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Edu, centre-backs, Bergkamp, October, U-18s and Jack Wilshere is a legend.

by on October 12, 2011

Hello all, I know I haven’t posted in a while, mainly because there really hasn’t been much to post about. Even though it’s been about five days, there still isn’t much to say. Shame really.

Ex-Arsenal players saying things

Edu visited the club during the interlull and spoke about Andre Santos saying that, once he had acclimatised, the Arsenal fans would absolutely love him. He’s currently general manager at Corinthians, but hasn’t ruled out a return to English football either. Presumably in some sort of backroom role, although he could probably still do a job for us on the pitch. For those who don’t know, Edu was part of the ‘Invincibles’ squad that went the whole ’03/’04 season unbeaten.

Another former Gunner has been talking recently, this time it’s Dennis Bergkamp who was visited at Ajax by Martin Keown. He says that if he were at the club, he would have tried his hardest to get Patrick Vieira to come back to the club rather than go to Manchester City:

“I would’ve done everything possible to get him there. Just to get him in and around the dressing room. It would have brought so much to the team.”

He also spoke about Robin Van Persie and said that, despite his phenomenal form this year, the Dutchman is still better playing off a goalscorer as a number 10:

“When I look at Robin van Persie, he is the front player, but he is better in my old role. They are missing an out-and-out goalscorer. Now they play with an extra midfielder instead.

“The midfielders are all the same sort of players. You need one who wants to get in behind Van Persie.”

I certainly agree with the latter, we all know that Robin Van Persie is a very good number 10 and if we were to play two up front, we would know doubt see him in that withdrawn role.

Injuries

Talking defenders, we have three returning to the side! Laurent Koscielny (yay!), Johan Djourou (ahem…) and Sebastian Squillaci (eh? He still around?). Saying that, Per Mertesacker apparently had a little hobble for Germany yesterday, hopefully nothing serious. We’ll no doubt see over the next couple of days just how many players actually return from international duty.

The month ahead

October is a big month, a chance to get some points on the board and improve our form with matches at home to Sunderland and Stoke amongst others, but as GoonerTalk points out it the away matches at Chelsea and specifically at Marseille will be real tests with latter particularly important. There’s a few videos, mainly interviews and what-not so give them a watch if you want.

Youth

The under-18s beat Chelsea 3-0 with a Phil Roberts brace. Summer signing Serge Gnabry has really impressed so far, could be a name to remember. Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin haven’t been bad either. Highlights here if you want them.

Lastly, Jack Wilshere last year became a football super-star. Quite literally. It’s great to see that he keeps his feet on the ground. I don’t cry much [that’s a lie], but I wish more young footballers [or footballers in general] were like this. Is he already the biggest role model in the England side?

As always, you can find me on twitter @SavageGooner and you can like us on facebook as well.

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