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RvP credits Theo for his great form, Gibbs to have surgery, a few departures in January, Park settles down and much much more.

by on November 17, 2011

It’s fair to say that Robin van Persie is enjoying 2011. It’s not going that badly really, is it? While he’s taken many of the plaudits for the teams attacking success, he’s spoken recently about how important Theo Walcott is for him to play with. A lot has been made about their “chemistry”, so it’s no surprise that he’s one of the highest names on the list of players who’ve assisted the flying Dutchman up front. This Mirror article where van Persie praises both Walcott and Wenger is certainly worth a read.

Speaking about the England forward, here’s a recent interview where you can “get to know Theo”. He’s been speaking about other things as well, including Gervinho’s form since his arrival in the summer and the start that Norwich, our next opponents, have had to the season. Theo has faced criticism before, of various forms. One of those is that he’s too nice, a criticism levelled at other players in the squad. Thomas Munson examined that idea yesterday, give it a read here.

He’s not the only young Englishman in the news either. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been talking about his inspirations in Henry and Zola, comparing himself to the latter. I read the other day that he never played Sunday League football, but went straight into an academy, which probably explains his abundance of technique. Sanchez Watt is another one in the news as well. He’s been having a cracking season for the Reserves, but it’s time for his future to be decided this season. He continues his impressive form for the Reserves in their 4-2 win over Norwich. Be sure to check out the highlights if you haven’t already seen them. Watt and Ozyakup impressed. Speaking about the youngsters, Steve Bould has been talking about the Arsenal academy and the magic that goes on at Hale End. Worth a watch. A shout-out is required for this article as well about our link with Lorient and Joel Campbell’s performances there.

A bit on our fringe strikers now. Park appears to finally settling down. It turns out that he hadn’t been training for two months before joining, hence his lack of match fitness. He insists that he is now fit though and that he is settling in well at the club. Marouane Chamakh has been speaking about the system the club plays, insisting that it’s worth persevering with. In other news, Manuel Almunia and Sebastian Squillaci could be on the way out in January, while Kieran Gibbs is set to have hernia surgery which could leave him out for a while. Luckily we have enough strength in the squad to cope without him for a while. Ali spoke about the squad in her column earlier today, be sure to give it a look.

Finally, Arsenal Ladies will be facing Gothenburg in Europe as the draw for the quarter- and semi-finals was made today. I saw the other day that they’ll be playing in a friendly tournament in Japan. Part of the club’s marketing campaign there? You would think so.

Anyway, that’s it for today. As always you can follow me on twitter @SavageGooner and ‘like’ the blog on facebook.

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One Comment
  1. Edwinposh permalink

    i wish THE ARSENAL well this season.hop van persie stays fit and everybody else to be on top of their game.LONG LIVE ARSENAL.

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