Welcome to a very cold Wednesday morning! What’s on the agenda today? Same thing that’s going to be on the agenda everyday for the next two weeks. Tracking the daily progress of Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna.
Well, I can safely report that both of them are still on track. Arsenal are looking to fix up another game for the both of them to regain a little extra fitness before the international return to take on the rest of October. Having those two fresh heading into what is always a testing period fitness wise is a massive boost to the squad. The ability to rotate our midfielders and rest some of the more overused players in the side couldn’t come at a better time. It’ll be interesting where Jack ends up playing, or whether he ends up playing all over the place.
Does he sit deeper in the role Arteta played last year, perhaps slotting in for Diaby whilst he’s out nursing injury 986 of career. Or does he move into the more advanced position just off the front line. The position we thought he’d play when he first started at the club? I’m thinking he’ll play smack bang in the middle. The fact he’ll probably be quite adept at playing any role in the middle is a good sign for the squad.
Sagna has returned enthused and full of praise for Carl Jenkinson.
“He has been really good, and has learned a lot. He is a bit more confident with the ball, and is very solid as a defender.”
“He brings a lot to the team, and I am very happy for him because he is a hard worker, a very good guy and is going to be one of the best.”
Big words from one the best right backs in the league. I’m not sure how he feels about reclaiming his place. It’ll happen I’m sure, but what Jenkinson offers us that Sagna has always struggled with is the ability to whip a decent cross into the box. With Giroud finding his feet in front of goal, those dangerous Jenkinson balls into the box will become a bit of a weapon. The progress Carl has shown defending only goes to strengthen his case for maintaining his role… until something goes wrong I’m sure.
In news on the succession plan of Arsene Wenger, Rafa Marquez has stormed ahead, putting his pal Pep Guardiola forward as a prime candidate.
‘[Guardiola] will soon return to the game. I think he’ll go to England. He’d be perfect for Arsenal,’
He sure would be perfect for Arsenal. Would Arsenal be perfect Guardiola? As revealed in the accounts, we’ll soon be able to handle a wage bill the size of Manchester City’s and still be FFP compliant. We have a warchest of cash ready to invest in the squad and we’ll likely be the second biggest cash generators in the league. Question is, would Wenger step down inside the next year? I highly doubt it personally. However, it’s nice to know we’re being considered for such a manager by someone who has no control over the situation!
Final bit of interesting news is financial. Alisher Usmanov is looking to add another £4billion to his £12billion fortune. He’s selling his stake in a company called MegaFon. It doesn’t make a jot of difference to us though people, because as long as Stan is there, we’re never likely to see Alisher flex his financial muscles on superstar players. What we could see is Alisher make an obscene offer to Stan, which could be worth his consideration. However, everything about the American says he’s here to stay, forever preaching the gospel of self-sustainability. Oh the joy…
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Right, that’s all I have time for this morning. Today I’m off on a train ride. Have a good one!