Not a particularly newsworthy day, unless of course you’d like to talk about the brutal end to one of the worlds most disgusting dictators? No… Let’s keep this to football… As far as I know, Gaddafi was a Spurs fan anyway… barely newsworthy.
Most of the noise around Arsenal over the past day has been around injuries. Vermaelen is expected back in two weeks and Diaby shortly afterwards. It’d be great to get a break through season from the Frenchman. I must have written that line every year this Blog had been in action!
The problem with his game is inconsistency, you only over come that with games, you can’t do that if you’re a perma crock. He’s basically has the footballing mental age of a 20 year old. There are also questions over his stomach for the game… It doesn’t take much for him to miss training. Hopefully we’ll see a different player this year.
Vermaelen coming back into contention is what everyone is looking forward to, Wenger already has him penciled in for 50 straight games, I’m glad he has that much faith. Koscielny isn’t fussed, he’s forgotten who the Belgian is because he’s simply loving life with his new German best friend.
“He is a very experienced player, he is an international player, he knows what the very high level is about.
“We know that the English league is very different than the other European leagues and there is always time to adapt. Soon he will become a key player in this team.”
Laurent, he’s a key player now, he’s probably the most important player in the back line at the moment! Arsene Wenger feels the defence is better now than it was, a bit like saying Gaddafi’s face is worse now than it was last week (barely).
“You do not feel the fear as much when there is a set-piece against us. We are improving, there is still room to improve but we are definitely better there than at the start of the season.”
A bold statement to make before the kings of the set piece come to town. A bold statement, or a big challenge?
Our immediate concern focuses on the right back solution. Jenkinson won’t be lining up this weekend because of a knee injury, so really the only choice Wenger has is JD or Yennaris. It’d be absurd to put another child with no experience in our defence against Stoke… I’d be worried enough with Jenkinson there. If Yennaris was that good, why did Wenger opt to buy Jenko, there’s only a years difference, isn’t that killing a career? Hopefully JD with his creative vision can slip in and do a job. The main concern there being his mobility, which is comparable to an elephant stuck in a sand pit.
I don’t want to get too preview happy, because then I have to do it tomorrow, then again on Sunday.
Instead we’ll talk about Hazard and the auction Lille are looking to start in Jan. £40million apparently. I can’t see it myself, like I told you last week, I’ve had solid reports that he has an Andrey like attitude for his country. Can we afford more passengers or could that money be spent better elsewhere. He’ll be an incredible talent, but his ego needs to be managed some place where he’s not the best player.
Can anyone see a serious splurge in January? The only likely purchase I sense is Gourcuff if he’s available for £4million.
Stories creeping out of France suggest Marseille are considering moving for the out of favour Chamakh. Interesting that Arsene sees Loic Remy as young Thierry, yet didn’t consider a move when he was available and willing? A little swap deal perhaps?
We’ll need to be looking for a striker sharpish if Wenger’s reluctance to field Park Chu-Inamoto is anything to go by. I was told he’d looked good in training, so I really can’t understand the fear of playing him. It’s like Wenger is spiting my comment…
I wonder what the future holds for Afobe? Is he good enough to make the step up. Considering how attack focused we are as a club, I find it strange that in 15 years, we’ve never brought through a 30 goal a season striker like Fowler or Owen.
The new EEEP rules coming through might open that possibility up for us. Clubs voted through out the 90 minute travel rule that has limited clubs to just signing local boys. This now means clubs can open boarding schools and coach the players whenever they fancy it. Interestingly, Arsenal have done that before, I used to sit in German classes with Ryan Garry until Arsenal placed him in a local school with the rest of the youth team. Our school team was weaker for his loss, but PE shower time was certainly less intimidating.
One of the problems currently is the rules state you can’t train kids more than an hour and a half a week. Barca have unlimited time. If you believe in the 10,000 hour rule for excellence, it’s no wonder we’re so far behind as a nation.
I think the main bug bear for smaller clubs is that the current tribunal system will disappear which greatly reduces the compensation smaller clubs can claim. They’ve opted instead to take higher regular payments from the league instead of one off big payments when they pull a gem through the ranks. I think it’s for the greater good of the game, having the best players training at the best facilities will make us a better footballing nation. Here are the highlights of the new rules.
- A new four-tier academy system
- Set tariffs to replace the tribunal system for the sale of home-grown players
- End of the 90-minute rule
- Increased payments to all clubs for youth development
- Will be introduced from the 2012-2013 season
Finally, before you go, if you want to listen to the Arsenal America podcast I was on last night, fill yer boots. You’ll get to hear one of my jokes bomb at the end. You’ll also get to hear the thoughts of Matt Barlow from the Daily Mail. Hopefully our expansion into an untapped blog market will see Le Grove commercial revenues improve… luckily we’re not tied down to crap long term deals. Mainly because we have no deals! Yet…
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Have a great day and get the jokes rolling…!
P.S. Check out the Qatar stadium line up… wow.