Concerning Cesc Fabregas
The Captain has again had to deny reports from the media suggesting he will be moving to Spain any time soon:
“I’m not sure how many times I need to talk directly about my commitment to Arsenal as I continue to say the same thing over and over again, but it appears that every time I have spoken to the Spanish media recently, my words have bounced back to England, leaving question marks about my future.
“So, for anyone who is unclear or may have misunderstood what my position is, let me make myself absolutely crystal clear. I am wholeheartedly committed to Arsenal and my future lies with this great Club.
“It is a fact that we have not won a trophy for four years and yes, I am angry about that, but that anger stems from the deep deep desire I have to win things with Arsenal. I care about this Club and believe in this team. I am proud to captain this team and proud to wear the shirt. It really upsets me when people express my thoughts otherwise. The spirit in this squad is fantastic and we have the ability and mentality to compete on all fronts for silverware. Make no mistake, we are focussed and determined to show that we are capable of achieving great things together.”
This is reassuring to hear, because if Fabregas were to leave, many others would follow. Giving him the armband was clearly a strategic move by Wenger to fight of interest from Barcelona and Madrid, and it seems to be working. We all except him to end his career there, and if were lucky, we will see him stay for another 5 – 8 years. This is dependant of course on the clubs ambitions, and the trophy cabinet. He also sounds like he’s getting a little desperate. There’s no harm in that. A little desperation would do this squad loads of good.
In other Fabregas related news, Spain has been knocked out of the Confederations Cup by underdogs USA. This gives him a chance to take a break before pre-season training, and might put an and to his exit rumours. At least for a few days…
It seems like Adebayor is less likely to play for Arsenal next season, with every passing day. Milan are interested, as talks with Edin Dzeko haven’t made progress, and the clubs administrator, Adriano Galliani said:
“We are only looking for a forward, and our aim is Dzeko.
“If we fail to get Dzeko then (Sevilla striker) Luis Fabiano could be an alternative – as could Adebayor.”
Unfotunatly for us, if he were to leave, we may have to keep searching for a new target as Marouane Chamakh is apparently close to signing an extension with Bordeaux.
No news is good news? I have nothing to report involving Felipe Melo, which isn’t always a bad thing. The only other player we’ve been linked with is Sebastien Bassong, who would only fit in as a squad player anyway.
Concerning England Under – 21
Arsenal have to players representing England in the under – 21 Championship. One, being Kieran Gibbs, has performed extremely well, scoring two goals in the friendly against Azerbaijan. The other, being the highly rated Theo Walcott, who has underperformed and was even benched in one game. Recently he said:
“Of course I was angry to be left out of the Spain game. I took it out on the pitch and let my feet do the talking because I wanted to show what I can do coming off the bench.
“I wasn’t happy because I came here to play. The manager spoke to me afterwards and I spoke to him.
It’s sort of ironic that Arsene Wenger wanted Walcott not to participate in the Under – 21’s, and then he gets benched. At least when he’s a sub he’s not tiring himself ahead of pre-season. You do have to give him some credit for what he’s saying, because his participation in the tournament is almost like a favour to Stuart Pearce, the Under – 21 manager. I would be pissed too if i were in his shoes…
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