Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Ramsey's return, Nasri calls for protection, Wenger on Wilshere, Pires...

Morning Gooners.

You wouldn't think there was an international break on with the amount of Arsenal news there is about today.
Any, I'll get straight to it and start with something positive.

And that's the news that Aaron Ramsey will be back for Arsenal next month. Just nine months after having his leg broken by the clogger who is Ryan Shawcross, the midfielder is set to make his return sooner than any of us must have expected.

Wales caretaker boss Brian Flynn told the media
"I've spoken with Aaron and he's making great progress. He told me he will be back in full training in three weeks.
"He's a great talent and we all want him back playing again. It's great news for Arsenal, Wales and of course for Aaron himself."
Flynn's right it is great news for all concerned. The player himself must be especially proud to be named the Wales Young Player of the Year after his break through campaign with Arsenal.

It will be good to see him back in Arsenal colours. He was turning into an excellent player before Shawcross took him out.

Which leads us perfectly into what Samir Nasri has been saying about players not being afforded protection by referees from players out to harm their fellow professionals in the Premier League.

The Frenchman was asked about the situation in England following the broken leg suffered by fellow countryman Hatem Ben Arfa.

He said
"What strikes me is the refereeing. The referee saw Hatem exit on a stretcher with an oxygen mask, yet he didn't punish De Jong. It's that which has to change in England.'
"Nigel de Jong has pedigree, a bit like (Holland midfielder Mark) van Bommel. Referees should know that these players make foul tackles.
"The tackle wasn't exactly like the one that Eduardo suffered against Birmingham, but it was a hard tackle, from the side.
"With the exception of one time, when Barton tried to hack me down, players are not "evil". There are sometimes accidents and there always have been, considering the commitment levels - but are we protected enough in England? I don't think so."
Which is exactly the point Arsene Wenger has been making for several years following the injuries suffered by Abou Diaby, Eduardo and Aaron Ramsey.

And when he talks about protection for players from the referees he's not just talking about Arsenal players being afforded some sort of special treatment, but all players within the league.

It seems that only when a major England star is on the receiving end of one of these challenges which puts them out of the game for months,  will perhaps something be done.

It's poor that the FA don't take action now rather than retrospectively looking back and realising there was a problem but not solving the issue sooner.

There is a story in the Daily Star about what Cesc Fabregas wrote on Twitter about being fit yesterday and in training with the first team squad. Will be good to see him back against Birmingham.

Arsene Wenger has been talking about Jack Wilshere's international career and how he shouldn't be messed about by Stuart Pearce and Fabio Capello in The Guardian.

The Daily Mail link us with 17-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku who plays for Anderlecht.

After it was revealed Robert Pires is training at London Colney, the Daily Star link him with a move to Birmingham City. There is a nice feature with the Frenchman on Arsenal TV Online and if you've not got a subscription already, I can really recommend getting one.

Watching it really brings back some great memories about the Frenchman playing in Arsenal colours. 

Finally Sky and ESPN have chosen which games they want to televise in December and early January. The list of date changes for the Manchester United (A); Chelsea (H); Wigan (A); Birmingham City (A) and Manchester City (H) are available on the official site.

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