Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Wednesday March 3

There is a new line on the Aaron Ramsey injury this morning, one which says we won't be seeking compensation over the injury.

Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal chief executive, told The Times the club were not pursuing compensation.
He said:
"We are not thinking about that.
"It's devastating for the club, what happened. I still feel a little bit of
the heart was ripped out of the club. We are all thinking about him and getting
him back as quickly as we can."
Gazidis adds in The Sun:
"It was devastating for all of us. I feel a little bit of the heart has
been ripped out of the club.
"I hope we can put him back together as soon as possible.
"The best thing we can do for him is win a trophy this season."

In his Daily Mirror column, Oliver Holt follows in the footsteps of Martin Samuel and Patrick Barclay.

He writes:
"Ryan Shawcross was guilty only of misjudging a challenge at the Britannia
"But that does not mean there are not questions to be asked about the
methods some managers and players adopt to try to stop Arsenal winning football
"This is not about Stoke City's attitude because Manchester United have
been guilty of the same tactics in the past.
"But if the idea that it is possible to kick Arsenal out of a game is allowed to continue to flourish, there will be plenty more accidents like the one that befell Ramsey."
Holt also reports in his column that Ivan Gazidis has reveal plans to install the old Highbury clock at The Emirates next season.
He says:
"Too many people in football these days forget how intimately supporters
associate their club with its stadium.
"So the plan to give The Emirates its very own Clock End is a warming change from the faceless norm of new stadia with their identikit North, East, South and West stands."

This is very true. Can't wait to have it back!

As reported during the ITV commentary last night during the Ireland v Brazil, Liam Brady is to step from his role with Ireland.

Arsene Wenger told the Daily Mirror has been keen to point out it was Brady's own decision because he wants to concentrate on his role as Arsenal Youth Academy Director.
Wenger said:
"This will be Liam Brady's last game as Trapattoni's assistant and that was completely his choice.
"We gave him the freedomg to stay or not, but he decided he couldn't carry on doing the two jobs.
"There was no problem with Trapattoni, But Liam decided he couldn't dedicate enough time to his work with the Arsenal academy any more."

Also being reported this morning, Bacary Sagna has told the Daily Mirror that Arsenal sent him to a psychologist to cope with the death of his older brother.

Sagna said:
"It has been very tough for me, particularly as I was coming in for increasing
criticism at the time. I felt lost. It was eating me up inside, without me even

"Arsenal's psychologist came to see me one day. He told me:
'Something is not right, you have a blank look on your face'.

"I opened my heart to him about my troubles, and it was an enormous help to me."

Some good news, first reported by John Cross on his twitter page, in the Daily Mirror ahead of Saturday's home game with Burnley.

Abou Diaby is back in full training. This is good news with Alex Song ruled out with a two match suspension and obviously Aaron Ramsey being injured.

There are hopes that Andrey Arshavin will be back from a hamstring injury and William Gallas could play, though I expect won't, after being out with a back and calf problem.

And the Daily Mail report we are monitoring Wolfsburg's £10m-rated midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic.

There is also a piece on Theo Walcott by Sam Wallace in The Independent.

And on, with them linking us with the signing of Felipe Melo.

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