Friday, 20 December 2013

Podolski fit for Chelsea -Dyke's attack on Wilshere -Wenger's decisions on rotation

Morning Gooners.

Well we're gearing up for Monday's game with Chelsea and the players will return to training today after a few days off. After the first team squad's Christmas party on Wednesday night, they were given a final day to recover from it yesterday but will return to London Colney later ahead of five games in 13 days.

It's a big period for us. We've got a two point gap at the top of the league at the moment but when we go into Monday's match we'll surely be a point behind Liverpool who face Cardiff in tomorrow's lunchtime kick off. That is surely now three points in the bank for the Anfield club after Vincent Tan gave Malky Mackay an ultimatum of resigning or you'll be sacked.

While the pantomime in Wales is going on, we've been handed a boost after Lukas Podolski has declared himself fit to face Chelsea, according to The Times (£).

The German international has not played since suffering a hamstring injury against Fulham, a game he also scored two goals in. When Podolski finally returns to the side it will be one which now includes his international team mate Mesut Ozil who he's never played with at club level. With Ozil's eye for a killer pass and Podolski's cutting edge finishing, it's a combination I'm looking forward to watching.

One player we'll have to do without for the next two matches is Jack Wilshere who has been banned by the FA for his one finger salute to the Manchester City fans.

A statement on the FA's website read: 
"Whilst admitting the charge, Wilshere claimed the standard sanction for this offence was clearly excessive. The Commission rejected this claim and the two match suspension will commence with immediate effect."
Meanwhile FA chairman Greg Dyke has told TalkSPORT:
"As a supporter I sympathise with the players because of the flak they get from the crowd. People can lose their cool very quickly but he [Wilshere] has got to learn. 
"He’s very well paid to play the game and he’s got to learn to cope with it. 
"You think back over many years of players who were hot-headed when they were younger, but not when they get older. They just learn and mature. That’s what happens. It’s part of life."
This coming from the head of the FA who couldn't control his hands at the World Cup draw.

It's crazy that it's one rule for one, in this case Jack Wilshere and one rule for another, Luis Suarez, who was banned for just a single game for his one finger salute to Fulham fans. All we want as football fans is one rule for everyone.

With Wilshere out of the Chelsea and West Ham games, the manager has got some decisions to make. We'll no doubt hear his thinking when he meets the press later this morning.

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