Friday, 9 March 2012

Podolski "a done deal" -RVP isn't satisfied -Quartet give Wenger concern

Morning Gooners,

The Lukas Podolski talk continues today with the revelation the striker has turned down the advances of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala to sign for us. They were prepared to pay him double what he's agreed to join us on. And as the striker had said that money wouldn't be the motivational factor of his next move, we've had the chance to snap him up.

While the club aren't briefing on the Podolski situation at all, I'm told it's a done deal. Arsenal and the manager will not speak publicly about it, especially as the player is still under contract at Cologne. They do not what to be seen as having double standards, especially after complaining about Manchester City and Barcelona tapping up our players so publicly through the media.

And that is one thing I'm looking forward to hearing later when the manager speaks to the media. What the club are going to do about Roberto Mancini's public advances towards Robin van Persie. We all know they are breaking the rules and acting without class. But what are Arsenal going to do about it? In my opinion we should be going to the FA and Premier League and making a stand.

The  Dutchman has been speaking about his form to Four Four Two and says he wants to get even better and we've still to see his best. Quite a thought.

He said:

"Even now I’m still improving. That never really finishes. 
"When you say, ‘I’m not improving any more’, you are finished - my heading can be better, for example. 
"I’ve improved, but what’s the maximum? I’m not going to know until I find out by trying. 
"Yes, I’ve scored a couple of good headers this season. But when are you satisfied? People can say, ‘He’s scored three headers this year – I’m satisfied with that’ but I don’t think so. 
"Why not five? Why not six? Why not 15? It never really stops."

It's great to hear that Robin is so driven, always wanting to improve himself. He could easily say that he's in the best form of his career (which is true) and be satisfied with his performances. But he by being motivated and wanting to achieve an even better standard of performance, we are reaping the rewards.

Ahead of Monday's game with Newcastle, the manager has given the latest team news. He's concerned about a quartet of players but says Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta should all be available to play. There is slight doubts over Yossi Benayoun and Wenger believes the game will come too early for Andre Santos to be involved. The Brazilian returned to full training yesterday.

The manager's press conference is later and I'm sure there will be fireworks. Until tomorrow.

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