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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gunners 'keeper out to impress

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski wants to build on his first clean sheet for the Gunners and help them finish the Premier League season on a high.

The Polish goalkeeper has been playing first-team football for Arsenal in recent weeks due to an injury to first-choice Manuel Almunia, which will also rule him out of the Gunners final two Premier League games.

This means Fabianski will retain the keeper's jersey for the rest of the season and he wants to show Gunners fans he is capable of being the Arsenal number one despite the criticism he received this season after some high-profile blunders.

Fabianski put in a calamitous performance against Porto in the Champions League and then also received condemnation for errors in Arsenal's defeat to Wigan earlier this month - a loss which effectively ended their title challenge. Before that game some had suggested Arsenal's run-in made them the likely title winners despite what the football betting suggested.

"The boss shows he believes in me and I just want to take the opportunities and show I am good enough. You just have to manage yourself in a good way and keep believing in yourself, keep working and fighting" said the 'keeper.

Fabianski is also hoping to help Poland upset the World Cup 2010 betting in South Africa this summer, although Celtic's Artur Boruc is likely to be number one.

Many fans think that Arsene Wenger needs to sign a new goalkeeper during the summer, and the boss has stated he wants all transfer activity to be done earlier rather than later in the transfer window.

The French manager said "one or two" additions are needed and it could be "dangerous" to leave things until after the World Cup as prices might become over inflated.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Van Persie frustrated with title blow

Arsenal's title ambitions are now over for this season after they lost the North London derby, Robin van Persie has admitted.

The Dutch forward made his return to the Arsenal squad for the first time in five months at White Hart Lane when he came off the bench in the second half. However, he could not prevent his side losing 2-1 to their arch rivals.

Van Persie was denied a goalscoring return by some wonderful saves from Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and the defeat means Arsenal are now six points behind Chelsea at the top of the table, the Premier league odds now make the Gunners serious outsiders.

The striker told Arsenal's website the Gunners "deserved a draw" from the game and he was "happy to be back" after such a long time on the sidelines.

Speaking about Arsenal's title bid now, he stated: "I don't think Chelsea will drop more than six points now."

"When you are this close you really want to win it. When you don't do that it is frustrating."

His manager Arsene Wenger mirrored Van Persie's admission that Arsenal's title bid is over, saying his players "must forget" about winning the Premier League title as they have lost too many important games this season.

However Van Persie's return will be a boost for his national side. The Netherlands are currently 12/1 shots in the World Cup 2010 betting and should progress at least as far as the quarter finals.