Arsene said here:
“There is something in this team which is stronger than a few bucks here and there,
“What is really important is that this team says ‘lets go to the end of our potential together and not walk out for any simpler reason’ – and that is where I expect them to show strength, and care what they can achieve together.”
“We are not any more in a period where you get £100 more at another club and it decides your life.
“Flamini can earn more somewhere else that is for sure because it would be a free transfer – but how much is he ready to sacrifice to stay here?”
This really sums up what Arsenal mean to Arsene and what he wants to see from this group of players. Good players should not be dicated by money if they are already earning large sums.
They need to make decisions about the sort of team they want to play in – look at players like Anelka – he left Arsenal out of greed and has never really fulfilled his potential in terms of success.
The article also mentions Fabianski, and the effect that conceding 5 goals to Spurs had on him. It’s likely that he will start against Derby on Monday.
Meanwhile Ancelotti has confirmed AC Milan’s interest in Flamini:
“A player like him would be good in any team. Since he is expiring, if he wants to come to Milan for us it would be an excellent purchase.”
Mancini, boss of the other Milan club, Inter, has tried to play down his comments on Hleb (see this article), by saying:
“I have never made any declarations regarding Hleb or other players who are under contract with other clubs, for whom I have the utmost respect”
What a load of crap, Inter have gone about this in a very underhand way, first meeting in Milan, and then coming out to the press. Wenger was right to say he might report them to FIFA. As for AC, they can **** off as well.
Another player we are linked to, by Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, is Niko Kranjcar. He’s an impressive player and would work well for us if Hleb went out the door, he has proven his Premiership quality for Portsmouth already. Expect a prohibitive transfer fee though!
Oh and also, because Chelsea beat Man Utd at the Bridge yesterday, we still have a mathematical chance of winning the title. That is, If Man Utd and Chelsea both gain only one point each in the two remaining games!