Wilshere to West Ham? /Campbell /’keepers /Bendtner

In Arsenal FC, January 2010 Transfer window, Premier League 2009/10 on January 26, 2010 by Highbury N5 Editor

Judging by the news appearing from Arsene’s press conference today it was a pretty interesting one; transfers, Campbell, ‘keepers, Walcott’s development, the return of Nasri & Bendtner and the FA Cup exit were all discussed before tomorrows game away at Villa.

One of the biggest developments concerns the immediate future of Jack Wilshere who will go out on loan in the next 48 hours, the official site list Burnley, Bolton and West Ham as the likely destinations for the eighteen year old. My hunch is that he will move on loan to West Ham for the rest of the season, not far to move, thats if he has to move at all. It will do him some good going out and getting regular games. His staggered run-outs for us have not been doing him any good, at this stage of his career he needs consistency. Im sure he will do very well there and get some opportunities to show off his clear talent. Plus, he can learn from Zola.

On Sol Campbell, the boss has said he will have to fight like any other player to get into the side, and rightly so. Better start getting injured then Sol !!! In all seriousness, he impressed me, and lots of others, at the weekend. Keep up the good work Sol, we will be seeing more of him I’m sure.

The boss has also given his weekly ‘big up’ of his goal keepers, the ‘keeper of the week is Szczesny. It really does show the dire options we have when he talks of a 19 year old being capable of becoming the Arsenal number 1, especially after he described Fabianski as potentially world class and Almunia as one of the best goalies in the Premiership. It is an area that needs addressing. I will keep dreaming that we will see Igor Akinfeev in an Arsenal jersey. Chances of that happening are about 0.00000000001%. Still a chance then.

There is some good news on the injury front though as Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner are now back in full training, we still have a lengthy long term injury list but lets hope the medical room door isn’t revolving so quickly in a few weeks time. I am a big fan of Bendtner and am convinced he will become a real top class striker, his goals to starts ratio is fantastic for a player of his age and he has a real knack of scoring important goals. I wouldn’t bet against him getting an important goal in the next few weeks in our crunch run of games.

Arsene Wenger obviously saw my criticism of Carlos Vela and Theo Walcott the other day (read a few posts below). He came out in defence of Theo in particular today declaring that we won’t see the best of him for at least six weeks. The cynic in me says he will be back in the medical room by then, sadly. Lets hope not.

The boss on the FA Cup exit. Lets just move on now please. More important things lay ahead …

There is more comment by Wenger on other matters to be found on the official site, the news that Smalling has pretty much sealed a move to Man United shows that our business this transfer window is as good as over, barring a change of heart from the boss, but Bendtner’s return means we will not sign a striker.

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