Monday, 16 July 2012

Euro boys return -Liverpool to offer £15m for Theo -Teenage "sensation" linked

Morning Gooners.

So we had not just one but two games of football on Saturday. Nothing spectacular in the grand scheme of things. Games this early in the season are nothing to write home about and only used for fitness and to get some match practice.

BUT we got a trophy out of our round robin competition with Southampton and Anderlecht. And that is something to celebrate! (Of course I'm joking).

What did we learn? Well, Gervinho can shoot (yes, I saw it on Youtube) and score from a tight angle. And Henri Lansbury can time his runs well so he can get on the end of a Carl Jenkinson cross to turn the ball home.

We didn't defend an aerial ball very well and were punished for it. And apart from that, I doubt there was much Arsene Wenger saw which he didn't already know. We've got some fine younger players coming through the ranks, but that's to be expected.

Today the first team players involved in Euro 2012 return to London Colney for a week of intense double training sessions before Arsene Wenger's squad fly off to Asia next Saturday.

It will probably be more interesting to see who is not on the flight than who is.

Can Arsene Wenger persuade Robin van P€r$i€ to see out the final year of his contract? I very much doubt it, especially after that statement. But the boss is a stubborn man at times and could make Robin stay at the club. One way or another the situation will be resolved by September 1st.

The other issue we have is with Theo Walcott. He's in the final year of  his deal and is expected to sign an extension but if he doesn't he'll have to be sold. The Sun report that Liverpool are prepared to make a bid of £20m for the England international. I would suggest that's £10m short of his true value.

Meanwhile the Daily Mirror report Manchester City are set to hijack our move for trialist M'Baye Niang. It seems that any player we're linked with, City and Spurs are always sniffing around. Haven't they got their own scouting network?

And finally the Daily Mail are reporting we are one of several clubs interested in signing Birmingham teenage "sensation" Foday Nabay. He's a 13-year-old central midfielder.

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