Friday, 8 April 2011

Injury updates due on Walcott, Song, Fabregas - Wilson talks Szczesny

Morning Gooners.

The silence continued again from the Arsenal yesterday, as there was no release of information on the injury front or a pre-match interview with Arsene Wenger on the official site because of the manager's involvement in the French bid for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at Annecy in 2018.

It means there is very little to go on in terms of team news for Sunday's trip to Blackpool until the boss' scheduled media briefing later today.

The Guardian speculate that we could be without Alex Song and Theo Walcott, but that's going on information from post match on Saturday against Blackburn and anything could have happened in the last five days.

It will be also good to hear whether Cesc Fabregas will be able to start on Sunday and has suffered no ill effects of the car accident he was involved in earlier this week.

So I'm keeping my finger's crossed that all three players have come through the week and will be fit to play.

Paul Merson has written off our chances of winning the league.

He tells The Sun:
"They have got no chance. I was really bullish about them five weeks ago but now you have to question them. 
"They have just dropped too many easy points. I think it's all down to a lack of winning mentality." 
And there is nothing he's said there you can argue with. It will be interesting to see how the manager will influence that side of the game come the summer where he'll need to add two/three winners to the team.

We need to increase our mental resolve. It's something the boss goes on about us having, but I don't believe we do have mental strength as a team. He repeats it time and again, as though to influence or hypnotize his players into believing they are mentally tough.

The fact is, we are weak in that area. We don't have the belief we can turn around a 2-0 deficit and win the game. And that has been all to prevalent in our game for the last six years.

Merson goes on to say some frankly lazy punditry things like we need a goalkeeper and a central defender. What we do need are players who stay fit all season and don't have freak injuries which keep them out of the team for months on end.

Talking of goalkeepers, Bob Wilson who starts his charity cycle ride shortly, has been speaking about the impact of Wojciech Szczesny.

"Wojciech has huge ability and what you need at the top level. He has height – he's 6ft 5in tall – and a dad guiding him.
"He's going to make mistakes. He was culpable for the Carling Cup Final, but Koscielny should have cleared it. And he could have been sent off after five minutes.
"But he has the character to come back and recover from that. He's got the belief and the most important thing is that the other players can see his quality."
We'll have Szczesny, Fabianski and Mannone next season because I expect Manuel Almunia to leave at the end of the season. Further cover will be provided by James Shea and Damian Martinez if needed.

Do we need another goalkeeper? I'm not so sure it's a priority area now after we've seen solid performances from the two Polish keepers this season. However competition is no bad thing. I just can't see Arsene Wenger bringing in a more experienced man to sit in the way of either Szczesny or Fabianski.

The Arsenal Supporters Trust are making the news, after they chose yesterday to release a statement about their plans for the end of the season.

I'm not sure it was the best of time to make their announcement really. I'm very much for the AST and AISA, but don't think after Saturday's result where many people are feeling down and negative about the club is the right time for the AST to announce their plans.

If you're not a member of either organisations and want a say in the future of our club, I suggest you join either or both of them.

And if you want to put money into the club and own a part of Arsenal, Fanshare is for you.

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