Wednesday Round Up…

Morning All,

How are we all this morning? I’m suffering from too hot to sleep-a-titis… typical British attitude I’ve got, it’s too cold, I want the summer and then summer comes and it’s too hot I want the winter. To be honest, I prefer those September Autumn days where it’s not too hot and not too cold and there’s no rain…

So, what’s been going on in the World of Arsenal, I hear you ask… well, Real Madrid have been chiseling away at the rest of our squad after Cesc Fabegras came out again to deny rumours linking him with the Madrid outfit… first it was Clichy who dismisses the rumour immediately and yesterday Bacary Sagna was in the press linked with a move… his response even stronger…

“I have seen the quotes attributed to me in the French media today and I just wanted to put the record straight. These comments are not accurate and I’m not aware of any speculation linking me to another club. I am 100 per cent committed to Arsenal. This is a great club and I’m proud to wear the shirt. I’m looking forward to returning for pre-season training in July and preparing for the challenges that next season will bring. We have a great squad of players at the club and I know that we can achieve something together at Arsenal, my focus is nowhere else.”

And that’s the kind of statement I love to hear – although it shouldn’t need to be said all the time, but with Real Madrid around, it’s only a matter of time – don’t be surprised if we hear “Alex Song linked with move to the Bernabau” tomorrow morning and then in the afternoon we hear Alex Song claim the quotes are nonsense and that he’s 100% committed to the club!

Talking about right back’s… Eboue was in the press saying that he’s not happy being a squad member and wants to be first choice… and for those of you who aren’t on facebook or not connected to the site via facebook, there were quite a few comments related to keeping Eboue and getting rid of Gallas and Silvestre – we’ve all got our opinions, but the general consensus is that no-one actually wants to see Eboue leave, there is something about him that we all like – but none of us seem to know what it is!

Anyway, here’s Eboue:

“I really don’t know what to do. It would be very difficult to leave Arsenal, but I believe it would be more difficult to experience the same season, not on the pitch. Anyway if I leave Arsenal, it will be for another league, because it is out of the question I will play anywhere else in England.”

I think the Ivorian has turned the corner, his abject performances last season apparently related to physical and mental fitness but he did end the season in good form… near the end of the season, I was calling him to start or come on, knowing that he could come on and offer pace and penetration, now I’m personally reluctant to see him go…!

Yesterday we discussed how we’re not in bad position compared to some of the other teams, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, have a look at the comments, some really interesting views on yesterday’s article. I’m quietly confident of our squad and potential additions, especially when you hear Vermaelen’s agent come out and say the deal is all but pretty much done…

“It’s more a question of when than one of if it will take place”

Simple, short and sweet…!

And lastly (kind of), we’ve been linked with two midfielders yesterday – Thomas Hitzelberger and Felipe Melo – the former a player at Aston Villa, a good left foot and highly rated with Premiership experience – the only issue being that he’s not the strongest and most imposing player we have and a much of the same as we have – and then the latter, Melo, actually reminds me of a more mobile Gilberto… take a look at the YouTube of Melo against Juve – he looks like he’s the main midfield player out of both sides.

The Brazilian looks strong in the air, good in the tackle and has an awesome passing range… keep your eyes peeled on this one!

And finally, if you’re one of the winners of the Masters Football competition, then you’ll have a reservation email in your inbox – any problems shoot through an email to the competition department and we’ll try and help wherever possible.

Okay, tomorrow is a big day, so I’ll keep it short for this morning…

Tune back in tomorrow midday / lunchtime with my initial reaction to the league fixtures… released later this morning!

  • Debs

    lol Dev! Thought I was the only one too hot to sleep! I just can’t stand it being hot, and there’s no Arsenal football on to compensate!

    Hopefully, we’ll get a decent enough draw tomorrow. Really looking forward to the draw!

  • zohaib

    Aw come on ! Too hot ? What is it, 30′C ? Try my country. 40′C for most of the day, from April to September ! I can’t wait for winters.

    Of course when I visited Britian in the winters I was taught somewhat of a lesson. Was it freezing or what. It took a while but then I got used to it. But I never understood how and why some girls would wear skirts in the middle of freaking winter ! That surely was mind-boggling.

