Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Wenger on winning, Given won't be second best, Wilshere for Anfield

Morning Gooners.

With the countdown well and truly underway for the new season, our manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about how we'll fair in the Premier League this season.

He said:
"I believe we have a good chance. 
"The most important thing is that we have that belief. We finished third last season, so we have two stairs to climb and I am confident that we can do it."
In many respects he is right. Last season there was no team who was able to run away with the title. Chelsea and Manchester United hung in their longer than we did. But we were there in the mix and had circumstances been kinder to us, who knows what might have been.

Injuries played a huge part in destabilising our run in for the Premier League. Of course that could happen again this season, but can we be unlucky again?

I'm glad the manager is confident in our team, he has to be. There does seem to be quite a bit off negativity around before we've even kicked a ball in anger already this season.

I have to put that down to fans seeing we're not as strong as we could be. Letting Gallas, Campbell and Silvestre leave to replace them with just Laurent Koscielny is one area where many fans, and the manager himself has admitted, we need to strengthen.

I'm discounting the departure of Philippe Senderos and the return from injury of Johan Djourou because they cancel one another out. Neither were in the first team last season for any considerable length of time.

I have to hope that by the time the transfer window closes this summer, Arsene has brought in that central defender we so desperately need.

Talking of Silvestre, The Sun say Fulham are interested in signing him.

I suppose the mood of supporters, the lack of a trophy over the last five seasons, is one of the reasons the Arsenal Supporters Trust survey found that 53% of those asked believed Wenger's football philosophy takes too much precedence over the objective of winning trophies.

I'm an Arsene Wenger supporter. Of course I would like us to win trophies, but I know there is a bigger picture. I'm glad we're not a rich man's play thing, millions or billions of pounds in debt, that we don't have an aging team with no visible sign of young prospects coming through, or a club stuck with a stadium with little prospect of a new one in the current economic situation.

Arsene Wenger has set this team and club up to fight for trophies, not just for the coming season, but for generations to come. We're also in a wonderful stadium, one which competes with the best football grounds in the world.

Looking ahead to the weekend and our trip to Anfield, the Daily Telegraph suggest with so many regular first team midfielders out with injury, Arsene could hand first debuts to Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong.

Wilshere will also be involved for England at Wembley tomorrow night. He has been warned by Fabio Capello that if he is not playing regular football for Arsenal he won't be considered for the national team. I expect Wilshere will stay at Arsenal and fight for a starting place each week.

Further to yesterday's story about Shay Given coming to the Grove, the man himself has been speaking about his future and says he won't be happy to sit on the bench each week at Manchester City if Joe Hart is chosen to be the number one at Eastlands this season.

When asked about a possible move to Arsenal, he said:
"To discuss now would be a little disrespectful to the goalkeepers they have already. Arsenal are a fantastic club, it's just too soon.
"I'm 34 and you cherish every year, every game. For me, it's very important that I play football. I know I'm at a very exciting, very ambitious club with great owners and great ambition to win trophies. That's why I went there."
Perhaps he'll push for a move if Mancini decides Hart is his man. I would prefer a permanent move rather than a loan. I think we need to know where we stand rather than leave our goalkeeping slot to chance at the end of this season.

A couple of international football lines this morning.

Samir Nasri has been talking about being left out of the French squad for the World Cup.

Whilst Laurent Koscielny has opened the door for France to call him up after turning down Poland.

Some transfer speculation for you. The Metro report we've been in contact with Manchester City about buying Vincent Kompany.

Finally for this morning, Barcelona's mouthpiece Xavi is still pining about Cesc Fabregas. I don't want to cover old ground, but I really wish he would get over it. Cesc has decided to stay. That's the end of the story.

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