Arsene Wenger has been talking yet again about transfers:
We have to be discreet. But we work very hard on it. There’s no fixed date on transfers. We don’t have a fixed number we want, the most important is to focus on our own squad.
If I add someone, it has to be special. I’m still optimistic and I hope we don’t disappoint you.
Better me more than one Arsene!!
Two we are linked with:
According to The Daily Mail, we have joined the race to sign Bulgaria winger Todor Nevelev and are considering a £3 million offer. He’s 20 years old and apparently we had scouts watching him on Sunday.
Other reports in Holland, well, website AD.nl, suggest we are also in talks with Ajax about Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. Now this signing would make sense, he’s a right back/centre back.
Fenerbache are in town and I suspect the players would have had a good nights sleep last night. Can’t think that any Gooners would have been outside their hotel letting of fireworks all night. Unlike they did to our players in Turkey of course.
I hope the home fans make the same kind of noise the Turks did though, at 3-0 up, we all have a lot to make a noise about. Just because we have such a good lead, there is no way we should take our progress for granted. We defeated them on their own pitch, they could easily do the same to us if we aren’t fully prepared.
Arsene Wenger will not be complacent ahead of tonights fixture:
Well, complacency, I wouldn’t say that. You qualify when you’re ahead after the two games. Champions League is a fight. Everybody wants to give him best, and we want to finish the job. We have a decent advantage but we want to get over the line, so it’s just about us winning the game.
I feel we had two good games recently, at Fenerbahce and against Fulham, and we just want to continue that run. We go into the game to win it without thinking about the result of the first game.
It’ll be stability in the team. Maybe one or two who are a bit injured, but 95% of the team who played at Fulham will play tomorrow night.
Being in the Champions League for 16 years would show consistency and, therefore, I’m already focused today to go into the game with full commitment. Top level sport is just about consistency.
It shows how important it is to us (that no resting players). It’s an important time for us. We want to be in the group stage the next day, and that demands attitude and commitment and desire to play the game with full power, like we love to do.
Good, complacency would be very wrong and very dangerous…
It’s half time and we have a 3-0 lead, that’s all it means, if Fenerbache get an early goal, nerves will set in. Be confident, but let’s not be cocky! We need this win if Arsene Wenger is serious about signing ‘special players’. Special players don’t want to play on Thursday nights!
Laurent Koscielny is back fit but Arsene Wenger has said he may resist the temptation to recall him although he will be included in the squad. Jack Wilshere will definitely play.
Isaac Hayden and Hector Bellerin have been added to the squad and although you no doubt know all about them, in case you don’t…
Isaac Hayden, despite being only 18 years old, is described as being a strong, imposing player who can play in defence or midfield.
Hector Bellerin, he too is 18 years old and having started his football career on the wing, he’s now a pacey right back.
A big step up for both if they get to feature tonight..
Thomas Vermaelen is back in light training but misses out again, as do Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud, Fabianski, Podolski, Monreal, Sanogo, Frimpong, Gnarby, Jenkinson, Hayden, Bellerin.
That squad should be enough to get the job done tonight shouldn’t it?
Have a good day all…