From everly being on the sidelines crocked with one injury upon injury, captain vantastic Robin van Persie played the most minutes on the clock for Arsenal in 2011.
According to stats provided by Opta, the flying Dutchman put in 3,132 minutes to the Gunners’ cause over the last year, a massive feat in his career knowing his history.
And to underline how much he’s matured over the last dozen months, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was second on the most minutes in 2011 list, putting in 2,970 minutes between the sticks after only playing just once in the first team before then… Lukasz who? What is a Manuel?? Yea… I thought as much.
Coming in at third place is French centre back Laurent Koscielny who has grown from Ligue 2 defender almost four years ago to the Premier League’s most consistent performing defender with 2,896 minutes of football for Arsenal to show for it.
Meanwhile, the yellow card erroneously shown Thomas Vermaelen in the win over QPR has been transferred rightfully to LK6. Vermaelen on his part will be unavailable for Monday’s visit of Leeds through injury as will RvP, with the captain set to be rested by Le Boss to allow for Chamakh and Park Ju Young to feature upfront.
Club legend Thierry Henry could feature only if the club and New York Red Bulls decide on when Titi’s loan should end. The Yanks want him by February 20, we want his last game to be at home to the Sillywhites on the 26th… sort that out quick gentlemen.
I’ll leave the rest of the team news for the match preview. As for the transfer window, Arsène Wenger stays being the get-on-my-nerves ideologist, doing well to not hint who he’s really after though he did mention the injury situation at the back will require bringing in a defender on loan.
Other than that, “only clubs not tied to the present economic situation in Europe can spend”… ok le Professeur.
Have a splendid weekend, from us here at MG.