Injury List so far :-
So the chickens appear to be coming home to roost… we’re in March and important players are dropping off the team sheet like nobodies business.
The spine of our team is disappearing faster than Charlie Sheen’s sanity.
Shockingly, Thomas Vermaelen is under no pressure to return from injury. Wenger is already playing the, ‘it’ll take him a while to become competitive’ card. Funny how the coach never highlights that when the transfer window is open?
I wouldn’t have minded that if the Wenger had had the decency to admit that Vermaelen was extremely unlikely to make an appearance this season when he pretty much knew the deal in January. Now we’re in a situation where Koscielny is hamstrung and we’re only ever one bad tackle away from Squillaci at centre back for all the major crunch ties we have coming up.
That for me is Wenger all over. He never gives the squad the tools it needs to succeed. He’d rather take a risk on 100% full fitness of his key players all season. Which using the methods of training he does is an impossibility.
The next major concern is Alex Song. He picked up a knee injury in the Carling Cup final and Wenger reckons he is out for Sunderland… major concern… and he reckons he is doubtful for Barcelona away. That is more than a huge concern, it’s an absolute disaster.
Imagine that, Denilson, the slowest player since Eric Cantona made a testimonial appearance aged 42, trying to boss the zippiest team in Europe in their own back yard. That is an embarrassing prospect and again, a prospect we all knew could become a reality when we were mulling over our options in the January transfer window.
Wenger also seems reluctant to give Cesc’s appearance in the Champions League game his full backing. So as you can see, the spine of our team is disintegrating with each game which greatly lowers our prospect of winning a trophy.
So what are the solutions?
Well, I guess it’s about Wenger being bold or returning to type and sticking in the players he knows are hopeless.
Losing Robin Van Persie is once again a prime example of why we need to buy a world class striker this summer. It is absolutely no good having a player of his calibre for 15 games a season, regardless of his goals to minute ratio. He is a crock, he’ll always be a crock and as long as he’s our main man up front we’re always going to struggle in the quest for trophies. We need a decent back up who is capable of top class football for at least 45 games a season.
Now, Nik Bendtner could come in and do us all proud. He reckons he is fit, he’s just banged in a hattrick and last season he popped up with 9 goals in 11 when we were struggling for options in the league. I’m really interested to see if he can turn in a similar goal tally this time around because we’ve got some top class teams coming up. Firstly, we’ll need him to bully Sunderland, then we’ll need him to be clinical against Barca, then we’ve got the big one at United away.
Notice I’m not including Chamakh in this equation? His head isn’t straight and I’ve gone off him since he complained he was tired. Save those comments for your team mates, not a Sky Sports News presenter.
Quotes like his encourage people to want English players in the squad. Has anyone heard the 18-year-old Jack Wilshere complain about tiredness this season?
Midfield really is going to be a tough decision. He could opt for Denilson to take over from Song, or he could be brave and ask Jack Wilshere to play the more defensive role, he could ask Diaby to play the second midfielder and he could slip Nasri into the main creative role. That would leave a front three of Arshavin, Bendtner and Chamakh / Rosicky.
If we can get through the next two games, I’m pretty sure Rambo will be back. However, I’m reticent to see him thrown in at the deepend as the saviour of Arsenal because regardless of how fit he is, he’ll not be ready to boss a midfield against United or Barcelona.
Yeah, it’s a bold selection, but for me, I’d rather take a punt on an unknown, than take a punt on a player or a line up we know we’re just feeding to the Wolves.
Wenger has done reasonably well with injuries so far this season. The only time he’s had to field a second string is when certain players kick off in the dressing room (Wigan). His hand hasn’t really been forced this year. Now we’re approaching crunch time, these players he’s been champing as his best squad ever are going to have to step up and prove Wenger right because if they don’t and we end up potless, the coach is going to look a very silly man…. again.
This Premier League title is ours for the taking, it’s in our hands and I think it’s time for the players to stop mouthing off in the media about how they are men and start to deliver the results on the pitch.
The fans are bored of the false dawns, bored of the future and bored of having a squad that isn’t equipped.
Time to prove us wrong Wenger, make sure there aren’t any slip ups tomorrow.
Keep em’ crossed Grovers…
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Also, I have two spares going for tomorrow, £70 each, club level.
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