Good morning from wherever you read this. Woke up hoping Wenger never makes a “not in my lifetime” statement towards the Tots or Chelski to warrant a placard similar to Carlos Tevez’s now infamous one.
The Argentine has apologised, as have his club, saying he got carried away by the moment. Oh well, our team meanwhile stays focused on having a better campaign next season with van Persie set to commence talks regarding his future at the Ems.
According to BBC’s David Ornstein who broke the news, captain vantastic will meet up with le boss and Ivan Gazidis at Wenger’s abode on Wednesday, even stating a time for the meeting (10:30 BST).
Don’t get lost in excitement just yet, nothing is expected to be sealed then with the Dutch striker set to report for Holland’s Euro 2012 camp on Thursday.
We however do hope it sets in motion the process of an extension of his stay beyond what his current contract states, as well as ward off the suitors eyeing our prized asset.
Meanwhile speaking with the club’s website, van Persie had special praise for fans that cheered the team on at home and especially at away grounds.
“The away fans, they are always here, always singing, always cheering us up even when we are having a bad game, they are always behind us. A big thank you to all of them because they have been unbelievable.”
And he had this to say of the home support, “The last few months have been different class. Every single game – the Spurs game, the Milan game, you can name them all – unbelievable.”
Podolski Eager to Play Ball
Following a bitter-sweet campaign with Köln in which his commendable 18 goals were on the contrary not enough to prevent his hometown club from relegation, Lukas Podolski is ready to begin life at the Ems next season.
Speaking officially as a Gunner for the first time, the German forward said soeaking personally with Wenger through telephone conversations was one of the elements that convinced him to join us.
He also mentioned the Per factor, “He has mentioned things about the Club’s organisation, the training ground, the fans and this has really helped. It might have influenced me to a certain extent but in the end, of course, I took the decision myself.”
Thank you once again Per for the PR. And here we were thinking Vermaelen had done enough to convince Belgian compatriot Jan Vertonghen to follow suit and join but word is he prefers being a ‘neighbour’.
Nothing is confirmed yet however, just as it has gone mellow concerning French midfielder Yann M’Vila. The lull before the bang? We await.
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What a week of football we’ve had so far with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo keeping up their series of “I can do whatvever you can” after both missed crucial penalty kicks that played a part in their respectively team’s exit from the Champions League.
A case of “we’ll be back” next season for them. Speaking of next season, we’ve seen a number of kits surface in recent times as being our kit for the 2012/13 season. And what you’ve seen above is a new one that surfaced last night.
Evidently, it suggests we’ll be back to having yellow as our second kit, which would be a welcome move. Generally the design looks cool, and is the best looking rumoured kit for next season I’ve seen so far or what do you think?
The Sun first reported last night that Jack Wilshere will turn down any invitation from Stuart Pearce to be part of team GB’s football side at the Olympics this summer and instead concentrate on becoming fully fit for Arsenal next season.
This comes on the heels of ‘psychotic’ Pearce insisting the 20 year old will be included in the team GB squad if he is fit to play, a move that would see Wilshere miss pre-season with us.
Having not played competitive football this season no thanks to niggling setbacks in his recovery from an ankle injury, Arsenal would rather Wilshere was with us when he is eventually fully fit.
And though we recognise that Wilshere’s made quite an impression on managers with his an immense talent, Pearce will have 79 other players to choose his final 18-man squad to the Olympics from, he really should let Wilshere be for now.
Bendtner to Decide Future After Euros
World’s best forward Nicklas Bendtner spoke on Danish television and basically stated that he is not sure he would be a Sunderland player beyond this season even if the opportunity came.
He also said he will be open to the option of returning to us when his loan spell ends though reiterated his desire to leave the club and I feel it’s the best option for him, with Podolski’s ‘imminent’ signing, Chamakh’s reluctance to be shipped out and the presence (for whatever other reason than competitive football) of Park Chu Young.
He also however stated that a definite course of his future will be made only after playing at the European Championships at Poland and Ukraine.
For now, he says he has enjoyed having games under his belt at Sunderland even though the style of play at the Stadium of Light differs from Arsenal’s.
