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Mid-interlull and a bit of news as well as a final transfer round-up.

by on September 5, 2011

Gossip reckon we’ll make a move for Thiago Alacantra in January. Unless it was some kind of (highly unlikely) clause in the Fabregas deal, this one is almost certainly a non-runner. A good signing obviously, but I really just can’t see it happening.

The Metro has spoken about the likes of Clint Dempsey and Yoann Gourcuff mooted as possible targets for us. There was a bit of chat about interest in Clint Dempsey on deadline day and players like Gourcuff will always be linked to us. More a case of us keeping our options open than anything else I would think.

Transfer round-up

Arsenal Report, what a brilliant site. They’ve carried it on with a top-notch piece on this transfer window, speaking in detail about the players who came in during that big last week as well as a look at our squad and the depth we have in each position.

Speaking about Yossi Benayoun for a moment, it turns out that he apparently didn’t have a medical before signing. Not really a problem for me in all honesty. I know he had a big injury last season, but apart from that he’s a pretty robust player and people who talk about his ‘injury record’ should probably take a look at how often he played for Liverpool before making their arguments.

The knowledgeable Gooner Talk has spoken in detail about Mikel Arteta, his move from Everton and how his experience and his age should help him settle in and deliver on the big stage. There’s been all sorts of talk about the timing of his comments when leabing Everton and he’s been trying to set the record straight. Be sure to watch his interviews, as well as Per Mertesacker’s, Ander Santos’ and more here.


Let’s start with the bad news then, Jack Wilshere has confirmed that he’ll be out for 2-3 months. Obviously that’s going to hit us big time, but I’d rather he took longer out and came back fully fit than rushed back and kept on picking up niggling injuries. Besides which, the arrival of Mikel Arteta should help ease the creative burden on himself and Aaron Ramsey. He’s also spoken along the same lines with regards to his rehabilitation.

Onto the internationals then. We’re halfway through the interlull and there haven’t been any injuries so far to the best of my knowledge. The highlights so far have been four goals for club captain Robin Van Persie while Park Chu-Young scored a hat-trick. For a more detailed look at how our players did on international duty, look at Gunnerblog’s in-depth piece.

Speaking of which, there are rumours that RVP could look at playing in a free-role like he did for Holland. We know he’s the kind of player who has the creativity and technique to play in that kind of role. I’m not sure how likely we are to see him there though. Theo Walcott has also been speaking to the press while out on international duty, talking about the defeat at Old Trafford was one of the worst moments of his career. That’s believable, he looked well and truly down-heartened as he trudged off. At least he still had the decency to applaud the fans before walking off though.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been talking about getting his first start for the England U-21s. He had a decent game and will hope to replicate that form for the club. Despite the fact that he’s only made one substitute appearance for the club, he’s hoping to impress Arsene Wenger and get the chance to play more for the team. With the likes of Benayoun and Arteta coming in you would think that the likes of Coquelin, Henderson, Miyaichi and Oxlade-Chamberlain will have to try harder and compete more for chances in the cup competitions.


The U-18s and U-16s both won against MK Dons with first-year scholar Anthony Jeffrey scoring both goals in a 2-0 win for the U-18s. As for the U-16s, Austin Lipmann scored a brace to add to Jordan Brown’s goal in a 3-2 win. In other news, Arsenal Youth have been talking about the possibility of Arsenal youngsters going out on loan and which deals look most likely. Kyle Ebicilio has been talking about how he wants to be the next player to break into the first-team, wearing the red and white like his compatriots Robin Van Persie, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars. Not a bad list of players to join.


After completing the League and FA Cup double, the Ladies are looking to make it a domestic treble by winning the Continental Cup. They haven’t made a bad start either with a 4-0 win over Liverpool. Next up is Lincoln.

If you don’t already then as always you can follow me on twitter @SavageGooner. Be sure to comment as well. How important will Jack Wilshere’s injuries be for us? Which of our new signings could make the most difference for us?

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