With no game until tomorrow, I’m going to hold off the match preview for a while and concentrate of the lovely world of which our world is….. the world of Arsenal… There has been a lot happening this week and let’s start off with Carlos Vela’s loan move to West Brom….
Apparently, there is a small loan fee involved and obviously West Brom are picking up his wages – the good thing about this loan deal, is that Vela is at a team that try and play decent football. They do get the ball down and have a go, and Carlos Vela needs to be a team that does that. Vela is one of my favourite players down at the ‘Grove for what he has done in our team – but I admit that his form has not been amazing this season and a regular run of games will do him good.
“Carlos is a top quality player and at the moment we have too many strikers,” said Arsène Wenger. “He does not get the games he deserves and he needs to play.”
With the West Brom manager, Di Matteo saying:
“I’d like to officially welcome Carlos, who is an exciting signing for this club. Carlos is a new attacking option for us who can play both centrally and in the wide areas.”
I’m not sure exactly where he will play in the WBA team, but I hope it’s up front – I have always wanted him to be a stiker rather than a winger – but of course, either position (left or central) will benefit him. The key thing for Arsene is that he wanted Vela to go to a team that guaranteed him first team football and I really do hope he gets his fair share of games.
In other news, Arsene has officially declared Szcznesy as our number one goalkeeper. And that’s a rapid rise to the top for the young Pole. An excellent “seizing of an opportunity” and in reality, Arsene is right to keep faith in the stopper. He has played well, kept clean sheets and is
“At the moment Wojciech is number one. He has done nothing for me to take him out, but I can rotate the goalkeepers. In the cups I play sometimes different goalkeepers as well.”
Arsene also paid tribute to Almunia’s dedication, attitude and general ethic:
“He is under contract and as long as he is at the club we are happy to have him. I like him as a man and as a player and I have shown that in my decisions. I am happy that he is here. Almunia has not played for a long, long time. I don’t feel that any player is happy not to play.”
We should see Almunia in goal tomorrow against Huddersfield, and I’ll be back later for a proper preview of the game… with Diaby, Squillaci and Rosicky all set to return…
Adios for now mes amigos..