Daily Archives: August 24, 2011

Cahill on his way this time?|Wilshere out for a month|J Campbell on life in England

Morning gooners! I know it’s really hard to find anything good about this morning on the Arsenal front. But what can we do, except hope, and wait for our fortunes to turn around for the better.

As if we had not been dealt enough blows with player departures, our best midfielder won’t be available for the crunch tie in Italy tonight.

Wilshere suffered a setback on an ankle injury he sustained in preseason and looks certain to be out for around a month.

“He had a setback. It’s a hotspot on the bone of his ankle that if you continue to play, it can lead to a stress fracture…He’s in a boot again, so that means he will at least be out for two or three weeks.”

Even though Arsene was quoted as saying he thinks Jack will only be out for a further two to three weeks, we know the way these things are with Arsenal. So barring any miracle, expect him back in the squad late next month.

One player who is ready to play for us is new signing Joel Campbell. The Costa Rican striker is fully aware of the physical aspect of English football but is ready to work hard and learn from his team mates.

“[English football? I know] it is a physical kind of football, it is very difficult to win the title but I am here to be a good player and give my contribution. [A loan spell?] Everything depends on my work rate and if it happens, I hope one day I will play for Arsenal. [My hopes and dreams?] I want to earn a place here at Arsenal and score many goals for such an important Club of the Premier League.”

So we play Udinese tonight in a game which has the potential to decide what direction the pendulum swings for us this season. We succeeded in persuading UEFA to delay Wenger’s suspension, and as such he’ll be in charge for tonight.

Predicted Starting line up: Sz53; Sagna, TV5, Djourou, Traore; Song, Rosicky, Ramsey; Walcott, RVP, Gervinho.

Reports making rounds indicate that a couple of players we are linked to want to be sure we’ll go through before signing.

It makes logical sense to me and I don’t see how we’ll be able to attract the calibre of players we need if we miss out on the UCL.

Players leaving and injuries have left us with a much smaller squad to choose from and we are particularly short at the back. The fact that Bolton got Man City’s Boyata on loan has even led us to think they might be ready to part ways with Gary Cahill.

Having said that, sadly I DO NOT expect Arsenal to sign a defender on or before August 31st. Judging from Arsene’s comments yesterday, he seems concerned about only the midfield. Said he:

“We brought in [Alex Oxlade-] Chamberlain – you will see that he will be a great player… We are short in midfield at the moment and that is where we want to strengthen.”

No matter what he’s said, now is not the time to determine if Wenger is a drunk, a blind man or a just flawed genius.

Now is the time to get behind our team (Wenger included). The team needs us now more than ever. Once we’ve completed our Italian job, we can come back to complain about whatever!

C’mon You Gunners! Put a smile on our faces…we are due one.

P.S: No mention of Nasri? Yeah, he’s dead to me now!

Any thoughts/predictions? Do share them below.