Thursday, 28 April 2011

Bendtner coy on future | Jenkinson and Oxlade-Chamberlain deals on?

Morning Gooners.

Having watched the Madrid v Barcelona game last night, I'm glad I don't have to watch Jose Mourinho's team each week. The first half was so dull and the game only sparked into life when Barcelona managed to get Pepe sent off.

It was a similar tactic used against us. Try and get a player red carded and then go for the goals. Barca are a nice team to watch on their day, but their gamesmanship is an awful slight. Surrounding the referee for any decision. And quite frankly Pedro, Busquets and Alves should be ashamed of themselves.

Credit were it's due however, Messi's goals - especially the second one - were beautiful.

On to all things Arsenal and Nicklas Bendtner has been speaking with Danish newspaper Sport about his future.

There has been much speculation, especially in the January transfer window, that the striker would leave. However he's heard nothing about a possible departure from north London.

He told journalist Lars Hendel:
"What clear out sale at Arsenal? Wenger hasn't said he wants me to leave."
You can't see Arsene Wenger going round London Colney telling which players have no future at the club with four games to go. It would be madness. Why would the unwanted players be motivated to play for the club after that bomb shell?

Like every other season, once it is over the manager will sit down with every member of the first team individually and talk about the season.

Bendtner has already expressed his frustration about not being involved enough in the first team but a return of two goals from three starts and 12 substitute appearances in the league is not good enough.

Personally I think he'll develop into an excellent player if the system was more suited to his abilities. If he were played in a two man attack with support from out wide, you could see him banging in the goals each season.
I would love that to be at Arsenal but fear it won't be.

Another person rumoured to be within the final months of his Arsenal career is Pat Rice, according to the Daily Mail. They say that the assistant manager has a long term knee problem which will play a part in his decision as to whether he renews his contract or not.

Tonight Thomas Vermaelen is set to make his return in an Arsenal shirt for the reserves against Manchester United according to YoungGunsBlog. Personally I can't wait to see him play for the first team again.

Emmanuel Eboue, who has not been in the squad since his mistake against Liverpool, has been talking about Sunday's match. He says we should show no fear against the champions elect.

I just want to see a response against Alex Ferguson's men. A performance we can all be proud of and most importantly a win. It seems to me that in recent seasons when we've gone out of the title race and the pressure is off, we perform well with a series of wins. Let's hope we can repeat that with four wins to end the league campaign on much of a high as possible.

The Daily Telegraph say Charlton fullback Carl Jenkinson will be our first summer signing. They also report we're still interested in Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

At the training ground yesterday there were more photo shots for next season's special 125th anniversary away kit. It is due to go on pre-sale on Monday, so expect it to be revealed in coming hours/days.

Arsene Wenger will speak to the media today rather than tomorrow because of the Royal Wedding. Hopefully we're hear good news about Abou Diaby's fitness because it would be good for the manager to have everyone available for selection on Sunday.

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