Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Wenger's secret meeting with Ramsey pays off -Beckham joins Arsenal -Usmanov's agenda

Morning Gooners.

It's always an unpleasant surprise when Alisher Usmanov pops his head above the parapet. His interview with L’Equipe was designed to put him on the "right side" of the argument about how the club is currently being run.

By bringing Thierry Henry into his argument - and no one knows one way or another what Henry thinks about the ownership of the club - is an attempt to make the situation one about the good and bad guys. Are you with Usmanov and Henry or Kroenke?

The truth is Arsenal don't need an owner with the wealth of Usmanov. It is one of the best run football businesses in the world. Our commercial deals need improving and our footballing policy needs tweaking, but apart from that there isn't much which isn't broken about the club.

In my opinion the best form of ownership is with the fans. If every Arsenal supporter owned a share of the club we could elect a chairman for a three year term to lead the club forward with a set manifesto and continued vision for the future.

We don't need money from outside. We generate enough of our own. It's whether the manager chooses to spend it or not...

And it seems less and less likely that this January Arsene Wenger will look to spend any of that £70m sitting in the transfer proceeds account. A last minute bit of shopping on Thursday could be the only thing the manager does. Perhaps he really is trying to drive down Barcelona's £16m asking price for David Villa, which is too much in my opinion for a 31-year-old coming back from injury.

One area which seems less like we need reinforcements for is in midfield where Aaron Ramsey has played very well in the two games he's been tasked with the deep-lying role.

The Welshman has revealed he had a meeting with the manager prior to the West Ham game were he was told what he needed to do to play that role.

He told the official site:
"I think I’ve played well in the last two games. That’s pleasing for me and hopefully I can keep myself in the team and carry on. Hopefully I get picked for the next game. 
"I had a meeting with the boss the other week and he explained to me what’s required for this role. I think I’ve done that in the last couple of games and I feel good in myself.  
"[I’ve been] getting stuck in and winning the ball back, been involved a lot more and got a lot of touches of the ball so hopefully I can continue the form I’m in at the moment. 
"You always have to be wary of the hole you’re leaving behind you, but there are occasions when I can get into the box and one of the other midfielders sits. 
"I got into the box a couple of times [against Brighton], maybe it didn’t break for me but I got forward and Abou Diaby sat. I can still get forward but I’m a bit more restricted as to what I can do."
I've been really impress with the Welshman since the turn of the year. He's really pushed on and I think the manager may have stumbled on something by playing him in this deeper midfield role. On Saturday he had the most amount of successful passes and the highest amount of tackles of any player on the pitch according to Opta's stat man Orbinho.

Clearly it's early days yet for the 22-year-old. But the signs are looking good that we might just have found someone who'll be just as good as Mikel Arteta in that role. It's whether he'll be able perform as well against the bigger teams which remains to be seen.

And finally The Sun reports that David Beckham is once again joining up with the Arsenal first team squad at their London Colney HQ to keep himself fit as he decides on his next career move.

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

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