There it is – What took us so long?
Ok, not us, but what has taken Arson so bloomin long to get thinking the way we have all been for yonks now?
‘My players cannot think about World Cup’
Arsène Wenger has insisted that for his players this season is about achieving success with Arsenal, not earning a place at the World Cup.
During a press conference at Arsenal’s Training Ground on Monday, one journalist suggested that the current campaign is a crucial one for Theo Walcott because, at its conclusion, England manager Fabio Capello will choose his squad for South Africa.
The reporter did not reach the end of his question.
“I must stop you there,” interrupted Wenger. “The big season is with Arsenal, not at the World Cup.
“We do not pay players to go to the World Cup – we pay the players to do well for Arsenal.
“The first pride of a man is to do well for the guy who pays you in life, not to go to the World Cup.”
Hoo-bloody-rah, at last, get the balloons blown up and hang the bunting out!
Club comes first, club pays players wages, club makes you successful, club teaches you how to grow with the game.
Maybe the injury to van Persie has been the final knock to the nail in our managers wooden head that will from now on STOP players going off on international duties when they are not fully fit, and even more important, stop them playing in meaningless friendlies for their country!
Well done Arson, I am with you all the way!
And yes, I did copy and paste the interview from afc.com, and I ain’t bovvered 😉
And here is another copy and paste….
It begins :-
Fabregas – I am happier than ever here
Cesc Fabregas says he is happier than ever at Arsenal.
Despite consistent rebuttals from the player himself, the Spaniard is still linked with a return to Barcelona and his name has even been dragged into the upcoming Presidential elections at the Nou Camp.
But, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s game with Standard Liege, the midfielder gave all that little credence and once again painted a rosy picture at Emirates Stadium.
“It does not affect me at all because it’s been going for years,” he said. “To be honest I just don’t think about it, I don’t want to and I don’t think I should because I’m at a great club and in a great team.
“I’m very happy where I am and there is very long season in front of us. The last thing I want to do is get disconnected from what I have to do which is to play football for my team and for the Club that pays me. I’m really looking forward to a great season with Arsenal.”
The skipper was then asked if he would like to stay for the rest of his career.
“Why not?” he replied. “I have never thought about it. I’m only 22. You never know what your career will bring but why not? I’m in my seventh season now and I’m really happy, better than ever.”
Fabregas also believes that his desire to win trophies can be satisfied too. Barca’s relative success compared to Arsenal is sometimes cited as a reason for moving.
“We can achieve that here,” said Fabregas in response to the question. “I have played some Finals, fought for Premier League titles.
“It’s true that at the end of the season we have sometimes had some feeling that we haven’t done it but I’m really happy with the way this club focuses on winning things and I’m sure we are more than capable of doing it this season.”
Get the hint Barca – well do you ??
On to tonight, we need just one point to secure a place in the knock out stages and we at our home against a team who threw away a 2-0 lead to let us win 3-2, so in theory; if we approach with the right attitude we will win.
Mind you I thought that before the Sunderland game!!
Anyway, tonight is very different to Saturday, we are at home and we are not up against a manager like Steve Bruce – say what you want about him but his is doing his club proud, making ‘his home’ his teams fortress, just like Arson has done with us so credit to him!
I say we should rest the French boys, rest Arshavin and bring in those who think they are good enough! That’s their words, not my view!!
How many times do we read an interview from one of those on the fringes of the team, how many times do they choose to tell the whole world they should be in our first team?
Well, tonight I think they should have their moment… Get a good mix and match and by 10pm we will be in the next round – then bring on the Carling Cup Kids for the final match 😉
I would go with this team if I was picking it:-
Eboue Senderos Vermaelen Gibbs
Ramsey Song Rosicky
Walcott Eduardo Vela
Come on you Gooners, lets score ten !!!!!