I find it absolutely bizarre that we can lose players for so long and not do anything about it when it’s happening at the time and before the window shuts, oh how could it have been had we signed Mata, Hazard and Cahill instead of Park, Yossi and Santos.
By that I mean that we lost Rosicky for nearly 2 years, lost Eduardo for a year, Ramsey for 9 months, Vermaelen for 13 months (so far) Djourou for over a year and God knows how long we’ve lost Robin and Gibbs for.
You can’t do anything about injuries I realise that, but surely we should look at replacing players when we know they are out for so long?
So why don’t our medical team tell the manager that we’ll be without players for long periods, or that there is a possibility that we may be without them and allow us to start a season with a full squad, then when the injured players return we’ll worry about who the best player is and what to do with them, I know we have squad sizes but we do have a lot of kids in there that could drop out if need be.
Anyway there’s nothing we can do now, but we should take on board this situation from January, if Vermaelen is now a crock then he needs replacing, I would with Cahill, but then I would have done that in May.
Let’s hope we see the Cahill of last season today, the one that got sent off, today won’t be easy, because no one will be easy and this team is pretty awful, so the best we can hope for is for the defence to try and play like they did in Dortmund, Mertesacker is a good player, never mind his speed, Tony wasn’t fast and nor is John Terry, he’ll come good, it’s the hopelessness surrounding him that bothers me.
Still what will we do today? This would be my shout.
Sagna Mertesacker Miquel Santos
Coquelin Ramsey Arteta
Oxo Robin Gervinho
I would give Oxo another go and keep Theo for Wednesday, this team ought to be enough to see Bolton off, It’s not that I think we are that bad (really), it’s we don’t have a clue how to play together yet, we will, of that there is no doubt and maybe today will see that happening.
Don’t forget last season we were short of three world class players, a centreback a DM and a goalscorer, then we sold Nasri and Cesc, neither of them have been replaced and we still need the three we needed last season, so why are we surprised at the results? I’m not.
Anyway keep ’em crossed and keep the faith, let’s begin our season today!
Have a great day Grovers.