Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Shocking transfer rumour - Wilshere on title - Worst ref for Brum - New shirt deal?

Morning Gooners.

Well today is certainly the day to put those lucky pair of pants on or to put that rabbit's foot in your pocket or to even have your fingers crossed all day.

Yes, the last round of matches for this international break are played this evening with eight Arsenal players involved

Here's the players and the opposition.
Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Abou Diaby (France v Luxembourg); Tomas Rosicky (Liechtenstein v Czech Republic); Andrey Arshavin (Macedonia v Russia); Jack Wilshere (England v Montenegro); Vito Mannone (Belarus Under-21 v Italy Under-21) and Henri Lansbury (Romania Under-21s v England Under-21s).

Obviously it would be nice if all our players can come back injury free.

On Sunday Wojciech Szczesny played the first 45 minutes for Poland's under-20 team who played their USA counterparts. They lost 1-0 with goal coming in the second half.
I'll no doubt have the England game on whilst I do something more interesting with my time like trying to pull out a tooth with a pair of pliers and no anaesthetic.

Hopefully out of the corner of my eye I'll have time to catch the performance of Jack Wilshere who has been elevated to the senior squad at the expense of playing with the under-21s in Romania.

You would have thought with his call up to the senior side made by Fabio Capello he'd be getting some playing time rather than just warming the bench but who knows???

The young Englishman has been speaking with the official site about Arsenal's chances in the league this season.

He said:
"It's still early days, we're definitely still in it. I know we are seven points behind, but I think Chelsea will definitely drop points and we've just got to capitalise when they do.
"Hopefully there aren't too many injuries [ahead for us] but if there are we've got a big squad and we can cope."
I agree. At this stage of the season we can still come back into the title race however the defeat makes it that more difficult. We cannot afford to slip up again. The game against Manchester City in two weeks is now all the more important and we cannot leave Eastlands with anything other than a point as a minimum.

The other thing about injuries is not true either. We have not been able to cope without Vermaelen, Fabregas and Van Persie during their absence. That showed against West Brom more than Chelsea. Yes this season we do have a bigger squad, but put those three players into the starting line up and we are certainly a more effective side.

A transfer rumour I have found hard to believe is the one originating from Spain yesterday. Madrid sports newspaper AS are reporting Barcelona are interested in signing Denilson.

The story, picked up by the unreliable Goal.com, has gone round the internet and still finds its way back to me and sits in my made up transfer rumour of the day inbox.

Not to say that Denilson isn't good enough for Barcelona, far from it. He is one of Arsenal most maligned players and singled out for abuse he doesn't deserve by supporters who don't see what he brings to the team.

But a move to Barcelona? No way. They have far too many good youngsters coming through the ranks to need our Brazilian midfield general who at 22-years-old has already made 102 starts for the club.

Other than that there are a load of tit-bits around this morning.
  • Arguably the worst referee in the Premier League Martin Atkinson will take charge of our game with Birmingham on Saturday.
  • Arsenal are considered prime contenders for the signing of Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku.
  • Emirates Airlines are negotiating the renewal of their shirt sponsorship with the club which runs out in 2014.
  • Thierry Henry talks about how Arsenal signed Kolo Toure.
Also worth a read is an a look at some of the statistics researched by the man from East Lower on Arsenal's dominance or not in the air and on the ground.

Finally for this morning, I've been swooning over these lovely set of pictures on the official site of Robert Pires in the red and white of Arsenal again as he trains at London Colney. Oh Bobby, you bring back so many happy memories.....

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