Monday Round Up, Walcott's Potential, Cesc Is Staying, Usmanov Is Going, Nimani Is Linked…

Walcott has been in the news again and after a decent performance in the first half for England on the weekend, it's clear to see he's got a lot of potential and will definitely be a great player for England and Arsenal. I do expect him to play up front in the future, but he is doing a great job on the wing this season. He does need consistency, but that will come with more playing time. One person who is being very vocal this International break is Mr Ihatehim Hleb.

“Theo’s success with the England side has come as no surprise. He is a player who needed some continuity, and if he gets that then Capello will be able to generate much more success with his side. In my time at Arsenal you could see from an early stage he was a player with serious potential.”

Theo was a little critical of his performance, but is planning to get his head down and train hard, hopeful he will start against Belarus. It’s a pretty strong statement of intent and confidence that Capello has in Theo. He has started 2 games now and could start his third.

“I knew the fans would probably expect me to get another hat-trick, but it’s not going to happen every game. I just have to work hard and play as well as I can for the team – that is all you can do. Some fans know that. Some fans want you to push on, but I’ve got plenty of time.

“Sometimes if it’s not going for you it’s not going to be your day. I take my positives out of the Kazakhstan game and concentrate on Belarus on Wednesday. It’s been the same old Theo since the Croatia game. Nothing has changed at all. I’m just going to train really hard and try to play well – and Mr Capello will pick the team.”

We take on Belarus on Wednesday and fortunately or unfortunately, Hleb won’t be playing. He’s been sidelined by an ankle injury which has seen his career at Barcelona yet to start. Capello also spoke about Belarus and compared them to Arsenal.

Cesc has been talking about our performances this season and has highlighted the inability to defend set pieces as the major problem this season. The Spanaird has had a slow start to the season himself but has been more influential in the more recent games. The young starlet had scored many goals this time last season and this season, Denilson has notched a few and Cesc himself got his first goal of the season against Sunderland. The focus and desire to get the equaliser were paramount to what Cesc is all about.

“It’s only the beginning of the season. We started well last season and were first for a long time so now it doesn’t matter. All we can do is focus on the next game and learn from our mistakes.

“We’ve made a lot of mistakes on set pieces and defending and if we really want to win something then our attitude has to change. I want to stay here because this is the best place for me to stay.

“I want to win trophies here and I hope we can do it this year.”

In slightly more club related issues, reports are suggesting that Alisher Usmanov is ready to sell his shares in the club. It’s quite clear that Arsenal don’t want to be taken over and by agreeing the latest deal with Kroenke and the existing lockdown, there is no room for manoeuvre for Usmanov.

Usmanov is now ready to sell his shares and the next question will be who buys them. It could be good or it could be bad.

And the latest player to be linked with a move to Arsenal is a player called Frederic Nimani. A striker from Monaco. The player has just turned 21 and is a highly rated striker. He’s said to be on the radar of both Juventus and Real Madrid too. If anyone has anymore info please let me know…

Life is back to normal now, I’m settled in my new flat, so there shouldn’t be anymore irregularity in the blog anymore.

Til tomorrow…]]>

  • Zaheer

    OMG! Does Hleb ever SHUT UP??

  • laurence

    < ![CDATA[One great problem that Arsene Wenger could well be set to face in the not so distant future is how he would cope without the services of his talisman and best player Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard was very sincere last week when he expressed his yearning to return one day to Camp Nou and play for the Catalan giants and why you would normally dismiss them as a throwaway report - the very fact that no denial has been forthcoming or that the player said he would consider his options at the end of the season, must certainly be a concern of everyone connected to Arsenal.

    An Arsenal side without the worldly gifts of Cesc Fabregas would simply be unthinkable and a massive blow to English football. He is head and shoulders above any other central midfielder in the country and certainly the most gifted player Arsenal has ever had since Brady. His absence in that team is always noticed and that is why Wenger must move heaven and earth to retain his services.

    I think half the problem with Cesc is that he shares a great deal of the Arsenal fans frustrations in feeling that the club need to show some much needed ambition. After a season where he formed such an excellent partnership with Mathieu Flamini, to lose his partner for the sake of loosening this rigid pay structure must have bemused Cesc, especially given that Flamini was out of contract. And you bet your last dollar that he was none to impressed, at the club's failure to bring in an ideal replacement to play alongside him, instead of the opting for the blooding of Song and Denilson in the first team.

    I don't know what Arsenal fans feel about the current team, but I believe that we have lost some much needed spark. I believe last season due to the performances of Flamini, Cesc was freed up to hurt the opposition safe in the knowledge that the Frenchman was mopping up behind him. This year Cesc doesn't seem to have that safeguard and is too busy compensating for his partner in the middle. He is playing far too deep and as a result we are losing a lot of fluency and shape that is making us easy to play against and not to mention easy to defend.

    So what is the solution and will Wenger take an unprecedented risk and actually spend some money in January? I personally feel the solution is staring Wenger in the face in the shape of Xabi Alonso, who only today was talking up a move away from Anfield. Not only will the Spaniard provide us with his wonderful array of footballing gifts, but he would be the ideal complement and foil for his friend and international teammate Cesc Fabregas in the Arsenal midfield. Hopefully the arrival of his friend would restore some much needed belief back into the player and subsequently put any thoughts of a return to Barca on the backburner- surely it would be worth taking that risk?]]>

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[Lau - You've mentioned in your comment that no one has mentioned Cesc staying - but he's quote in the article as saying just that - he wants to stay.

