It’s deep into the international break but still there is still quite a decent amount of Arsenal news to discuss.
First up is Jens Lehmann who, despite losing his place in goals to Spaniard Manuel Almunia, is confident that he will play for Arsenal again this season. The German mentioned that he feels he may be in the team sooner rather than later, despite Almunia’s good performances, suggesting that he may start in the club’s next match in the Premiership against Bolton.
“I know I will play for Arsenal again and think it may well be in our next game. I feel ready to come back and play to the same level again. Playing is important, of course, but there is no substitute for quality.”
Sometimes you just get the feeling that Lehmann is on another planet. Seriously, where does he come up with this stuff? Almunia has done a great job since replacing the German and there is absolutely no reason why he should be dropped because Lehmann feels he is ready to come back. If Almunia had performed poorly in the past few matches then maybe Lehmann would have a case but the fact is that he’s been very solid, conceding only four goals in nine matches.
I mentioned it quite recently but I am getting sick and tired of Lehmann’s arrogant comments and the more he lets them loose the more I want Almunia to play. It would be such a kick in the teeth of the Spaniard if Lehmann went straight back into the team after everything he’s said and so, despite Lehmann’s confident prediction and the backing he received from Schalke’s Kevin Kuranyi, I will be expecting Almunia to continue against Bolton next weekend. If this is not the case then I will be very disappointed with Arsene Wenger.
ACN causing no problems
Next up is some pretty crucial news that Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor will not be going to the African Cup of Nations after his country lost 2-0 to Mali in their final qualifying match. Adebayor had recently revealed that he had reconciled his differences with the national team and would have have gone to the Cup of Nations in January if Togo had qualified. As it is, this is now irrelevant and although I’m sure Adebayor will be gutted, it’s reasonably good news for Arsenal fans.
At the start of the season I was quite worried about how the club would cope without the likes of Adebayor, Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure for an entire month during one of the most important periods of the season. But with Bacary Sagna’s great performances ensuring Eboue will be no big loss, Johan Djourou getting the experience he needs at Birmingham to fill in for Toure and Adebayor not even going, things look a lot better. The same can’t be said of Chelsea though, who will still lose John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba. Ouch.
Finally today, Cesc Fabregas’ agent Joseba Diaz commented on the rumours that Barcelona have again been looking to sign the Spaniard. Diaz revealed that he has not received an offer from Barcelona for the Spaniard, but suggested that Fabregas would be flattered by any interest from his old club.
“What will be, will be. But if we do hear of an offer from Barcelona, the club that taught him so much, then that would be a real compliment to Cesc.”
In all honesty, I’m not too concerned about these comments. Arseblogger alluded to the fact that Arsenal have probably taught Fabregas much more about football than the Spanish club but in Diaz’ defence, he’s probably referring more to mentality than tactics or skills. The main thing to take away from all this is that Fabregas is an Arsenal player and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so there’s nothing much to worry about.
I have to say that the international break is really starting to bore me and I can’t wait for the football to begin again. Alas, there is still another week to go. I’m sure you all feel the same.
What do you think?
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