Friday, 10 September 2010

Walcott adds to injury pain, Squillaci ready for the challenge, Jack's going to be back for Bolton

Morning Gooners.

Apologises for the lack of bloggage from this site over the past week. I hadn't planned to have taken a leave of absence, but things turned out that way. However normal service will now be resumed, until I take my next holiday at least.

The main news following my return surrounds an injury which took place during the international break. How I feared this would be the subject of my first post back!

It was announced yesterday that Theo Walcott will miss the next four to six weeks with an ankle injury he sustained during the England match with Switzerland.   

Arsene Wenger told the official site:
"The tackle looked quite bad. When you see how it turned his ankle I thought it would be three or four days or it would be four to six weeks. 
"Unfortunately it will be four to six weeks. We had some good news about the scan because at some stage we were scared it could be worse. But overall it is a question of patience and rehabilitation."
Obviously losing Theo at this stage of the season isn't ideal. He's been our form player with four goals in two games and an assist to his name. But I think we can cope with his enforced absence. 

We've got Emmanuel Eboue who can play there, or the manager could move Tomas Rosicky into the wide right hand berth of our attack.

There is also the returning Samir Nasri, who might be in contention for a place in the match day squad for the first time since the opening game of the season.

Plenty of options for the manager to mull over. It is desperately sad for Theo to be missing this period. But if he comes back with the same determination he started the season with, it will bode well for the rest of the campaign... if he can stay injury free.

This adds to the other injury woe we have suffered since the Blackburn game, with the development that Robin van Persie will be in the treatment room for four to six weeks, rather than the one or two weeks first envisaged.

Oh how I hate injuries, especially more those ones which are picked up by our players when not even wearing the Arsenal shirt.

Good news however is the return to the squad of Johan Djourou and Denilson for the Bolton game, while new signing Sebastien Squillaci will also be in contention for a place in the side.

Talking of the Frenchman, he spoke with the official site after his run out with the Reserves in their 4-3 win over Blackburn. I've yet to catch up with his first performance, but hear he did ok.

"Yes of course I'm ready to play against Bolton. But it depends on the coach and other players. If I want to play I must work hard during training.
"I played 90 minutes for the reserves and felt good physically. Little by little I am picking up the rhythm. I played the whole game and afterward I didn't feel too tired which is a good sign.
"It was quite a hard game, but we ended up winning the match which is positive. I thought we played very well but it was a real shame to concede three quite avoidable goals.
"I am happy enough with my performance but I could have played better, that is for sure, so I will keep working hard to find my form."
It's good stuff from the new boy, or man rather. I don't think we'll see him start against Bolton, but wouldn't be surprised if he came into the starting 11 for the Champions League match with Braga on Wednesday.

What is good at the moment is that we have real competition for places within the squad. That should help us keep our consistency high and we'll need to do that with the run of games we've got coming up.

Also around this morning is more man love for Jack Wilshere from Owen Coyle.

"Jack is such a talented player, he improved by leaps and bounds here. It doesn't surprise me that he is involved now, he really took his game on when he came here.
"We like to think we played a part but ultimately that was down to Jack with the ability he has got. People talked about his promise, but here he showed he could play.
"Some of the senior pros took it on and thought he needed looking after because he was 18, but he could look after himself. However he really did blossom as a player and a person.
"Maybe he was a bit immature when he came here but when he left he was a real man. He has gone on to show that, but hopefully he doesn't play too well against us."
It's great to hear this being said about Jack. From what I hear, the one player who will definitely make it at Arsenal - not just because of his talent but more because his attitude - is Jack.

He'll do what he's told on the pitch, not like some of the other youngsters who will go out and not take on board what Arsene Wenger has said. He's a very good listener and keen to learn.

I wouldn't be surprised if he started this weekend.

And that's about it. Arsene Wenger will update us later with his usual pre-match press conference when the boys and girls from the media will come and ask our manager about all and sundry.

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1 comment:

  1. Great post, I have a feeling we will win and Everton will also win on Saturday, Squillaci looked fine in the reserve match except for the missed header that led to one of the goals. Oh and I'm calling him 'Toto' from now on lol