Szczesny set for start.
Wojciech Szczesny looks set to start in the Carling Cup tie with Newcastle this evening, after his manager Arsene Wenger admitted he has time for the young Pole. The 20-year-old was “furious” at being overlooked in the last round of the cup, a 4-1 victory over north London rivals Tottenham, and said after his omission: “If you are fighting for trophies, you should pick your best players, not your oldest – no-one at Arsenal? is brave enough to let me play.”
Wenger, however, has seemingly chosen to forget the outburst and looks set to select the keeper in tonight’s match. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Frenchman said: “He will play at Newcastle and this is his chance to show he is a good keeper. I believe he is one but let’s not make stars out of players before they have proven themselves.”
City win pivotal.
Meanwhile, outspoken Wenger has proclaimed that Sunday’s 3-0 victory over title rivals Man City was pivotal to the Gunners’ quest for success this campaign. Defeat could have seen Arsenal fall up to eight points behind league leaders Chelsea, but goals from Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Nicklas Bendtner secured the points.
According to Goal.com, Wenger said: “It was certainly a pivotal moment of our season because we could not afford a defeat. To keep in touch with the top teams and to go out and have a victory was mentally very important for the team. Overall I believe it is a consequence of intelligent attitude and good team and collective spirit – that’s why we got the result.”
Cesc Barca twist.
It seems that the Cesc Fabregas will-he-or-won’t-he-move-to-Barcelona transfer saga is finally at an end. Spanish legend Andoni Zubizarreta – who is a director of football at the Catalans – claims that he has had no further contact with Arsene Wenger regarding a “guaranteed” future transfer of the 23-year-old. Wenger rejected bids from Pep Guardiola’s side of around £29m for the highly rated World Cup Winner throughout the summer.
According to Sky Sports, Zubizaretta told Com Radio: “I have not spoken to Wenger? about a guarantee for the transfer next season. Cesc is a very good footballer, but now I do not say if he enters into our plans for the next season.”
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