Arsene Wenger on injuries, Gary Cahill and the Champions League draw
Written by Jeffrey on August 27, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the Gunners can qualify from Group F of the Champions League as he highlighted the importance of the first game against Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking on Friday, the Frenchman also gave a full injury update as he explained that midfielder Tomas Rosicky is fit for Sunday’s game against Manchester United with centre-back Johan Djourou also fit to start. Sebastien Squillaci and Kieran Gibbs are out with Thomas Vermaelen to undergo a test this morning and Laurent Koscielny improving after suffering a back injury, last week, in the game against Liverpool.
Asked about Bolton’s comments over an offer made for Gary Cahill, the Frenchman looked upset as he said that if the Wanderers don’t want to sell the player then they can just decide to keep him as he denied that the offer was of £6m.
Wenger concluded by saying that he will not reveal who his team is monitoring ahead of the last few days of the summer transfer window with reports suggesting that at least two players could be signed by the Gunners next week.
On injuries and transfers, the manager said:
[The Champions League draw] is difficult, but possible, difficult because especially of the fourth pot, we got maybe the most difficult team. Pot two and three, you accept it that it will be a difficult opponent, pot four has been very harsh for us because it came out with Dortmund.
But on the other hand, it keeps you on your toes, we start at Dortmund, if we get a strong result there it will put us in a strong position so the first game is always a big significance and overall, I’m confident that we can do it.
[Injury news?] [Tomas] Rosicky came through the Udinese game well and [Johan] Djourou came through well too, he had a little setback after the game but he will be available for Sunday. [Thomas] Vermaelen has a test [on Saturday] and [Laurent] Koscielny had a positive fitness test today so there is a little doubt about Vermaelen but he should be alright.
[Nicklas] Bendtner is out, [Sebastien] Squillaci is out and [Kieran] Gibbs will be too short, he’s not far.
[The Gary Cahill offer?] First of all, I would like to say that the number is wrong. [It's less?] You know me quite well! But no, it’s completely wrong [and] it has nothing to do with how much we rate the player.
I believe every negotiation is between two parties and you only have to sell the player if you are alright with the price. In this case, the information is below what has been spoken about.
The truth is that we never speak about our negotiations. [If I want him?] I do not want to speak about any individual case – it’s not fair and I have never done it before.
[Owen Coyle called it derisory?] But if they do not need to sell the player they can keep him! If you ask if I want to buy your house and you’re not happy with the price, you say, ‘No, that’s it’, why should you feel insulted? I don’t understand that, now we have to make offers that people are not insulted with, I don’t understand where you’re coming from.