Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Schwarzer fails to move, Traore to Italy, Bendtner sidelined, Theo on Hansen, Spurs fixture announced

Morning Gooners.

We'll transfer deadline day passed Arsenal by without any major deals taking place. The one signing fans were clamoring for us to make was that of Mark Schwarzer.

His move to north London didn't happen. I'm not totally surprised really. As I said in the blog yesterday, circumstance was against us from the minute Fulham turned our first bid down and Roy Hodgeson left for Liverpool.

It was always going to be hard to get him on the final day. It meant that Fulham had to find a replacement in double quick time if they were going to allow Schwarzer to leave. The Daily Mirror report they did try to find replacements for the Australian but were left with little time to do a deal.

Two players left the club on season long loans. Full back Armand Traore heads to Juventus while Nacer Barazite joins Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem.

The loan market for Football League clubs reopens next week, so I would imagine we might see some movement again when that happens.

Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb returns to the Premier League with a move to Birmingham.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror report Nicklas Bendtner injury problems continue with the Denmark manager Morten Olsen not expecting to see the striker play for him this year. It may mean he doesn't play again for Arsenal until November.

Theo Walcott was put up by England to face the media yesterday. He was again asked about missing out on the World Cup.

"I had a nice break through the summer and everything has gone well, so I just have to keep my feet on the ground. 
"It's one of those things. I didn't point the finger at anyone, I didn't blame anyone, it's disappointing. 
"But I'm not going to blame myself, I just want to make sure it doesn't happen again by working hard on the training pitch. 
"I didn't want to think too much about it, and had a good mental break over the summer, because you want to spend time with your family when you can. 
"But it's going well now and that's all I can do." 
The break has done him good, as has the change in his attitude. I think something has finally clicked for Theo and if he keeps putting the hard work in on the training  pitch and every time he pulls on an Arsenal shirt, we're going to see the player we all know he can be.

And after being snubbed by Fabio Capello for the World Cup, he'll be one of the first names on the team sheet on Friday when England play Bulgaria.

In the Daily Mirror, Theo talks about watching Alan Hansen's critique of his performance on Match of the Day.

Congratulations must go to James Shea, who was in the right place at the right time. The 19-year-old Arsenal youth goalkeeper trained yesterday with the England squad because of injuries to Scott Carson and Ben Foster. The official site have a gallery of pictures of Shea going through routines with the squad.

And finally for this morning, the date for Arsenal's Carling Cup fixture has been announced. The game will take place on Tuesday September 21, kicking off at 7.45pm and will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Sports. 

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