Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Two Invincibles to play for Arsenal? - Hansen is right about Wilshere

Morning Gooners.

Hooray we have some Arsenal related football to look forward to.... but the game with Blackburn isn't until Saturday I hear you say.... that's right but the Arsenal Reserves are playing today against Wigan.

And two players who won trophies with the club during the Invincibles season could be in our starting line up. Jens Lehmann by all accounts will get some minutes in goal and Jérémie Aliadière who has been training with Arsene Wenger's side is also likely to feature.

It means we are likely to be able to judge how the German performs in "real" football, even though I don't think Arsene Wenger has any plans to use Lehmann in the Premier League. It seems like a sensible idea to give him game time - seeing as he hasn't played for anyone at all this season - just incase Almunia does get injured.

Let's just hope Lehmann doesn't get crocked himself though. I have to admit I'm looking forward to watching the highlights of this game on Arsenal TV Online. It will be could to see him back in an Arsenal goalkeeping kit... I wonder if it'll be the pink one?

In other goalkeeping news, the Daily Mail say we're continuing to monitor Manuel Neuer at Schalke. However I heard the excellent Raphael Honigstein say on the Guardian's Football Weekly recently that Neuer would go to Bayern Munich at the end of the season. 

Another goalkeeper has nailed his wishes of joining Arsenal to the mast. Ajex stopper Maarten Stekelenburg has told Italian newspaper Tuttosport: "If an offer from Arsenal arrives, I will leave."

Interesting stuff. I do think there will be movement in the goalkeeping department in the summer. I think Almunia will definitely leave and possibly Mannone could move on as well. But would Wenger bring a big name goalkeeper in to fight it out with the two Poles to be his number one?

I suppose it all comes down to price. 

There has been more said about Jack Wilshere's involvement in the Euro under 21 championship. Both Gareth Barry and Gary Cahill have had their two pence worth on the subject.

As has Alan Hansen in the Daily Telegraph and for once the former Liverpool defender and Match of the Day sofa stalwart has said something I agree with. He thinks England would be mad to take Wilshere to Denmark and risk his involvement in the Euro 2012 competition next summer.

Let's hope that Fabio Capello puts his foot down on Stuart Pearce toes and reminds him who's boss. Because as Hansen quite rightly points out, the main target for England is to win either the World Cup or the senior European Championship. If we win the junior version, that's a nice aside.

Arsenal have announced neither the manager or Samir Nasri will appeal against their one game European suspension handed out after the Barcelona game.

Some more transfer news courtesy of Tuttosport. They say Juventus are interested in signing Gael Clichy. It's not the first time the left back has been linked with a move with the Italian club.

There are eight Arsenal players on international duty tonight for their country's. Jack Wilshere will play for England v Ghana, Robin van Persie is in action for the Netherlands v Hungary, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy have been named in the line up for France v Croatia with Bacary Sagna set to start on the bench.

Tomas Rosicky will feature for the Czech Republic v Liechtenstein, Russia captain Andrey Arshavin will play in his country's game with Qatar. Nicklas Bendtner will be in the Denmark team which will travel to Slovakia, whilst Carlos Vela could be involved in the Mexico v Venezuela game.

And finally, Fernando Torres has waded into the Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona transfer saga by suggesting his Spanish team mate is better off staying at Arsenal... because he might not get a game if he goes back to Spain.

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