Given the inconsistent nature of the Gunners season thus far, it’s no surprise to see Arsene Wenger hammer home the importance of strong home form. But, in truth, they’ve hardly made that advantage count this season, picking up just 11 points from a possible 18 at the Emirates Stadium. Compare that to their top-four rivals and its clear to see why the North London club are languishing outside the Champions League spots with a lot of ground to make up over the Festive period. Turning the Emirates into a fortress will certainly go a long way to achieving that as Wenger faces up to his biggest challenge in the 16-years since arriving at the club. Bringing an end to Theo Walcott’s contract wrangle wouldn’t go amiss either given the winger has proved himself to be the Gunners’ most influential player in recent weeks.
This week on FFC should Wenger be looking to broker another loan deal for Thierry Henry and which recent England debutant is on the Frenchman’s transfer wish list for January?
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Quote of the Week
“If we get that amount of money from sponsors it is not charity, it is because the sponsors feel that we act in the right way and with the right values. They reward that. Afterwards it is down to us to spend the money in the right way. There are two aspects to any deal; one is the transfer [fee] and the other is the wages. The transfers for these kinds of players are not at £30million today, they are at £50million or £60million and what has gone through the roof is the wages of these players. That is why people plead for financial fair play. Some clubs even pleaded that the new television money (for Premier League clubs) should not be used to increase wages because it gives huge problems to everybody.” Arsene Wenger insists will prudently spend the £150m gained from the sponsorship deal with Emirates