Hello everyone, sorry I haven't gotten to you all in a few days. My girlfriend was over and I really just didn't get around to it honestly. But now we're back and we have some interesting news, Arsene is considering appointing a new captain for next season. This goes right along with everyone and their sister bashing Gallas as captain this year and Wenger seems to have jumped on board. He said he has made no decision for sure yet but he will look at it at the end of the season and make a decision for next year.
I think this could be a really big ripple put into the lake that is the squad if Gallas is removed as captain. I think Gallas himself would surely want to leave. He is very proud and I think having the armband removed would make him a sure-fire candidate for a move elsewhere. This would also mean we would bring in a new center back in all probability. It would also reopen the debate as to who should be the captain of Arsenal. Right now my top three choices would be Kolo, Flamini, and Cesc. We'll see where this goes after the season ends but this could be a big story so we'll be on the look out.
Continuing his talk of next year, Arsene Wenger has said it would be criminal to leave Arsenal right now with such a bright future on the horizon. We really do have a good core of young players but we still need to bring in a couple of new guys. However, if we did lose some of our big young guns like Cesc or Ade or Walcott or Clichy it would really set us back.
“You can go to Real Madrid and Barcelona, but you have no more guarantees to win trophies. It would be criminal not to believe we could do it because we were so close this year. We have a very young team with a great future.”
He is right. Just look at Barcelona this year. Henry went there to win trophies and they aren't going to win the league and they probably won't win the Champion's League either. It's hard to get through to young, ambitious players and convince them that you can win right here at Arsenal but it is crucial to our future success to keep building with the base we have established now.
Gilberto, the man who probably should have been captain this year, (although we wouldn't have seen such a great year from Flamini) has a lot of praise for Theo Walcott who played very well against Reading on Saturday. He said that he has bags of ability and just needs time. When you read all that he said it shows you what a true professional Gilberto is and makes you wonder what happened with Gilberto and Arsene to cause him to be left out so many times this season. Yes Flamini is having a great year, but Arsene couldn't have predicted him to be this good, especially considering how solid Gilberto was for us all last year. I hope he gets a new one year deal honestly. I love having Gilberto around.
In the transfer rumors section of today's post we've been linked with some of the usual lot, like David Villa and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but we've also been linked with three new names, Niko Kranjcar, Amauri, and Kamel Ghilas. Now I have only see Kranjcar play out of those new names so I really can't tell you much about them but if anyone has any insight feel free to let me know.
That's all I've got for today, I'll be back with more tomorrow.