Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Wenger's RVP declaration as striker is set to leave -No deal Lloris

Morning Gooners.

All the talk today focuses on our front line, namely Robin van Persie (as expected) and Nicklas Bendtner.

Arsene Wenger has spoken about the need to keep Robin at the club.

He said:

"We want to keep Robin van Persie at all costs because we depend on him offensively. 
"I have always supported him, even in the hardest times, and I hope he will end his career at Arsenal."

I think we all hope Robin will stay and it is true that out of the eight seasons he's been at the club the last 19 months have been his best. He's remained injury free and that has meant he played 37 league games last season, the most in one season since he signed.

And while we were reliant on him last season - too much in fact - next season will be different following the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

Robin has told the manager that he felt too much pressure was on him to score. If he didn't who else would. So that's why Wenger went out and brought two proven goal scorers to ease that burden. He's reacted to what  Robin's told him positively and made the move in the transfer market.

I think Arsenal are doing everything they can to keep him at the club. They might not be able to pay him the weekly wage he's been offered by Manchester City, but Wenger is certainly reacting to the captain's concerns with the team and trying to make his life at Arsenal easier.

So while the manager has yet to address our defensive issues - shipping 49 goals in a season is not good enough for a team which is not challenging for the title - he's certainly taken Robin's concerns on board and reacted.

While we've brought strikers into the club, we'll no doubt be moving on some as well. I think we all know the list by now.

It seems that Nicklas Bendtner could be the first departure. Apparently he's attracting a lot of interest in Germany and from Malaga and Galatasaray according to the Daily Mail.

Elsewhere, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said he's not had a bid from Arsenal for their goalkepper Hugo Lloris.

He said:
"Lloris told me that he would like to leave if he has an opportunity to play for one of the five biggest European sides. 
"If any of these teams make an offer meeting his market value, €20 million, he will be allowed to leave. For now, though, I have not received any offers, neither from Arsenal nor from elsewhere." 
Lloris might be a French international and a good keeper, but there is no way we're going to spend £18m signing a player who might not be first choice.

In my eyes Wojciech Szczesny still has a lot to prove and needs competition. But I'm not sure Lloris is the player we need.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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