::: FistedAway welcomes a guest post from Elliott,
editor of the rather lovely Futfanatico :::
If the summer was bad for the Gunners, the start to the season was even worse. No Nasri. No Fabregas. Fine. But the loss to injury of Jack Wilshere was devastating, and Arsenal touched bottom in a humiliating loss to rivals Manchester United. However, after a 2-1 victory over Sunderland catapulted the Gunners into the upper echelon half of the EPL, Wenger puffed his chest and cut into the now submissive press.
One sprightly young journalist inquired about squad depth, and asked Wenger if any January signings were on the horizon. Wenger laughed so hard that he snorted water out of his nose. “January? Signing? Us? Do you know in what club’s press room you are seated? Did you not see who just won the game? We don’t need any more signings. The players we have were good enough to win today, and, dare I say it, have the talent to march to the title.”
A braver soccer-scribe pressed the matter, questioning Wenger about Arsenal’s Plan B if Robin Van Persie got injured. Wenger threw down his water bottle in disgust and berated the journalist for well over five minutes. “Van Persie, injured? What on Earth has ever given you the impression that may happen? The average player gets injured 3 times in his career. Robin has already exceeded that total and thus has no more injuries left. Can you count?”
Still, though, Wenger’s ears did perk up near the end. A journalist floated the rumor that Manchester City would lodge an audacious bid for Van Persie in the coming months. Arsene’s eyes glimmered, but he coyly stated: “Robin Van Persie is as valuab…err important to this club as Samir N…err Cesc Fab….errr he’s not for sale. But….did your source mention how much they’d bid?”