So the boys had a nice little run around at Boreham Wood yesterday afternoon and the travelling fans got to see a few first team players in action for the first time this summer.
We ran out 2-0 winners but it was a couple of youngsters who stole the limelight, well, scored the goals. Kris Olsson finished well after a super ball from Tomas Rosicky and then with five minutes left of the game, Benik Afobe was given a shove in the penalty area and he stepped up to slot home the spot kick.
Twenty two players were used yesterday, an entire different team for each half and just who of that group will still be at Arsenal when the transfer window closes remains to be seen. There was certainly a few I’d like to see the back of….
I wonder why Mikel Arteta didn’t feature……
Abou Diaby did and as far as I know, he’s had no after affects….
After the game Arsene Wenger spoke about a few things.
On a good workout:
For us it was important to give everybody a run-out to see how close the young players are, to see how fit the players who are used to playing in the Premier League are. Overall what we want is [to avoid] injuries and to get everybody at a good fitness level.
Everybody he said, so where was Mikel Arteta? Is he injured or going??
On getting players fit during major tournament years:
It’s much more difficult because players come back stage by stage. Players that have gone out early come back next week [but] for example the three players that won the World Cup will return at the beginning of August, so it’s very difficult to get everybody at the same level at the start of the season.
On pictures of Jack Wilshere in the press:
I haven’t spoken to him so it’s very difficult for me to make any statement. I know what you can make of pictures – I have to speak to him really to see what happens before I come out publicly. I’m not deeply concerned by it. I just want to know what happened and before I know what happened, I don’t want to talk too much about it.
And then the big one, the one we all really want to know about, transfers:
I’m very happy with what I could do until now. It’s not over – there’s still a long way to go.
I can’t give you any names because you are never sure that you can do what you want. We are still out there to strengthen our squad.
The manager went on to say that he cannot guarantee Thomas Vermaelen will stay which in my opinion means he’s off but he did say that our captain will be replaced should he depart. Good!
A long way to go says the manager – to me that means we are going to see a few more signings through the door yet which is great news. I think there was a slight fear that having signed Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, the club would go quiet, perhaps until the end of the transfer window but it doesn’t sound like that will be the case.
All good then in the Arsenal camp then and next up is a trip to America, where Thierry Henry and his New York Red Bulls are waiting.
Well reports are coming out of Portugal which suggest we have had a €30million (£24m) bid for William Carvalho turned down. The Metro are running the story and my goodness, if by chance this is true and Ivan makes it happen, how chuffed would we all be….?
Anyway, where was Mikel Arteta yesterday?? ;)
Have a good day all…..