Monday, 26 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Monday July 26, 2010

Morning Gooners.

Seems that there are a few bits and pieces going on. Nothing to major but at least some Arsenal related stuff to chew over.

Arsenal will play their last game of the Austrian tour tomorrow evening against SC Neusiedl 1919 before the players fly back to London.

It will be then when Cesc Fabregas will meet with Arsene Wenger, as per the article in yesterday's Sunday Mirror, which has this morning been followed up by The Sun.

They use more sensationalist language, describing the meeting as "make-or-break".

This is far from the truth. Cesc is clever enough to know the position. You can see how the meeting will go:

Cesc: Have Barcelona made a bid for me?

Arsene: Yes, but it was not anywhere in the region of what you are worth and the club have turned it down.

Cesc: Ok. So I'll be staying at Arsenal this season?

Arsene: Yes. We need you more than we need the money.

Cesc: Fine. I will give my all like I always have for Arsenal.

Great quote from "A Nou Camp spokesman" in the Sun's piece.

He said:

"We wait calmly to see what happens. This week will be the key."

Well I can tell you Mr Barcelona spokesman that this week won't be key. Nothing has happened this summer to suggest anything other than Cesc staying at Arsenal this coming season.

One thing which would keep Cesc happy would be a trophy this season.

Thomas Vermaelen would be certainly keep on that as well and he has been talking about the possibility of bringing the first meaningful trophy at the Grove in the Evening Standard.

He said:

"The spirit in the camp is good. We have a good young group who are very aggressive and want to improve. I think people will always say we can't compete — it is not the first time.

"But we have to do what we always do which is work hard and play our own game. Then we can compete — I hope we can compete for the title this year and I'm convinced we will."

He's also been talking up the players who could be alongside him this season, Johan Djourou and Laurant Koscielny.

He added:
"I have only played with Johan twice but I love him as a player. He is strong in the air and marks tightly, which is good, and Laurent is a little bit the same. He is smart and quick as well."

They are all going to be important for us this season, no more so than Vermaelen. He will be our leader in defence and needs to stamp this authority over the player who come in alongside him.

Moving on to transfer movements and the Daily Star are keen to link us once again with a move for Phil Jagielka.

Meanwhile in The Independent, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is being linked with Jagielka as well.

You wonder if he's just trying to inflate the price but if the valuation is getting more than £15million, you can't see Arsene being interested in a deal.

The Daily Mail suggest the reports linking William Gallas with a move to Celtic seem to have more to do with the player's representatives pursuing options as he looks to move from Arsenal than any real interest from the Scottish club.

There is no possibility that Yoann Gourcuff will leave Bordeaux this summer according to their chairman Jean-Louis Triaud.

We've been linked with the Frenchman in the past, but Triaud tells Sky Sports there is no way he'll leave. 

The Guardian report that former Arsenal striker Ian Wright host a show for Absolute Radio when it begins it Premier League coverage next month.

And finally for today, Roberto Mancini thinks that all the other Premier League clubs have shelled out as much as Manchester City in the past to get where they are today.

The Daily Mirror quotes the Italian saying:
"Over the years, all these teams have spent a lot of money. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.

"They've done in the past what we're doing now, so for me there isn't a difference."
Now if Arsene Wenger has spent nearly £100million in one summer, I'd like Mancini to show me where its gone.

Anything going on today - very doubtful - will be discussed on Twitter.

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