Tuesday, 6 July 2010

The Arsenal Paper Round: Tuesday July 6, 2010

So after getting an annoyance that was itching at me this morning, I suppose I should get on with the paper round.

I think we'll start with bad news which is that Nicklas Bendtner could miss the start of the season after his injury problems at the world cup don't seem to have cleared up.

The Daily Mirror report Bendtner is returning to London for an MRI scan tomorrow on his groin problem.

Bendtner said:
"I still feel quite bad in my groin. Sadly it hasn't been better during my holiday, like I expected it to giving it nothing but rest. And that worries me a lot.
"I had hoped and counted on, that a total break from football and training would heal the injury, but is hasn't happened.
"I have spoken to Arsenal throughout the holiday and I am having to do a big scan when I return this week.
"My whole body must be scanned to find out where the groin problem really comes from.
"I still feel pain, and it is very frustrating. I don't know where I am in relation to playing football. 
"It doesn't feel good at all. Some mornings I can hardly get out of bed.
"It is not the best way to return to Arsenal like this, but the club and I have to get to the bottom of my problem now."
Lets hope he isn't out for too long. We don't need to start losing players to injury even before the season has started.

One player I'm looking forward to watching again this season is Thomas Vermaelen who was excellent in his first for the club.

The defender believes that Arsenal can win a trophy next season and is looking forward to heading back to pre-season training later this week.

He told Arsenal TV Online:
'It is not easy when you come from another country because the Premier League is the hardest league in the world. 
'I learned a lot from playing at a higher level, I have learned from different situations in the games, so I hope that I can improve next year.  
'This year it did not work out, but we have a lot of good players and a good team with a lot of quality.  
'We have to continue what we have been doing, we are working hard. I am convinced that next year we can win trophies with this team.  
'We had a lot of injuries, and if we can all be fit for a long time next season, it will be a good year for us.'
New defender Laurent Koscielny's deal should be announced soon with the 24 year-old finalising personal terms on a four-year deal and is said to be training with the youth team.

Martin Keown, asked for his opinion of what Arsenal need in their defence next season, said that Arsene should sign experience.

And he's backing Arsenal to sign up Sol Campbell for another year at the Grove.

He said:  
'I am worried that he [Koscielny] is young. When he played, I think Sol Campbell displayed an element that was missing from the team.  
'There is no substitute for experience. I think Arsenal have suffered over the last five years for not having quite enough experience.'

Robin Van Persie should be in world cup action for Holland tonight against Uruguay.

His national team boss has been talking him up because he might feel a bit down having only scored one goal in the tournament so far.

Oranje coach Bert van Marwijk said:
"Robin is extremely talented and I would say he is one of the best football players on this planet.
"He was injured for a very long time this season and I was very happy to see him fit just in time.
"Of course, you cannot come back from so long out and just play. You do need a certain rhythm.
"But sometimes with the great players it comes just like that. He was good in the last match, better than before. Players with so much talent can suddenly decide a game. I always believe in him, and still do."
I think it's fair to say that Robin hasn't had a world cup we thought he might. That must be down to the fact he hasn't had a full season playing for Arsenal.

But he has played an important role for his team. His movement around the defence, pulling players out of position and allowing his team mates opening to score is all part of his whole involvement in this team game.

And he has been leading the line alone. I hope he has a cracker tonight scoring many goals!

And tomorrow night sees Cesc Fabregas' Spain take on Germany in a game I can't wait to watch.

Fabregas has had a quiet tournament so far, mainly making it onto the pitch after sitting on the bench for long periods.

It would be good to see him get a run out tomorrow night. Maybe even a start.

Fabregas said:
"All I want is to play football. When I come on, I don't think about it. It is the semi-final of the World Cup. I just want to play, I want to enjoy, do well for the team, and show I can play.
"I feel good, I feel motivated. Of course, when you are not playing, you have to give even more to get yourself into the team.
"I needed games. I needed minutes on the pitch. You can train as much as you like but if you don't play, you will never get your fitness back.
"It felt much better today on the pitch so hopefully in the next two games I will feel better."

Finally this morning, it appears that Liverpool are moving in on Joe Cole. It will be very interesting to see where he ends up after all this speculation.

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