A lot has been made of the appointment of Gallas as captain, especially as Gilberto felt let down and not knowing who the captain was going to be before it was announced. Arsene touched on this point here and while I understand he can’t tell everyone everything I agree with Arseblogger that a quick 5 minute chat wouldn’t have really taken much effort. But of course Arsene is a very busy man, with running Arsenal Football Club and all!
Well Gallas has a 100% record as Arsenal captain so let’s hope he can keep it up tonight against Sparta Prague. It looks like Arsenal will use the same team as on Sunday, although I’d probably prefer Diaby or Denilson in the middle alongside Cesc but it looks like it will be Flamini because the two D’s are out injured.
Wenger has also backed Lehmann after his big mistake at the weekend. I have to say I’m a big fan of Jens and despite some erratic moments he is a top quality goalkeeper. He is capable of making those vital saves like the one at Old Trafford last season among countless others. For me Almunia is way off Lehmann when it comes to ability but I hope Fabianski can mount a serious challenge to keep the German on his toes.
The speculation about Pedersen (which I found strange anyway) has been denied by Wenger on the official Arsenal website. I’m not sure why that made the official site because I couldn’t see it happening anyway. I the vast majority of attacking signings Arsene always looks for pace, and while Pedersen is a quality player he is all about his delivery – not beating players. And it would be weird if he did join because we don’t have any players to head the ball!
Mark Hughes was less than happy with the rumours though so it’s not all bad.
Eduardo will have to wait for his competitive Arsenal debut and is out of tonight’s squad because of an ankle problem, also sustained by Denilson and Diaby. Something wrong with the training pitches?
And Tomas Rosicky has talked about the strange feeling he’ll have playing against a team he joined when he was only 7. Let’s hope the emotional experience doesn’t effect his performance.
Finally, does anyone else hate Setanta?