Interlull break has left me bored tired and craving proper football. I miss the team news, I miss the need to double check my fantasy league team, I miss reading Mark Lawerenson’s almost never correct predictions on BBC Sport, I miss checking what black players John Terry will have to face the wrath of next, I miss seeing the pre-match twitter buzz from all the usual suspects (esp @10akhil!), I miss my Arsenal!
Anyway, only 3 more days to go and as you’d expect not much going on out there in Arsenal world (or The world of Arsenal as we should call it). The biggest news story since Captain Dev’s blog is that Chamakch may turn down Bordeaux if they come after him. The Bordeaux president said:
“I have left four or five messages on Chamakh’s number in the last two months, I’ve also left messages on Wenger’s mobile, but I have had no response.”
“I wanted to know the position of Marouane. If he is happy at Arsenal, and if he would be interested in a return to Bordeaux,” added Triaud.
The question is if they want him back would they pay a fee given he left on a free or if he went on loan would they be prepared to pay his probably hefty wages given the bosman transfer. Personally, I think he will make way in January and we will buy a replacement. Who? I have no idea so there’s no point even speculating.
The other story from Tuesday was quotes from a player who’s been thrown into the deep end by Le boss but is slowly starting to show signs of quality. Carl Jenkinson was playing non league football a year on loan from Charlton; 2 weeks ago he kept a clean sheet against Marseille in the Champions league.
“Sometimes, I just have to take a step back and really appreciate where I am.
“I have to pinch myself about is that I’m actually playing for Arsenal.”
“For me to come to where I was to playing in the Premier League is obviously a big achievement for me but the main thing I have to pinch myself about is that I’m actually playing for Arsenal.
“I can’t really portray how special that is for a fan of the club and for someone who comes from a family that loves Arsenal so much.
“It’s just a great thing to be becoming a part of Arsenal’s history, long may it continue. I’m settling in better now and I think people are slowly starting to see me as a player and what I can do.
“There have been ups and downs, as you all know. That’s part of life. From the downs, you can always learn a lot. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed it and hopefully there’ll be some more good times to come.”
The fact is the boy is Arsenal through and through. Last summer, a year before he joined The Arsenal , he went to watch our boys in the Emirates cup. He is living all of our dreams and then some. I don’t think he’s anywhere near ready to compete with Sagna for the right back spot but I for one will be getting behind him and giving him the best chance to succeed. We all are happy to give stick to players when they don’t pull their weight or if they disrespect the shirt but I doubt we’ll have that issue with Jenkinson. I’m looking forward to him developing the coming years.
Last week I enjoyed have a chat with a number of you about our best captain under Wenger, so this week I thought I’d throw another question out there for discussion;
Who has been the most underrated player of the Wenger era??
Feel free to suggest below or on twitter @tottz82
Have a top Wednesday Gooners.