Good morning Arsenal fans, my isn’t this summer going quickly?
It doesn’t seem a day since the Gunners battered Aston Villa into submission before lifting the FA Cup, but already Arsene Wenger will have the new season in his sights as he targets a proper charge at the Premier League title.
Given the strength of Arsenal’s squad and the fact that they’ve signed Petr Cech there’s a good chance they’ll be chomping at the bit to prove they’re a match for the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. In any case one gets the feeling they’re but one or two more purchases away from being a credible threat. But I digress, here’s today’s roundup.
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Giroud on Henry
Most Arsenal fans were surprised to see Thierry Henry criticise Olivier Giroud mid-way through last season, with the Gunners legend claiming his compatriot perhaps wasn’t the right man to lead Arsenal’s title charge.
Naturally Giroud reacted with puzzlement, and it would appear that the hard feelings aren’t altogether gone even now. According to ESPN Giroud has offered an update as to how he is feeling with regards to Henry’s comments, and somewhat unsurprisingly he wants to have a talk about the matter.
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Whilst Giroud said he did know what Henry meant, we sense that he’s a little miffed to have been called out publicly by one of the most revered strikers to have ever played the game. Of course given that Wenger is said to be on the hunt for a new out-and-out finisher Henry might not be that far off the mark with his comments. Maybe it was his delivery.
"To be honest, when you are a footballer you don't have to listen to people commenting about your performance.
"The main thing is not to have any doubt when you miss a chance or miss a game. It can happen sometimes. The best thing is to forget about the comments straight away and to keep the head up and not let it affect your qualities.
"I know Thierry and I knew what he wanted to mean. If I see him we will have a conversation between two men. I'm not angry against him but it's true that I didn't understand at first. I think he reacted about his words and explained them more.
"But it's alright. I'm not going to be upset about that. I'm sleeping well and as long as my family is OK that's the main thing. It doesn't affect me too much."
Sanogo's last chance saloon
Moving on Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo will have a medical tomorrow ahead of a loan switch to Dutch giants Ajax, or so say reports. It will likely be the youngster’s last opportunity to impress Arsene Wenger, with many being of the opinion that he isn’t good enough for the Gunners squad.
Now, whilst the Eredivisie certainly isn’t the Premier League it should provide Sanogo with enough of a test to really show his true colours. If the 22-year-old struggles it will be curtains for any lingering chance he has of making Wenger’s plans for the future. If he sets the division ablaze then who knows?
Last but not least it could be the end of the line for Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal, with Wenger supposedly having agreed to let him leave for Athletic Bilbao. The Spaniard has been consistent for the Gunners during his stay at the Emirates Stadium but has never really shone in a manner befitting that of a Spain international.
Will the fans be happy to see him go? Let us know in the comments box below.