Next season starts today…
So, it’s all done and dusted this season and another trophy less season. It’s a case of 2 steps forward, 1 step back, and we’re beginning to resemble a squad capable of winning something – but as we know, something is missing. The summer will bring us many months of speculation about who’s in and who’s out, for the moment though, one player who is definitely in is Theo Walcott.
The former Southampton player signed a long term contract yesterday and said:
“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a new long term contract. I’m so happy here and just want to say thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point in my career. Together with the belief of my team mates, the boss and everyone on the staff, everyone has got behind me here at Arsenal which is brilliant.
“It’s fantastic to work with the best manager in the world and play at Emirates Stadium, which is an unbelievable place to play in. I just want to continue playing my football at this Club and look forward to many successful seasons ahead.”
Theo Walcott is definitely a player with a lot of potential. In some of the comments yesterday, Walcott was being compared to Ronaldo. Of course, at present, the Man United player is one of the best in the world (it pains me to say that, but it’s true)… but that’s an unfair comparison. Ronaldo aside, name me one right sided player that is better than Theo Walcott? Remember, the boy just turned 20 last month, that’s still very young. He’s got 10 years ahead of him at the highest level and he is a player that I think will deliver and become one of the club’s all time greats. His cameo’s this season and last have proved to me that he’s a player with a very exciting future ahead of him.
Talking about next season… the club has announced the details of the pre-season friendly at the Emirates for the Emirates cup, which will include Rangers, PSG and Athletico Madrid. God knows how much I’d like to see Sergio Aguero play on the Emirates more often… the dates and times are as follows:
Saturday 1st August 2009
Rangers v Paris Saint-Germain (2pm Kick-off)
Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (4.15pm Kick-off)
Sunday 2nd August 2009
Atletico Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain (2pm kick-off)
Arsenal v Rangers (4.15pm kick-off)
Awesome stuff hey? With this announcement, it’s official that our current season is all but over…
Cesc and Almunia have been in the press talking about the achievements this season and what will happen next season… it seems that everyone has forgotten that we’ll have 3 games to go…
“It has been a difficult season. For a young squad like ours we did quite well. ”It is tough, but you have to stand up and look to the future. If we keep going and keep the team together, I am sure this team will have a lot to say in the future.”
And Almunia also commented, asking the gaffer to look at the squad strength too:
“The Arsenal team is a good team, a good squad but fans expect more from us and who knows maybe we need some changes to the squad in the summer. But the responsibility is with the boss, who understands what the club needs most and which decisions need to be taken.”
And finally today, let’s take a quick look at a player who I hope will be here next season… Van Persie. He’s yet to sign the contract, and has asked for reassurance from Arsene that the club will be competitive. I can understand his frustrations and hope he does stay – Arsene has spoke on this and said:
“I am hoping he will sign a new deal and I have tried very hard to get him to sign a new contract. I want him on board because he is a very important player in the squad and is a very efficient player on the pitch. We want him to stay because we gave him a chance when he was in a very bad position in Feyenoord and I don’t see a reason for him to leave and he loves the club in fairness. We’ll let everyone know as soon as we get close.”
Arsenal need players like Van Persie. We need the skill and the goal out of nothing players. Van Persie always shows desire and commitment to the cause.
More discussion soon…