Wojciech Szczesny is intent on beating Blackburn this weekend and is clearly wanting to open his trophy account by going on to win the competition. The Polish international said: “As you know, we’re desperate for a trophy – so we hope we can give our fans something to cheer in the FA Cup.
“It’s massive for us. We’re three wins away from a final at Wembley now so we’ll give it everything.”
According to reports from ESPN, Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny will miss tomorrow’s game following an ankle injury. The Polish international has not traveled with the squad for the Champions League clash against Montpellier.
What this essentially means is that Vito Mannone will get another start for the Gunners this season in what will be another chance for him to record another clean sheet. Szczesny was expected to start the match despite a rusty performance in Saturday’s match against the Saints. .......Read the full article here
Let’s start at the back. Wojciech Szczesney and Lukasz Fabianski are available, apparently so Vito Mannone will probably drop back to the bench, despite hid good performances. There is a school of thought that you should keep playing a keeper until he makes a mistake, so you never know. He has definitely given both Polish keepers something to keep them on their mettle.
The defence has been looking very solid and they are getting used to each other. Koscielny is fit and we all know how good he is, but Mertesacker has done really well so far this season. I think that Wenger will stick with the German, if only for his size. Rickie Lambert is the main goal threat for Southampton, and alot of that comes from his aerial prowess. .......Read the full article here
Evening Gooners. So after AW press conference one has the feeling of dread that we will not be signing anyone this transfer period unless the player is, “Top, top, top.” Not sure how I feel about that or even if we should be concerned or not. I guess at some stage we have to let Arsene do his thing and put faith in him once more. However, having just said that, reports are circulating that Arsenal have signed a Macedonian goalkeeper. .......Read the full article here
Great news Gunners, Arsenal have got arguably their best defender back from injury. Going in to a crucial game against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, this news will give the team a welcome boost. Wojciech Szczesney may also be back from his problem. The Polish keeper will undergo a test on Friday and Saturday night to determine his availability.
I assume that Szczesney will get his starting place back if he is fit, even though Vito Mannone has looked solid. Koscielny picked up a calf problem during Arsenal’s last pre-season game against Cologne which was on August 12th. He should be fit enough to play, but will Wenger think he is sharp enough? He has had very little competitive football since last season and Arsenal cannot afford to slip up against Brendan Rodgers’ team. .......Read the full article here
Manuel Almunia – “He (Wenger) is like a father to the players” by AM
Manuel Almunia, who was released this summer, has spoken highly of Wenger and how respected the Frenchman is among the players. The former custodian said that –
“Everybody respects him and they trust him, always. In all my years at Arsenal, I didn’t see any players rebel against Arsene Wenger and that is strange at a big club. He is like a father to the players and everyone has so much respect for him.” .......Read the full article here
Thinking about our new and prospective signings only led to me thinking in circles of ifs and maybes. In general, it was highly depressing and frustrating having to guess what might happen so I decided instead to think about our current ‘old’ squad. In turn, I thought about one particular player, our Polish keeper.
I think in general, he’s often overlooked in the team. In Saturday’s match he made at least two or three really good saves. He looked confident and focused with his reactions and timing all clicking together really well. I think with all the spotlight being focused on players coming in and players having left, we need to reflect on just how good this guy really is. .......Read the full article here
The Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski is still stuck as second choise at Arsenal behind his countryman (and rival for the national jersey) Wojciech Szczesny, and he made it clear before Christmas that he wanted to move somewhere else in search of first team football.
The Poland manager, Franciszek Smuda, has already told him that he won’t be going to the Euros if he is not playing regularly, so he now wants Arsene Wenger to let him go out on loan in the hope of impressing Smuda in the next few months. .......Read the full article here