Thursday, 18 March 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Thursday March 18

Gael Clichy, originally uploaded by Ashburton Grove Blog.
Morning Gooners.

I'm starting to look forward to the weekend already. It's not too far away, two days in fact, but the excitement of the West Ham game is building.

With it being a quiet week for Arsenal in terms of their being no games, the media department have granted an exclusive interview with Gael Clichy to The Sun.

He talks about how he would much rather win the Premier League than the Champions League and how life is different in the Arsenal camp since he joined at the start of the invincibles season.

He said:
"This season is all about winning as much silverware as possible and the Premier League is now so close.
"The confidence and the quality are there and it's right there for us to take. I won the League in my first season with Arsenal and even though I did not play many games it was still a great feeling to be the champions.
"When you work so hard, go through so many good and bad times, to win the title shows that you have been the best team.
"That's why I want to win the Premier League over the Champions League this year, even though the European Cup may be a better trophy in the eyes of most people.
"That is why I need to maintain my best form to the end of the season. If I am a champion with Arsenal it will improve my chances of going to the World Cup with France.
"That would be a dream come true, but if I had to choose one trophy right now I'd go for the Premier League."

The Sun also report Juventus aren't prepared to sell Felipe Melo in the summer to us.
The player has fallen out with fans over their backing of the team last weekend.
Arsene was interested in signing him last summer and after only one season with the Turin club I can't see him leaving that quickly. Plus they paid a packet for him as well, and we wouldn't consider paying anything more than £15m for him, in my opinion.

Armand Traore talks in The Sun about playing one day for his home town club for Paris Saint-Germain.

Youngster Luke Ayling has joined Yeovil Town on loan, announce the official site. Good luck to him.

The final two games in the Champions League last 16 were played last night. Barcelona on their game against Jens Lehmann's Stuttgart.

And Bordeaux beat Olympiacos 3-1 on aggregate with Marouane Chamakh scoring the French side's winner last night.

So through to the quarter finals are: Arsenal, Lyon, Manchester Utd, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow, Bordeaux, Barcelona.

The official site has a piece about who we could face in the next round. Basically, as their is no 'country protection' we can face anyone.

The draw is tomorrow.

In the Times' list of the 100 most powerful people in sport, Arsene Wenger's number has been called. He's come in at 49.

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