Thursday, 23 September 2010

Szczesny set to leave, Gibbs boost, Wenger happy, Fabregas targets Chelsea

Morning Gooners.

The Carling Cup last night threw up some interesting results with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool falling at the Third Round hurdle. So could this be our year?

Arsene Wenger certainly hopes so. He's been speaking about how the team is now ready to win honors and that they are more than capable of doing so.

He said: 
"My players don't have the excuse of inexperience any more. They are eager for titles. I believe they are capable, but they have to show it. 
"People are always saying that we haven't won anything for five years. This is true, but we have always remained at the highest level, even during difficult periods in the club's life."
Could the first piece of silverware on that list be the Carling Cup? We've played the youngsters in the past in the competition and I think with the knowledge and the reminder of the 5-1 defeat the manager decided to play a more experienced selection of his youngsters.

If we get a better draw in the fourth round (which is made on Saturday) in which to play the kids, I can see them coming back in. But I think the manager couldn't look at the Spurs game lightly and that's why we played with more experience.

Will we go for the Carling Cup now? Why not. It's there for the taking. Give me silverware in any other competition ahead of the league cup, but if we've got a chance to win it why shouldn't we go for it. The draw has certainly opened up with those three teams out of it.

Tomas Rosicky is certainly up for it. He said:
"It is important to end the trophy drought because we haven't won anything for a long time. You can see the boss is going for it.
"He wants to win the Carling Cup more this season because he took the whole team here. That gives us a better chance of winning it, we have a good enough squad to compete on all levels.
"I came in 2006 and have won nothing yet. I came here to win trophies, so let's go for it in style."
Elsewhere Henri Lansbury has been talking about his chance to play in the Carling Cup. And the manager talks about his future.

To round up developments after the Carling Cup game, Arsenal announced yesterday the injury to Kieran Gibbs is not as bad as first feared.

He has severe bruising to his left foot and it should only be a short term injury.

One of the players who didn't feature for Arsenal on Tuesday night was Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

He now looks certain to leave the club. Fresh comments from him have appeared in The Sun. They don't make happy reading for Arsene Wenger or Arsenal.

He said:
"I am ready to play at a high level and need a club which won't be afraid to rely on a 20-year-old goalkeeper. 
"At Arsenal, nobody is brave enough to do so. It won't be difficult to find a new club but I am not allowed to speak to anyone. 
"I know Arsenal are fighting for trophies but if you want to win anything you must play your best players - not the oldest ones. 
"I am trying to fight for the No 1 shirt. I am not interested in being No 3 at any club. 
"My contract's running until June. 
"On January 1 I will be able to sign with any other club so I won't say now that I want to leave because I could fall into trouble. 
"I'd love to play for Arsenal but am expecting more than a few words (from Wenger) at a Press conference that, one day Wojciech will be the No 1." 
He then went on to add:
"I played a few friendlies in the summer and didn't fail. I had hopes before the season - that's why I didn't want to listen to offers. 
"Now it's difficult because the season's started and everyone has a keeper.   
"I had three meetings regarding extending my contract but the club seemed not to be interested. 
"When I get the chance, I'll prove I should've got my chance earlier." 
It is disappointing the player has come out with these comments. He must be deeply hurt with not being given a chance but as a professional I think he has to accept competition for places. It must be even harder on a goalkeeper compared with an out field player.

As I've written previously, playing a season in league one does not make you a Premier League keeper. I think he was so intent on trying to force his way into the first team this season that he lost track of the bigger picture.

Had he gone on loan to a Championship team or perhaps even a mid ranking Premier League team he would have found his progress to the number one shirt quicker because he would have had more experience.

It is obviously hard on him. But we have three other keepers and the hype built up around Szczesny - who has one league cup start to his name let us not forget - does not tally with the reality of the current situation. 

Obviously it would be a shame to lost him, but I think that's the way it's heading.

On to more positive news, with the latest developments in Cesc Fabregas' recovery from injury.

The captain is targeting the Chelsea game as his return and tells the Daily Star
"The injury is not as bad as we first thought. There is no muscle rupture and I will be back perfect in about 10 to 11 days. 
"I am working with an osteopath in Paris and just working day to day. I think I will make the Chelsea game."
Lets hope he does. We will be a stronger team with him than without him.

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  1. szez should be in and flappy sold. its bloody obvious

  2. the issue about Szczesny is that the 2 'senior' keepers are not much good. any keeper will do, if arsenal are prepared to accept the standard of almunia/fabiansk; and if any keeper will do, then why not Szczesny? in fact, instead of putting fabianski in goal, why not just play without a keeper? probably concede less without him flapping harmless crosses into his own goal or giving the ball back to the opponents to let them take quick free kicks. the only time i've seen an arsenal keeper win the match for the team(instead of costing the team, like what almunia/fabianski do all the time) since lehman left was when mannone played against fulham. so , based on what i can see (i havent seen Szczesny play,ever), i think mannone is by far the better keeper compared to almunia/fabianski. its a bit like the time when lehman left...i cannot imagine any reason how almunia can be preferred in goal ahead of lehman. if arsenal were to pick keepers on merit, then almunia should not be the 1st choice, and fabianski shld not be allowed anywhere near gloves.

  3. The problem is with Szczesny among us fans is the majority of us have not seen him play and yet he is the mystical figure who is going to solve all our goal keeping problems.

    He's played one league cup game last season.

    I think there needs to be perspective on the situation.

  4. how about this for perspective?

    maybe Szczesny is not the best thing since sliced bread, but i would prefer to see anyone else in goal than fabianski.

    i have not seen how good Szczesny is. but i have seen how bad fabianski is.

    and thats enough.