Friday, 5 November 2010

The madness of calling up van Persie and Arshavin - Shakhtar post match

Morning Gooners.

There is madness a foot I tell you. And that craziness comes in the form of two international managers who go by the names Bert van Marwijk and Dick Advocaat.

The managers of the Dutch and Russian national sides are set to include two of our injured players in their squads for international friendly matches on November 17. 

Robin Van Persie has yet to play a full 90-minutes for Arsenal this season, whilst Andrey Arshavin has been far from his best in the red and white in the 12 starts he's made so far this campaign.

Arsene Wenger has quite rightly called the plan crazy. Why would he want Van Persie risked in an international friendly when he's yet to feature for Arsenal since August. The Dutchman is due to resume training today following his two month absence with an ankle injury.

Van Marwijk said:
"I have spoken to Robin personally. He is doing well, he will rejoin training and I don't have any hesitation to pick him."
Of course Robin will say he wants to play. He's a professional footballer, that's what he loves doing, being out on a pitch kicking a ball.

However I would suggest the medial staff at Arsenal should have been consulted before he was named in the Holland squad. They might have had something to say on the matter which would have allowed Van Marwijk to make an informed decision.

I'm sure the Holland fans don't want to see Van Persie injured for his country, again.

Whilst Advocaat has named Arshavin in his provisional squad for a friendly with Belgium. The little Russian missed Arsenal's Champions League tie on Wednesday with a virus. 

He's not looked at the top of his game and when Advocaat is resting players from the Russian league, I don't see why he can't afford the same luxury to his captain.

However Advocaat has taken a swipe at Wenger.

He said:
"We need to respect the interests of each other. Mr Wenger has his own interests and I have mine. He wants to become the champion of England, I want my team to qualify from the Euro 2012 group."
Both men have the same interests at heart though, the health of their player. Surely this is where clubs should have more rights over national federations. After all they pay the players their wages each month.

It's madness I tell you.

After Wednesday's defeat the media boys and girls in the Ukraine were lucky that two Arsenal players decided to stop and talk to them in the mix zone after the game. Otherwise we'd be without the thoughts of Emmanuel Eboue and Lukasz Fabianski.

The Ivorian said:
"The game against Braga away we have to win. We are very disappointed about the result but we have to put our heads up and focus now on our league [campaign]."
Whilst the Pole offered this insight:
"I think we are in a good, strong position. We are in a good Champions League position and would have been in a better one had we drawn here. 
"But we have to be focused. We have to win the next two games and then we can be happy."
Meanwhile the official site spoke with our goal scorer. Theo Walcott said
"We did show spells in the second half where we were the real Arsenal, but it wasn't meant to be tonight," he said. "They were just better than us.
"I don't know, it didn't really seem to flow at times.
"It is a tough place to come to. Their home record speaks for itself. But getting that early goal we could have gone on and done a bit better."
We would have made things a lot easier for ourselves had we beaten Shakhtar, but that wasn't to be. However if we beat Braga, who are third in the group, at their place, we're through to the knock out stage.

But our focus must be on the game with Newcastle on Sunday. We need to make sure we secure all three points.

Asked after the Shakhtar game why Arsene Wenger believes he's a world class keeper, Fabianski said
"The reason he said it was he sees me every day in training.
"I have been through a difficult time but I have always been focused and was always working hard."
One of the things which has most impressed me about Fabianski is his mental strength to deal with all the negatives and put them to one side and focus on his true belief that he'll become a world class goalkeeper.

It's the kind of attitude you need from top class goalkeepers and even when Manuel Almunia returns from his elbow injury - if he ever does - I doubt Wenger will drop Fabianski. He's played well and hasn't let anyone down.

There are some who believe Almunia has played his last game for the club, and I wouldn't be surprised if that's true.

Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere has been speaking about Liam Brady being his role model, his respect for Cesc Fabregas and what he'd like to take from Patrick Vieira's game to add to his own in an excellent read on the official site.

And finally, rumours in The Sun link Arsenal great Gilberto Silva with a move back to the Premier League in January. He's linked with Fulham, Newcastle and Aston Villa.

Later Arsene Wenger will host his pre-match press conference at London Colney. We should get more team news for the Newcastle game then.

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