Thursday, 7 October 2010

Can our injury nightmare be over? Pearce delusional, Wenger to buy goalkeeper and midfielder, Diaby on Chelsea move

Morning Gooners.
The trickle of Arsenal news is finally becoming a drip, as international week takes over and pretty much everything about our club is drowned out by the boring and annoying whine which is Michel Platini's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

However there is some good news around and it is concerning our beloved club.

Apparently, and cross everything you have until we get our players back injury free, most of the squad will be fit and ready to play Birmingham City in just over a weeks time.

We know Cesc Fabregas is back in full training, whilst Theo Walcott is not far off either. Theo is likely not to be ready for the game with Brum, but should be back for the trip to Eastlands to play Manchester City at the end of the month.

The Daily Mail say Manuel Almunia will also be back following his elbow injury.

One player we have yet to see in the red and white of Arsenal is Nicklas Bendtner.

His work with Tony Colbert and the fitness team has gone well following his groin problem which has kept him out since after the World Cup.

Bendtner said:
"Now I am ready [to train]. Some of the boys have time off because of their internationals, but otherwise I train together with the other first-team players at Arsenal and I have enjoyed myself so much.
"I have no pain in the groin and have trained so hard physically that maybe I am in my best shape ever.
"I need only a couple of reserve team matches to be quite sharp in football terms. It is my hope that I can be with the first team in 14 days."
The other players with short term injuries Kieran Gibbs and Thomas Vermaelen could also be fit for Manchester City, or perhaps sooner.

Those out longer term, Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey could be playing again in November.

You know what. All these injured players would make some team. Imagine what we'd be like if they were fit. Of course that's never going to happen, but wishful thinking is always nice.

Elsewhere Marouane Chamakh has been talking about his move to the club.

He told Sky Sports:
"I am extremely happy with my choice and I am surprised how well it has started for me.
"I have settled very well on and off the pitch and I have been made very welcome by everyone at the club.
"I have a margin of progress to make and I think Arsene can make me a better player.
"I feel my game is well suited to English football and all I want to do is help Arsenal.
"English football is much more athletic and goes much quicker and the supporters are very impressive."
And he's made a decent start to his Gunners career. He's had to play in more or less every game so far and that can only be good for his adaption to English football.

The one area where he's done better than I thought he had was with scoring. Checking the stats, from his eight starts and two substitute appearances he's score four goals. Not a bad return. 

It's just a shame he didn't take either of the two excellent chances he had at Chelsea, but he'll get there.

One of our stand out players for the Chelsea match I thought was Jack Wilshere. He's on England duty now, having been called up for both the under-21s and the full side.

And it's the manager of the under-21s Stuart Pearce who has responded to claims by Arsene Wenger that Wilshere should only be playing for one of the national sides not both.

Pearce said:
"Jack is one of the youngest members of the Under-21 squad and for me it is vital that he plays as much football as he can. If we just left him with the seniors this time, he would have missed the game on Friday and I've no idea whether Fabio would pick him to start on Tuesday against Montenegro.
"The most important thing is the care of the player. Jack will be fine for a place in the side on Friday and then we will make a decision from there in respect of whether Fabio wants him after Friday or whether he plays the second leg with me.
"It is vitally important the Under-21s get two results and try to get to the finals next summer because that is where the education of young players is. We could fast-track a lot of young players possibly but what is the point of being with the senior squad and not playing? The real experience in football is to actually play."
Pearce the had the nerve to insist:
"I have the utmost respect for Arsène and I think I have got a fantastic relationship with him. It's a good story for the media to wheel out that there is a rift between us and him but he wants the best for Jack and so do I."
Crazy delusional man.

A couple of bits of transfer gossip for you.

The Daily Mail link us with signing Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz whilst the same paper have said we're also after Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore.

Elsewhere Abou Diaby has told The Sun how he was warned off joining Chelsea by Lassana Diarra.
The official site have a list of players on international duty. Lets hope they all come back to the club injury free.

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