Good morning Gunners!
Tomorrow, Arsenal faces Celtic to see which of the two teams will qualify for the Champions League Group Stages. Arsenal have a strong 2-0 lead after the first leg, but, as has been proven many times, anything can happen in football, so the young Gunners must play fully concentrated – depsite their lead.
But first, before analyzing tomorrow’s game, let’s talk news.
Let’s start with Injury News. It’s nice for us Arsenal bloggers, because whenever there’s a day where nothing really is going on we can always talk about injuries. I hate them, but at least they keep me busy. Today’s injury news are bittersweet. Yes, like the symphony.
Sweet because Fabregas’ scan showed that he did not suffer a muscular strain. Our skipper could even be back for the clash against Man United on Saturday. Wenger said this on the subject:
“From last Saturday we lost Cesc Fabregas who did not train today. His scan was quite reassuring as he has no muscular strain but it will take a few days to settle down.
“There’s a chance he’ll be fit for Old Trafford.”
There you have it. I hope to see him run out with the Captain’s armband at Old Trafford this weekend.
Now comes the bitter part. Well, for one, Cesc could miss Saturday’s game. In my opinion, pretty bitter. What is also bitter is that there are no news on any of the other hundreds of Arsenal players that are injured. Thus, it looks like none of the missing players will be back in time for the weekend. I’m hoping Walcott will make a surprise return. It could happen.
Transfer Rumours Time.
Yes, our interest in the young Frenchman in green (pictured above) – more commonly known as Blaise Matuidi – has supposeldy been re-sparked, claims The Daily Mail. According to the article, we’re only interested in him because of Fabregas’ injury. Well, we just found out Cesc’s injury isn’t that terrible so I doubt there’s any real truth to this. Still, it would be nice. He could be that DM backup we so desperately need.
Since we are on the topic of signings, this comment made on the squad by Wenger can give us a small idea on what will happen between now and Tuesday – and that is, most probably, absolutely nothing. Le Boss said:
“Today you had Philippe Senderos, Johan Djourou, Mikael Silvestre not even on the bench. Jack Wilshere not involved. Sami Nasri, Tomas Rosicky, Carlos Vela. When you put all that together, it is a massive squad.
“When I give a list of the 18 players, I see how many I have to leave out.”
Arsene is showing off his large squad and his comments hint that it’s big enough. Sort of a slap in the face to Arshavin’s comments on our squad size. Anyway, keeping Senderos and getting Matuidi and maybe Chamakh definitely wouldn’t hurt. But is it necessary? Have your say.
In other news, the Arsenal Reserve team put three past the Fulham reserve team and kept a clean sheet. A goal festival – they seem to be learning from the First Team. The goals came from Sunu (39), Coquelin (41), and Deacon (81). The numbers in the parentheses represent the minutes the goals were scored in, not the players’ age. For a full Match Report, go here.
After reading an interview our very own Gael Clichy gave, I felt it was worth mentioning bits of it on here. In a footballing world where money and greed seem to be sole rulers, it’s nice to see a glimpse of faithfulness and class – and that’s exactly what Clichy showed in his interview with the club’s official magazine. Talking about his choice not to go to Real Madrid, the French LB said:
“Leaving for another big club is not always the right decision. Of course it’s always a big challenge – I came from France to England and it was hard for the first year. You don’t lose time as such, but when you go away you have to learn the language and a new type of life, meet new team-mates, and it is always going to be difficult so you have to weigh up the positives and the negatives and when you feel you’re ready, then you go.
“It’s a big pleasure to be linked with places like Real but Arsenal is my club. I feel really good right now and I feel like I’m far from done here.”
Gael Clichy also fully believes the squad will make it far this year, claiming:
‘”I need to win more trophies with Arsenal and I need to give what the club has given me over the last six years.
“It’s not always about money – of course you can always bring more players and experience in, but I think we have a really good squad here.
“If all these players stay fit then, with the addition of Thomas Vermaelen, I think we have a great squad. And I’m really not saying that just for the sake of it – I feel that we have a good, strong team and we will show everyone what we can do this season.”
I love you, Gael. He sort of struggled last season, but he’s a world-class left back, and hopefully he’ll get back to that standard this season. With Traore and Gibbs breathing down his neck, I don’t see why he shouldn’t.
That’s it for today’s news. Later on, we’ll put up a Pre-Match post with any extra information that we missed. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts and comments.
Stay classy, fellow Gooners!