Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Walcott woe -Gibbs reveals a secret -Profit, Cash, Ozil!

Morning Gooners,

We'll start with some  rather worrying news concerning Theo Walcott after it has been revealed that he could be out for a while with the stomach injury which forced him to withdraw from the team minutes before kick off on Sunday.

At this stage it's not known how serious the injury is but the England international has undergone a series of test to determine how bad it is and how long it will keep him out. There is a possibility that he could be unavailable until after the October international break, which would be a huge blow.

However at this stage we can't really speculate on the length he'll be out. No doubt Arsene Wenger will inform us when he speaks to the official site later ahead of tomorrow night's game against West Brom in the League Cup.

Meanwhile in injury related news, Kieran Gibbs has revealed what has been keeping him fit and in the team. The 23-year-old has started all but one game this season - the home tie with Fenerbahce. And was withdrawn in the opening day of the season clash with Aston Villa after coming up against an aerial challenge from Andreas Weimann.

But the Englishman has revealed that extra gym work has kept him in tip top condition and ahead of Nacho Monreal in the pecking order.

Gibbs said:
"Since my thigh strain at the end of last year, I met someone new who has taken a good look at me physically and I owe him credit at the minute because he has kept me fit for the last eight to 10 months. I have to thank him for that. 
"(It came) from pure frustration of getting different injuries. I had someone look at me and the person told me that ever since I broke my foot, which changed me a bit. 
"Before that I never really had any injury problems. Ever since then was when they came about. 
"Now I feel like I am getting stronger and can cope with the amount of games. The work he asks me to do is not easy, but as long as it keeps me fit, I am happy. 
"It is just extra work in the gym out of hours. To strengthen everything and just to make sure that everything is ready before and after games. It is all about recovery."
The Daily Mirror report that yoga sessions with Per Mertesacker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have also made a huge difference.

I've been very impressed with Gibbs this season. I think he's come on leaps and bounds as a player and hasn't grumbled when Arsene Wenger signed Nacho Monreal. Instead of concerning himself with a battle for  the left back position, Gibbs has put his head down and gone about making sure he is first choice by working hard in training and performing well in matches.

Credit must also go to Monreal. He's been good in not causing a fuss about not being first choice. The Spain defender knows that Gibbs is first choice but he's been given a chance in every game he's been available for to come on as a substitute.

I'm really looking forward to Gibbs pressing on this season. In Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines he's got tough competition when it comes to the England team. But if he stays fit, who knows what might happen when/if Roy Hodgson has to pick a team for the World Cup in June.

And finally, it's great to read that we're still in profit. Of course £6.7m compared to £36.6m the year before.

But the The Guardian reveal we could sign two more Mesut Ozil's in the next transfer window if we wanted with £80m in the bank.

Imagine that... two more world class players in this team. That would be something to shout about.

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