Friday, July 20, 2012

"I am indeed happy with the way Arsenal are approaching this summer's transfer window." - Jay Jethwa

Interview with Mr. Jay Jethwa.
Mr. Jethwa is from Birmingham, England.
He runs the 'Ashburton Cannon' blog: http://ashburtoncannon.wordpress.com
Find him on Twitter: @ashburtoncannon

Q. It is the end of June and the first month of transfer season is over. Are you happy with the way Arsenal is approaching the transfer window this year?

"I am indeed happy with the way Arsenal are approaching this summer's transfer window. This is mainly down to the fact that Wenger has signed two players who have had enough experience playing domestically and also internationally. As both signings are prominent strikers, they will be able to provide that cover and support for Robin van Persie, subject to if he stays with Arsenal for the forthcmoming season."

Q. How would you rate the performance of Arsenal players at the Euros? 

"To be very honest, the performances of the Arsenal players at Euro 2012 wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't the worst either. Wojciech Szczesny's Euro campaign is possibly one to forget as he was red carded in the first game, suspended for the next and wasn't chosen to play for their last game either. Rosicky on the other hand showed the same form he had while playing with Arsenal last season being very consistent and looked very comfortable in his attacking role. Arshavin had a very mixed tournament as in the game against the Czechs he shone and showed that he could still be the player Arsenal could utilise. However, in the following two games, his poor stint cost him and his inconsistencies began to show. Lukasz Podolski generally had a good tournament with Germany and looked to be a key attacking member of his squad. Although it is early to say where he will fit in at Arsenal, a permanent role in Germany squad suggests he must have plenty to offer. Robin van Persie had a dissapointing Euro 2012 with the Dutch being knocked out within the group stages. Despite scoring against the Germans, he couldn't replicate his club performances at the tournament. Bendtner had a pretty average tournament scoring twice in one game and didn't really produce a consistent performance.
The Ox, still only 18, had a bright start to his Euros starting against France and having a good game. His performances showed how there is bags of potential in him and that he most definately has a bright future ahead. Theo Walcott had a brilliant tournament in my opinion. He scored an absolute cracker of a goal and set up Welbeck in the game against Sweden. He was, in essence the game changer in that game."

Q. Besides Arsenal, other clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United have also signed some players. Should it be a cause of concern for Arsenal? Do you feel the need of signing more players?

"Other clubs transfer activity should't affect Arsenal as each individual club always looks to fill in the gaps in their squad and it is not always the same at each club. Having a concern about signings at another club shouldn't interest Arsenal as trying to piece together the right team chemistry is a more important task. Taking into consideration our current squad, I do feel that we need another strong defender who is capable of marking players and also another midfielder who can create chances and make a run through the box every now and again."

Q. Who in your opinion should be sold in this transfer window and why?

"Despite scroing twice at the Euros, Bendtner should be sold as he struggles to produce for Arsenal in the way he does for his country. With teams interested in signing him, selling him could pay off. Carlos Vela is another striker whose time at the club looks to be coming to an end. Although he looks to promise in the future, breaking into the current Arsenal team looks to be a challenge to big for someone who lacks scoring goals consistently. Denilson must be sold as personally I cannot see him playing again with the likes of Wilshere, Ramsey and Song running the midfield. When Chamakh signed on a free transfer a while back I thought to myself that we'd have someone who can cover nicely for Van Persie. However he has failed to deliver and cashing in would be a wise choice. I still don't understand why Chu Young Park was signed and by not delivering anything and only making 6 appearances in all competitions its a good enough reason to send him packing. I think majority of Arsenal fans will agree with me that French defender Sebastien Squillaci offers nothing which could be of use to Arsenal and for that reason should be sold."

Q. With the current Arsenal squad, what will be your starting XI for next season?

"GK - Wojciech Szczesny

RB - Bacary Sagna
CB - Thomas Vermaelen
CB - Laurent Koscielny
LB - Kieran Gibbs

CDM - Alex Song
CDM/CAM - Jack Wilshere
CDM/CAM - Mikel Arteta

LW - Lukasz Podolski
ST - Robin van Persie
RW - Theo Walcott"


Q. Best signing till now (consider all leagues)
"Thierry Henry"

Q. One player you wish joins Arsenal FC this year
"Mario Gotze"

Q. Best AFC player in Euro 2012
"Theo Walcott"

Q. The two finalists of Champions League 2013
"Barcelona & A.C Milan"

Q. How many more players you think Arsene Wenger will sign in the current transfer window?
"2"

Q. Should Bendtner be sold?
"Yes"

Q. Should Arshavin be sold?
"No"

Q. If you could buy one player from the Russian national team, who would it be?
"Alan Dzagoev"

Q. Why hasn't Wenger signed any player with a weird hairstyle this year?
"He is still searching for the right player"

Q. Are you a fan of Djourou?
"Not Really"

Q. One word for Alex Song
"Strong"

Q. One word for Per Mertesacker
"Tall"

Q. One word for Tomas Rosicky
"Versatile"

Q. How many goals will Walcott score next season?
"9"

Q. Your top 4 for next season (in order)
"Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea"


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