Milan Are Pato-Poopers As Wenger Dares Cesc
The opening day of The Emirates Cup left Arsene with positives and some work to do, pretty much as he would have expected the case to be. Chamakh scored, taking his goal well following a good run from Arshavin. The Moroccan let the ball roll across his body before slotting home, reminding everyone that the fuss made about his aerial ability overlooked the fact that he has good technique on the ground.
It was not his only telling contribution to the game and the initial feeling I have is that van Persie and Fabregas will find him a joy to play alongside. Time will tell on that one as will the positive vibes coming from the performances of Gibbs, Frimpong and Wilshere. There is a sense of competition for places building up in the squad where established internationals can feel somewhat uneasy with young blood looking to usurp them in the starting line-up. That will not happen overnight but once more, Wenger’s belief in the squad is easy to understand. Let us hope that it is not misplaced and with progress being evident, there is no reason to think that it has not.
Defensively, Wenger will have been disappointed by the goal conceded, Pato’s threat is normally considered to be on the ground rather than timing his jump far better than defenders. Still, if you are not going to mark properly, conceding a goal has to be a not unexpected punishment. Despair should not be the overriding feeling in this sense though. Koscielny showed good aniticipation and had a decent understanding in his fledgling partnership with Vermaelen. Physically there are doubts aired about his strength in the Premier League and an additional centre back might help him develop away from the spotlight in that sense.
Has Wenger made a statement of intent in choosing Fabianski ahead of Almunia? If he has, the Pole chose yesterday to answer some of the criticism directed at him. Would regular first team action eradicate the mistakes, the exuberance of youth which sees concentration drop from his game occasionally? That is a question still to be answered and those solutions may present themselves this season.
Wenger suggested that there is a case to be answered for Barcelona’s tapping up and then immediately gave the biggest barrier to any successful prosecution by Uefa or Fifa; proof. Media talk is not tapping up in the eyes of the authorities; having contract talks without Arsenal’s permission is. That is where the proof has to come in. Unless one of the parties lets slip that the contract is agreed- the principle source for this would be Cesc’s agent – there is little anyone can do. Would a slap across the wrists in any case, have an effect on the rabid verbal claptrap spouted by the Catalans? No, that is only going to come from a change in the ‘corporate’ arrogance shown by them. The lack of class shown in their behaviour is not going to be easily forgetten.
How deeply it rankles with the manager was shown as he challenged his captain to end the speculation with a clear statement of intent to stay at Arsenal. Considering they have met prior to the friendlies this weekend, Wenger must be reasonably sure that such words are going to be forthcoming from Fabregas because it is a high-risk strategy otherwise. In any case, I am not sure that the media will stop speculating about the desire of Barcelona to sign Fabregas, the timeline will merely move on twelve months, the precursor to another summer of tiresome and tedious behaviour from the Iberian Peninsular.
Posted on August 1, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 169 Comments.