Morning Arsemates, a quick Saturday round-up ahead of our game against Newcastle.
Arsene Wenger revealed yesterday he was tempted to go for Michael Owen during the summer but as he said himself “If I bring Michael Owen, Van Persie today would not play.”
I think we’re all enjoying watching Robin develop as a player and his
goal return speaks for itself, so it has to be put down as a good decision by the boss. As well as that reports in Holland yesterday suggested van Persie had agreed a new long term deal with the club (running till 2011) with the player saying “Arsenal is a formidable club. We have found the ideal house and with my new contract I don’t have to worry about anything but football. That is exactly what I want – to focus only on training and playing matches and to become an even better player.”
Arsenal.con later confirmed this and it is excellent news and the lad is really becoming a firm favourite. I know people say we’re short on class a bit at the moment but when you look at what a season or two will do for Toure, Fabregas, van Persie and Senderos you’re looking at a very solid spine to a new team. And to top it all off for RvP he was named as Barclays Player of the Month for November. Well done, Robin.
Definitely out of today’s game is Pascal Cygan with Arsene Wenger saying “I think a witchdoctor has cast a spell on our left-hand side.” He reveals the options for right-back here. Personally I’d move Kolo over and bring in Senderos in the centre of defence but it seems like Eboue will probably get the nod. I’d still bring in Senderos over Sol though.
Not much else going on. It’s a good chance to show we can do the business away from home again. Today my team has no league game but we’ve got a friendly on a grass pitch. After playing all the time on the dirt pitches here this should be a larf. Enjoy your weekend.