Guten morgen, kann ich ihnen helfen?
I’m not even going to spell check that, but loosely, it says, good morning, can I help you?
Well, seen as you can’t respond to that before I publish, I’m going to assume you’d like to read your daily of Arsenal blogging goodness. So here it is.
First up on the agenda, it was interesting how many people ranted off that Jack’s injury wasn’t down to fatigue yesterday… even before they knew what the injury was. Now, I didn’t say it was down to tiredness, I pointed out that the likelihood was that and over played injury prone player is more susceptible to fatigue injuries… then the boss comes out and confirms my suspicions.
“Maybe I overplayed him, but only in the last two games,”
“It is difficult to rest him because he is a winner and when you ask how he feels, he says ‘perfect’.
“If he did not have a history, you could say he could go on, but the specialist said he should stop. It is more about prevention. We trust people who are specialists in this area and they told us we have to stop him for a short period.
“We do scans and he has some inflammation on his heel. The last time we let him carry on, it turned into a stress fracture. Maybe it can be good for him to have a little breather. It is not welcome, but it is the right thing to do.”
So there we have it. I’m not sure how Wenger has deduced only in the last two games has he been over played. It’s a season of over playing him that has culminated in what is happening now. Still, it doesn’t sound like he’s out for the count. Some reports have indicated 3 weeks (God help is if it’s a Diaby three weeks), from Wenger’s comments, it might be a game or so. Either way, this could all have been prevented by having a squad equipped to rotate. Plenty of players have changed hands over the past year that could have bulked out our midfield (with quality – Mata, Dembele, Holtby, Cabaye, Sissoko), we’ve had plenty of money floating about… and if we’re struggling to shift on deadwood players, why not just give them free transfers?
Blaming Jack for saying he’s ok also reeks of desperation. Look at the number of games he’s played, look at his record of honesty when it comes to injury and make a bold decision. He’ll thank you for it later.
Anyway, that’s an irrelevance. First up, there’s no Jack Wilshere.
Secondly, there’s no Szecseny in the squad. He’s being rested. Which is the work equivalent of telling a client services employee you’re taking their phone away. A rest in keeping terms means you’re being dropped. Good I say. He’s been garbage this season. The only problem? What we have stepping in to replace him is even worse. Why? Because of bad squad planning again. It really is shambolic that we’ve got to play either Fabianski or Mannone against Bayern Munich away when there were keepers like Steklenberg available in January.
Anyway, it is what it is. At least there are ramifications for poor performances, even if the person coming in to replace is unlikely to impress. The problem with our keeper is he knows the person training him isn’t any good, he knows the two competing for his position aren’t any good… so as an arrogant man, complacency has settled in. Not good.
There’s also no Podolski, which, based on recent performances, really isn’t that much of an issue. If he really is attracting £15m bids this summer, we should shuffle him off. He’s really not risen to the challenge this year. Why that is is a mystery .. but whatever the deal, he doesn’t have the pace and he certainly hasn’t shown much in the way of discipline. Interesting that I read he’s shifted the most Arsenal shirts with a name on the back this season. The value of perceived marquee signings eh?
Onto the game. For me, it’s about humiliation factor here. Now, if we come out of this with a draw, I’d be overjoyed. If we can come out of this losing 1-0, I’d probably be pretty pleased. If we can win the tie in any way shape or form, I’d be over the moon. This really is a nothing game. It could be a miracle, but the chances are slim. At least the away fans will be having a great time in Germany. Not a bad place to be regardless of the score.
Good luck to the boys, it feels like lambs to the slaughter, but if those lambs go down fighting, it’ll make the whole debacle a touch easier to swallow.
Final news story is about the Qatari Dream League. They’ll be offering Arsenal, United, Chelsea and City £175m to enter a competition that aims to unite clubs from around the world in an ultimate league that will be played over two summers.
‘We propose an alternative to Financial Fair Play: all clubs will be as rich as each other. This way we will preserve the big show, the most beautiful and finest teams and players. This is a paradise for players that we will build in football’s future.’
I love that the Qatari’s solution to everything is to throw money at it. I can’t see it happening. However, I must say, I do like that someone is challenging the corrupt machinations of FIFA. Even thought I’m patently aware the organisation challenging it is probably far from… well, I won’t say it, otherwise I’ll find myself with two hitmen outside my flat later on today.
Enjoy the game, brace yourself…