I think it’s safe to say that old age has well and truly set in as I thought our match was tonight. All very disappointing when you realise that not only are Arsenal not playing, but my choice tonight is Man U or the Spuds.
Miracles abound once again at Arsenal this week with the news that Koscielny, reported as out for up to three weeks, is now fit to play. It’s handy, as Djourou is out with a ‘slight’ thigh injury. Is that the result of playing two games in close proximity? We’ll probably never know.
The good news is that Wenger stressed it was merely a precaution in not playing Djourou and he could have played if they had been willing to take the risk.
More good news in that Eboue comes in to the squad in the place of in the injured Djourou.
I of course, speak sarcastically.
At today’s press conference Wenger spoke about how he expected to win all the games prior to tomorrow night’s match and would have expected to have qualified by now.
Guess you shouldn’t have rotated quite as much huh?
When asked about our defence being crap Wenger was quite bullish in his reply:
“At the moment people focus on our defence but they forget we have the best away record in the league” he also mentioned some stuff about that proving we were solid at the back.
It is a fair point that we are top of the league not because we have the prettiest team but rather because we are currently the best team in the league. If we are so goddamm awful what does that make the 19 teams below us?
I’m not saying we are rock-solid at the back, even I’m not that blind, but points win prizes as a lot of you kept telling me last season, and as long as we keep outscoring the opposition we’ll keep racking up the points.
In some good news Wenger said “Vermaelen will not be out for the whole season.” Then again, he was originally only supposed to be out for one match.
Do our medical staff have even a hint of a clue of how to diagnose injuries? There must be some serious doubt over this.
There were quite a few questions by the media about the man of the moment, Sami Nas, and Wenger was quite keen to play down the importance of relying on one player and emphasis that it is a team game.
“What is important to me is that the team wins” when asked if Nasri could win player of the season, which is a reasonable enough response. After that, Wenger added, if Arsenal players win individual awards then that’s all very well and good.
He has a point. There is no point claiming the awards of Golden Boot, Golden Glove, Player of the Season or even Young player of the Season but failing to win the league or any of the cups.
Wenger also added, regarding Nasri when asked if he could get better:
“What people forget is Henry was already 23 when he came here”
When put in those terms that’s a pretty frightening prospect. When you consider the Henry who arrived with us and the one who left, the improvement was off the scale. Can we see that with Nasri? Why not. There is nothing to say that we won’t see that with most of our young players if they apply themselves in the correct way.
It seems Wenger isn’t that bothered about finishing second in the Champions League group, and while he said ideally you would like to win the group, he also added
“if you want to win it, you have to play against these teams” when asked about the prospect of finishing 2nd in group and getting Real/Barca.”
I say let’s get one of those in the first knock-out round. If we are going to lose to them, let’s do it early so it’s out of the way. If we win, what a boost that would be. Lose? Well, that’s a few unnecessary games out of the way and we can concentrate on the league.
In other news, it is being widely reported that Arsenal will be rewarding Nasri’s superb form with a new bumper contract, worth a rumoured £80,000 per week, putting him on par with the likes of Van Persie and Fabregas. With his current deal due to expire in 2012, the new deal will see him commit himself to the Arsenal until at least 2015.
Great news all around, all we have to do now is wait for the club’s confirmation and we can look forward to see Samir destroy opposition defences for years to come.
And on that note, I’m off. Was expecting to do a match preview today, but given my senility, I’ll have to try and remember to do that tomorrow instead.
Til then, have a good one.
Interesting from Twitter:
RT @OptaJoe: 5 – Samir Nasri has already hit five more shots in the PL this season (42) than in 2009-10 (37). Menace.
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