Nice to have a bit of a pause today after what has been a fairly hectic start to the season.
In terms of results things couldn’t be better really. Wins over Everton and Celtic has seen us convince in two games that could have turned out very differently. Meanwhile both Liverpool and Manchester United have lost once in their opening two games and aside from the sore sight of Spurs sitting aloft the Premiership things really couldn’t be better. New boy Thomas Vermaelen has fit in superbly well while three of the players with relatively big question marks over their quality before the season – Alex Song, Denilson and Nicklas Bendtner – have started strongly.
Song and Vermaelen have in particular been outstanding with the new signing showing he is a player that not only enjoys the physical side of the game, but is positionally sound and a good organiser as well. Interestingly the Belgian has given a lot of credit to William Gallas for the start he has made, citing the Frenchman’s experience as a key factor in his impressive start. In his own words he said:
“He is very experienced. For me it’s much easier to play in a side with him because of that. I have already learned a lot from him. I have enjoyed the last two games a lot. I feel very pleased and we have a good team with good quality and I like the players. I’m settling in very well I think.”
That he has. Along with Song, Vermaelen has been our best player in the opening two games and his partnership with Gallas appears to be working well. I will never hide the fact that I am a huge admirer of Johan Djourou but if the current pair continue their good form then I see no need to break up their partnership to allow the Swiss man to return. Indeed, if Vermaelen keeps up his fine start then he is very quickly going to become a huge favourite of the Arsenal supporters, much in the same way that Andrey Arshavin did last season.
In other news today very quickly before I go, Brede Hangeland has stated that he expects to stay at Fulham despite genuinely considering leaving while PSV Eindhoven winger Balazs Dzsudzsak’s agent has stated that we are interested in signing him.
To the first story I say “Too bad!” I think Hangeland is just the sort of player who could give the centre of our defence the depth I still feel it lacks with Philippe Senderos set to go, while to the second story just seems like agent talk used to get his client a better deal. I would be extremely surprised to see us make a move for the Hungarian, particularly considering Rafael van der Vaart is available on the cheap and would be a far superior option if the manager is still after a winger.
Anyway, that’s it. Enjoy the mini-break from the football this fine Thursday and I’ll be back tomorrow with a match preview for the Portsmouth game.
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