Saturday, 2 June 2012

Jack's comeback -AOC to start! -Vertonghen's a Spud -Tap-em-up Robbi's big mouth

Morning Gooners.

I'll start with some good news... The club are preparing a plan to get Jack Wilshere fit in time for the start of next season following his knee surgery in Sweden last month.

Once the midfielder's rehabilitation is complete - he'll under going physical tests at the newly opened Arsenal Medical Centre at London Colney - training ground staff will put him through his paces with double pre-season training sessions during the summer while the rest of the players are away on their holidays.

It is hoped that he'll be fit enough to start the season, having missed all of last season through injury. The Daily Mail have the inside line on this one.

Having Jack available for the start of the season will be massive but I don't think anyone should have any high expectations of him either playing in the first game or being the same player he was in his first full season.

He'll need time to come back to the high level he set himself and it would be better if he could do that without every Gooner putting pressure on him. Last season was obviously very difficult for him having failed to make his comeback twice following set backs.

If he doesn't make the start of the season it won't be the end of the world. I want Jack to be feeling 100 per cent and not taking a risk. What we don't want is for his confidence to take a knock. He's already had enough of those.

There's been some more good news for an Arsenal player who will be playing for England at Euro 2012. Fresh from his wildcard call-up and cameo against Norway last weekend, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is set to start tonight's game with Belgium on the left hand side of England's attack.

It's again the Daily Mail with the scoop. After writing yesterday's post I had no idea The Ox would be handed a start today, but it does seem that Roy Hodgson really does have confidence in him.

The Ox being handed England game time is only good news for Arsenal at this stage of his career. He'll be learning at the highest level, against some of the best players in the world and that can only have positive implications for us.

Some Meh! news... Jan Vertonghen is going to sign for  Spurs.  Good player but he wants to be first choice and Arsenal can't offer him that with Koscielny, Vermaelen and Mertesacker in his way to the team.

I'd have like to see him come to Arsenal and fight for a place in the team. But he's going to Spurs because it's easier. I want ambitious players at our club. Those who want to play at the highest level and compete against the best for a place in the team.Vertonghen is clearly not one of those players.

And finally our not so good friend tap-em-up Robbi has been opening his big gob about our captain.

Not content with shutting his mouth and quietly waiting in the wings should anything happen, Roberto Mancini has again been speaking about Robin van Persie.

He clearly doesn't realise it cost his club £5m more last summer to sign Samir Nasri because Arsenal had Manchester City over a barrel for the comments which tap-em-up Robbi made about the Frenchman.

Arsenal threatened to report them to the FA if they didn't cough up the extra. It could all happen again this summer if tap-em-up Robbi isn't careful.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.
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