Theo Walcott on possible arrivals, Udinese game and taking more responsibility

August 18, 2011

With players leaving Arsenal left and right, Arsenal’s winger, Theo Walcott is ready to take more responsibility and is confident Arsene wenger will bring in new payers to replace the ones leaving.

Following the win against Udinese, Walcott admitted he was satisfied by the win and the clean sheet against a very dangerous counter attacking team. Praising the young player, he added they did well for their part against a technically strong side.

Going into the second the leg, the winger added that the team is looking forward to the battle away from home as it will be a tough game and felt that the pressure will be more on them.

“I think 1-0 is very positive. The clean sheet was very important. A lot of young lads came on tonight and did very well. Udinese are a very good team – they are technically very strong, quick and at times I think they taught us a bit of a lesson. They are very strong in midfield but it is a good result.

We have players to come back as well and they are going to be under more pressure at their place because they have to come at us more. It is going to be tough but we are looking forward to the battle.

We didn’t want to commit too many bodies forward on Tuesday night because we know how dangerous they are counter-attacking teams. So we were very tight as a defence and that is a positive – two clean sheets in two games is great.”

On his performance, the winger said that he likes it out there and hopefully that will make the manager play him in the striker’s role. He did add that it is not a demand and only wants to give Wenger options.

Walcott scored the only goal of the game; morover, he did go close with another despite scuffing a couple of shots.

“I just like to put it out there. The boss has always promised me in time I will get a chance to play up front. It’s been six years so hopefully if I keep scoring I can get a chance up front with Robin van Persie maybe. That’s only out in the open – I am not demanding anything. I am just giving the boss something to think about!”

On possible transfers, the English man added that he is confident the boss has players lined up to arrive.

“Well, I am smiling right now so I am very positive. Tuesday’s result was very positive and hopefully it will help the fans as well. I am sure the boss has got players coming – I don’t know – but if you sell one of your best players I am sure he has got options coming in.

But the mood is very good. We got a very good result at Newcastle I thought, especially going down to ten men. A clean sheet was very good and we had young players come on and gain experience in the Champions League. We have another very tough game at the weekend and then head out to Italy.”

Arsenal was missing key players for the game against Udinese. Walcott, however, stood up and played an important role in the win and later admitted he is not afraid to take more responsibility.

“I was the oldest player on the table for dinner at Newcastle at 22 years old [he recalled]. It was quite funny but I’ll do anything I can do to help the young players coming through. I have been around for a long time so I know what it’s all about and if I can help anyone out I will happily do that.

This team has always been known for being so young but we cannot use that excuse anymore. We need to win something and that’s the most important thing.

It is important to have a mixture of experience and young players but the boss knows what he is doing. He has some great players that he has picked up and we didn’t know where they came from. Only time will tell what the boss will do.”

 


Nasri’s Man City move to be completed today?, Moussa Sow wants Arsenal move as Wenger awaits UEFA’s decision

August 18, 2011

This week couldn’t get any worse for Arsenal. After Fabregas’ departure, following suite, Samir Nasri too is on his way out of Arsenal.

It was, however, expected this will be the outcome with Nasri stalling contract signing since January. BBC reports that the deal will be finalized by today.

Metro also reported late last night that Nasri is set for a medical at City today which confirms the speculation that the deal will be done by today, the estimated worth of which is around 25 million.

I know most of us saw this coming but it still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. How come Wenger and company didn’t saw it, I will never know! For Nasri I don’t have any good words but I am more frustrated with how the club has dealt with the situation. Leaving things this long only to fail in convincing him to sign a contract! Back in May, we should have played hard with him, ‘sign the contract or you are going out!’ Simple as that!

This would not only have given us time to buy a replacement but also time for the new player to gel in with team. Moreover, Nasri could have decided to stay.

Heck it’s going to be over now, time for this chapter to close. So much for loyalty these days! Three years to develop and the moment one shows some class, wants to leave!

We are ourselves to blame for the situation too. If two of your best players want to leave, one has already left, then things surely aren’t being run the way they should?

To be positive, even now is not too late. We need to get a midfielder fast. The two games of the season so far have shown we seriously require a creative outlet in the middle.

Nasri’s move will, no doubt, leave us in a very bad shape and further push us back against the wall. The price of every possible replacement for him and Fabregas will increase three-fold. It has already happened with Hazard’s price, now priced at 30 million.

But then, Wenger says he is willing to pay even 40 million for a player worth it. Looking at Hazard’s ability and the situation we are in, 30 million will be good business.

Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports, said:

“I will pay 30 (million) I will even pay 40 if I find the right players. But it’s not a question of money, it’s a question of quality we find. I think I have a wrong reputation of not wanting to spend money – I do not want to spend money for average players.”

Now is the time to respond and go for our targets. Excuses of not finding the right player won’t do this time. And we will need to be ruthless as other clubs will be circling around. Chelsea has already made approach for one of our targets, Mata, which was rejected.

So, before other clubs do business, we must act. (I have my everything crossed for Wenger to make his move!)

Moving on, UEFA will act like a bunch of hypocrites if they charge Wenger for communicating with the bench though a third party.

UEFA rule is as follows:

Article 70 of UEFA’s disciplinary regulations state any banned manager may sit in the stands, but ‘may not enter the dressing room, tunnel or technical area before or during the match, nor may he communicate with his team’. (Source: Football.co.uk)

Wenger appeared to be communicating with Pat Rice through first team coach Boro Primorac. Is this a breach of rule?

Nonetheless, the point I want to raise is, if this form of communication is indeed a violation of the rule, then seeing Ferguson and Mourinho and many other managers do it before without any consequences, shows how much UEFA is inept in executing their own rules. Simply, a rule must apply to all managers!

UEFA will, however, take action if the match officials claim our manager broke a rule in their match report.  The report usually takes 48 hours after the game to come in. This means, by today, we will know whether UEFA press charges or not.

Moreover, there will be some sort of a fine for Wenger for not giving the post match press conference after the Udinese game.

In other news, Lille striker Moussa Sow wants a move to Arsenal and admitted it will be a dream come true.

Speaking to French radio, he said:

“I want to play at Arsenal. I think my game is best suited to the Premier League. It is my dream and I want to be playing Champions League football.”

It may be his dream, but I fear we won’t go for him. We have already signed Joel Campbell, who according to Wenger will play for the first team. And if we do go after another striker, it should be someone who is in league with Van Persie. (We do need one more striker but I know Wenger will never buy another with reinforcements in other positions more important)

We can all only wait and see what happens in the next 12 days.

Have a great day!