Now I’m not a smoker, but I imagine the feelings of Arsenal withdrawal I am getting at the moment are similar to those that a cigarette-smoker might get when denied some their favourite pack of Marlboro’s. I keep scouring the net for news, videos – anything really – that will keep me in touch with the world of Arsenal. It’s getting me on edge and I don’t like it at all.
The best I can come up with for you today is a little bit of news on Theo Walcott, Stephen Appiah and Stephane M’Bia. If you happen to be wondering who the bloody hell the last fellow is then read on my friends. However, I should say right now that he is not going to make you happy.
First up, Theo. Despite Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole scoring two goals against Andorra on the weekend it has been our speedy Lewis Hamilton lookalike that has grabbed all of the headlines. I didn’t watch the match but according to most reports Walcott was England’s bright spark in a pretty dreadful game.
When questioned by the media on his impressive efforts Theo had this to say:
“The main thing he (Wenger) told me was to be more aggressive on the pitch, win the ball back and get at defenders and not to have any fear. It is like Cristiano Ronaldo, he came to Manchester United in his first year, showed some brilliant tricks and he is 23 and the best player in the world.”
He certainly makes an interesting point. I think most Arsenal supporters would agree that Walcott looks a promising player, but up until this season it has been his tendency to not really go at his man that was holding him back. It’s good to see that Wenger is encouraging him to play with no fear and I think that although he has still been a little consistent so far this season, he’s starting to do that.
Whether or not Walcott can get to Ronaldo’s level is another matter entirely, but it’s fair to say that he certainly needs more time before he should be judged. On a personal level I think this season is going to be the one where Theo really makes his mark in the Premiership and I will be eagerly waiting to see how he progresses.
Moving on to the Stephen Appiah now and the former Fenerbache midfielder has again made a rather tasty statement regarding his potential transfer to the Premier League. Speaking with local Ghanaian paper KickOffGhana Appiah had this to say on the matter:
“By the close of the week, I will see where I am going to play my club football.”
Will it be Arsenal? Will it be West Ham? Will it be Portsmouth? Will it be… well, you get the point. And if you’re looking for an answer you’ve come to the wrong place. Regardless, I will be keeping my fingers crossed that Appiah signs with our club before the weekend.
Wishful thinking? Maybe. But sometimes living in an optimistic and ignorant bliss is better than dealing with the harsh reality of real life. Go figure.
One man who simply won’t be joining Arsenal (at least until January) is Stephane M’Bia. “Stephane who?” I hear you ask. Well, he is a 22-year-old Cameroonian midfielder from Rennes and apparently his club turned down a bid for him by Arsenal in the closing hours of the transfer window. In his own words:
“Everyone knows there are clubs that are after me, that is not new, Arsenal made contact in the last hours of the past market but the club did not want to let me go. Rennes is looking to improve my pay, I have already decided to stay here against my wish, however everyone knows I want to move to the Premier League to improve myself and play in the biggest league in the world.”
He sounds like a bit of an arrogant plonker to me, but now I’ve said that he’ll probably get signed by the club in January. Personally I know nothing about the guy but if Wenger made contact with Rennes to enquire about his services then he’s obviously got something to offer. One thing’s for sure though, him not signing is not going to help our team in the slightest, so that’s the last you’ll hear about him from me in a very long time.
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You’ll hear from me again tomorrow. Right now, I’m off to buy some cigarettes.*
* DISCLAIMER: The Arsenal FC Blog does not support the notion of smoking in any way whatsoever. Spanish Fry was simply making a joke – albeit a bad one – and will not actually be going to buy any cigarettes. Instead, he will probably just drink some cheap wine. Some very, very cheap wine. Mmm.
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