    Also I don't agree about Alonso. You've said we're missing Fanimals defensive prowess and you think the best replacement is an attacking midfielder?!

    You also mentioned Arsenals rigid wage structure, but bearing in mind we have the 4th highest wage bill in the league, it seems reckless to spend so much money keeping a player who had one good season for Arsenal. Granted he was player of the season last year, but before that he made no impact to speak of so breaking the bank was a gamble.

    Anyway, Arsenal will cope without Fabregas. Remember how we all worried after Viera left? What about Henry? Times change and players change with them. It would be a massive blow no doubt, but Arsenes weathered similar storms.

    In regards to the article, I read that Ushimov has lost millions recently in bad investments so I wouldn't be too surprised that he's selling up. Arsenal are probably one of the few share's he owns that aren't plummeting in value. It also begins to clear up why Dein left Red and White holdings. It certainly wasn't to do with appeasing the board as was reported at the time - appears now that Ushimov had already decided to sell up. The trouble is if he tries to sell everything at once he will devalue the shares he is trying to sell, so he'll need to box clever. If he does go the firesale route it will damage the club, albeit probably only temporarily.]]>

  • dean

    < ![CDATA[kierandelaney; i agree with your post, we have seen players come and go and it'll not be the end when cesc goes. I think it is more likely that Ade or someone else leaves before he does.

    The other thing with alonso is that he too is very attacking minded and not what we need hence the reason why we didnt go for him in the 1st place.

    Only a few more days lads then its back to the prem!
    UP the Arsenal]]>

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[Flamini has been distinctly average for Milan. Actually so average that Ancellotti admitted he was disappointed with his form and that he'd have to work hard to get into the team. He seems to be making a lot of mistakes and recently admitted he is unhappy too... Cesc won't leave for a while yet. It's paper talk!

    We just need to start winning games and we'll be okay!]]>

  • James

    < ![CDATA[I wish Alexander Hleb would just shut his mouth. In the summer he didn't have the balls to admit he wanted to leave Arsenal and let his agent whore him around Europe to do his dirty work.

    Now he has left Arsenal he won't keep his big mouth shut. To continue hounding his "brother" Cesc Fabregas into moving to Barcelona is bang out of order. Treacherous is not a word I use lightly but Hleb is just that.

    The last ounce of respect I had for him went out the window a long time ago but now I'm bordering on hate for the man. He should show some respect for Arsenal and for Arsene Wenger, the man who stuck by him despite his continuous lack of end product.

    Surely this should be looked at by FIFA. It's a blatant form of "tapping up" and it worries me that Hleb won't be punished for saying these things. I know they talk on the phone and I dread to think of the shit coming from Hlebs mouth but to go so public is a liberty.

    Hleb you pleb, you got your move, you have all the ice cream in the world at your disposal. SHUT YOUR MOUTH!]]>

  • Dan

    < ![CDATA[Flamini has been hit by the curse of leaving Arsenal. The one that will surely bite Hleb in his moronic ass. Once he actually gets a game and is given the oppertunity to play badly, i'm sure he will! No one leaves Arsenal and gets away with it! :D

    I don't know what to think of the Alonso thing. My mind swings both ways. Sure he isn't in the mold of the Flamster but if it works it works - right? Playing with a mate might bring out the best in both of them. I mean Flamster's main attributes were of his mentality. That kind of thing can be brought out in people, i don't think your born with it.

    I also agree, Fabregas leaving would not be the end of Arsenal. It would leave a hole though. One that would NEED to be filled. With regards to Henry, i'm not sure we've replaced him yet in my opinion. Henry in his prime would make this team a lot better - so obviously his boots aren't filled yet. He had goals, assists, presence, showmanship and was dearly loved by the fans. No one at the club now fills all of those categories... can you tell i stilll miss him? :(]]>

  • http://WWW.ARSENAL.COM ADEWALE BABATUNDE

    PLEASE TELL ANY ONE WHO CARES THAT WE MUST NOT LOSS FABREGAS AT THIS POINT OF TIME .ARSENE WENGER SHOULD BE READY TOBUY EXPERIENCE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER TO COMPLEMENT THE JOBS AT THE MIDFIELD, BECAUSE THATS THE AREA AND THE PROBLEM THE CLUBS IS FACING RIGHT NOW .HE SHOULD NOT BE FINANCIALLY TIGHT FISTED ,IF HE NEEDS ANY POSITIVE RESULT.

  • http://WWW.ARSENAL.COM ADEWALE BABATUNDE

    WE CANNOT COMPLEMENT THE EFFORT OF THE YOUNG GUNNERS .BUT COUPLED WITH EXPERIENCED AND OLDER GUYS THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR THE CLUB.LET THE COACH RETRACED HIS STEP AND REPRODUCED THAT ERA WHEN NO SEASON GONE WITHOUT THE CLUB WINNING TROPHY.PLS LET HIM HAD A RETHINK THE CLUB FANS BASE IS DWINDLING.I REMAINS GUNNERS FOR LIFE.