Le boss will be away from the touchline in Europe next season after deciding to not go the long (and ultimately fruitless) path of an appeal against his UEFA charge and fine for using fine language on the referee in the win over Milan.
Consequently, Wenger will miss Arsenal’s first three matches in Europe next season… the first three Champions League group stages most preferably.
That’s the bit from here today. Next up will be a preview of the tricky trip to face Stoke City as we look to seal that final Champions League spot in our last three league matches, starting from the Brittania.
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Top of the morning Gooners!! Well bummer, no football for us this weekend so I’ll be following the Chinese Grand Prix and hoping Jenson Button is first past the chequered flag on Sunday.
I’ll be rooting for the Toffees on Saturday though, while hoping Sunday’s other semi-final stretches out to penalties just so both sides wear thin ahead of the run-in to the league season.
For now, Sol Campbell had quite a bit to get off his chest regarding Arsenal’s enduring trophy drought, wondering if the club actually wants to win anything or is satisfied with life as it is now.
“You’ve got to ask yourself where Arsenal are going? Do they want to actually win?” asked our ex-defender, adding “you can have players for the future but it is about getting players that’ll make a difference now”.
It’s not hard to see where the only Arsenal player to have scored in the Champions League final is coming from, having also been part of the Invincibles of 2004 and the last team that won a trophy for Arsenal; the 2005 FA Cup.
He certainly knows what it is to win and definitely would’ve become disillusioned at the seven year drought.
“… you’ve got to have the personnel, the fire-power and edge” Sol advocated, “(and) Arsenal have great players but even with everybody fit I still don’t think it’s enough. They’ve got to get players that will make a difference.”
Campbell’s campaign isn’t new with every Gooner at one point having clamoured for a bit more aggression in the transfer market from the club, most especially after a horrid start to this season that had a lot of Mus touting possible replacements for Le professeur… I was all for Martin O’Neil or Laurent Blanc.
Anyway, Wenger in typical fashion has taken Sol’s outburst per se calm as always, pointing out jovially that “Sol has a lot of money, his gifts are welcome”.
He even goes further to say that “if he (Campbell) gives us money, we will spend it, believe me.” further stating “The best way always to give advice is to show example. Give your own money and we will spend it”. So, Sol Campbell to be Arsenal chairman? Sly man that Wenger.
Wenger meanwhile has clamoured once more that video technology be brought into the game to “help the referees, not question their authority”, off incidents in Wigan’s famous win over Man. United, Balotelli’s stamp on Song, Chelsea’s goals in their win over Wigan among others.
“It will give them more credit, more authority and less mistakes” said Wenger, debunking claims that the introduction of video technology will slow down the game. I just am curious to see how Wenger will react when an unfair advantage to us is rescinded due to video technology.
Wilshere’s Euro Hopes
It is unfortunate how Wilshere’s season has turned out, from playing a pivotal (breakthrough) role last season to not managing one competitive minute on the field this season.
And Wenger updates us with same of the same, ‘we’re being cautious with Jack’, ‘he’s making slow progress’, the next (now) two weeks wil decide if he goes to the Euros’. That last bit is what I’ll go in on.
Wilshere is definitely an immense talent and I always remember the Champions League quarter final second leg at the Nou Camp, a night he was in my opinion the only Arsenal player that performed.
Surely however, immense talent or not, I wouldn’t expect any gooner or fan of the Three Lions to still be hoping Wilshere is named in England’s squad to the Euros! Are you mad?!
He is only 20 years old, and has not played a competitive match this season. It will be outrightly unfair on other players not called up if he was and the fact that there are “hopes” of him making Poland and Ukraine is a bit far fetched. Well…that’s what happens when you’ve got talent like him.
Yer lot for today fellas! I’ll be at a friend’s wedding, so you can bet it’s going to be a wonderful day (if they serve the food early that is).
One last thing!
Should Wilshere be called up to the Euros if he is declared fit before the end of the season? Or should he just forget it and train to be ready to start next season with Arsenal?
It would be interesting to know what you think. Do share your thoughts with me in the comments!
Have a fun-filled weekend. Mine starts in a bit!