writing this player profile on Flamini, so the blog will be a shorter one today.
Let’s get straight into it.
Flamini + Fabregas
Arsene has been talking about the performances of Flamini this season and the partnership that both him and Fabregas have formed this season. Rather worryingly is that Flamini has yet to sign a contract and can leave on a free at the end of the season… there is a contract there and it’s virtually ready to sign.
Let’s hear what Arsene had to say:
“Yes, this is the best partnership. Going forward they are technically good and very mobile. Before we had players with impact and now the players’ strength is in mobility.
“Maybe they are less physically strong in the challenge than Vieira and Petit but they have a good understanding and they cover each other well.”
The emergence of both Fabregas and Flamini vindicates the policy of not replacing Vieira all those years ago and Arsene touches on this.
“We build a team over years being very restrictive about our spending and you are only rewarded if you can keep the team together.”
A future regular of the World of Arsenal are detailed opinion and fact based player profiles - read the first of the series on Mathieu Flamini and a nice collage of imagery to go with it.
Van Persie can make the difference
Arsene believes that Robin Van Persie could have an impact on the run in – it does make sense. A fit Robin is one of our best players. It was good to see him back in action against Wigan and with Eduardo, Rosicky and Walcott injured, the return of Van Persie could really make a difference.
We’ve drawn to Birmingham, Aston Villa and now Wigan, in games that pundits and fans were a good nine points. Can Van Persie inject something into our title run in? Can he remain fit for the next 9 league games? Arsene spoke before the Wigan game.
“He can make a difference. How much? I don’t know. He has played eight games, we have played 28. To have him back for the last 10 would be patience rewarded.
“He played eight games and scored five goals. When you lose a player like that you think of course we are in trouble but we compensated well.”
We need him now more than ever now to take the burden from Adebayor who has had his best season at the club by a long way. At the moment, we’re 2 points clear, where would we have been if Robin was fit?
“It has been very frustrating. I started the season with very big ideas, my ambition was very high and it still is. I have missed many games but I am thinking positive at the moment and I want to finish this season well with the team. I am happy to be back and am quite positive that we can win the league and the Champions League. I am happy to be back but it was a disappointing day to lose two points, and in the last three games we have lost six points in total and that is not good enough.”
Senderos believes our confidence is sky high, and with a round of excellent displays in the last few games, his should be. Arsenal FC blog talks about the Wigan game and our opportunities to win the league. The Telegraph talks about how the whole team want to face Barcelona in the final and get their revenge. Carlos Vela news is that he is returning to Arsenal this summer and news that he will be in action in England for Mexico vs Ghana at Craven Cottage on March 26th. Milan are the latest team to be linked with Flamini, whilst Pires has been speaking on how Henry is unhappy at Barcelona.
Liverpool advanced into the last 8of the Champions League with a one-nil win over Inter, so on Friday, it’s be 4 British teams, 1 Italian, 1 Spanish, 1 Greek and 1 German… that’s this Friday, the 14th March… stay tuned for more on that!
Okay, that’s a wrap… have a good one, more tomorrow!]]>