Arsene Wenger was in a good spirits yesterday, I hear his wife bought him an ipad for his birthday which he didn’t think he was getting until Christmas. Did she think about what she’d get him for Christmas now? Of course she didn’t… she’ll regret that.
Anyway, he had a lot to say about JET on Arsenal.com…
“He works very hard to get his fitness right. When his fitness is right, Jay will be not only a good player, but a great player.
“This guy is an unbelievable finisher, inside and outside of the box. He has outstanding qualities, he has the build you dream to have.
“It is down to how far he wants to go because he has big potential.”
He also had a lot to say about Arsenal dream boat, Henri Lansbury…
“I like Henri very much, because of his quality, because of his attitude, his desire and determination.
“He is a Ray Parlour type, a guy who has a good team attitude, goes for the challenges, has an endless engine and has the timing to get into the box and finish, he has shown that at Spurs.
“He is one of the players I want to keep at the club.”
Wow, pretty compelling stuff!
I think this batch of England boys is the first we’ve had that don’t bitch and moan if they’re not in the first team week in week out. Possibly because they are the first batch to see precocious talent leave and do naff all at other clubs. David Bentley, Steven Sidwell and Fabrice Muamba have all tanked in average teams… whilst players like Song, Clichy and Bendtner who never moaned have excelled comparatively.
Perhaps the English boys now know the grass isn’t greener. Maybe they do have genuine love for the club? Maybe, just maybe, this next lot will form the foundation of the first technically gifted England team!
I get more excited by that thought than I do listening to Sophie Dahl talk about preparing a delicious eton mess.
Tonight is going to be an exciting game, I think the only amendment from yesterdays team is that Vela may start instead of JET. That wouldn’t disappoint me. Regardless of what Wenger thinks of him, I believe the guy has more talent than a copy of nuts magazine (and I mean on the pitch, not hidden away in his hotel room).
I don’t think there is a disappointing line up to be had this year. The squad looks like it has the right blend of experience and youth and I’m pretty confident we’ll take victory whoever lines up. A few of the big guns will be on the bench which will give us a bit of security. I’ve heard that Newcastle might rest players as well, which would be just grand!
It’s a big game for motor mouth Chesney. He’ll have to hold his nerve and show us he’s good enough to takeover should the worst happen over the next few months! Theo needs to make sure his head is in the right place, he needs to play with the same decisiveness he displayed earlier on in the season and he needs to play like the senior player his contract tells us he is. I’m looking forward to seeing how JD and Kozzer deal with Carroll and I’m hoping Denilson can have another solid game.
Eboue Djourou Koscielny Gibbs
Vela Bendtner Walcott
We need to hit Newcastle hard and fast tomorrow, we need to continue our habit of giving as good as we get and the players need to make sure they play for the team, not themselves as is the temptation when you’re trying to catch the eye.
It’s going to be a good game and a fine test for the kids and some of the fringe players… I can’t wait, I mentioned on our twitter (@arsenal_legrove) yesterday that I think I enjoy the Carling Cup more than the FA Cup these days…
…forgive me footballing gods, for I have sinned.
See you in the comments!
P.S. Congratulations to Cesc for making the Ballon D’or shortlist, maybe next year Abou?