In today’s pre-match press conference, Arsène really had a lot to say. Some good, some bad like usual, but one thing that you just have to love about the team this year is that there’s nothing but positivity. More on that later.
Today, AW revealed that Szczesny faces a late fitness test to play against the orks. I’d prefer he plays, but as I said last time, I don’t think Fabianski has ever been given a fair chance to redeem himself. We’ll see how things work out on Sunday.
Laurent Koscielny (calf)
Tomas Rosicky (hamstring)
Jack Wilshere (fitness)
Bacary Sagna (fitness)
We’re taking it easy on our injured players, because they have all had a hectic year. Rosicky and Koscielny playing in the Euros, along with Sagna and Wilshere training over the summer aren’t being rushed back, as Wenger wants to be extra careful with Wilshere in particular.
I will promise you that I will be careful, but Jack works very hard.
Every day he is in early, late going home, is focused and has built up a good basis for his body.
After how quick he will be sharp again for competition, I don’t know. We will have to wait for at least a month to see that.”
It’s good to see that everybody’s being taken care of well. I think we’ll see Sagna back to his best well before Wilshere, as he’s already so experienced. Plus, he’s injured the same injury twice, making his return the first time around in the 1st leg away to A.C Milan, so he’s used to a baptism of fire.
Before I go any further, I’d like to highlight yesterday marked the official retirement of Freddie Ljunberg, my favorite RM of all time. Crazy in every way; personality, looks, skill and goals, Freddie wore his heart on his sleeve for Arsenal Football Club. I wish him the best in future endeavors, and hairstyles. (I miss that mohawk)
Anyway, back to the here and now. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a lot of great things to say about his new teammate, Santi Cazorla.
You know when you get a buzz off a player, and you could bounce off him and get good vibes. Santi has that with everyone because he’s that sort of player.”
When you’ve got friendly characters who come into the squad and are upbeat from day one it lifts everyone. The boys who have been here last season and for many years, they’re all really close so it’s looking really good.
It’s a really tight-knit group, it’s looking positive for the season and I really feel that we can do good things.”
I think this is the first season where everything has kicked off as expected, in a good way. Yes, we’ve lost more key players, but they were replaced before they left. There’s no drawn out transfer saga looming over everyone’s heads, the pundits aren’t on Wenger’s back to spend ridiculous amounts of money on average players, and there’s a general positive mantra surrounding our squad. No injuries we can’t cope with, no one talking down on Arsenal Football Club. It’s brilliant really, no fuss over us, the players just get to put their heads down and try their very best.
Despite the good news, there is a bit of a damper on the next few days. An anniversary in the club’s history is fast approaching, and this time it’s quite a low point: our 8-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Look at how much can change in a year. on the anniversary of this brutal defeat, RVP will be playing in the red of Manchester against Fulham. I’m sure he’s long forgotten that terrible result anyway.
Enough about “him” though, as we move back to Arsène and what he’s said today concerning our activity in the transfer market.
We are still in the market in some positions. We have experienced players in midfield like Arteta, Cazorla and Rosicky plus some young very promising players like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Coquelin and one or two in between age-wise like Diaby, who is coming back.
“We will only take players who have something special. We believe we have a very strong team and if we find the special player, we will do it.
“There’s always a lot going on in the last week – in and out. We have some players who can go out, but overall there is always something happening in the last week. I have a clear idea of what I want to do, if it happens, it happens.”
Sounds good to me, but it seems as though I’ve heard this before. Oh yes, that’s right, I have. In 2010 when we were still chasing the likes of Eden Hazard and Mario Götze.
Hazard we would have considered, yes, because we were a long time on the case, but there was such a competition for him – Man City and Chelsea, they fly a bit higher in the sky.
“I tried. Two years ago, we were in touch with Lille, but they never wanted to sell him.
“They had a clause, and they decided only this year [to sell].”
To be blunt, it seems Wenger is covering his arse should we fail to sign someone. Not that he needs to really, he’s the manager and we have to respect what he does and doesn’t do regardless of our opinion.
If he were to only to sign one more player in this window however, I pray it’s Yaya Banana. Yes, the man’s last name is Banana. Just imagine Ian Darke and Macca calling the play.
Starting off with Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott lays it back to Cazorla, picks out the run of BANANAAAAAA! What a goal, Yaya Banana!”
The comedy writes itself, I mean imagine turning up with his jersey on? I would be permanently happy whether we lose 10-0 or Wenger quit the next day. I know absolutely nothing about this guy, and it seems no one else does either. Anyway, just thought I’d share easily the most entertaining news of my day concerning AFC.
Anyway, I think that just about wraps things up. I’ll be releasing a match preview going over lineups, formation and other tactical bits you should be aware of.
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