So what is happening in the world of Arsenal? Well, Song Signs, Lewin Leaves, Walcott Talks, Nasri Plays, Hleb To Bayern, Vieira to Pompey... is what is happening... let's look further in depth...
Song Sings His New Contract
Alex Song has signed a new contract with Arsenal that will see the young Cameroonian stay with us until 2014. This follows the signature of Bacary Sagna who also recently signed a long term contract to stay at the club. Many people (including myself) have doubted the quality of Alex Song, but after his loan spell with Charlton in the season before last, coupled with his performances at the African Nations Cup and then add a few sterling end of season performances and you’ve got a new and improved Alex Song…
After many years – thirty to be precise – Gary Lewin is joining the England team as full time physio, what he will actually do during the Premier League season, we don’t know! But he’s leaving Arsenal after many years as the Arsenal #1 physio. Ken Friar spoke on Lewin’s departure:
“Gary has played an integral role in the Club’s medical set-up for many years, and on behalf of Arsène, the directors, players and staff, I would just like to thank him for his massive contribution towards Arsenal Football Club during his time here.
“Gary will be greatly missed by all the players and his work colleagues at the Club and I know he will still keep in touch, as he will still have many friends here at Emirates Stadium. We wish him the very best of luck for the future in his new position.”
We’ve appointed Neal Reynolds from Norwich City who was deeply respected at Carrow Road and he has been brought in to add more steel to the physio department.
We all know what a wonderful physio Lewin has been and cannot begrudge his decision to leave, so good luck Gary and all the best in your new role.
Walcott has spoken more about the season and how he’d like to have played more and scored more. I can see a big future for young Theo, starting next season. He is truly a talent and a joy to watch! The quote from Theo, which has appeared on various sites today does remind me of several quotes he’s already said, so maybe a bit of regurgitation from a few journo’s but here’s what he said:
“My main target now is to start. I want to do what I do coming off the bench when I start now. I remember at the start of the season that I wanted 20 starts and I think I got about 15, so I didn’t quite get there.
“I wanted 10 goals as well, but I got five, so you never know which way it is going to go. Hopefully I will reach that kind of target.”
Nasri & Van Persie Play
Both players got about 15 minutes for France and Holland respectively, both playing well without doing much. Van Persie did show his quick feet and a fully fit VP will be awesome (cite his goal against Inter in the Emirates Cup last pre-season). Holland beat Italy 3 – 0 and France drew 0 – 0 with my office sweepstake, Romania!
More Transfer Rumours: Hleb to Bayern, Vieira to Pompey
In more transfer rumours, Hleb has been linked with a move to Bayern, suggesting that the Belarussian doesn’t really have a clue about his future. The quicker he is out, the better, and the quicker Nasri (and other new signings) are in, the better!
And finally, it looks like Portsmouth are officially an Arsenal retirement home after all. They’ve got old Sol Campbell, Lauren, Kanu and Lassana Diarra and are set to add a 32-year old Paddy Vieira to their books. The link doesn’t really have any solid background to it and Paddy would want in the region of £100k, so it would be a tough one for Pompey, without CL football, but in this day and age (when Ronaldinho ends up at Man City) you never know!