Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Thursday February 25

Arsene Wenger, originally uploaded by Pricey4.

We'll start this morning with Arsene Wenger. He has been talking to the official Arsenal magazine about how we're progressing this season.

The interview has been picked up by Jim van Wijk at the Independent.

Wenger said: "There are three clubs in the fight for the championship - when you see how much money the others have invested, we cannot to be ashamed."
"There are two main trophies in our job - the Champions League and the Premier League; today, we can still win them both. In addition, the club is in a healthy situation and we have a fantastic young side. If that is still not enough, I can understand, but we are fighting very hard to deliver.
"I believe that Arsenal fans can be very proud of their club, and that is at least what we try to give them - pride."

And I don't think you can really argue with that. We're in the title race which seems could be anyone's for the taking. We're also in a decent position in our Champions League tie with Porto.

The manager has promised a trophy this season and we have a good chance to pick up one of the major prizes. We have to believe that he will set up the players to win.

A six point gap isn't too much of a hindrance, provided Chelsea drop points. And you would think with Chelsea having to face: Manchester City, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Spurs and Liverpool, there are games there which you'd think they could easily drop points.

And I'm sure that Wenger will have his players fired up to push on and win the league.

In other news, this of the good variety, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has been talking about Robin van Persie.

It appears our Dutch striker could be back at the start of April, which would certainly be good news if it were true.

It was very annoying for everyone when he got injured. He was settling into his role at the pivot in the attacking three and was scoring goals as well.

But with Robin, there is always the thought in the back of your mind that at any point he could get injured.

And sure enough he did. In a meaningless friendly.

Van Marwijk said:

"I spoke to him on the phone last week and he is improving all the time and
feeling better. You can hear it in his voice that he feels he is improving.

"I hope that he will play at the beginning of April and he feels this may be

In other news this morning, it's more of the transfer tittle tattle nature.

John Cross in the Daily Mirror reports that Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has ruled out a move to the Premier League.

Apparently he's heard that both us and Manchester City are interested in snapping it up. I don't buy it myself. If we were really interested in him, we would have signed him along time ago.

Wenger knows his stuff and doesn't normally get it wrong. Plus we have Alex Song who has improved at a staggering speed.

Toure said:

"I have heard about interest from Manchester City and Arsenal but my future is
at Barcelona.

"I have spoken to the directors at the club, but I don't want
to leave and my only mission is to stay and be a success at the club."

Also in the Daily Mirror, we're reported to be monitoring the situation of Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Apparently the legend which is Dennis Bergkamp has given us a glowing report on the 18-year-old who has a season left on his contract.

One for the future, maybe?

And following Young Guns interview with Ingolfur Sigurdsson yesterday, the Daily Mail follow it with a line which says the 17-year-old Iceland winger has been offer more trials at the club. Manchester united and Celtic are also said to be sniffing around.

And finally we finish with a story about former Arsenal bad-boy Jermaine Pennant. According to the Daily Mail, Pennant arrived late for training for the third time in a fortnight. He was sent home and the paper say he'll get a heavy fine. Naughty.

And that's your lot. Until tomorrow.

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