Friday, 29 October 2010

Szczesny offered loan exit? Walcott wants silverware, Van Persie targets Spurs

Morning Gooners,

I'll start today with some fantasy transfer news for you. It comes from the Daily Mirror, who think Wojciech Szczesny could end the season on loan at Celtic.

They say the Scottish club had a delegation of people at the Newcastle game to watch our young Polish shot stopper and will speak to Arsene Wenger about signing Szczesny on loan in January.

I'll kick this rumour out straight away. It'll never happen.

Mannone was sent out on loan to move Szczesny closer to the first team. He's now third choice and has eight months left on his contract.

He played just his second game for Arsenal on Wednesday and I cannot see Wenger letting him leave unless he really thinks Fabianski and Almunia are good enough to see out the season for us or he's planning to sign someone in January.

Ideally what Wenger wants to happen is for Szczesny to sign a new deal and negotiations have now begun on a proposed five year extension.

Lets hope he signs the deal before January. But as for a move to Celtic. I can't ever see that happening.

A player who continues to impress me with his performances this season is Theo Walcott.

The England international returned to the Arsenal starting line up on Wednesday night with two excellent goals. He's already impressed with his early season performances prior to his injury and I really think he's got the bit between his teeth to go out on to the pitch every game to prove his critics wrong.

He's showing on the training ground how determined he is with extra practice and that looks to have paid off.

Of the chance Arsenal have to lift the League Cup, Walcott said:
"I think it is a great opportunity for us to win it. We want to win trophies. People might say it is a Mickey Mouse cup and things like that but for me personally it is a trophy. 
"Our fans have been absolutely desperate for us to get a trophy and so have the players. Hopefully this could be one of many. 
"If we continue to play football throughout the whole squad, then things are looking bright."
It will be interesting to see if Wenger picks Walcott from the start against West Ham tomorrow. I would hazard a guess he will, so does that mean Samir Nasri or Andrey Arshavin drops out? A big decision for the boss. But I think Walcott has to start. He was superb against Newcastle and against the Hammers, I'm sure he'll have the chance of scoring a few goals.

One man who's only played 75 minutes for Arsenal this season is hoping to make his come back for the Gunners in three weeks time.

When Robin Van Persie left the field at Ewood Park on the third weekend of the season, not many of us would have put money on his return to the side being swift. 

But the Dutchman has told John Cross of the Daily Mirror he believes he could be back in first team contention by the time Tottenham come to the Grove on November 20.

The manager spoke to Arsenal TV Online yesterday and gave an update on our injury news ahead of Saturday's game with West Ham. You can watch the video of his injury update.

Kieran Gibbs is out of action for a few weeks with a medial knee ligament strain. There is no sign of a return to action for Thomas Vermaelen, who worryingly the manager hasn't set a time scale for his return.

Aaron Ramsey will return to first team training at the end of next week alongside the fore mentioned Van Persie.

Manuel Almunia could be back in one to two weeks. But there was no mention of Abou Diaby.

Hopefully there will be an update on some of those players when the manager speaks with the media at his pre-match press conference at lunchtime.

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