Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Waiting for Squillaci, Mourinho writes us off, Silvestre to Germany, Wilshere dropped

Morning Gooners.

And so the waiting continues. That is for the official announcement that Sébastien Squillaci has signed for the club. His old club have all but said he's off, the man himself has said there wasn't a chance he was going to not sign for Arsene Wenger and now we're left waiting for the official confirmation from Arsenal.

I'm relaxed about it as should you be. If he wasn't going to sign he would have been playing for Sevilla last night in the Champions League qualifier. Incidentally the Spanish side lost 4-3 to Sporting Braga which dumps them out of the competition.

News reached me last night that our new experienced French international defender will wear the number 18 shirt vacated by Mikael Silvestre.

I don't know what the hold up is, but we were left waiting ages for the club to announce the signing of Thomas Vermaelen last summer. I imagine that it will be done prior to Arsene speaking to the media before the Blackburn game this weekend.

More on Squillaci as and when we do make the move official. 

Still no news on Mark Schwarzer. I would hope we would turn our attention back to him as soon as possible. There were rumours yesterday there is a problem with his knee, but that is just conjecture at the moment.

On to other stuff around this morning.

Jose Mourinho has been speaking to Sky Sports about the Premier League campaign. This has been picked up by the newspapers and spun as they like to do.

"Year after year it looks like, but no, it looks like, but no. Always the same type of comment 'It's a young team', 'It will be next season, it will be next season'. 
"Fantastic for Arsene that he signed a new contract. I remember when we played them in a Carling Cup semi-final when they played the 'team of young boys'. 
"The 'team of young boys' is not the team of young boys now, they are a team of 25, 26, 27 year olds. 
"So Fabregas, Walcott, Clichy, Song and Sagna are not kids, they are a team old enough to win things. 
"But they will do it. I think it will again be Manchester United, Chelsea and, of course, Man City, because they have a great squad."
First off, Arsene has for the last two seasons said we should be winning things. He has never said 'It will be next season' in fact when he signed his new contract on the eve of the Liverpool game he said it was now time for them to deliver.

Secondly we played Chelsea in the Carling Cup final not semi.

Thirdly our team has not got a core of 25, 26, 27 year olds. Here is the Blackpool starting 11: Almunia (33), Sagna (27), Song (23), Vermaelen (24), Clichy (25), Rosicky (29), Diaby (24), Wilshere (18), Walcott (21), Chamakh (26), Arshavin (29). 
So our average age is 25 years-old. We're a much younger side then Chelsea and I would guess Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool, so we are not the finished article but still developing.

But then he says: "But they will do it" so he''s not writing us off completely. It's like Mourinho has now turned full circle and is now the voyeur looking in on Arsene. 

In other news, Mikael Silvestre is lined with a move to Werder Bremen by The Sun.

Jack Wilshere has been demoted to the England under 21s after just eight minutes on the pitch for the full side in a friendly.

Henri Lansbury could be off out on loan to Swansea.

Nicklas Bendtner has severed ties with a Danish therapist and is now being treated by the medical team at London Colney for a long-standing groin and pelvic injury.

Tonight sees the return leg of Tottenham's Champions League qualifier against Young Boys. They are 3-2 from the first leg. However they are playing at home and must been seen as the favourites to go through.

The official site has a handy guide as to who we could face in the group stages when the draw is made on Thursday.

Other than that there isn't much going on this morning. Lets hope the Squillaci deal is announced so we can then look forward to who we might be signing next...... We live in hope!

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