Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wenger's fight over Wilshere -Ozil's quarantine period over -Gnabry steps up claim


Morning Gooners.

We're into the international week and I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms following a lack of Arsenal action. I think it's frustrating to have non Arsenal football during the season because it's not the focus for the majority of football fans. Wouldn't it be a better idea for Fifa to schedule these matches at the end of the season so that there aren't any club vs country rows which often take place?

For example, Arsenal don't want Jack Wilshere to play in both of England's friendly matches against Italy and Germany, according to the Daily Mirror, because they are worried about the 21-year-old's fitness.

You can understand Arsene Wenger's concern. Wilshere went off in the home tie against Borussia Dortmund and hasn't been himself since. I'm not sure we've seen Jack at his best at all so far this term. So ideally from an Arsenal point of view, playing Wilshere in both England games would be madness.

On the other hand, Roy Hodgson will want to pick his best players to help him identify his perfect line up and that means he might want to play Jack in part of both games.

So wouldn't the best option be for these club vs country issues to be taken away. They wouldn't happen if games were played at the end of the season. You could play the qualifying games for a World Cup or European Championship in the summer before the tournament.

If that happened, the season would be shortened by a few weeks, meaning the players would get just as many weeks rest in the summer as they do now. And perhaps the Premier League could introduce a winter break in January.

It's pretty much the same situation with Mesut Ozil. He's been in quarantine away from the Germany squad after complaining of feeling unwell following the Manchester United game, reports the Daily Mirror.

But Arsene Wenger doesn't want his record signing to play against both Italy and England in Germany's two friendly matches.

A player who clearly needs more game time is Nicklas Bendtner. Denmark coach Morten Olsen has advised the striker to leave Arsenal in January to find regular first team football, the Daily Mail report.

However that situation can only happen if Arsene Wenger can bring in another striker in January and that's going to be tough considering the type of player we're now targeting.

Elsewhere, it was a good night for Serge Gnabry as he scored one and claimed two assists in the Under 21's 4-2 victory over Aston Villa. Read a match report here.

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