Monday, 20 August 2012

Sahin deal close -Cazorla's initiation revealed -Song's bad attitude -Spurs want Chamakh!?!

Morning Gooners.

It's been 36 hours since Arsenal walked off the pitch at the Grove and I'm still of the opinion that a draw wasn't a bad result given the circumstances. I really don't understand why a certain small minority of the crowd decided to boo at the full time whistle... do they expect Arsenal to win every game?

Given the extremely hot conditions, the changes in personnel we've made over the summer and the way Sunderland set up, I'm not overall disappointed by the result. There was one clear cut chance which Olivier Giroud somehow steered around the post. But I can accept that. At least he got in a position to shoot on goal.

The Frenchman said post match:
"Last season was wonderful here for Robin, but before that, he took time to settle. I am just asking people to be a little patient with me. 
"I am not here to make people forget Robin, because he has made beautiful things here, but I just want to bring something new. 
"However, I am under no more pressure than that, because if I think about that when I go onto the field, I will play with the handbrake on. 
"I know Arsenal is a great club and needs a striker ready and efficient quickly. I need games to get confidence, and it is up to me to succeed."
It's good to know he's already swallowed the Arsene Wenger dictionary of Arsenal terms. I'm not sure I've every read or heard a new signing use the "h" word so early in their Arsenal career. Joking aside, I thought he did okay on his debut.

The Frenchman has impress the staff at the training ground and if he continues with that good attitude and brings it into games with him I'm sure he'll be a success. Having scored 21 goals last season, I can't see any reason for him not to shine this term. An adaptation period is of course necessary and our patience is required for that. But once he starts to gel with his team mates, I'm sure we'll see the true Giroud.

He's going to face competition for a place in the starting 11 from Lukas Podolski who the manager now says he sees as a central striker.

Wenger said of the German's role:
"I see him as a centre-forward, but he has some work to do, to change his game a little bit, make runs in behind to protect the ball and move around the box. 
"When you come from a wide position, it is not easy to do that, but he will get there."
We can only hope that both players quickly adapt to life in the Premier League. One player who has got two seasons under his belt in the Premier League is Marouane Chamakh and the Daily Mirror report the reason why he wasn't among the substitutes on Saturday was because of on-going talks with Spurs regarding a loan move to our north London neighbours.

It would be a surprising move if it came off, but I would think it's just a back up option for them at the moment should the Adebayor deal completely fall through.

With the departure of Alex Song set to be confirmed shortly, the reasons for his sale have been revealed. The Daily Mirror say Arsene Wenger lost patience over Song's bad attitude, his professionalism, his ability to arrive on time for training, lacked defensive discipline, and his commitment at training.

As I wrote in yesterday's post, I personally think we are better off without him. If Arsenal cannot do better than Alex Song, then we should pack up and go home now. He's a good player but can certainly be improved on. 

And again it seems that Song was hankering after more money. On £55k a week at Arsenal, he's moved to Barcelona to be on £70k a week there. Arsene Wenger wasn't prepared to match what the Spaniards were offering.

With the money from Song's transfer and the cash we've already made on van P€r$i€, the manager now has to strengthen the squad further. Nuri Sahin will join in a season long loan in a deal which the BBC have described as close.

As well as the Turkish midfielder, I would hope the manager will show ambition. Santi Cazorla - whose initiation ceremony song was the Macarena according to the Daily Star - has called on the manager to replace the two departing players.

The little Spaniard said:
"It’s clear that Van Persie is a great player and obviously we would all have preferred it if he had stayed. Song has gone as well and there are still 10 days left in the transfer market. 
"I do not know if we will sign anyone but obviously it’s important to replace players like that because they were so important for the team."
I would imagine how much more business the manager does in the transfer market depends on who else leaves the club. Remember Squillaci, Chamakh, Park, Lansbury, Denilson and Arshavin are still on the books. But should some of those players leave in the next 11 days, the manager is sure to replace them.

One deal we do need to resolve on way or another is that of Theo Walcott. Hopefully after talks this week all should become clearer whether he's going to be an Arsenal player beyond the end of this season.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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