Morning fellow Gooners…
Firstly a massive thank you to Debs and JAT for their blogs in my absence, covering the lead up and aftermath of the Barnet game. An interesting game, which saw Jack Wilshere back in action and the friendly debuts of Koscielny and Chamakh. We also saw the return of Djourou and Gibbs, so overall, quite promising. Outside of the game there has been so much news, I don’t know where to start… but start somewhere I will have to, so let’s get straight onto Eduardo.
Eduardo about to sign for Shakhtar Donetsk
Yes, it’s now on the verge of happening – our much loved striker, Eduardo, could very much be on his way out. It’s a strange one, because he is on the verge of coming back to full fitness (or so I think), but is now moving on. Of course, with the signing of Chamakh, we now have five out and out forwards (RvP, Bendtner and Vela ahead of Eduardo in the pecking order), so it was always possible that one of them would leave – to be honest, I thought Vela would go on loan to another Premiership team, but it looks like Eduardo is on the way out.
Arsene did say at the end of last season that he’d sit down with the player and let him decide:
“We extended his contract because we believe in him. He is very important but I will assess that situation and sit down with him before the end of the season, you want to see as well how he feels. He is 27 years old he wants to play.”
It’s unfortunate that things between Eduardo and Arsenal didn’t work out – when he got into the first team, he was so impressive, and his injury was so unlucky. At the time of writing this, the news was that he had signed a contract and the club has agreed a £6m deal. Further news has also emerged that he’s passed a medical in London last night. After the Taylor incident and of course, the Shawcross repeat on Ramsey, Eduardo may feel his time is up… If he does go, then I’d like to thank him for his performances and desire to perform and wear the Arsenal shirt and of course, wish him luck…
Henry craves return to Arsenal
If you ask 100 people who their favourite Premiership player was, I’d be surprised if at least half of them didn’t name Thierry Henry as the man that captured their hearts, their imagination and was a joy to watch. We were all upset to see Henry leave, but we all understood that due to personal reasons and the desire to win the Champions League, he felt he had to move. His tenure at Barcelona wasn’t exactly covered in glory despite his achievement of finally winning the CL… he’s recently signed for the New York Red Bulls and retired from France – but there is one thing that Thierry wants more than anything.
“When I retire, I don’t know how, I want to come back to Arsenal. I have just come to New York to play and to compete and win another title,” added Henry, who left Arsenal in 2007 for Barcelona. After everything is done then I will think about it. But whatever it is, I want to come back to Arsenal – maybe as a water boy – just love this club.”
And I do hope that Henry blossoms into a coach and eventually does come back to Arsenal. His aura oozes what Arsenal is all about and he’s a Gooner through and through…
A Cescy Update
It’s incredible that before the world cup, we were talking about Cesc and even now after the World Cup, we are still talking about Cesc. Barcelona manager Guardiola (for the first time) came out and said that it may not be possible for Barcelona to sign Cesc - the words “duh” and “duh” come to mind. It’s funny because, coupled with Cesc’s statements over the summer and of course Arsene’s recent statement, why don’t Barcelona just leave us alone?
Arsene spoke on the situation and it’s pretty clear:
“There was too much talk. I always said that we are really, really wanting him to stay as he is such an important player for us. He’s our captain, we want to keep him and that’s why we are not listening to any offers. It just was not a problem of money, just the desire to keep him at the club. It is stopped (the talk). We never wanted to start anyway.”
Arsene also added that he had spoken to Cesc and how big a club Arsenal are…
“I have spoken to him, of course, but I never come out publicly with what we talk about. There was a lot of unneeded talk that was not helpful for Arsenal Football Club and that’s why I don’t think we have to add anything to that. I know what is important for us. Arsenal Football Club is a massive club and what is important is that everybody focuses on being successful next season.”
It’s funny… because the papers are now running with the story of “Cesc puts in transfer request” as Arsenal won’t let him go… the media hey?
The Rest of the Rest
In other news, the team have left for the Austrian tour now and will be playing SK Sturm Graz tomorrow (live on ATVO if you’ve got it)… and our prodigy goalkeeper Szczesny is very much touting himself for the number one shirt down at the Arsenal despite his tender age…
My internet connection seems to be affected by the flyng ants we’re seeing all over the place now, so I will post what I’ve written now and continue tomorrow… til then mes amigos… til then…