Saturday, 30 October 2010

Arsene tables two deals for stars of the future - Fabianski - Carling Cup

Morning Gooners,

There is some unsurprising news today regarding offers Arsene Wenger has made to two of his most talented youngsters.

That's right, the manager wants to tie down on long term deals at the club Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny.

Neither of these proposed deals should come as any surprise. Wilshere has had an excellent start to the season and the boss has shown faith in a player who has deserved to started ten games this season in all competition.

"We are confident that we will sign Jack very quickly.
"Jack has 18 months to go. I will try to get him on a longer contract but we are not short, short with him because he has basically two years left. We hope that we can announce that soon."
The Daily Mirror speculates the contract is worth £20 million to Wilshere over five years. Whilst The Sun say it will be a six year deal. Whatever the cost of the deal, I think it is very important we sign Wilshere for as long as possible and give him the money he deserves.

I think his development this season has amazed a lot of people and I'd include myself. I expected him to be slowed played into the first team with first substitute appearances and then games at the back end of the Champions League group stage and the Carling Cup.

But he's pushed his way straight into the first team and has deserved his place. His performances have let no one down and he's certainly got a long term future at the club, so Arsene sign him up quickly!

Another of our young talents talked of in terms of having a long term future with the club is Wojciech Szczesny.

Despite only playing two first team games for the club, the Pole is considered to be our future number one by many, including Arsene Wenger.

The manager told his press conference yesterday an offer had been made to Szczesny.

He added:
"We are negotiating with him and try to extend his contract. He wants to stay, I want him to stay, so basically [a] plus plus [a] plus should be [a] plus!
"... Wojciech is a very talented young one. We brought him in and he made the effort to come to the Club at the age of 16.
"He wants to be successful here and I want him to be successful here, so normally it should work out."
He's certainly one for the future, maybe even the near future. But I think he'll certainly be our second choice keeper by the start of next season.

By the end of the season I expect Manuel Almunia to have left the club and for Vito Mannone to return from his loan spell at Hull as our third choice keeper.

Some Saturday reading for you. David Hytner in The Guardian writes about Lukasz Fabianski and how he could be Arsenal's goalkeeping answer after all. 

Finally, the Carling Cup fifth round draw takes place at lunchtime (12.20 BST).

Arsenal are the first ball and we could face: 

2. Aston Villa
3. Birmingham City 
4. Ipswich Town 
5. Manchester United 
6. West Bromwich Albion 
7. West Ham United 
8. Wigan Athletic 

All ties will take place during the week commencing November 29.

Follow me on Twitter to find out who we'll face in the Carling Cup if you can't watch it.

I'll post a preview of the West Ham game later. 

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