Sunday, 17 October 2010

Vieira to return? Dutch want RVP. Eastmond off? Youth prospect to join?

Morning Gooners.

Three points on the board yesterday and with Chelsea and Manchester United slipping up with draws, we can only hope that Blackpool pull off a shock result this afternoon to make it a near perfect weekend for us Gooners.

In the Sunday's there are quite a few stories around for a change.

The main one being in the Sunday People. Dave Kidd reports that Arsene Wenger wants Patrick Vieira to join his coaching staff if he leaves Manchester City next summer.

With Vieira not getting the playing time he expected to at City, the former Gunners captain could retire from football.

The newspaper believes that Wenger wants Vieira to join his coaching staff at London Colney.

In my opinion this would be an excellent move. It would also look at something I've been thinking about for a couple of month now. Planning for a successor to Arsene Wenger.

The manager's back room staff hasn't changed considerably in the 14 years he's been with the club. There has been no young coaches coming through the system being tutored and mentored by the great man.

Perhaps if Vieira came in he would offer a fresh voice and opinion to the mix, which would be good for Wenger and Arsenal.

Elsewhere there is the non shocking news in the Daily Star Sunday that Robin van Persie could be out until November.

They title this as an exclusive, but anyone who follows Arsene Wenger's press conferences can tell you that RVP wasn't due to return before then anyway.

Continuing with van Persie news and the Mail on Sunday say Arsenal are on a collision course with the Dutch Football Association regarding the possible inclusion of our crocked striker in the Holland squad to face Turkey in an international friendly next month.

It would be crazy if Robin was called up and played by his national side having not played a game for Arsenal since August.

This is where Arsenal should have the right to veto his call up. I just hope that common sense prevails.

A few transfer stories making the tabloids today.

One involves Diego Poyet, the son of Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus. He's a England youth international, who currently plays in the Charlton midfield. The Sunday People link him with a move to us.

Whilst someone heading out on loan could be Craig Eastmond. The Sunday People link him with a move to Leicester City, now with Sven Goran Eriksson as their manager.

Other bits and bobs. The Sunday Mirror say Cesc Fabregas will be back for Tuesday night's game with Shakhtar Donetsk. And the Mail on Sunday have a great interview with Tony Adams.

That's it for now. Match report and ratings to follow later.

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  1. Picking up on your comments on call ups from countrys wanting our players to play in there teams, i beleive its about time we said no to players that have hardly kicked a ball, to go and play for their countrys, surely players are picked on form, so any player such as RVP should not be picked, unless they are trying to scupper Arsenals domestic progress, its simple a polite NO

  2. A loan would be good for Eastmond but I'd love it to be a Premier League club that he went to.