Wenger Reiterates Desire to Take Time Over New Deal
Arsene Wenger has revealed that an offer for him to extend his Arsenal deal is on the table, but he wants to take his time before arriving at any decision.
The Gunners manager’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the ongoing season, which is why the club want to tie him up to a new deal. They have reportedly offered him a two-year extension, but the Frenchman is adamant that he would first like to analyse his team’s performances this season.
When quizzed regarding his future, he told reporters: “Yes, I didn’t deny that (that a contract had been offered). I just said what I said at the start of the season and nothing has changed.”
He then made it clear that Saturday’s home clash with Norwich City is the only thing on his mind by saying: “I believe that when you are manager at the club, you have to prepare for the long term always and act like you would stay forever. I believe that what is important is the next game.
“We have learned something in the last 18 months, that the Premier League has changed, that every single game is a potential danger for any team in the league and the recent results in the Premier League have confirmed that. Every team who is favourite today is on its toes because they know every game is a potential danger.”
After a difficult spell with injuries, Wenger is getting some relief now as several of his missing players are returning. But instead of expecting the fit-again players to cause a major impact, he believes the team’s performances would remain the same because they’re already operating at a very high level.
He said: “You want all of your best players to play together in a very positive way, which is what will happen. I am very happy with the team who has played until now, so we do not expect anything special (from the players coming back).
“What is important is that instead of focusing on one or two players, we focus on developing ourselves as a team and our team play, where there is still room for improvement. There is still the desire within the team to improve that.”
Diaby Out Till March 2014
Arsenal FC fans should stop hoping to see their crocked midfielder Abou Diaby back in action any time soon as the Frenchman’s recovery from his cruciate knee ligament injury has suffered a major setback.
The 27-year-old Gunner damaged his knee earlier this year in March and was ruled out for six to nine months of football. However, some complications arising from the original procedure mean that he has gone under the knife once again. His expected return date has now been moved to March next year.
Talking about Diaby, coach Arsene Wenger recently said: “He had a little key hole surgery again, on the the knee because his knee blew up every time he did something so it is now six months after the cruciate.
“He could not even jog yet so with new surgery it is a set back for him so competitive football cannot be played before March.”
Bergkamp Impressed with Current Arsenal Crop
Dennis Bergkamp is so impressed with the current crop of Arsenal players that he has likened them to some of the legendary sides he played in during his time at the old Highbury Stadium.
The Gunners have started the new season in scintillating form and currently top the Barclays Premier League points table. Their Dutch legend is liking what he is seeing in them this campaign and has tipped them for greatness.
“I see a lot of freshness in the team,” Bergkamp said. “I see a lot of things similar to my time at Arsenal. I see a lot of movement in the team, a lot of commitment. They know what they want to do and they know how they want to go forward. From this start, it looks really good. It’s enjoyable to watch but it’s effective as well.”
More to Come from Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey feels he hasn’t hit his peak yet and could do even better than he currently is for Arsenal FC.
The in-form Welshman’s eight goals from midfield are the primary reason behind the club’s magnificent start to the new season. He is getting widespread acclaim for his performances, but instead of resting on his laurels, he is confident he can achieve even higher levels.
“I think there is more to come, I’m still only 22, I still need to do better and learn a few more things but the boss (Arsene Wenger) is telling me about that, things like positioning defensively,” said Ramsey. “So there’s definitely more to come and I’m looking forward to that.
“When you haven’t got the ball, while we’re defending – sometimes I am not always where I need to be. I need to be playing well, be involved in the game and taking these games by the scruff of the neck and keep doing the things I’ve been doing.”
Casillas Admits He Could Leave Madrid
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has put his suitors, including Arsenal FC, on alert by admitting for the first time that he might have to find himself a new club due to limited first team opportunities at Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos legend lost his place in his club’s starting line-up last season under Jose Mourinho, and despite a managerial change, he has been unable to dethrone Diego Lopez. Now admitting that he would have to move on if his situation doesn’t improve soon, he said: “Players go through moments when if you are not playing a part you think about making some sort of decision.
“Of course I want to stay here, winning more titles with Real Madrid. I have been here since I was a small boy but the day will come when maybe a decision will have to be made.
“I have decided I want to be part of this squad for a long time but if the situation doesn’t change in three months and you ask me the same question perhaps I will answer that I am planning to leave.”