Top of the Morning wherever this post meets you! The football fest begins in less than a week, and while we’ve not had an exactly perfect preparation, we still have a few reasons to be positive.
Granted, we fine-tuned our habit of throwing away leads this preseason, but we cannot exactly measure the readiness of this team based on a few friendly games. Plus, our starting XI looked the part a times, we just need to work on their backups and strengthen at the back.
One thing we need to worry about is the rate at which our players are picking up injuries so close to the start of the season. As I write this, we have fears over the availability of Nasri, TV5, Van Persie, Walcott, Wilshere, and Koscielny for the opener at Newcastle.
This excludes long term casualty Diaby, and unfit captain, Cesc. Only glimmer of hope is Rosicky and Arshavin who look fit and ready for the season. Gervinho also showed his versatility and he’ll be an asset.
It then came as a surprise when Fabio Capello listed Wilshere as one of the players to face the Netherlands in a friendly this week. But Le Boss was having none of it. Said He:
“They can include him all they want, he will not play [because of injury]”
Wilshere is out, He missed the Benfica game, and it won’t make sense for England to lose him for competitive games just because of this friendly. It will hurt Arsenal more to lose arguably our most consistent player last term.
It’s just over 3 weeks till the window closes. Every Monday since July 1st has seen me raise my hopes, thinking “this is the week”. My hopes are even higher today following Wenger’s comments on fans’ impatience over signings.
“We hope to give you some news soon. Next week (this week, that is), something might happen”
While it should be noted that “hope” and “might” are the two most important words in the above quote, a few tabloids seem “confident” that this week will see the arrival of a new face or two. And the fact that Arsene has sort of set a time frame makes me very positive that this week MIGHT just be different. I’m not holding my breath though.
I watched the Community Shield game yesterday and I must admit, that Man United performance sent shivers down my spine. They set a standard yesterday and you would be forgiven to think they were not champions last season.
Got me thinking, can this Arsenal team can match such, or even set higher standards?
Keep believing and have a great week ahead. This MIGHT be the week our “dreams” come to fruition.
Don’t forget to let us what you think
Best possible news and the most positive one we’ve gotten in days. After making the headlines for the wrong reasons and the morale deflating loss to a patched up United side that had seven defenders in the starting eleven, compounded by the loss of Djourou in the same game. Now after being ruled out for the season initially, news reaching us from the Swiss FA is that after further tests, he’ll definitely be fit for the title run in. To those already dreading Squillaci’s return, you can rest easily now as that is only for a while.
From great news to surprising news, after seeing injuries to Chezzer, Fabianski, and Mannone, Arsene has moved swiftly to re-sign free agent and formal Arsenal gloves man, Jens Lehmann. Mad Jens as he is popularly called by fans had been in London for a few weeks now trying to complete his UEFA coaching badges, and after talks with the boss, he’s back on board.
He’s a fantastic goalkeeper in my opinion and despite his eccentricity and erratic behaviour, he’s a welcome boost as he’s old and comes with a lot of experience and hopefully can shout and talk some sense into some of the younger players in the same manner Sol Campbell did last season.
This begs the question as to why Arsene didn’t just make a loan move for Shay Given in January as he would have been a better alternative. Our injuries are coming fast and thick and coming at the worst possible time, seeing as rivals are getting their own injured players back and fit. We need them to recover early because our fixtures are not as easy as they look which is why the likes of Song Walcott & Fabregas need to be fit after the international break.
Speaking of International breaks, England Boss, Capello has earmarked young Wilshere(who in my opinion should be a contender for BOTH PFA player of the year and young player of the year due to his stellar performances this season) as a future England Captain. He had this to say about Jack,
- “I monitored him during the game in
Barcelona, against the most difficult team, one of the best teams of all, he played the same game, with the same confidence that he did in the first leg in London. Then Arsenal won. The second time it was more difficult. He will be England captain one day,’ Capello added. ‘Jack Wilshere needs more caps but he is a real leader.”
Best possible praise a burgeoning midfielder can receive. We all wish him the best. No game till Saturday so we’ll bring you news as they get to us before then.
From wherever you’re reading, Keep the faith.
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