Nacho Monreal is the latest player to talk about how happy life is at Arsenal:
When I was offered the chance to come here, I was in the best moment of my career. I had a lot of confidence, I had [manager Manuel] Pellegrini’s trust, I felt that I played a key role at Malaga and with the national side, and I think I came here at the right time.
The players’ confidence [is different this season]. You can tell that they are very enthusiastic, very happy, the results are going our way and logically that makes everything easier. We have a happy group and that is very important to playing football well.
Happiness is always the key to playing well and it sounds like we have a very happy camp right now. Monreal is one of a number who has had to accept life on the bench and it’s certainly doesn’t seem to be fazing him too much. That’s the sign of a true professional and clearly when he has played, he’s done enough to remain part of the Spanish national side.
Roberto Rosales is on Arsene Wenger’s wanted list, the 24 year old Twente right back who can also play further up the pitch, is reported to be the replacement for Bacary Sagna should he decide to leave according to The Daily Mail.
A number of reports suggest we have offered a second trial spell to Danish youngster Mads Dohr Thychosen. The 16 year old striker is currently at Vejle BK.
Talking of transfers, Arsene Wenger or if not him, someone within the club were seriously interested in signing Luis Suarez and we all know about his on-field antics, but he’s hardly alone when taking a tumble in the penalty area is he. Ok, he has had a bit of extra naughtiness to his game with the odd bite or two.
Not so long ago, our own Robert Pires was quite guilty of taking a dive during our Invincible season and I know there have been a few others who have been prepared to take a dive, or should I say an easy fall in order to con a referee into awarding a penalty or even a free kick in a dangerous area.
Luis Suarez has hit the headlines again after winning a penalty in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory against Argentina. This was on the back on another controversial tumble last month when his country beat Peru. Thankfully, Tuesday nights antics didn’t cost Argentina a place in the World Cup as they had already qualified, but on a different night, in different circumstances, it could have cost a country a chance to play in the biggest international competition there is.
But as already said, Suarez is not alone, Ashley Young will always be around to challenge Suarez on ‘dive of the season and one only has to watch Match of the Day to spot a few more dodgy decisions each week. I’m sure those who watch the Spanish and Italian league would agree that they are equally as bad, if not worse.
Luis Suarez is a world class player, there is no doubt about that but should Arsene Wenger, when looking to sign him or any other player, be put off by any kind of reputation that player has, whether that be cheating, or anything else that goes against the way in which the game of football should be played or the way in which our club should be represented?
If that player was as good as Luis Suarez, I’d like to think he’d take a chance…
That’s it for another day..