Thursday, January 31, 2008

Clichy Gets First Call Up

And nobody deserves it more than he does. Raymond Domenech finally decided to see what the rest of the world could see and picked him for his squad to face Congo and Spain. I'm absolutely thrilled for him. He's been talking about it quite a bit the last two years and he's finally going to get his chance it looks like. With the exception of Cesc and Adebayor arguably, hasn't he been our best and most consistent player of the last two seasons? I'm of the opinion that we have both of the best full-backs in the Premier League in Sagna and Clichy, and both will be playing for France.

Doesn't this again show the brilliance of Arsene Wenger? I was against the signing of Sagna because we had Hoyte and Eboue and I thought we needed other positions more than we needed another right back but he has been brilliant for us and contributed so much to the team that I was once again proved wrong by the master. Clichy we bought for almost nothing, 250,000 quid, and look where he is at today. People accuse him of not working with the English talent and buying English players but how can you argue with that price for what he gives us game after game?

Mathieu Flamini was also called up to the France Squad, as well as William Gallas, and both of them also deserve it. Flamini had just an amazing game against Newcastle on Tuesday. Bloody brilliant goal with a superb assist as well. Gallas has been a fierce leader and has come up with some big plays for us.

So for news OUTSIDE of the France national team, we have a few other things.

Abou Diaby has signed an extension which will keep him at Arsenal until 2012. He's a bit on and off for me, never really brilliant but sometimes quite good. He seems a bit lazy to me though in a lot of games. Great game against Newcastle though and I like resigning him.

Kieran Gibbs is going on loan to Norwich for the rest of the year. He's a good young player and the first team experience should do him well, although playing for a team called the Canaries must be a bit rough.

Luke Freeman signed for us from Gillingham. He's only 15 so he won't be in the first team for quite a while at least, but hopefully he'll be good and I reckon if Arsene says he will be then he will be.

He is only 15, of course, so we need to be patient but he is a very interesting prospect. He is another one for the future.

Today is Transfer Deadline day. I'm not expecting any signings at all and surprisingly I haven't really seen too many rumors of potential signings. Of course we always end up signing someone when nobody thinks we will and it is usually someone nobody has ever heard of. I can't really think of a place where we don't have solid cover besides maybe the wings if Hleb and Rosicky are injured. Diaby and Walcott don't really do it for me out there. But yes if there are any signings you'll hear it here.


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