Thursday, 16 September 2010

Diaby heading back to training, Wenger on video technology, Mad Jens

Morning Gooners.

Always feels great waking up after a 6-0 victory. Everything is right in the world it seems!

Well there is certainly some good news about Abou Diaby emerging. He'll be back in full training next week after the scan on his injured ankle came back all clear.

He's still not going to be involved at the game with Sunderland, according to the Daily Mirror, but could be back in contention for a place in the squad for the visit of West Brom to the Grove on September 25.

It seems that with players dropping like flies when it comes to injury at the moment, having someone fully fit could feel like a new signing!  Only joking...

Elsewhere the manager has used his programme notes for last night's game to highlight the need for video evidence to be used to punish bad tackles after the game.

This obviously is linked in with the whole FA not taking action over Paul Robinson's horror challenge on Abou Diaby last weekend.

Nothing was done by the referee on the day and the FA said on Monday nothing would be done.

It seems nonsensical in this day and age where video replays are two a penny that a committee cannot meet to discuss items cited by either teams after their game and take retrospective punishment.

And the manager wrote:
"I have seen the challenge on Abou Diaby again, and it should have been a straight red card. 
"My regret is that video evidence cannot be used in these cases afterwards. I can understand that the ref did not see it, because he was in a bad position, but frankly the Premier League should be in a position whether they can suspend players who do this kind of thing. 
"Diaby is now out for a few weeks, but it could have been a lot worse, as he couldn't walk afterwards."
He is write of course but he will need the backing of other managers and chairman before progress can be made where dangerous tackles are no longer seen in the game. 

Cesc Fabregas also wrote about this in the programme as well. He said:
"The tackle on Abou was definitely a sending-off offence - it was horrendous and I think the authorities should look at it again and do something about it. Abou could have had his leg broken. 
"I won't say that Bolton's approach was a surprise, but they went above the limit a few times. 
"As well as that tackle there were the ones on Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny which were not nice to see either."
Not a lot more can be said. We need action and we needed it yesterday.

Some leftovers from yesterday's game which are worth reading. Oliver Holt has a nice piece in the Daily Mirror about Jack Wilshere. Whilst in The Guardian, Dominic Fifield write about whether we are defensively strong enough.

I believe tonight Arsene Wenger will answer shareholders questions in a Q & A. If I have anything from that I'll post it tonight.

Finally for this post, our old pal Jens Lehmann has been hit with some nasty name calling by a fellow German keeper. No less than the man who let two Tottenham goals in. 

Lehmann questioned Werder Bremen keeper Tim Wiese's positioning on Tuesday night for the Spurs goals during his goal as a TV pundit.

However Wiese didn't like what Lehmann had to say and has told Mad Jens he "belongs in the Muppet Show".

All very unpleasant and unnecessary.

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