Arsenal fans, don’t worry. We feel your pain. It’s been a long week not at all helped by Monday night’s drab loss at home to Swansea City, and the prospect of playing Manchester United away on Sunday is only tantalising if you’re a serious optimist.
Of course Champions League football is now secure for next season, so that’s one thing, although there’s sure to be many supporters feeling that the defeat to the Swans earlier this week was altogether avoidable.
Nevertheless the show goes on, and with some of today’s news and gossip perhaps you can revel in getting over the mid-week blues. On the other hand it could force you further towards a spiral of depression, it really is your call.
Leading the charge this morning we can offer up some quite revealing quotes from Spaniard Hector Bellerin, who has claimed that the reason he was able to best Theo Walcott’s running time over 40 metres earlier on this season is because he’s been in the gym working on the power in his legs.
"Some people are born fast," Bellerin said.
"I've always been pretty quick for my whole career. It gets to the point that you have to do something about it.
"For the past two years I've been working a lot on the power in my legs - all of that has helped me.
"Everything you do off the pitch always shows so you have to work on yourself physically as well, it's not just working on your touch. That's probably the secret. I doubt I'm the fastest player in the world!
"We took a test in the summer and I broke the club record so I guess I am the fastest at the club but, throughout the season, injuries come along and you never know whether you are the fastest player at that exact time."
The right-back, who has had a great debut campaign in Arsenal's first-team by all accounts, told how he was born fast but has worked recently in a bid to make himself even quicker. We don’t claim to be Olympic judges but we think that whatever he’s doing must be paying off. Run Hector, run.
Wenger Cech fears
Next up is slightly less positive news in the form of speculation suggesting that Arsene Wenger is fearful that his pursuit of Chelsea’s Petr Cech will result in disappointment this summer.
The Frenchman is believed to want to take the Czech international to the Emirates Stadium in order to bolster his ranks ahead of a more concerted title challenge next term, but is worried that the Gunners’ position as Chelsea’s title rivals will hamper his chances.
Previous reports have suggested that Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich won’t force Cech to move abroad out of respect for the servitude he’s provided over the last decade, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be happy to send him to north London and risk him helping contribute to them losing the title next year. When Mourinho’s involved such things are never straightforward.
Last but not least we turn to team news, where Wenger has confirmed that Danny Welbeck will be fit to play against Manchester United.
The former Red Devils striker has missed the last two outings due to injury but his manager said he will be ‘alright’ to play against his old teammates come Sunday.
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