Will Vieira re-sign for us? I suspect, unfortunately, not, I think it is now fairly clear that this little gem of a rumour was used as part of the promotion campaign to sell tickets for the Emirates Cup; what better way to stir up interest than to hint at the return of the prodigal son — our very own Patrick Vieira. The quid pro quo was that Vieira got his name in the shop window; his time at Inter must surely be coming to an end. I suspect this story is set to fade into the distance along with our one time hero and star from Senegal.
One star may be waning but another is rising and you know who I am talking about. Wilshire was doing things over the weekend that I didn’t realise he could do — and I like to think that I keep abreast of all things Arsenal but he shocked me. I knew he could make an incisive pass but where did those turns in the box come from and goals…..goals, did you expect him to be a goal scorer as well as being able to play Bergkamp quality, defence splitting passes?
The thing that amused me was the reaction of Fabregas to Wilshire, nothing untoward, more of a confused amazement……..I was imagining him struggling with the alien concept of an Englishman who could play football. If you think about it, it is not something that Fabregas has seen much of, well there is Walcott but his close control leaves a lot to be desired. Jack is obviously earning Fabregas’s respect and it won’t be long until our Captain works out how to use him to his maximum ability in the same way he did with Hleb and Henry for that matter.
On the subject of reactions, Arshavin brought a smile to my face; he was clearly the life and soul of the party yesterday, nothing captured this better for me than when the team was going off at half time and he had just played, what probably already is the pass of the season, to put Eduardo clear on a one on one with the keeper which very unusually he missed, Arshavin was teasing him over it with a huge smile on his face. A similar thing happened when they came out, he and Fabregas were laughing their heads off together.
Point of interest for me yesterday was Wenger’s surprising persistence with a 4.3.3 formation, I have no problem with it, but in the early part of any game it usually requires fast players, as is the case with the Barça attack, which leads me to think that he might be considering Walcott in a more central role. It should be interesting.