Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Gunners in Germany with Cazorla, RVP & Wonderkid -Wilshere's making progress

Morning Gooners.

An Arsenal first team squad arrived in Germany yesterday ahead of their five day training camp. The numbers included new signing Santi Cazorla and captain (for now) Robin van P€r$i€. Also in the ranks is Serge Gnabry, a highly thought of 17-year-old German.

You can learn more about Gnabry here and watch a video of his best bits here.

At the time of posting, neither the names of those traveling nor the official confirmation of Cazorla's signing has been published by the official site. But we know that Andrey Arshavin (who is attracting interest from Galatasaray) has made the trip but Nicklas Bendtner and Sebastian Squillaci are not.

Aaron Ramsey has been given some time off following his exploits for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, so won't be involved either.

It's going to be five days of intense training. There will be no commercial responsibilities to fulfill or media distractions. Preparing for the Cologne game will be about bibs, balls and cones.

Hopefully finally today (at long last) the confirmation of Cazorla's signing will be announced. As I've previously said, the paperwork was completed by the Spaniard on Friday. It's just been a case of the two club's executives signing off the schedule of payments.

The club are still working on a loan deal for 23-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin. Whether the Turkish international's arrival has anything to do with the continued noise around a bid from Barcelona for Alex Song remains to be seen.

I don't think Arsene Wenger is in any rush to offload Song, but he will do if the price is right. However the £15m being banded about is lower than Wenger's valuation of the player.

Sahin will arrive whether Song stays or goes. We need more strength in depth this season and hopefully that will ensure we have a more fruitful campaign.

Finally for today, there is good news emerging from London Colney where Jack Wilshere completed some running tests without pain. The England midfielder is working hard on his comeback but still isn't scheduled to return to first team activities before October.

I'm sure the manager is hoping for the best but planning for the worst when it comes to Jack. He'll need lots of time to get back to his best having missed a whole year of football. But if there is anyone who has the determination to work hard to achieve his goals it's Jack. I can't wait to see him back in red and white.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.

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