Plenty to chew through this morning, the main topic is Theo Walcott. Jack ploughed into the debate with some intriguing comments.
‘I hope he does sign.’
What can I add to that? Blog over people. I’m done. Jack is taking over today.
I did think the sentence after was amusing.
‘He’s an English lad and great to have around.’
If I’d said that on a blog, I’d have been rounded on…
‘Oh right, so he’s English yeah? So that means better? Oh right. I get it… Pedro Suarez is it?’
Anyway, less about that and more about his interview with The Guardian. He’s been chatting. Chatting in some depth let me tell you.
‘I don’t think there was a point where I didn’t think I was coming back. It was a serious injury but it wasn’t a result of a bad tackle or anything. It just happened over time. It took time to heal and I had a few set-backs. But you question yourself as to whether you can come back to the level I was at before. Hopefully, I can get back to training well and get back to where I was.’
It’s a worry Arsenal fans have been mumbling under their collective breath for a long time. Will Jack come back from injury the same player who left? Or will he disappear into the medical room at selected intervals throughout the season like Abou Diaby? I’m hoping his recovery is similar to that of Gael Clichy. He had injury problems that plagued him for the first three years of his career. Once he was over them, he was rarely a casualty. This line made me laugh…
‘You become a world-beater when you are injured.’
So, so very true. That’s generally because of the desperation we have around the squad. When Eduardo snapped his leg, we all pined for the return of the second incarnation of an undead Thierry Henry. When he eventually returned, it was a bit disappointing. The same happened with Ramsey. We all longed for the return of a player who never existed. I think to a certain degree, we’ve done that with Jack. We’ve bandied around the comparison to Pirlo so much, we totally forget he’s 15 years younger than him and he’s only had one proper season under his belt. We need to let him develop at his own pace and we can’t be too critical when he doesn’t take us to the promised land of incredible football within 10 days.
Jack’s final comment of interest was this one.
‘We’re a bit far behind now and we really need to step it up. We’ve dropped a few points and we can’t afford to drop any more. We need to get a win at the weekend and get our Premier League season properly started.’
We are a bit far behind now. I don’t think the points would fuss me if we were dropping them because of bad luck. The concern is we’re dropping points because this is our level this season. We need to get injured players back and sharpish. We need the midfield to slip into their groove. We need to give the defence a shot of confidence and the front three need to find a settled pattern. If Giroud is central. Keep him central. If Theo is playing well. Play him. If Podolski wants to play through the middle, but he’s being told to play on the left… tell him his needs come second to the team. If he won’t listen, drop him until he grasps that point. He didn’t need to speak to a paper about his desire to play centrally, we all see him drifting there at the expense of width week in week out.
We’re taking on Fulham at home this weekend, it should be a comfortable 3 points in the bag, but at the moment, there’s no such thing. Fulham have some pretty tasty players. Berbatov is always a threat and that Ruiz chap looks as though he’s destined for greater things.
I’ll give more a preview tomorrow, have a great day!
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