Saturday, 14 July 2012

Brazillian midfielder targeted -RVP to make u-turn? -Double friendly fun today

Morning Gooners.

It seems like a lifetime ago that Arsenal last kicked a ball against West Brom in the Premier League back on that fateful Sunday afternoon which secured us a direct into the Champions League group stage. But this evening the team is back in action.

We'll play two games of 45 minutes each against Southampton and Anderlecht.

It's a 23-man squad which includes at least seven senior internationals including: Gervinho, Johan Djourou, Marouane Chamakh, Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs. There will also be a chance to see the returning loanees: Kyle Bartley, Vito Mannone and Henri Lansbury. Plus Arsene Wenger has called up youngsters: Kyle Ebecilio, Kristoffer Olsson and Thomas Eisfeld.

There might even be a chance for triallist M’Baye Niang to be given some minutes.

The games aren't being broadcast on TV anywhere, so I guess we'll have to wait for the highlights on the official site to watch the action.

Meanwhile the club are hopeful that once Robin van P€r$i€ returns from his second holiday (this one is in Spain), they'll be able to persuade him to sign a new contract without his agent Kees Voss around.

The Daily Mail says Arsene will sit down with a bid to see whether or not he is prepared to make a u-turn and sign a new deal at the club. If not he'll be sold as soon as possible so that the club can reinvest the funds.

In the same article, the Mail link us with a move for Brazillian midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso.

He's 22-years-old and plays for Santos. He's been capped eight times by his national team. And that's as much as I know about him. There is certainly room in our squad for a more creative midfielder, a player in the Cesc mould which we missed last season.

And finally the club has announced the results of its long awaited review of ticketing.

It means that Premier League games are now divided up into three categories: A, B and C. With A the most expensive games and C the cheapest.

It's good that the club has listened to the concerns of supporters groups but I wonder if in the overall grand scheme of things the tickets are actually any cheaper - they certainly are in the C category. But one thing's for sure, the club are not losing out on money from ticketing.

How many tickets are there going to be available in the C category the club make an example of? Not many I would guess as these are the areas where season ticket holders sit.

But at least those of us with Season Tickets will get a better Ticket Exchange system... I won't hold my breath on that!

That's it for today. More, hopefully with some goals and decent defending to talk about, tomorrow.

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