Nicklas Bendtner has revealed he has reaped the benefits of having Gunners legend Thierry Henry around the training ground.
The Frenchman has been training with his old club this month as the MLS does not restart until March and the young Dane opened the scoring in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Ipswich on Wednesday with an Henry-esque finish.
Bendtner told Mirrorfootball that the 33-year-old has certainly had a positive influence on him: “Thierry has been great to have around the training ground. He is one of the greatest players ever to play for Arsenal and from a striker’s point of view, it is amazing to have a guy around who has been there and done it. You can take so much from him.”
Almunia still in Wenger plans.
Arsene Wenger has urged Manuel Almunia to prove himself if he is to assert himself as the Gunners’ number one keeper again, according to The Daily Express.
Almunia has not featured for the club since September after suffering an injury but the Spaniard has been linked with a move to Turkish side Besiktas this month as Wenger has favoured Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny over him this season.
But the Gunners boss says the 33-year-old still has a future at the Emirates but he must prove himself worthy of a place in the team and has said that as long as he remains a member of the club he will have a chance to get back into the starting line-up: “As long as he is at the club, we’re happy to have him. I am happy that he’s still here.”
Almunia is expected to be named in the squad that will host Huddersfield in the FA Cup on Sunday, giving him a chance to prove himself to the Frenchman.
Eboue has cup hopes.
Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is convinced his side will pick up at least one of the four trophies they are in the running for this season.
The Ivorian has struggled to secure a place in the starting line-up this season and has made just eight Premier League appearances this term, nonetheless, Eboue hopes the young Gunners team can end their six year trophy drought this season and is happy to sit on the sidelines as long as they do: “I have this team in my heart, in fact it does not matter if I don’t play, I still want us to win from the bottom of my heart.
The 27-year-old continued:“This is a team that can win something, for sure. If we continue to play our football and with confidence the side has, I certainly believe that.
“I will be ready to give everything I can to try to make this season something special.”
Arsenal currently sit second in the Premier League and recently secured a place in the Carling Cup final, a victory over Huddersfield today will see them progress to the FA Cup fifth round and they face Spanish champions Barcelona in the Champions League next month.