Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Wenger target's consistency -Wilshere's £25m Madrid move? -Norwegian striker on radar

Morning Gooners.

You can definitely tell the seasons are changing. Yesterday felt decidedly chilly and this morning is certainly going to be a gloves and scarf day. As for Arsenal news, well it is still the international break which means there are  only those players who are injured and those not selected to play for their county at London Colney.

Luckily from tomorrow, those players who have been away with their countries will start reporting back and Arsene Wenger will  be able to start the preparations for Saturday's lunchtime match with Norwich at Carrow Road.

It will good to finally have some proper football back. We'll be back to playing at the weekends and midweek with important ties in the Champions League against Dortmund and Olympiacos coming up, not to forget a Carling Cup quarter-final match with Manchester City at the Grove.

Arsene Wenger has been talking to the official site about turning our situation around following our poor start to the season and he's keen to keep everyone's mind focused on the job in hand and not let talk of the team turning the corner go to their heads.

He said:
"At the moment I feel we are more focused - saying 'look I am right' is less important for me than trying to continue the quality of our team and our results. 
"There is still room for improvement so we are focused on that. 
"I am convinced we have been right, but what you want is that people who love Arsenal are happy and I think at the moment to do that we still have a job to do."
I think that one of the keys to our success has been that the team have worked hard to get results. We could have easily settled for a point in a few of our games, but the players have shown their desire to win and gone out and got the result.

Robin van Persie highlighted just that after the Chelsea win. It would have been easy to have settled for a 3-3 but then our old friend John Terry fell over, the Dutchman took his chance and the rest is history.

And I suppose it has been Robin's determination which also saw us beat Sunderland when that could have easily finished 1-1. We cannot rest on our laurels. The job of recovering our season isn't complete until we make it back into the top for and then we have to push on. Manchester City might be running away with the league but they will hit a bit of bad form you'd assume before the end of the season and those fighting hard to compete with them have a chance to close the gap when they do.

I'm not suggesting for one minute we'll be in with a chance of winning the league, but a top four finish is within easy reach if we continue to improve.

Elsewhere this morning there is a lot of noise about a list of five young players Real Madrid are looking to sign, with our very own Jack Wilshere being on said list.

Am I worried about Jack leaving? Not in the slightest, after all he said he would stay at Arsenal for life last week. He can't break his promise that soon can he?

In all seriousness, we should expect the world's biggest clubs to be after our best young players. It's happened a lot since Arsene Wenger took over. But should we worry about  Jack moving?  No, I really don't think we should. I think his immediate future is in north London. He's settled here and after becoming a father recently I don't see him wanting to move aboard any time soon.

The other piece of news involves the pretty much forgotten Sebastien Squillaci. Arsenal have turned down an approach from West Ham to take the defender on loan, which some of you may find odd considering he is fifth choice at the club.

But there is sense in the club's logic. If the player wants to leave in search of more football on a permanent deal in January, having him on loan at West Ham isn't going to help him. The FIFA rules don't allow him to play for Arsenal in the Carling Cup, then go on loan and then join another club. So the Frenchman will stick it out until January to see what offers come his way.

Elsewhere, Norway striker Mohammed Abdellaoue has opened a door to a move to England and the Daily Mirror believe we are interested in the Hannover player.

And finally, Carl Jenkinson has been talking about making a decision on his international future. The 19-year-old can play for either England or Finland and says he's yet to make his mind up on which country he wants to represent at senior level. The defender has also spoken about the team improving its away form, considering the result at Stamford Bridge was our own away win of the season on the road.

Which brings us nicely on to our latest post covering the progress of our new signings. Joss Bennett has looked at how Jenkinson has done since his switch from Charlton in the summer.

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