Spirits are high at the Arsenal Football Club following three consecutive 3-0 victories in the Premiership and it is showing in the comments coming from the members of the squad. After some outstanding individual performances from Mathieu Flamini and Emmanuel Adebayor in the last couple of matches things have gone a little mental with Arsenal teammates hailing each other left, right and centre. Seriously, somebody is going to get hurt.
The love-in kicked off with Cesc Fabregas hailing Adebayor:
“You can not fault him in any way. He works, he defends, he chases the centre-backs, he goes behind, he can play to feet, he has a good first touch and a good technique. He has improved amazingly and for us I don’t think we could live without Adebayor right now.”
Then the little Spaniard continued things by hailing Flamini:
“I’m a big fan of his. He’s hyperactive, on and off the pitch. I don’t know how he does it but he has so much power. With his encouragement we play better. He has so much passion for the game. He enjoys it and he hates losing.”
Flamini then returned the favour by hailing his on and off-field relationship with Fabregas:
“We are very close on and off the pitch. We chill with each other off the pitch. That is important. But when we have to speak on the pitch we are doing it and finding a solution.”
It just makes you go all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it? If you take a more serious approach though (which I unfortunately usually do), you’ll notice just how true each of these statements are. The improvement that Adebayor and Flamini has made this season has been sensational and the fact that they are now two of the most important players for Arsenal is almost unbelievable. It’s great to hear Fabregas showing his recognition for what they are achieving after he received so many nice compliments when things were going well for him a little earlier on in the season.
Flamini’s comments about how important ‘chilling with’ Fabregas off the pitch is also spot on. One thing I really love about this current squad is the camaraderie that is shown and the obvious friendships that have formed throughout the team. It’s been said many times that the first-choice midfield quartet of Flamini and Fabregas as well as Alexander Hleb and Tomas Rosicky are all really close off the field and I think it definitely shows when they play football. If you know and trust a guy away from football you know that he’s going to give you 100% on the pitch and that’s exactly what is happening with these guys. Long may it continue and with the admission from Flamini himself that a new deal is just around the corner that may not be too much to ask.
Diaby and Freeman sign, Dzeko doesn’t
In other news Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Abou Diaby has signed a new deal tieing him to the club until 2012 (weren’t flying cars supposed to be have invented by then?). Personally I think it’s great news. Diaby has copped a little bit of stick at times this season for some indifferent performances on the left side of the midfield but I think most supporters do realise that his best position is in the middle of the park and with that in mind, he’s doing quite well. If he stays with club until the end of his contract there’s little doubt that he will get good opportunities to play in his preferred spot so it will be up to him how he takes them.
I’ve always been excited about Diaby as a player and I have to say I’m quite relieved that Lassana Diarra’s exit has not affected his focus with Arsenal. For those who don’t know, Diaby and Diarra are quite close friends and there was a school of thought that if one of them left the other would too. Thankfully Diaby seems to have a far superior brain ticking under his bald head and that has helped him make a decision that will only benefit his future. He’s still young and has plenty of time to become the next Patrick Vieira.
There’s just a little bit more transfer news to finish off with today. Firstly, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have signed 15-year-old striker Luke Freeman from Gillingham in a deal worth to be around £200,000. It’s more evidence of Arsene Wenger putting effort into developing some local players as he moves another step away from being incorrectly labelled as the destroyer of British football. It will be interesting to see how young Freeman’s story pans out. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye or two on him.
Finally, Wolfsburg’s 21-year-old Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko has revealed that Arsenal has been tracking his progress but also admitted that he has no intention of leaving the Bundesliga. Personally I don’t really believe him but there you go. Even if I did, we have four great strikers – and you can add Theo Walcott in with them as well – still (hopefully) with their best years ahead of them and I don’t see any reason to bring in another. It would probably mean that Nicklas Bendtner would leave and I certainly wouldn’t want that even if Adebayor might. Just joking.
What do you think?
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