Cesc on Xabi, Vermaelen + Capello worried by Walcott tiredness

In Arsenal FC on June 1, 2009 by Highbury N5 Editor

And so another week starts, we are into week two of the bore that is the summer break. At least there are a few things to keep us occupied today.

Cesc Fabregas has once again been talking about having Xabi Alonso in Arsenal red. Last summer he said how good it would be to play alongside him at club level, some sites say a deal was close between Alonso and Arsenal, others say nothing ever happened. Since the noises in the media last summer ‘ALONSO TO ARSENAL!’ stories have failed to go away despite claims that he is happy at Anfield. In my heart of hearts I know we will probably never have Alonso at Arsenal, Liverpool would never sell a player of his calibre to a rival and he would command a big fee that would gobble up our transfer budget in one go, and that just isn’t Wenger’s style. This time around Cesc has said:

“We have lost big players, but the boss knows what he is doing, the days of signing a new player aren’t finished.We need someone in the middle to make competition and make a difference, plus give us a new dimension. I think that is all we need. The rest is perfect.

“Xabi would be great. He’s experienced and can score goals. I’m sure the boss is aware of that fact,”

All in all it was a rather innocent statement, not meant to stir up transfer speculation, the only point he is making is that he trusts Arsene to sort out our problems and that he (Cesc) admires Xabi and knows what he can do.

We have also seen some speculation about Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen. Considering this guy is 5 foot something its is clear that he is not the answer to our height problem in the center of defence, the only way I can see this move happening is that if we lose both Gallas and Silvestre. He would be good cover for a new center back and generally all accoss the backline as he is a very versatile, but short player. Once again this ‘speculation’ is built on nothing.

Our defence needs sorting this summer and I have already said in previous posts that I feel we need to bring in two new center half’s. In my opinion Kolo is not as good as he was and has looked shakey all season, he doesnt inspire much confidence. Gallas on the other hand has been immense for a good deal of the season, especially once he was stripped of the captaincy, however, it is possible he could be on the way out. I don’t feel Kolo is good enough for first choice, Djourou isn’t good enough to play week in week out, Silvestre is just shit and Song is too small and needed in midfield. Therefore we need two new players in that position, with Silvestre hopefully making way. Keeping hold of Gallas this summer could be key to defensive stability next season, that’s just my opinion though.

Onto van Persie and the latest news on him is that he is having a few teeth removed. OK. But to solve a muscular problem….

I have heard that the removal of wisdom teeth can lead to reduced chances of heart problems and after all, the heart is a muscle, but I think this is madness if truth be told.

However, if it works… and its his kind of thing… good luck to him.

“I fear I’ll be forced to drink porridge through a straw. My osteopaths think there may be a connection between my teeth and the muscle injuries I suffer, something like that is very difficult to prove. But if the operation makes just one percent difference it’ll be worth it.

“It could have an influence on the recovery time my body needs after an injury. Three of the four specialists I chose were rejected by the club.”

Freddie Ljungberg had the same op when he was at the club and apparently it helped him so this might actually work, it sounds totally and utterly bonkers though. I thought this was a bullshit story at first I have to say.

Now onto the story that seems to be stuck to Arsenal like a fly to shit, no, its not the ‘WENGER TO MADRID’ headlines, nor the ‘CESC 4 BARCA’ headlines. Its the ongoing saga between Theo Walcott, Fabio Capello, Stuart Pearce and Arsene Wenger.

Theo has said he is happy to play in England’s World Cup qualifiers and the Under 21’s European Cup campaign, leaving him with a summer holiday of one week. Wenger is of course, not a happy bunny.

Yesterday Capello pointed to his age, the fact that he had a lay-off in the winter as reasons for his availability for both sides this summer, but also made the point that he might be shattered for the World Cup next summer after two seasons of non-stop football, injury permitting of course.

“Yes, but he is young, Stuart Pearce spoke with the players and the player was happy to play with the under-21s. I also understand Arsene because he said he needed to take a holiday. But he did not play during the winter. His holiday was in the winter.

“When you arrive at the end of the season you are not fresh, It is a very long season, here more than the other countries because we have one competition more and in the last three or four years the most important teams, the big four, have been in the semi-final of the Champions League.

“I know that not only physically but also mentally you have to be very, very strong for this period and you spend a lot of energy.”

Now, I don’t see why he can’t just represent the seniors because at the end of the day the Under 21 side is to aid the development of young international players who are not yet at elite standard. Why doesn’t Stuart Pearce blood a youngster out wide?

I just pray to God he does not return injured or Wenger will be out for blood, and Theo Walcott’s teeth.

Right, a rather toothless post there. Apologies for my poor attempts at humour, what do you make of all this Theo Under 21 England World Cup representing malarky?

’til tomorrow.


One Response to “Cesc on Xabi, Vermaelen + Capello worried by Walcott tiredness”

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