Thursday, 15 March 2012

Ju Young Park is alive! -Gnabry offers Wenger options -Rosicky's China tea

Morning Gooners.

One of the many mysteries of this season was solved last night at the reserve's game with West Brom - Ju Young Park is still alive and still in scoring form, banging in the first of our goals in a 3-0 win.

It makes you wonder what he might be able to produce in the first team if he was handed a chance. At the moment he's just had his six minutes of Premier League game time against Manchester United (and many believe that was only because the game was being broadcast to millions around the world and Arsenal were attempting to increase their commercial revenues in the Asian market - perhaps a very cynical view.)

But Park is a goal scorer and it tells you a lot about how much Arsene Wenger doesn't fancy playing him or Marouane Chamakh at the moment by the way that he'd rather just leave them on the bench when we're searching out a winner.

At least Park can find the back of the net. Chamakh can't even score in the stiffs.

There was some good news from the game last night. Andre Santos played 60 minutes of football uninterrupted. To have him back for the run in will be important and give us options both in defence and attack.

And it sounds like Serge Gnabry is going to be knocking on the manager's door asking for a first team opportunity if he keeps up the performances he's been putting in for the reserves. Again last night he seems to have done very well in a team packed with first team squad players and arguably outshone some of them.

It sounds like we've got quite a player on the way through and that can only be down to his hard work in training. If he keeps it up, he's sure to catch Arsene Wenger's eye.

A midfielder whose form has been outstanding in recent weeks after a sustained run in the team and has signed a new contact is Tomas Rosicky.

The announcement of the Czech international's new deal was made on Monday and he's spoken about how he was offered bucket loads of cash to sign for teams in China and Russia. For all the tea in China, it appears he's been very loyal. However he said the reason he hadn't left the club was down to a promise he'd made to the manager.

He said:
"I am healthy, I play in the centre of the field and have rhythm from regular games. That is all together very important.  
"When you play once a fortnight, it is difficult. I know I cannot handle all the games of the season, but the rhythm, being involved at least once a week is very important.  
"And anyway, I had given my word to the coach that I would stay."
It's true the Rosicky has been having a purple patch of late but as others have pointed out, Arsenal put this deal on the table to him a long time ago and it was only the timing of his recent run of good form that has made people think the contract and his excellent performances are interlinked.

His place in the team has been deserved and if we can see him continue in this way, we'll be a better team because of it. It doesn't surprise me that even though he had his head turned by bigger deals on the table, he decided to re-sign for us. We've been very loyal to him during his bad times and Arsene Wenger has never lost faith in him. Let's hope the manager will be repaid for the belief he's shown.

There doesn't appear to be any crazy transfer stories out there today, so no news on player's having medicals months before a deal can be signed. So that's your lot for today. Until tomorrow.



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