Bacary Sagna may be the latest player disillusioned with life at Arsenal after publically questioning the decision to sell Robin Van Persie and Alex Song this summer. He feel the departures have ‘left a lot of questions’ especially that of Alex Song which came as a huge surprise to the French international. The 29 year old is currently out injured with a broken leg and says it is hard watching former players such as Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri winning trophies whilst Arsenal struggle for silverware.
Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has announced he turned down a potential move to Arsenal this summer. A deal was proposed late in the window but he rejected the lure of London after setting his heart on a dream move to AC Milan. Eventually he moved nowhere and remains at the Southern France side attempting to defend their French title.
Good news on the injury front as combative midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong looks set to return from injury by the end of the month. The Ghana-born Twitter enthusiast was starting to really make a name for himself in the Premier League before a serious knee injury whilst on loan at Wolves curtailed his progress. He now hopes his injuries are behind him and he can look only to the future with Arsenal.
Former player Cesc Fabregas has got all nostalgic after admitting his love for Arsenal’s former home, Highbury. He admits the Emirates is a brilliant modern stadium but that it lacks the charm of Arsenals old ground where he first made a name for himself in the game as a teenager. He hopes Barca never leave the Nou Camp citing Arsenal as an example of when modern stadiums are not always beneficial.
Andrei Arshavin will not leave Arsenal according to the London Evening Standard. As has been reported for most of the summer the Russian is not keen on a move due the happiness and settled lifestyle he has found in North London where he is keen to school his children and his wife expecting their third child. Instead he will stay at Arsenal and fight for his place rather then move back to his homeland on a permanent deal, before taking up coaching badges after what is predicted to be an early retirement.
While finally Arsene Wenger has praised the impact of new defensive coach Steve Bould. The Gunners have begun the season by keeping three consecutive clean sheet.
What are your thoughts on everything and anything happening at Arsenal FC on the 6th September 2012?
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