The PR exercise in the Far East is done and dusted, the hard work at the London Colney training ground is well under away and Steve Bould together with Neil Banfield will no doubt have been barking out the defensive orders. Orders which they and Wenger will be hoping bring a dramatic change in the way we defend.
When we are at our best we attack as a unit and at pace so it’s only right that any team should defend as a unit too and that’s something which the dynamic coaching duo will no doubt be trying to instil in our players.
The next step in our pre-season takes off on early next week when the players board the plane to Germany for further training and our final pre-season fixture against FC Cologne on the 12th but will our current captain be making that journey?
It would seem that Santi Cazorla has his big toe into the club and the confirmation of his signing is expected today and as we all know, talks with Real Madrid about signing Nuri Sahin are at an advanced stage - whether we get him on loan, on a permanent contract or even at all suggests that Arsene Wenger has changed his ways and should Sahin not accept the offer then another defence minded midfielder will be in his plans I’m sure.
You bet it is and we still have nearly a month left in this transfer window and would anyone bet against another signing or two?
Nor would I and there are still ongoing talks with Caen about signing striker M’Baye Babacar Niang and let’s not forget the bargains on deadline day, our manager likes them..
This so far is one of our most exciting transfer windows in a long time, we may have signed in numbers last August but the damage in the Premier League had already been done.
The signings back then felt more like an Elastoplast Airstrip but one which wasn’t waterproof as we still leaked goals and we slumped to 17th in the league.
This summer though it feels so different, THREE International signings in very early and more seem to be on Wengers agenda.
This summer isn’t about papering over the cracks, this seems to be about getting our squad ready for the start of the new season, it’s been a long time coming and no doubt we all welcome it with open arms.
Will Robin van Persie being looking on and having a similar belief as we fans are starting to get?
If he’s on that aeroplane on Monday, I think that answer will be yes……
Few bits and bobs:
Diaby is looking forward to playing alongside Mikel Arteta this season:
Mikel is a great player and he showed last season that he is a very important player in our team. I am looking forward to playing next to him.
I personally prefer to play with three midfielders because I can go forward and I can also defend. I think it is the position that will suit me the best.
Giroud wants to upset the odds and win the league as he did last season with his old club:
It’s true that it was an extraordinary season with Montpellier, I won’t ever forget that season because in a footballer’s career, winning the title isn’t forgotten so fast.
There was a good mentality in the team, good quality, with some good players, and I look forward to finding that quality and spirit with Arsenal – that’s why I chose Arsenal.
And finally, with all the rumours surrounding Alex Song and Barcelona, their official spokesman, Sergio Busquets has had this to say and he seems happy that Barca are in for our man:
Song is a very good player – young, a hard worker, with lots of physical power
Didn’t he start all that b****x last summer with Cesc….
That’s it for today, it’s Friday and it should be good…..