Sunday, 14 November 2010

Italian giants want Fabregas - Pires on Chamakh - Nasri hates Gallas

Morning Gooners.

Plenty going on in the Sunday newspapers to keep me busy.

We'll start with a transfer rumour in the Sunday Times (paywall). They suggest Inter Milan want to sign Cesc Fabregas next summer. Also in their piece, is a hint they may move for Pep Guardiola as well.

To be honest it's far too early to start talking about next summer. So lets wait and deal with any transfer situation then when it might / might not arise.

Talking of our captain, the manager said:
"Cesc is at 95 per cent – that extra five per cent will make an immense difference for us.
"I've been impressed by his mentality.
"He is only 23, had won the World Cup and then had the Barcelona thing. But he's back now – settled, focused, motivated and determined to lead this team to win."
I think we can all see how much Cesc wants to win. Without him we're a different team. We don't have his determination and fight. But when he's in the side he leads by example.

We are a much better team with him than without him and I personally couldn't understand why some Gooners wanted the club to give in to Barcelona last summer and sell them our captain.

One player who is improving game by game for us is Marouane Chamakh.

The Moroccan seems to have taken to English football well. He's already scored eight goals from 14 starts and three appearances off the bench.

And his form in the first team is keeping both Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner on the bench, all be it that they are still returning from injury.

But even so, some players don't perform the way Chamakh does in their first six months in England. I think his work rate has set him apart from the other strikers we have. He doesn't mind taking one for the team.

And it hasn't gone unnoticed by an Arsenal legend like Robert Pires.

He told the Sunday Mirror:
"I've got to know him as I've been training with Arsenal. He has all the qualities that are needed to be a success in England
"He has character, an excellent touch and technique and he's already shown that he can score goals.
"He knows he has to defend at times as well as attack and he is willing to do that.
"That is why I am certain that he will be a big success at Arsenal."
I have to say I've been very impressed myself with Chamakh. I didn't think he had his greatest game for us against Wolves, but showed that when he's given the service he will deliver.

I have no doubt in my mind he'll be excellent for us.

The manager has spoken of the need to give Jack Wilshere a rest.

He said;
"There is a lot of competition in midfield, but less than up front at the moment - we have Abou Diaby out, Aaron Ramsey still out, so basically we have Alex Song, Denilson and Wilshere.
"If you look at the number of games Jack has played, you would have never expected that.
"However, given what is happening with him, at some stage I will have to rest him."
I've been impressed but surprised with how well Jack has performed this season. He's come in and taken his chance.
If there is one young Arsenal player who wants to make it and will do anything to succeed it's Wilshere.

His attitude on the training ground I'm told is superb. He listens to everything he's told by Arsene Wenger and the coaching staff and then does exactly what they ask of him.

And he's taken his chance despite the competition for places from the likes of Abou Diaby and Denilson.

Elsewhere, on a Jack Wilshere theme, Henry Winter writes in the Sunday Telegraph about how Fabio Capello should intregrate Wilshere into the England team by letting him play his own game.

And there's talk from Gael Clichy in The People about how he's planning to cope with Theo Walcott when England and France meet on Wednesday night.

Finally, Samir Nasri really does hate William Gallas and the proof is in the Sunday Mirror

Match preview to follow a bit later.

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