marker

The big games last year were where it all went wrong. So wrong that I don't even want to delve into the disgustingly depressing details. The aftermath of those games was like being hung-over trying to remember the events of a night out where you're unnervingly certain that you did something horribly ridiculous but refuse to believe it. And yet, inevitably, the vivid image of yourself dancing in a club, top off, singing an all too literal version of Maroon 5's 'Moves Like Jagger' pops into your head. Shit, it did happen.

 

 

 

After a disappointing draw against Hull and a Sunderland assisted victory at the Stadium of Light, Arsenal have moved up to 5th place, behind both West Ham and Southampton.

Presuming those two will tail off before Christmas, Arsenal are ahead of Champions League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham (listed decreasing by threat level).

However, Arsenal are behind title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.  That is, if you believe that anyone actually is title rivals to Chelsea this season.