Wenger Discusses the Squad Ahead of Valencia (Video)

By on August 6, 2009

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Arsene Wenger discussed the situations of Phillipe Senderos, Jack Wilshere, and Tomas Rosicky in a press conference on Thursday.

Next week is Preview Week on Arsenal Station. Each day, we will preview a different aspect of the club leading into the season opener at Everton on Saturday. As usual, we will carry a live stream of the match as well as highlights.


  1. kiwigooner

    August 7, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I am surprised that the square is silent about the comments on Wednesday (in Daily Telegraph) by David Dein and Lady Bracewell saying that Arsenal is falling back from the big teams domestically and in Europe. Is that true?

  2. natsteel

    August 7, 2009 at 1:32 am

    It is true that there was no formal response from the board but my guess is because the story was a rehash of quotes from Alex Finn’s book, “Arsenal: The Making of a Modern Super Club” which came out almost a year ago back on16 August 2008. Therefore, it was not “news” and the board probably did not want to revisit the whole thing by dignifying the lazy reporting with a response. Although, Bracewell-Smith’s comments are just as disturbing today as they were a year ago and I, honestly, am not quite sure what to make of her and her assertions.

    If you’re asking whether or not it’s true that we are falling behind or can’t compete domestically or in Europe… I would just wonder how you can say that a club that led the league for most of the campaign two years ago, finished fourth last year mostly due to having rebuild their entire midfield while dealing with serious injuries to what was left of it including their captain, and, most of all, reached the Champions League semifinal can be said to not be able to “compete.” Also, considering the average age of the team and that each passing season improves the team solely through increased experience and maturity, I just don’t buy the doomsday, fear-mongering rhetoric of Dein and his comrades.

    You might be interested in reading a piece from last year which I wrote about David Dein: “The Good and Bad Legacy of David Dein.” Thanks for reading, kiwi. I hope you’re enjoying the blog.

    • BendyTheViking

      August 7, 2009 at 3:37 am

      But this is hardly to be unexpected. Stability at Arsenal Football Club is hardly in the best interest of Fat & Orange and appearantly every major media outlet in the UK. What is shocking to me is how uninspired sport writing in the UK is. I could listen to someone tell me why Arsenal wont win the league or wont finish fourth or whatever if they had an inspired, well constructed argument but when you open up NewsNow or go through any major UK publications all of their story of Arsenal fail at this, that or the other thing just represent an epic failure of imagination. Now I am not naive, and I know this squad has its faults but I believe we are better then most people give us credit for. What journos and pundits conveniently ignore is that money and spending is not the only factor in success. If that was true Chelsea would have won the Premier League and Champions League the last three seasons.

      • natsteel

        August 7, 2009 at 7:49 am

        What they also ignore is that none of the big 4 are stronger and are, in most cases, weaker than last year. And, of course, money does not always equal success. Just ask Leeds United supporters, who went from the Champions League to League One in four years, about that. This team seems to me to still be about 1-2 years away from full maturity, at which point there can be no excuses. Not that excuses are okay now, but, I just don’t see how some supporters can be calling for Wenger to be fired and half the team gotten rid of. They are upset at four years with no trophies but do they think the entire team can be rebuilt by a new manager and go on to win trophies in a year or two? Even with Manchester City’s money, you can’t do that. We are coming to the payoff of a long but worthwhile project and, just like Wenger, we need to remain firm in our support of the players, the club, and the project in order to give them the best possible opportunity for success. There is no doubt that the negativity created by many supporters around the club and the players last season had an effect on the pitch.

  3. sserwanga najiib

    August 7, 2009 at 4:44 am

    wenger should buy huntelaar

    • BendyTheViking

      August 7, 2009 at 5:58 am

      To me, 17m on a one dimensional, slow as a bastard, selfish troublemaker who will be 3rd or 4th choice would certainly not seem to be money well spent.

      • natsteel

        August 7, 2009 at 8:15 am

        sserwinga, Real Madrid has already agreed a deal with AC Milan for Huntelaar. While I would have liked to have seen Huntelaar come, his price tag of 17m pounds was far too high for a position that is not even close to being our top priority. I would really like to see Wenger make the push for Hangeland. He’s exactly what we need, a big, strong centre-half who has shown he is quality in the Premier League. Though I would not include a year-long loan for Carlos Vela in the deal as Roy Hodgson has intimated. Vela will most definitely be needed to play a larger role this year. I would offer them Jay Simpson on either loan or a full move.

  4. arourinfoma

    February 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Hey there!

    I am fairly new to this forum + just thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself and say “hello”.

    Laters ya’ll…


  5. sserwanga najiib

    November 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    we are dying. it was shameful to give away a two goal lead. we would be leaders now. more effort gunners

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