Well played Andy Murray. After his teary PR coup at the Olympics, he finally took his chance of Grand Slam glory in Flushing Meadows last night. Well played. He’s a Gooner, so it’s a shared victory.
Off tennis, onto the hard football sustenance you come here for everyday.
Where to start?
No sooner had I said this about Coquelin…
‘ He needs to earn his right to play and if he had half a brain, he’d realise the chances of Diaby making it past 10 games are quite low. ‘
… news had leaked to the newswires that Diaby had been withdrawn from the French squad due to a muscle complaint. Now, no one knows how serious this muscle complaint is, but if anyone has followed international football for longer than 6 minutes, they’d be fully aware that if you’re a French or Dutch player, you’ll pretty much have to have your leg blown off to get away with leaving training early. Some are saying it’s just precautionary, I’d say that they’re not better informed than you or I.
Regardless of whether he’s fit for Saturday, the simple fact is the man is an injury time bomb. We invest our seasons in players like Diaby every year and unsurprisingly, every year we’re hugely disappointed when he can’t manage to string more than 4 games together. Hopefully he’ll be ok, however, the sheer fact we’re talking about muscle discomfort after 3 or 4 games is worrying. You shouldn’t be having any such issues until at least February when you’re a mid-twenties professional with a physique like his.
Will Wenger regret not purchasing a replacement when we had the chance, or will Diaby pull through this and show the world that my medical predictions based on history and mythical wizardry are totally flawed?
Time will tell. However, it didn’t take a genius to work out that pinning your season on a talented crock was a bad idea.
In other news, there’s not an awful lot going on. Giroud is talking about the Robin Van Persie goal streak again.
‘I’m coming in after someone who scored 30 goals last season, but who took eight years to reach that level.’
I’m not so sure the issue was around Robin taking 8 years to reach that level, it was more a case that he took 8 years to stay fit longer than one season. Many people point out that a Robin spurt of form could happen to Diaby as well. It could do. Would it be worth the 7 previous seasons where he did nothing? Not for me. I’d rather have a player who could be fit more than 10% of his career. If you hinge your success of unreliable players you’ll never reach the dizzying heights of the elite. Arsenal of old were as trophy laden as they were because 1) We had the best players in the land 2) 6 of them would stay fit for 40 plus games a season. That’s why I find all this, ‘… and you said we should have sold Diaby’ nonsense so ridiculous. If we’d had a fit world class holding midfielder and a fit world class striker over the past 5years, would we be talking about this trophy drought? Doubtful…
Connor Henderson banged in a pretty spectacular goal for the Irish Under 21’s last night. The club have high hopes for him. He has an engine not too dissimilar to Flamini apparently and he’s capable of banging them in from range. Promising you have to say!
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Other than that little beauty, there’s very little to go on this morning! Have yourself a great day, I might catch you in the comments a bit later.