Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Bayern could move for Bendtner - Nasri taunts Chelsea - Chamakh attack!

Morning Gooners.

I'm sure like me you've still got a warm glow of happiness following Sunday's victory made all the more sweeter by Chelsea's defeat at the hands of Sunderland.

There is obviously a huge game ahead this Saturday and we have to keep our momentum going. Build up to the north London derby won't start until after the international games, so we've just got to cross our fingers and hope all our players away with their countries come back fit.

One man who has not joined up with his national team mates is Nicklas Bendtner.

Days after saying he wants more playing time he's been withdrawn from the Denmark squad because of what Arsene Wenger describes as a "little groin problem".

I suppose that's why he's not being picked to start, if he's still not 100% fit.

But his comments last week appear to have alerted Bayern Munich to his situation, according to the Daily Mirror, who they say have made discreet enquiries for the player.

I don't think in a million years Arsene Wenger wants to sell Bendtner. I know he can't be happy with what he said but that's what the 22-year-old has always been like since he joined the club.

And I think you've got to have an ego if you're going to succeed at somewhere like Arsenal. Not many players are quite so outspoken about their abilities as Bendtner is, but I don't personally have a problem with him thinking highly of himself.

For me, he has to prove himself on the training pitch to Arsene Wenger that he's got what it takes to start for Arsenal. At the moment, you cannot question the manager's decision to start with Chamakh. He's in an excellent run of form.

The Mirror say that Bayern are unlikely to go for Bendtner in January and more likely to put a bid in next summer. Let's wait and see on this one.

On the back of Sunday's victory, Everton captain Phil Neville has spoken with the media about our title chances.

He said:
"They have developed with each year. They've got more experience and now maybe they're getting the things you need to win at places like Everton, Stoke and Bolton, where it's not perfect conditions and they have been beaten up in the past. 
"They have a great manager and you know in years to come that these youngsters will come to fruition. But they're getting more experience each year, so you never know."
It is interesting to have some outside perspective on how others think our season is progressing. We're perfectly placed in second place two points off the leaders, so there is no reason right now we've not got a chance of winning the league this season.

We've just got to keep going and not drop points. 

And it's obvious that some of the Arsenal players were surprised at the manner of Chelsea's home defeat on Sunday.

With Samir Nasri saying:
"I was very surprised by Chelsea's defeat."Three-nil at home against Sunderland? No. I'd thought perhaps at the most a draw, or a 1-0 defeat, but 3-0? Not at all. 
"But the absence of John Terry, Alex, Essien as well, that made a big difference. Chelsea have lost Ballack, have lost Deco in the midfield, Ricardo Carvalho also and they haven't really replaced them. So much the better. 
"Their first-choice XI is good but the group I think has lost a bit in terms of quantity and quality compared to last season."
These are the sort of injury problems we've been facing for years, but were never given credit for performing as well as we did without key players.

I hope we can be lucky this season and that we can keep this core group of players together and fit. It would be wonderful to see what this squad of players could do if most of them weren't in Colin Lewin's treatment room.

A couple of bits of reading for you should you so desire. Theo Walcott talks about how it's good that Fabio Capello has called in Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs into his England squad.

Whilst Laura Williamson in the Daily Mail charts the career of young Jack.

One player who we've been heavily linked with over the past few months is set to sign for Barcelona in January. The Sun report the Spanish side have come to an agreement with PSV to sign Ibrahim Afellay, who played for Holland at the World Cup.

He's to sign on at the Nou Camp in January so that the Dutch club don't lose him on a Bosman in the summer.

And finally, if you fancy a bit of a laugh, some Photoshop wizards have been doing their stuff over at the Guardian on our very own Marouane Chamakh. My personal favourite is the last image.

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