Saturday, 28 August 2010

Schwarzer to quit Fulham, Wilshere's England call, Allardyce moans about Wenger, Bartley asked to leave

Morning Gooners.

Quick round up today prior to some proper football this lunchtime.

We'll start with Mark Schwarzer who has yet to play in the Premier League with Fulham this season after handing in a transfer request.

The Sun this morning claim that Schwarzer has now threatened to leave the west London club next summer for nothing if they won't allow him to join Arsenal.

The newspaper also claim we've increased our offer to around £3million. The article also mentions the Asia cup which Australia compete for in January. If Schwarzer does play in that competition it would mean he'd miss a month of Premier League action.

I think a deal will go through for the Australian. Hughes knows he can't keep an unhappy player. The problem he's got is finding a replacement. 

While we're talking goalkeepers, there is an interesting column in the Financial Times about Wenger's keeper conundrum.

The manager has been talking about Jack Wilshere's inclusion in the England under 21 squad rather than playing for the full national side.

"I'm surprised that he's not in the full England team but if Capello wanted to select him then not to play him, maybe it's better he plays in the Under-21s."
I would have to agree with that. There is no point Wilshere sitting on the bench. He will be doing more than enough of that at Arsenal this season. If he gets to play football at international level that will only help him as a player.

He's got some big players in front of him at Arsenal and he's done well to get two league starts already. My feeling is that he won't get many more starts in the league this season if everyone else is fit. It'll be Carling Cup and FA Cup, maybe a couple of games in the Champions League but not many more league starts.

Playing international football is good for him to gain experience and won't cost Arsenal anything.

New boy Sebastien Squillaci talks about getting old at Arsenal in the Sun. The more I think about it, the more I'm pleased we've signed him. He will add something to the squad which we don't already have and as Gunnerblog points out, we could have signed Matthew Upson back for more money but a player who has less experience - Upson yet to play Champions League football.

He's a steal as well. £3.6million for an international defender who has Champions League minutes under his belt. Amazing work by Arsene and Ivan!

On to the game this lunchtime. 

Arsene Wenger says we are more up to the task of winning at Blackburn than we were a few seasons ago. I hope we are better equipped now than we were a few months ago.

"We have a good opportunity to send a strong message. We have more steel because a few years ago we were a bit too immature for this kind of game. I don't feel any more that we are.
"I always tell my players to be committed – that means to deal with every single ­challenge. It will be important that we are strong in the air.
"They have some players who are good in the air and they favour that style. They have Paul Robinson who kicks the ball very long, they have long throws – it's important in England if you want to win the championship you have to deal with that."
Now in someways I would write off last seasons game at Ewood Park. It came after we had been dumped out of the title race by our own shocking performance against Wigan. But perhaps we are going to Lancashire at the right time this season. The pitch shouldn't be too bad and our mindset will be different.

One thing which won't be any different is Arsene Wenger's post match routine. Sam Allardyce moans that foreign managers won't share a glass of wine together after the match with him. Well personally I wouldn't want to either.

There is also some stuff around about us being a dirty team once upon a time. I sometimes wish we still had that reputation. Got some red cards for some tackles and weren't afraid to bully teams. At least then we won things.

Youngster Kyle Bartley has told how he persuaded Arsene Wenger to let him rejoin Sheffield United on loan.

"Let's face it, I am not at a level yet where I can win Arsenal the Premier League, so I believe it is important that I continue my education at Sheffield United." 
Seems like he has got a good head on him. No delusional about his chances at Arsenal and wants to work at gaining experience by playing football week-in week-out. Good for him.

And finally for this morning. The ever loyal Emmanual Adebayor, you know that chap planning his retirement and how much he'll have in his pension pot at the age of 24, has told Manchester City he wants to leave them after one season if another club comes in for him.

He's obviously never thought about staying and fighting for his place.

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1 comment:

  1. Saw Bartley play and met him in person pre-season. I was hugely impressed. Very calm, very strong and seems a level headed young chap. A real prospect for the future I'm absolutely sure.