Monday, 3 January 2011

Ramsey returns - Forest target JET - Bowyer faces ban - Wenger on Nasri

Morning Gooners,

Many of us lucky folk in the UK have another day of the festive break to enjoy before we head back to work tomorrow. However there is no such day off for the Arsenal players who will head into training later after their well earned day off yesterday.

The numbers of players however will increase by one, however. And it's not the usual Arsene Wenger "new signing" from the treatment room.  Aaron Ramsey returns to London Colney from his five week loan spell with Nottingham Forest.

Unfortunately for the Welshman it hasn't been the great success he and Arsenen Wenger hoped it would be as his time on the pitch with Forest has been curtailed due to the poor weather in the UK during his time in the midlands.

The manager said on Friday he did not expect Ramsey to return to first team action until February at the earliest as he wants to build on the player's fitness work at Forest  with some hard graft with the Arsenal coaching staff.

And whilst Ramsey's returned from Forest, their manager Billy Davies hopes to snare another Gunner according to the Daily Mirror, who suggest Jay Emmanuel-Thomas could be heading to the City Ground on loan. Arsene Wenger has already stated that he's prepared to listen to offers for the young Englishman, but I imagine he would prefer Emmanuel-Thomas to head to another Premier League side. Wigan was mentioned as a possible option last month and he spend time with Blackpool last season, so neither of those can be discounted.

I wouldn't expect him to be moved out until after the Carling Cup semi final dates with Ipswich Town, however, as I see him making the bench for those ties as Arsene Wenger rotates his team during a very busy January.



Elsewhere there is talk Lee Bowyer could be at the centre of an FA probe into his stamp on Bacray Sagna during Saturday's game which wasn't picked up by referee Peter Walton. I for one hope the player is banned but it won't help Arsenal. He should have been sent off during the game along with Roger Johnson for his "tackle" on Cesc Fabregas.

The manager been talking about Samir Nasri's involvement in the game on Saturday and his continued good form for the Gunners.

Wenger said
"Before, Samir was playing too deep. Now, he is much more effective in the final third. I saw it in training last season that he had the ability, but sometimes he didn't transfer that into the game. 
"This team can create chances and anyone can score, but Samir has an advantage because he is both left and right-footed. He's very flexible with his hips and very quick. That is why he can get into good positions. 
"Actually, I think he could do this and score like this for more than just one season."
If Nasri can keep up his good form, I see no reason why he can't reach double figures for the season. And that won't be a problem if his team mates continue to create the chances he's been banging away this term.

Already he's put 13 away in all competitions, one more than he achieved in the previous two seasons put together.

And you would have to put his performances down to an uninterrupted run in the team, a good pre-season and the incentive of proving himself again after not being selected for France's World Cup squad.

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