Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Injury updates on Cesc, Djourou and Szczesny - Gunners sign player!

Morning Gooners.

We're not even close to the end of the international break yet - a ball is yet to be kicked in anger - and Jack Wilshere is spending too much time with Chelsea players for my liking.

However at least the England training sessions are taking place at London Colney meaning there is plenty of Arsenal still about. He can share a joke with Manuel and steal Denilson's bib.

Oh the high jinx, I can't just imagine it.

There have been some positive messages coming from the training ground of an Arsenal variety.

The club said Johan Djourou would miss a minimum of four weeks of competitive football after having exploratory surgery on his dislocated shoulder.

The Swiss defender won't need surgery, so will rest the shoulder and have rehabilitation before returning to training.

Brighter news than expecting him not to play again this season.

There has also been an update on Wojciech Szczesny who will have a test of April 5 to see how well his recovery is going.

The goalkeeper told Arsenal TV Online:
"There's not a lot of joint damage, the tendon is ruptured. So basically I have to keep my finger in a splint for four weeks and let the tendon heal. From then it will be a couple of weeks before I can be back in the squad.
"It's very hard, especially at a time when it was going well for me. We have got some big games coming up."
And another player we all hope to see playing in those games is Cesc Fabregas. John Cross of the Daily Mirror got to speak with the captain and he told him:
 "I was sad to miss the Spain game, but this season has been very tough for me physically."
The problem Cesc faced was not having a proper pre-season because of the World Cup. He has been injured several times this season and I just wonder had he not been playing football all summer and had a prolonged period of rest like Samir Nasri we'd have seen him perform to his best.

Although Cesc is out on the training pitches at Colney, he's yet to resume full training and will have a fitness test tomorrow to see if he's able to, according to the Mirror story.

Another player we all hope to see coming back to his best is Robin van Persie.

He's been speaking about our title challenge and said:
"It is actually an advantage that we are no longer active in other competitions, so we won't get distracted.
"We still have everything in our own hands and will do our utmost to win the league title, even though we have been dealt a few big blows in recent weeks."
I really hope this is the case. There is so much said about the momentum you build when you are playing well and winning. Going back out  on to the pitch every three or four days and having the chance to win again pushes you on to achieve.

I wonder if after our defeats to Birmingham, Barcelona and Manchester United whether the wheels didn't come off a little and that is why now is a good time for an international break to reacclimatise to our new circumstances.

We've got one competition to focus on. We'll be playing once a week and only winning that one game counts. We've got no other distractions, so perhaps it could be a good thing. Only time will tell.

Finally on matter on the pitch, Cardiff manager Dave Jones talks glowingly about Aaron Ramsey in The Sun.

Off the pitch, Alisher Usmanov spent some more of his cash on Arsenal shares yesterday, taking his stake in the club to 27%.

There isn't much movement on the shares front at the moment all-in-all. Does it matter that he owns just that little bit more of the club? Not really, although I know lots of Gooners don't want him anywhere near our club. To him it's just a business investment. After all, he is a Manchester United fan.

Morocco international Mehdi Benatia has been talking about his friend Samir Nasri's wish that they could play together again.

The pair were at Marseille together and Benatia says that Nasri spoke to Arsene Wenger about a move for the 23-year-old defender.

That deal is yet to come off, so maybe their wish to play in the same team won't happen at Arsenal.

The Daily Mail say we've agreed a £220,000 compensation deal with Hertha Berlin for 15-year-old defender Leander Siemann - one for the future maybe.

Whilst The Sun report that Petr Cech could have been an Arsenal player had things gone differently.

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