Arsenal fan talks to Avillafan

In Opposition Views

The first Opposition View of the season comes from 29-year-old Arsenal supporter Majinder Gill from Hillingdon.

There has been a lot of talk about Arsenal having funds, but up to now there has been nothing worth noting in the transfer market. Where do you believe Arsene needs to be looking at strengthening and why?

We desperately need a world class striker and a central midfielder. Rooney or Suarez would be top notch, but we missed out. Fellaini would have been another but Wenger’s dithering on the price and not meeting the release clause figure has cost us. Same old, same old!

What are your thoughts on the rumoured interest in Luis Suarez?

I would love for this to happen but it looks like he has rebuilt his bridges at Liverpool. Deals like this are never going to happen as Wenger just will not stump up the money.

Many have accused Arsene of playing for top 4 and not for titles and cups. What do you feel about this and is the criticism unfair?

The fact that we have still remained competitive while paying for the Emirates is amazing but the proof is there to see and Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard is still bare! Nothing else to say really.

Which Arsenal player(s) do you think we should look out for this season?

If he can stay fit, Jack Wilshere. He has the ability to be the next Steven Gerrard but in an Arsenal shirt (obviously). He will be the new Gerrard, but for Arsenal.

Much has been made of the cost of following modern-day football and Arsenal are one of the most expensive clubs to support in terms of ticket prices. hat are your thoughts?

It’s a joke, working man’s game is now the play thing of billionaires and WE are being priced out of the sport. I only manage about 6 games a season because the cost is crippling but it will continue. All you have to do is look at how much more money is coming into the game at the moment. Have any of the clubs in the Premier League dropped ticket prices?

I am being priced out of supporting the club I love and face becoming an armchair fan but it is being taken out of my hands.

The whole footballing landscape has changed this season with changes at Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. How do you see the the top four panning out this season?

Predicting the top four is difficult but I will give it a go. 1. Man City 2. Chelsea 3. Man Utd 4. Arsenal. I can see Spurs pushing for the last Champions League place again and failing! Hahahahaha. To be honest, the top four could be any of those teams in any order.

Following on from that question, who do you think are destined for the drop?

Hull, Cardiff and Stoke but Sunderland are going to struggle once Di Canio loses the dressing room – and he will.

It’s no secret that Aston Villa have been through the wringer in recent seasons, flirting with relegation on 3 occasions. What is your opinion of Paul Lambert’s youth policy?

I’ve certainly got to admire Lambert’s policy and the way the club has backed him. It’s a big risk that nearly never paid off. Having said that, Benteke looks a real prospect and I like the look of Lowton as well. Time will tell if the Lambert way of doing things will pay off but I hope it does as the Premier League without Aston Villa would be very strange indeed.

Aston Villa managed to pull out a bit of a coup in getting Christian Benteke to sign a new deal and withdraw his transfer request. Many Villa Fans feel that he will become truly world class. What you you think of him?

A very good player but he will need to do the same this season and maybe even better to prove he is not a one season wonder. He is big and powerful with speed, which is always a good combination.

I do wonder what was said to him to make him sign a new deal though.

What are your thoughts on Aston Villa as a club and our fans?

Always liked Villa but selling your best players over and over again is not a good way to move forward. Hope you do well this season.

And, finally, your match predictions?

Arsenal 3 Villa 1.

I think Benteke will score but we will just be too strong for you. Good luck for the season!

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