Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Will Cesc be at Members Day? -Jagielka to snub move -£15m striker linked

Morning Gooners.

Well we're halfway through the week and we've still to sign anyone who will improve our squad next season but at the same time are no worse off because we're yet to sell anyone either. Will today see us bring those new faces we desperately need in? I very much doubt it. I'd love to be proved wrong though.

There is lots of speculation around regarding whether Cesc Fabregas will or won't be attending Members Day tomorrow at the Grove. There is even more guess work being carried out as to whether he'll be in the team picture which will be taken prior to the gates being opened to the fans.

The Daily Mirror say that Arsenal are worried that Cesc will call in sick, whilst the Daily Star say the club are to take two pictures - one with Cesc as captain and the other with Robin van Persie as skipper. Whilst The Sun say both Cesc and Samir Nasri have been ordered to take part.

I have no reason to believe that Cesc won't be there for the photo shoot. And as he's been in training for sometime now, why wouldn't he join the rest of the squad in training in front of the fans who help pay his wages? He's still an Arsenal player and until such time as Barcelona make Arsenal an acceptable offer which meets our valuation of the player, he should carry on as normal.

I have never before questioned Cesc's professionalism, but if he's not at Members Day tomorrow it will leave a lot of young fans deeply upset. He's the club captain and has never before let us down. So I don't see why he would start that trend tomorrow.

Fair enough the manager wants to see him show commitment before playing him, but this is a photograph and all he has to do is turn up in his kit and have his picture taken. It's not that difficult.

Until such time as Barcelona meet our valuation, Cesc should continue his duties as Arsenal captain in the same dignified way he has done since taking over the armband.

The Daily Telegraph report Barcelona are preparing to offer us £35m, which is still way short of our valuation and I hope that Ivan Gazidis will knock it back.

We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what transpires at the Grove, but I'm pretty certain Cesc won't let us down.

The clubs attempts to sign Phil Jagielka will be rebuffed by the player himself if Everton accept our bid for him, according to the Daily Mirror, who say the player would prefer to stay in the north west, not play Champions League football or be paid a higher salary. If those things are all true, he would be an exception to the rule. What player have you heard of who would turn down more money to stay where he is, whilst not wanting the chance to play in Europe's elite competition against some of the world's best players? No, I can't think of one either. Fair play to him if that's the case, but I doubt he's lacking ambition so much he's happy to play for a team who will probably end up mid table with not a chance of winning any silverware.

And whilst we're covering the centre back situation, the Daily Mail say chief scout Steve Rowley will be sent to watch Birmingham's Scott Dann in his sides opening Championship fixture this weekend. Rowley will then report to Wenger whether the player would be the answer to our defensive problems. Whilst The Sun say Tottenham will look to get ahead of us in the race for Christopher Samba by making a bid this week.

Jack Wilshere's ankle injury isn't as bad as first feared and the original prognosis appears correct, with the midfielder expected back for the start of the season, although he will probably miss both the trip to Portugal this Saturday and England's friendly with Holland a week today. Wilshere tweeted the scan showed inflammation on his ankle, which should go down in a few days.

And talking of injuries, the Daily Mirror run a weird story about Kieran Gibbs having an ankle problem which will happer his chances of becoming Arsenal's first choice left back. Although Gibbs is not currently injured and played 90 minutes at the Emirates Cup on Sunday.

The Daily Telegraph say Theo Walcott has returned to training.

The Daily Express report that Joey Barton has told friends he'd love to move to Arsenal and has instructed his agent to arrange a move with the club.

The Daily Mirror link us with Lazio striker Mauro Zarate. The Italian club rate him at £15m and according to the Mirror, Spurs are looking at him as well.

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