Friday, 2 November 2012

Walcott's deadline -Greedy badger deserves respect? -Cazorla's 170 goal season! -Midfielder scouted

Morning Gooners.

It's almost here. One of the most anticipated games of our season where we'll come face to face with the greedy badger once again.

Arsene Wenger has called on traveling Gooners to respect the Dutchman who snubbed a new deal with the club who spent eight years developing him into the player he is. Instead opting to join our fiercest rivals for double the money we were offering him.

I doubt there will be much respect given to the greedy badger, more like the dogs abuse he currently gets from our traveling fans. But if we can get it out of our system tomorrow, perhaps we'll be able to move on because there are much more important things we should be concentrating on than singing about a player who no longer plays for us.

I know why the fans do it. They thought he was one of us. An Arsenal fan. A boy who was pictured in his bedroom wearing an Arsenal shirt. But he turned his back on us to sign for our main rivals in the Wenger era. And quite rightly we hate it.

Hopefully with a good performance and a win at Old Trafford we can move on. There is scope for a victory. Those lot down the Seven Sisters Road have gone there and done it. Why shouldn't we? We'll be boosted by the option to play Jack Wilshere and the manager must consider starting Theo Walcott after his performance on Tuesday night.

There is fresh speculation regarding the England man's future with the club this morning after the manager's press conference yesterday. Most of today's newspapers link Liverpool with a £8m or £10m bid in January and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he ended up on Merseyside. I can't see him signing a new deal with Arsenal, not when we won't give into his demands both on wages and playing position.

For now though he is an Arsenal player and we need to start him tomorrow. With Gervinho out for three weeks, now is the time for the manager to resist any temptation to play anyone but Olivier Giroud up front. He's got to be given a run of games and as we saw on Tuesday night, changed the game at Reading. Let's hope he can continue where he left of at the Madejski Stadium.

There is no good news when it comes to players coming back from injury. I had expected Wojciech Szczesny to be available for this one but the manager has said he's not available, neither is Kieran Gibbs. It looks as though the manager will be making some minor tweaks to the side which defeated QPR last weekend.

There is some transfer tittle-tattle in The Sun who link us with a move for Croatia Under-17 attacking midfielder Ante Roguljic.

And for some extra reading head over to the Daily Mail where they've done a fantastic feature on Santi Cazorla's early years growing up in Spain and highlight his 170 goal season as a youngster.

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

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