With a game just over 24 hours away there is little by way of Arsenal team news but with Arsene’s press conference later today that is likely to change. Because I love you all so much I went digging around the interweb for some info you might fight interesting, this is what I found.
In an interview with USA Today, Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, was asked if he wanted to become a manager when he finishes his playing career and this was his reply – “You know what? I might. Now do you think I would be a good one? You can never tell. I actually don’t know if that would be an option. I know I will be in the game for sure. Why not? Sure. Everyone knows the love I have for Arsenal Football Club, so you know it goes without saying where. That’s a dream.” Get Dennis as your number 2 and, well, I think I might die of happiness. About his goal v Leeds he said “It was the first time – put the national team aside – it was the first time I scored a goal as a fan of the team [I scored for]. You know especially the love I have for the club and the love I have for the people working at the club, I said it, I never felt what I felt after that goal in my whole entire career. It’s too much to describe. I know I’ve never felt that before.”
How can Friday’s not be made better with a little bit of love from Henry?
In other news, Rosicky has been talking about how he is thriving playing in a more advanced position. Speaking to the official magazine, he said “I can’t say for sure whether this has made the whole difference, but I would certainly agree that what the boss is asking [of me] at the moment suits me nicely. The whole season has gone quite well for me, but I was injured twice in the first few months so couldn’t keep up sustained form. I’m enjoying the rhythm the manager has given me now.” I think it’s safe to say that Rosicky has shown a form that most of us thought he was no longer capable off. A career blighted with long-term injuries it seemed as if we would never get to see the best of him but this year he was been on fire and seems to have found a burst of pace that not many of us realised he had either. It has been great to see and vindication for Arsene as well for sticking by him when quite a lot of fans wanted him sold. Let’s hope the same turns out to be true of Diaby who has the potential to be a far greater player than Rosicky. There’s a thought eh?
Speaking about the rumours that Alex Song was set to leave Arsenal this summer, rumours, it has to say that I haven’t really paid any attention to whatsoever, his agent has said “Yes, but Alex is one of the most important Arsenal players as is clear from the fact that Wenger always starts him. So I don’t think the Gunners are going to sell him during the summer transfer window.” I can’t imagine the madness that would be required for us to sell Song and he doesn’t seem to me to be a player who is even thinking about leaving. Another player who endured a lot of abuse when he first arrived and tried to settle in to the team, he has become one of the first names on the teamsheet every single week. I often think of some of the fans reaction to Song during his early days with the club when I hear some of the abuse aimed at Ramsey. People have very short memories along with little patience. It irks me.
Arsenal ladies trounced Chelsea at the Emirates yesterday, winning 3-1 with two goals from Kim Little and another from Katie Chapman to take them to the top of the Women’s Super League. Over 5,000 people turned up to watch the game. No words are needed when it comes to the awesomeness of the Arsenal ladies and I’m working on bringing you more ladies news on this site as they deserve to be getting more coverage than they currently receive. I tried to find video of the goals this morning but couldn’t locate it, so if anyone can point me in the right direction, leave a note in the comments and I will appreciate it.
Finally, it is being reported in a number of places that Jack is ready to snub Team GB in order to ready himself properly for Arsenal’s next season. I can understand his desire to play at the Olympics, especially when they are taking place in his home town, it really does become a truly ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity, but that he’s ready to put Arsenal first? Amazing.
So, next on the horizon for Arsenal is a trip to Stoke tomorrow. That’s always fun eh? Match preview tomorrow and I’ll be the Talking Heads blogger for the match on Arsenal.com so keep an eye out for that later today.
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