In the end brilliance wasn’t quite enough for Arsenal last night as they attempted a historic comeback against AS Monaco in the Champions League.
Given that the first leg had ended in a surprise 3-1 loss at the Emirates Stadium hopes weren’t exactly high heading to the Stade Louis II Stadium. Yet Arsene Wenger’s men managed to record a 2-0 victory and can count themselves extremely unlucky not to have pinched a third given their overwhelming dominance on the night.
Now though attentions switch back to the Premier League and the FA Cup, with the latter being the only realistic chance the club have at winning major silverware this campaign. Will that be the case again next season? Gunners fans will hope not, and maybe, just maybe, they can take heart from some of the news doing the rounds today.
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Kicking off our roundup there’s a nifty piece of advice from ex-Arsenal star Ray Parlour, who has instructed his old team to sign Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin if they want to win the Premier League title next season.
The France international has long been coveted by Wenger and might well be allowed to leave the St. Mary’s Stadium come the summer, particularly if the Saints can’t get Champions League football for next year.
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Parlour has subsequently made it clear that he thinks Arsenal should be the club ready to land him, comparing him to old defensive-midfield stalwart Gilberto Silva. Describing him as a ‘perfect fit’, the 42-year-old went on to say that he would be a great addition. Wenger, are you listening?
“Arsenal need to get Morgan Schneiderlin if he’s available in the summer," he said.
“He would be perfect. He’s a little bit like Gilberto Silva when he was at Arsenal. He can sit back into the back four and, when it’s wide, he can be another centre half. That’s so good if you can do that.
“He’s so comfortable on the ball and someone like him would be a great addition."
On Wenger, Parlour insisted: "He’s got to go and buy two top class players and really add to the squad. Then maybe they can challenge for the league title next season.”
Elsewhere Mesut Ozil has found himself at the centre of a debate regarding playing shirts after swapping his with Monaco’s Geoffrey Kondogbia at half-time last night. Manchester-United-hero-turned-pundit Paul Scholes blasted the German international for his actions, stating he ‘didn’t like it’, and the result is a fairly heated Twitter outpour on the topic this morning.
Gunners fans can at least take some heart that Ozil isn’t being lambasted for his wasteful performances, naturally.
King Alexis Sanchez?
Last but not least we bring up the rear with Queens Park Rangers’ star Mauricio Isla stating that Alexis Sanchez can go on to become the best player in the world, even though that would mean surpassing both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Chile international said that his compatriot had it within him to be the dominant footballing force on the planet, and was now at a club that could help him achieve it.