Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Thursday July 29, 2010

Morning Gooners.

We'll start today's post with news that Nicklas Bendtner will miss the start of the season with a groin injury. The manager said after the Sturm Graz game that the injury wasn't "big" but it appears the situation is worse than first thought.

It is obviously disappointing to be without a player who has come on leaps and bounds in the past two campaigns. He has proved to many doubters what an important part of our squad he is. And the manager showed great faith in him when he decided to keep Bendtner and sell Emmanual Adebayor to Manchester City last summer.

Wenger told the official site:
"Bendtner will not be available for the start of the season. We don't know [how bad it is].

"Denilson should be [fit] - maybe not for the Emirates Cup but for the Warsaw game and Diaby as well.

"Fabregas and Van Persie are due to come back on August 5 and from then on we will see how much build-up work is needed physically and as well how they have recovered mentally from the World Cup.

"They might be short for the first game [of the season] but I don't know, that will depend on the fitness work they have done during the holiday."
Now with regards to Cesc and Robin, it's not too much of a surprise if they both aren't involved in the Liverpool game because they are coming back to pre-season training so late. However baring injury I expect both to play some part in the game at Anfield on August 15.

Even if they play 70 minutes, they can have the game the following week against Blackpool off to recover.

Talking of Cesc, The Sun report that Barcalona have kept the number four shirt free in case they can find the money required to buy our captain.

There seems to be more than just conjecture in the reports linking us to Germany defender Per Mertesacker.

The Guardian say we're in negotiations with Werder Bremen over the transfer of the player.

This is obviously good news if it is true. We certainly need another central defender before the start of the season.

Wenger was asked whether he wanted to sign the 25-year-old who has two years to run on his contract at Bremen.

He said:
"There are people we consider and are analysing and we look at the financial possibilities. We are still on the search for centre-halves. We have three and we need at least four." 
Lets hope the deal is done within the next 48 hours and he is paraded before the crowd at the Emirates Cup. 

Talking about our pre-season tournament is our favourite England player, when he is selected and probably even when he isn't, Theo Walcott.

The 21-year-old must be busting at the seems to get out there this season more than any other, especially after being dropped for the World Cup squad. This season more than any he has something to prove.

He told Arsenal.com:
"I know it's only pre-season, but you always like to start well at the Emirates Cup, in front of your own supporters. I'm really looking forward to getting back out there at Emirates Stadium and playing.

"Celtic are a very good team with great supporters, so we're looking forward to playing against them. It should make a very good atmosphere in the stadium on that day!

"Also, AC Milan are one of Europe's leading clubs, so of course, we can't wait to play them as well."
Just as an aside, Arsenal have been advertising this weekend's exhibition matches hard in the press and online. They've offered loads of tickets to newspapers and broadcasters as prizes and I wonder how ticket sales have gone.

There seems to be a lack of interest by many fans I know and I think the price of tickets has increased since it was first run. Lets hope it's not a complete flop in terms of crowd turn out. I know the first day, where we play AC Milan, is sold out. Lets hope the same will be said about the second.

Arsenal.com has been talking to Gael Clichy but it is much of what we read yesterday.

A couple of names to add to the transfer linked section of Arsenal.com.

The Sun say we're looking at Juventus winger Sebastian Giovinco. And the same paper also add the name of Stuttgart defender Serdar Tasci to the list of defensive players we're rumoured to be interested in.

Sad news yesterday was the decision by Sol Campbell to leave the club and join Newcastle on a one year contract. Campbell made 211 appearances for the Club, scoring a dozen goals. I can understand his reasons. He'll be able to play most of the season for them, won't have the added pressure of Champions League matches, will be able to live with his wife (she has links with the north east) and won't have the prospect of ruining his Arsenal legacy.

I personally want to wish Sol the best and hope he enjoys his time in the north east.

Finally, congratulations to fellow Gooner Mo Farah who has become the Britain's first European gold medallist in the 10,000m.  As the The Guardian report, the club has sent a message to him.  Just shows what an excellent and classy club we support. Well done Mo and Arsenal.  You both make me proud to be a Gooner.

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