Szczesny Confident Arsenal’s Drought Will End
Wojciech Szczesny is confident that Arsenal FC will get their hands on a major trophy if they concentrate on simply maintaining their impressive start to the new season.
The Gunners last won a major title back in 2005 when they edged Manchester United in the FA Cup final on penalties. In the proceeding eight-and-a-half years, they have come close to breaking their drought on several occasion but have always ended up a bit short. This season though, they look determined to win something, and Szczesny feels it will happen but only if they have firm belief in their own self.
In a recent interview, the Poland international said: “I don’t want to say nobody can challenge us for a trophy. but if we’re at our best, we’ll win a trophy and that’s all that matters. I wouldn’t say we’ve proved everyone wrong and passed all the tests. I’ll say that when we get our hands on a trophy in May. I think what’s important is what we believe in and we believe that we are good enough with the players we have got and the work we are doing to win the Premier League.
“We have shown that to people over the last six months or so. We know that if we just carry on doing the same thing, we will show people that this team and these players are good enough to win a trophy without any extra additions or extra work that people are talking about. We certainly believe we can do it. We need to make sure we continue doing what we have been doing recently and keep getting the results.”
Cerci Knows Nothing About PL Interest
Torino star Alessio Cerci says recent media reports linking him with a host of Premier League clubs are baseless, and he has not been contacted by anyone with an offer to change clubs in January.
Earlier this week, rumours emerged that Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all in the race to sign the 26-year-old Italian – who has scored eight times in 12 Serie A games so far this season. He was purportedly watched by scouts from all those clubs when he played for Italy in their 2-2 draw with Nigeria on Monday at Craven Cottage. But the player has come forward to clarify that no matter what the press reports claim, he hasn’t been contacted by anyone.
“It’s not true. I haven’t spoken to anyone,” Cerci told Tuttosport.
Torino president Urbano Cairo echoed Cerci’s comments by saying: “I haven’t received any calls from England for Cerci, even if I read in the newspapers that there is interest from British clubs. As far as I am concerned, there’s no truth to it. Will he stay at Torino in January? Of course.”
Saints Not Scared of Gunners
Southampton star Adam Lallana has declared that the Saints are not afraid of Arsenal ahead of their upcoming Barclays Premier League clash.
Having beaten Liverpool at Anfield and taken points off of Manchester United at Old Trafford, confidence is quite high inside the Southampton dressing room and that reflected in Lallana’s latest comments.
Talking about this Saturday’s trip to the Emirates, the freshly capped England international said: “It’s a massive game – top versus third. But we have got results at Old Trafford and Anfield so why can’t we go there and get a result? The lads will be full of confidence and I am really looking forward to it.”
Wilshere Thinks He is Captaincy Material
Jack Wilshere has admitted he would like to become the Arsenal FC captain if the responsibility is offered to him in future.
The 21-year-old Gunner feels he has come a long way both as a player and a person, and feels he has what it takes to wear the club armband.
“I’ve grown up at this club and I have captained the club at under-16 level, under-18 level and last season as well I got the armband for 20 minutes or so [against West Ham in January] which was a nice feeling,” Wilshere is quoted as saying by Arsenal.com. “I want to do that [be a leader] for this club.
“From the team that I first broke into a lot of them have gone so I’m one of the few who’s been around, there’s Bac [Sagna] as well but I’m one of the only midfielders who has been around for a while.
“Mikel [Arteta] came in, he was the captain at Everton and he’s the vice-captain here and you can tell by the way he is off the pitch, even when he was injured he was in the dressing room and giving us support. I do feel a bit of responsibility but I have players around to help me.”
About the positive atmosphere inside the Arsenal dressing room, he added: “At the moment I would probably say it’s the best atmosphere I’ve ever been in the dressing room. There are some real characters in there, some funny guys and some serious guys, there are professional guys who want to get things done and don’t like people being late, so everyone’s disciplined.”
Cesc Wants to Retire at Barca
Arsenal FC’s hopes of bringing former club captain Cesc Fabregas back at the Emirates Stadium took a serious hit after the player confirmed his desire to end his playing career at FC Barcelona.
Reports of the Spaniard returning to the PL re-emerged in the past few weeks as he is still struggling to get regular playing time in Tata Martino’s starting line-up for the Catalans. But the player has distanced himself from those reports by telling his Facebooks fans: “It would be a dream come true to retire with Barca. I will continue to work very hard to make that happen. Playing here is a dream and means everything to me because I have always been a huge fan.“