Thursday, 13 September 2012

Gazidis to offer Wenger new deal -Diaby's fitness -Giroud's feeling the pressure

Morning Gooners.

We'll start with the main news today which is that the club are set to open talks with Arsene Wenger over a new deal.

This news emerges from an interview chief executive Ivan Gazidis has given to John Cross at the Daily Mirror and the Daily Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson.

Gazidis said:
"It’s not a sense of sentimentalism, not a reward for our services, it’s a belief that we have an incredible manager who loves this club and is the best man to lead us forward. 
"We’re really confident about the direction that the club is heading. We’re coming through strongly and we believe we’re really well placed. We hope and believe that Arsene will be a part of that as we move forward."
When the club is looking to tie players down who are heading into the final two years of their contract, it should be only right they do the same with the management team.

Wenger is the club's most important employee. If he's trying to get players to commit their future to Arsenal, it is only right that his commitment is beyond question.

And I don't think at the moment there is a better person to lead our club forward. He's built a new team following the departures of key players over the last couple of season and although we probably don't have a world class player in the team of the likes of Fabregas or the greedy badger (Cazorla is certainly the closest to those two) I do like the make up of the team this season.

Wenger for all his faults - and lets be honest here he does have some - does have the best interests of the club at heart.

I see no reason why we should be looking to change our manager. The club is moving in the right direction. We have a stadium we can be proud of, a team which is more united and a fanbase which is excited by what they've seen so far this season.

Tie Wenger down to a new deal and then move on and sign up the playing staff who have less than two years to run on their deals - Walcott, Sagna, Gibbs and possibly Diaby.

Talking of the lanky French midfielder, the manager believes there is a chance that he could be fit to play Southampton on Saturday.

Wenger said:
"Diaby has a little bit of pain in his hip. But it’s not serious, there’s even a small chance he might play Saturday." 
If the big Frenchman isn't fit to play this weekend it's not the end of the world. It would just have been nice to see him continue his run of games. Hopefully he'll be able to play in our opening Champions League clash against Montpellier on Tuesday.

And finally, Olivier Giroud has been talking about the pressure he feels is on him to score.

The handsome Frenchie said:
"I need time to adapt to life in the Premier League. At Arsenal I’ve been freezing up just when I’ve been about to pull the trigger, and that happened in my first few matches for France.  
"I’m not too worried because I’ve been scoring in training and I am comfortable being a part of the team."
I don't know a fan who isn't willing him to do well and score. Hopefully he can get off the mark on Saturday. But if he doesn't it won't be the end of the world. It's only four games and as long as goals are being scored from other areas of the pitch and we're winning games, Giroud shouldn't feel the pressure.

We know what happened last season when our striker was our main goal scorer. We got accused of being a one man team!

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



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