After four consecutive posts about England, it’s high time we got back to important matters around here.
The Premiership returns today, with Wigan coming to the Emirates still managerless, as Steve Bruce’s move has been delayed due to some financial wrangling. They’ll face a weakened Arsenal side, shorn of Fabregas, Flamini, Diaby and Hleb in midfield, while Gilberto has to be a doubt after returning from Brazil only last night.
The likelihood of the World Cup winner departing either in January or the summer seems to be on the rise, after his comments regarding a potential move to Juventus. While not demanding to leave, he knows that he is coming towards the end of his career at the highest level, and needs to be playing regularly.
“Juve officials must know that I don’t want to have a war with Arsenal. If they want me, they must talk with my club and get into serious negotiations.
“I feel disposed towards moving to Italy.”
There is no doubting that the big man is unhappy about his lack of first team action this season, especially after having such a fine campaign last year, but he is a model professional, I imagine he is going about this in the best possible way, by talking to Wenger in private and working hard and training.
If his chances remain so limited though, he will probably move on, but without complaining, and almost definitely not in January. His experience could be vital in the second half of the season, even more so if we are still fighting on a couple of fronts.
Van Persie is another for whom today’s match is too early, and with Champions League qualification already assured he won’t travel to Spain either.
Elsewhere, 20 year old Congo striker Tresor Mputu has impressed on his trial at the club, although Wenger himself has yet to see him in action. I say he’s 20, as the reports suggest as such, but as with many African imports, reports vary, with his Wikipedia entry, amongst others, claiming he’ll turn 22 in a fortnight.
Either way, he is older than Bendtner and Walcott, so would surely only be signed if he was likely to challenge for a first team position in the coming years, alongside these prospects. We’ll keep an eye on this over the coming days.
Fingers crossed for a good result this afternoon, and as I speak (type) Anelka’s just scored against United. It would make a change for Bolton not to do their usual rolling over trick whenever Ferguson and co come into town.