Friday, 27 September 2013

Kroenke: Titles, Suarez, Wenger -Bendtner "did very well" -Eisfeld's snake-like characteristics

Morning Gooners.

It's all about Stan Kroenke today as he opens up his busy diary to a yearly interview with the British media about all things Arsenal. Jeremy Wilson from the Daily Telegraph got the first chat with our majority owner last season and this year he's taken along John Cross from the Daily Mirror. The pair quizzed Kroenke for an hour and covered a variety of topics.

One of the main ones was whether Arsene Wenger would continue as Arsenal manager. Yes, was the answer from Kroenke but with the caveat that Wenger would have to want to stay. It appears the Frenchman is in no rush to sign a new deal and I think a lot of that has to do with how the team performs this season.

Of course everything is looking rosy at the moment. We're top of the league, in the fourth round of the League Cup and have started our Champions League campaign with a win in Marseille. But we are only six weeks into the season. A lot can happen.

The majority owner has also pinpointed winning the league as being one of the manager's targets. Kroenke has said he would love us to win the title and has said nothing would be so thrilling. I think it's been such a long time since we lifted a trophy it would be great to experience that feeling again. Running round Islington after the team on their open top bus parade of the borough would be awesome and it's a day I know we all long for. Hopefully it can be this season.

Kroenke has also lifted the lid on Arsenal's pursuit of  Luis Suarez. He is now of the belief that our attempt to sign the Liverpool player hit the buffers because of the Merseyside club's unequivocal stance that the player would not be sold.

Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger has been talking about Nicklas Bendtner on his return to first team action and has said the Denmark international "did very well, for a first game". I'm of the opinion that Bendtner can only get better. It wasn't his best game in an Arsenal shirt and he can do better, he just needs game time.

And the manager has also said that Thomas Eisfeld reminds him of Robert Pires. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing more of Eisfled. I thought he was a bit anonymous on Wednesday night but that can be said of all of the front four. He's young and ambitious. Quite where he'd fit into this team at the moment is a question only the manager can answer but there is potential there as he showed with his fantastic finish to put us into the lead.

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