    Felipe Melo – I saw him against Egypt and he didn’t look anything special. In fact he was pretty invisible throughout the match.

    Anyone else following the Confederations Cup ? Who’s your favorite team ??

    I’m all for Spain !

  • zohaib

    *Sleeping without and air-conditioner here is as impossible as it gets ! I suppose a fan works alright for you folks in the summer, if it gets too hot ?

  • Debs

    lol Zohaib. I just don’t get the British weather. It’s hot, but not so much bakng hot, probably not 40′C, but I guess the fact that it’s not breezy at all makes it feel all the more hotter and uncomfortable! I hate leaving my room in summer! lol. I don’t sleep with a fan, because you eventually get somewhat used to it.

    As for the Federations Cup, I’m definitely watching it. Won’t miss any football on at the moment! And I’m rooting for Spain- any team that’s got an Arsenal player in it automatically becomes my team! lol

  • Debs

    Ooooh, we’ve got Everton away from home, first game of the season. Will be an interesting one…

  • AJ

    I know what I like about Eboue, his directness to goal, he picks up the ball and runs at defences and normally gets us freekicks in very good positions. And Melo is a pretty good player zohaib, maybe just had a bad game. Could be a good signing but that was his first season at fiorentina and I doubt they would let him go after only one season.

  • Pete

    Arsenal 09/10 Premier League Fixtures

    Saturday, 15 August 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Everton v Arsenal, 15:00

    Tuesday, 18 August 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Bolton, 19:45

    Saturday, 22 August 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Portsmouth, 15:00

    Saturday, 29 August 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Man Utd v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 12 September 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Man City v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 19 September 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Wigan, 15:00

    Saturday, 26 September 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Fulham v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 3 October 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Blackburn, 15:00

    Saturday, 17 October 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Birmingham, 15:00

    Saturday, 24 October 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    West Ham v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 31 October 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Tottenham, 15:00

    Saturday, 7 November 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Wolverhampton v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 21 November 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Sunderland v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 28 November 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Chelsea, 15:00

    Saturday, 5 December 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Stoke, 15:00

    Saturday, 12 December 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Liverpool v Arsenal, 15:00

    Tuesday, 15 December 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Burnley v Arsenal, 19:45

    Saturday, 19 December 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Hull, 15:00

    Saturday, 26 December 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Aston Villa, 15:00

    Monday, 28 December 2009
    Barclays Premier League
    Portsmouth v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 9 January 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Everton, 15:00

    Saturday, 16 January 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Bolton v Arsenal, 15:00

    Wednesday, 27 January 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Aston Villa v Arsenal, 19:45

    Saturday, 30 January 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Man Utd, 15:00

    Saturday, 6 February 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Chelsea v Arsenal, 15:00

    Tuesday, 9 February 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Liverpool, 19:45

    Saturday, 20 February 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Sunderland, 15:00

    Saturday, 27 February 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Stoke v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 6 March 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Burnley, 15:00

    Saturday, 13 March 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Hull v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 20 March 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v West Ham, 15:00

    Saturday, 27 March 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Birmingham v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 3 April 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Wolverhampton, 15:00

    Saturday, 10 April 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Tottenham v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 17 April 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Wigan v Arsenal, 15:00

    Saturday, 24 April 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Man City, 15:00

    Saturday, 1 May 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Blackburn v Arsenal, 15:00

    Sunday, 9 May 2010
    Barclays Premier League
    Arsenal v Fulham, 15:00

  • Debs

    We’ve got a particularly sticky patch at the end of January, going into the first few weeks of January, and we’ve got FA cup and CL after the Liverpool game. If we can get through that period relatively unscathed, it will bode well for the rest of the season and our search for throphies. Can’t wait for the season to start! Come on Arsenal!

  • Demzz

    woow what happened to have matches were we can relaxe our best players.. im hoping january comes we have won a few games to help if we lose 2 any of the top 3.. cheese dt fixture is gonna make watching arsenal even more sweeter lol