Monday, 20 December 2010

Cesc says we were scared - Jack wants to be captain

Morning Gooners.

After yet another weekend with no football, we have to wait for another seven days to see the Arsenal back in action. A weekend without the Arsenal feels empty. But the one positive is that none of our players have picked up fresh injuries, so we're likely to have a fresher squad when we play Chelsea next Monday night.

Cesc Fabregas, who presented the BBC sports personality of the year award to fellow Gooner Tony McCoy last night, has spoken of the defeat in our last match against Manchester United a week ago.

He said:
"They [United] were more aggressive than us. They have the belief that comes from not losing at all [in the league] this season. That gives you a lot of help mentally. 
"I'm realising more and more that football is all about confidence and mentality. Sometimes you do the right thing but, if people tell you it's not right, you start believing it, even though you were right at first.
"I think the difference on the night was that we were scared of losing but they were not scared of winning. 
"That was a big difference that played in our heads. Sometimes we seem scared of losing these big games – we don't really go for it and we're tempted to drop back and see what the opposition do. 
"We look to see if we are capable of beating them by what they are doing and how good they are on the day, instead of us going forward, causing them problems and dominating the game ourselves."
From my point of view whilst watching last week's match, I thought we played within ourselves during the first half and tweeted as much. As much as United had the better chances, our creative players didn't want to take risks. We offered little going forward and weren't free in our minds to attack the opposition.

I think this is something the manager has to work with his players to combat. We know the boss likes to know how his players will perform in certain situations through the questionnaires Jacque Crevoisier has developed for each of the players to answer.

We need the players to go into these games with the belief they can take something from them. Even if it is a draw, that is certainly better than a defeat. We just need to take something to start the players believing they can get a result. That's why I think we may have to set our team up differently if we're going to avoid defeat next Monday.

And I say avoid defeat like it's something which is inevitable. The problem being that we've got such a poor result in recent meetings with Chelsea and Manchester United, that it's hard to see us taking anything from the game. I was so optimistic last Monday. I thought we could get a result at Old Trafford. We had the best away record in the league and there was no reason why we couldn't win against a Manchester United team who aren't exactly on fire.

So I'm limiting my expectations. I will give my team my full voice and support but I want them to put in a performance I can be proud of and be able to raise my head high in the knowledge, even if they do lose, they gave their all. That's all that any Gooner wants.



Elsewhere there is a long interview with Jack Wilshere doing the rounds taken from the new issue of the official Arsenal Magazine.

One of the most interesting parts is where he talks about wanting to be Arsenal captain one day.

Wilshere said:
"[Fabregas] is a great leader and I want to be like that when I'm older.
"It's always been part of my game, and that's my aim really – to be Arsenal captain one day.
"I guess it's a bit of a surprise that it's all come about so quickly. I'm 18 and playing regularly for the first team, which I know is quite something."
I would also love Jack to be captain one day. It's the feeling that one of your own, who you've seen grow up and become a man in front of you, will take the armband and be just as proud to wear the shirt and represent the club and give everything as any Gooner in the stand.

I think he would make a good captain. It's amazing how for one so young, he barks and shouts at his team mates who've been playing professional football for a considerable time longer than himself. And I like the fact he has no fear. That came to the fore then he went toe to toe with Darren Flechter last week.

Also making the news is the possible departure of Havard Nordtveit to Borussia Moenchengladbach for £2m. YoungGuns blogged about this on Friday and their story has appeared in the Daily Mail.

I had hopes that Nordtveit would make it at Arsenal. He showed so much promise during pre-season but he apparently has turned down Arsenal's offer of a improved contract and the club are keen to recoup some of the money they've spend on developing him.

With others coming through, perhaps Arsene Wenger feels Nordtveit's future does not lie at the Grove and the club aren't prepared to up their offer.

One player who we all hope we'll see in an Arsenal shirt very soon is Thomas Vermaelen. The Daily Telegraph tell us something we already know, that the Belgium defender is due back next month - all being well.

Something which slipped through the net over the weekend was Arsenal's decision to allow Henri Lansbury to extend his loan with Norwich for another 28 days.

And finally, Nottingham Forest are keen for Arsenal to allow Aaron Ramsey to stay with them, possibly until the end of the season.

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