Sunday, 8 August 2010

Wenger, Wilshere, Gibbs, Sagna and transfer speculation

Morning Gooners.

After the Legia game last night, there is still plenty going on today. It's final chance for the Sunday papers to report on the Premier League before it starts next weekend.

Reviewing the Legia  Warsaw game post-match, Arsene didn't shead any light on who would play in goal next weekend.

"The situation is that we have the goalkeepers we have. Fabianski conceded three goals in the first half and you could not especially say that he could do something about it."
The only one he was really at fault for was the second, but we can't have a goal like that conceded every game we play. We need to be more organised at the back. Whether we need a new goalkeeper to do that or for Thomas Vermaelen to take more responsibility, that's down for the manager to decide.

In an excellent interview with Amy Lawrence in today's Observer, the manager was quizzed about new signings at the back.

Asked does he understand why people expect him to bring in a new goalkeeper? "Yes," he says, smiling ruefully.

Well lets hope that he makes the acquisitions we need. There is a lot of ground covered including his future.

I can't see him leaving unless it's on his terms but I do hope he signs a new deal with the club.

The manager has quashed speculation a deal has been put in place to allow Cesc Fabregas to leave the Grove next season for Barcelona.

"We are not in a Cristiano Ronaldo case at all. 
"Fabregas is one of our best players and we want him to stay. He will be our captain this season and we hope for many seasons."
Bacary Sagna has got the bit between his teeth and is delivering some fighting talk.

He told the Sunday Mirror
"Finishing in the top four is not good enough. Finishing second or third is not enough.
"The main thing is finishing first. I wouldn't be happy playing in the World Cup Final if we lost it.
"The best thing is to win the Premier League. Since I have been at Arsenal we have had the possibility to win a trophy.
"Every time we were close and I'm fed up being close. I want to win something, I want to lift some trophies. I want to achieve something."
I hope the whole squad are thinking the same.

Nice to read in the Mail on Sunday that their Chief Football Writer Rob Draper has picked the Arsenal as his winners of the Premier League.

He said: 
"No longer young, nor under-funded, it's time to deliver. A new keeper, one more centre-half, a fit Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas can see them win the title again."
The rest of his picks are:
2. Chelsea
3. Manchester United
4. Manchester City
5. Liverpool
6. Tottenham
7. Everton
8. Aston Villa

Congratulations to Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs who have received their first call up to the full England squad for their friendly against Hungary at Wembley on Wednesday.

A piece in the Sunday People suggests Wilshere will ask to leave Arsenal on loan if he's not going to get the games this season. Which seems fair enough.

The Daily Star Sunday say Galatasaray are planning a £3million bid for Tomas Rosicky.

Spurs and Fulham are both tracking Barcelona's ex-Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

The Sunday People say Fenerbahce have offered William Gallas a three year deal worth £3million a season tax free.

The Sunday Mirror say Liverpool want Shaun Wright-Phillips - who has also bizarrely been linked with a move to the Grove as well. Can't see Arsene Wenger going for him. 

And that's it. More on Twitter throughout the day, if there is anything to talk about.

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