van Persie’s Return; Why are we being linked with Spurs players?

In the lead-up to another North-London Derby posing as a League Cup Semifinal, the news centres around transfer speculation with two players that would struggle to get into Arsenal’s line-up.

News of the day prior to the cup match tonight sees Arsene Wenger having to deny persistent rumours that we are after the rather useless striker Jermaine Defoe, with Wenger having to reiterate the wealth of striking options Arsenal already have. Wenger says:

Up front we have Bendtner, Eduardo, van Persie and of course we have Adebayor. Walcott can play there too. Then we have Carlos Vela don’t forget for next season. At the moment we are not interested in any other strikers.”

The manager then went on to praise Dimitar Berbatov, saying he was considering signing him before he crossed the t’s for Spurs. There have been numerous calls in the forums around the web for a player like Adebayor to make way for the ‘sumptuous brilliance’ of Dimitar Berbatov, but in truth, it’s all a bit of a fallacy.

-{With (Berbatov’s) character, a place on the bench just wouldn’t do.}-

If you remember correctly, we were once linked with Burnley Keeper Gabor Kiraly, when he played for Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Apparently it was unbelievable we did not have a man of his ‘quality’ in our side while Lehmann’s powers were waning. Where is Kiraly now, one might ask?

-{…van Persie is set to feature in tonight’s squad…}-

Point being, Wenger knows what he is doing. Berbatov has his uses, as do players like Emmanuel Adebayor. Would you break up the collection of van Persie, Adebayor, Eduardo, Bendtner, Walcott and Vela? With his character, a place on the bench just wouldn’t do. A couple of fingers launched at him would suit me just fine.

The surprise of the day, of course, comes with the news that Robin van Persie is set to feature in tonight’s squad, but, despite the Guardian’s speculation, will more than likely only feature from the bench. Eduardo and Bendtner’s partnership has yielded fruit lately, and a start would be far too much for van Persie’s current fitness. It will be good to see him back, though.

Whether Diarra even gets in the side is another question, though there are whispers that he may at least make the squad.

Another who will start will be Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has revealed he is getting constant advice from current keeping incumbent Manuel Almunia. The young keeper had this to say about the Spurs match:

Fabianski“It is a big, big game for me, the fans and for everybody who is a Gunner. I know that this is a London derby game and I spoke to Manuel Almunia, who saved a penalty against Spurs in the Premier League.

He told me that if you save a penalty against Tottenham, then you are the biggest man in the world.”

There’s a nice feature about Arsenal’s youth academy and an interview with Steve Bould to boot. Furthermore, Nicklas Bendtner has spoken about how Arsene Wenger has nurtured him over the season, and his thankfulness for the opportunities he has had thus far:

“His faith in me has been fantastic. Wenger has given me the chance, and I feel in myself that I have paid him back on this belief by scoring so many goals in my half year at the club.”

090108-H-SPURSAnd with that, it’s time to warm up to another match preview. With Hoyte and Traore set to replace Sagna and Clichy respectively, the central defensive pairing will consist of the Swiss contingent of Phillipe Senderos and Johann Djourou. The latter will be hoping to impress in Kolo Toure’s absence, while Senderos’ performances have steadily (if unspectacularly) improved.

I am betting that Gilberto’s experience will be favoured over the reportedly want-away Lassana Diarra, while Denilson will continue with his regular Carling Cup spot in the middle of the park.

Walcott and Diaby should be expected to play on either wing, with the recognizable partnership of Eduardo and Bendtner playing up front.

On the bench, we can probably gauge that Lehmann (if not, Mannone), Gibbs, van Persie, Merida and Randall have a chance of featuring, although Adebayor may even get a few minutes’ run-out as well.

As for our chances, the media’s suspicion that Tottenham are overdue a win against us (well, duh) is quite pervasive, and as Arseblogger rightly points out, whittles down to a 50:50 chance.

I am of the belief that the team put out can be proud of their place against the old rivals, and really expect them to rise to the occassion once more. Thankfully it is a two-legged semi-final, so any post-mortems can hopefully be rectified.

We have a brilliant chance of upsetting them once more. We can prepare for as many Spurs taunts as we like, but in the end, the future is with this Arsenal team, and one cup performance will not determine a cluster of careers with exciting potential.

Come on you Gunners…….!!!

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7 responses to “van Persie’s Return; Why are we being linked with Spurs players?

  1. nr790

    i want diaby to play in the middle or on the bench play gibbs instead

  2. GC

    I’m all for playing the squad and younger player’s in the earlier round’s of the cups but when it get’s to the semis and especially against the spuds,i feel we should be playing more first team players.
    We all know our last triumph was paddys last kick for us and for me seems a life time ago,with 2 losing cup finals since i feel it is time for our new era to win a trophy,i don’t care that it is only the carling cup look what it did for moanio’s chavs,it kicked started them to the title and i feel it would be the same for our new generation.

  3. Aminda

    Arsenal!!! GO!!! GO!!!!!

    nr790 are you mad??/ idiot!!!!!

    arsenal are gonna burry u spuds yid army cr@P!!!

  4. daokta

    Arsenal team has just been announced – no Diarra. Looks like we have lost him then. Hope we get the 6m quoted or at least a good defender in a swap deal. He is a silly boy – not many players have left Arsenal and had a successful career since.

    Pity though, he would have been a good solid replacement for Gilberto

  5. JohnDemetriou

    The scum (I.e. you lot) will probably win tonight. I’m only hoping the game is interesting and that your boys don’t do the usual age old Arsenal trick of etching out a bore score draw until the ninetieth minute, scoring a tap in during injury time for a 1-0 win.

    Bets of luck.

    Personally, I hope you get stuffed 4-2 and Berbatov dicks all over your souless defensive line up.

    regards

    John

    http://boatangdemetriou.wordpress.com/

  6. JohnDemetriou

    Yep. Gutless, souless side, underperform for the talent on the books…and drag out a 1-1 draw by sneaking in a goal in the last 10 minutes of the match.

    Pure Arsenal.

  7. (artist formerly known as)eboue's hand

    Who the hell is that retard? ^