Wenger on Nasri and Miyaichi’s inclusion in the squad against Liverpool and signing new players.

August 19, 2011

Arsene Wenger, today, in his pre-match conference confirmed Samir Nasri and Ryo Miyaichi are in the squad to face Liverpool.

Speaking ahead of the game, the manager insisted he has no problem in picking up Nasri against Liverpool. He praised the commitment of Nasri to the club and how he has worked in fantastic spirit in training ever since his arrival and in preseason.

On Nasri’s inclusion and commitment, Arsene said:

“[Hesitation in picking Nasri] Not at all. One thing I don’t question is the commitment of Samir Nasri to this Club. Every day since he has arrived here, and every day in pre-season, he has worked with a fantastic spirit in training.

The fans will want Arsenal to play well and win the game. I think they do not make an individual case of each player in each position. They want good players and to win the football game. I don’t see what you can reproach Samir Nasri about. His attitude in training, everybody has witnessed that he has been fantastic from the first day of pre-season.”

The manager also revealed Ryo Miyaichi’s inclusion in the squad. With words full of praise for the young winger’s abilities, the Frenchman said he possesses all the qualities to be a top footballer and he will be given time to adapt to the Premier League.

On Miyaichi, Wenger said:

“He is in the squad for tomorrow. We are impressed by Ryo’s quality, his spirit and his attitude. Everybody is absolutely convinced he will be an Arsenal player. He has a good understanding of the game, he is very quick, he is a fighter and has all the attributes that you love of a player at the top level.

He is 18 years old and has come from College football straight to professional football so we want to give him time to adapt to the Premier League.”

On the summer transfer dealings, Wenger asked for his judgment to be trusted. The manager maintained despite losing some big players, Arsenal is capable of doing well and added that the new players are all top class. On signing more players, the manager insisted only quality will be added and the club is working very hard to find quality.

On the transfers, Arsene said:

 “You have to trust my judgement – one day somebody else will make the decisions in my place and we will have to trust him. I believe I have shown in my 15 years here I am capable of making the right decisions for the right players. In the last 15 years you have seen more world-class players here, or as many, as anywhere else in the world.

You will soon see that they [players already signed] are all top-quality players. We have not lost so many players. We have, of course, lost big players but number-wise we should be capable of doing well.

If we find quality we will add quality to our squad and we work very hard on it.”


Arsene Wenger geared up for the summer as he confirms there will be arrivals and departures!

May 22, 2011

Arsene Wenger is geared up for the summer as he recently admitted that this will be a massive and important summer on all fronts for Arsenal.

The task is three fold for Arsene Wenger this time. He has to make sure that our best players don’t leave, he has to sell the dead weight at Arsenal for whatever their worth and he needs to sign quality players to strengthen the squad.

The manager is ready for it as he said that work has already started with everyone at the club busy in finding solutions to improve the team. Wenger said that his priority will be to hold the squad together but didn’t rule out departure of some and arrival of new players.

Speaking to Arsenal TV online on Friday, the manager said:

“[That my first priority is to keep my squad together] is true [but it] doesn’t mean that there will be no movement. There will be some movement of players who have played less, who need to play and as well of course we will try to strengthen our squad again but we want to keep the basis and style of play we have.

We are very very busy all over our Club, we are looking, analysing, talking to people. There are two steps in the transfer market during the summer, the first is very early and the second one is very late. In between there is a little bit of no man’s land because people are on holiday, it’s difficult to get in touch so a lot will happen at the start and a lot will happen at the end but I believe June will be relatively quiet. But early end of May, early June could be quite busy.

[One of the most important summers of my time at Arsenal?] Yes, I think so, we had a few important ones but this will certainly be a big one, on all fronts.”

Denilson is the first one to come out and say that he wants to quit and maybe there will be others. Let’s hope Wenger has the right people looking in the right areas and we get to see new faces early in the transfer window.