Friday, 22 March 2013

Szczesny: Papa don't preach -Galatasaray choice baffling -Vermaelen ready to fight

Morning Gooners.

Well I guess it had to happen... Wojciech Szczesny has apologised to Arsene Wenger and the club about the comments his father made in the Polish press.

Personally I don't think what his dad said sullied his relationship with the Arsenal supporters... Aren't father's meant to be embarrassing? But I guess he wanted to clear the air and make sure everyone knew he wasn't using his dad to make people aware of his true feelings.

The Poland international has admitted to a drop in his own form - which justifies Wenger's decision to bench him - now has a clean slate again. He will have to work hard to earn a recall before the end of the season because it is hard to see Lukasz Fabianski relinquishing the gloves.

Another player who has been struggling for form all season is Thomas Vermaelen. Has the weight of the captain's role been an issue?

Vermaelen appears to be focused on winning a place back in the team. All the talk of a summer move away from north London is just that at the moment... talk.

He told Sky Sports:
"Of course I want to play every game. You play for a big club so you know that can happen and I have played a lot of games, and I am not out of the rhythm at the moment and I am not worried. I am working hard every day on the pitch to do well."
We all forget what an important player the Belgium centre half has been for us, when he's been at the top of his game. Unfortunately though in the modern world players are only as good as their last performance it seems.

What I'd love to see is Vermaelen back to his best and giving Wenger a selection problem. That situation can only be good for the team's competitiveness.

News has leaked in Turkey that Galatasaray could be one of the three clubs invited to play in the Emirates Cup pre-season tournament. For me and a lot of Arsenal fans that decision - if true - is baffling.

For those of you not old enough to remember the UEFA Cup Final in Copenhagen this blog post sets out the history between the two clubs.

If the Arsenal hierarchy don't understand the bad blood felt between the two sets of supporters then they've been negligent in their decision making. A lot of fans won't be happy if Galatasaray have been chosen to play and won't buy tickets.

Hopefully it is just a rumour.

International matches tonight and several of our players are involved. Lets hope the matches are as entertaining as the Brazil vs Italy game I was keeping an eye on last night.

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

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