Lots of stuff to crack on with today, lots I tell thee…
First up, news hit the web yesterday that Jack Wilshere was out for the rest of the season.
‘Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for six more weeks in a savage blow to Arsenal‘s top-four hopes, Goal.com can reveal.’
This story seemed to be further inflated by other people in the know. Then Arsenal came out and said…
“Nothing has changed in Jack’s recovery, there’s no setback or further damage to his ankle and no concern about any long-term problems,”
“Jack was told to rest and we are still on course for him to resume training and be available for selection for the home game against Reading.”
Ouch. Sack the source and ask for a refund.
So, good news is that Jack is going to be back for the Reading game. That should make the run in a little more comfortable for us. Not that we’ve needed him, back to back wins away have left me questioning his worth to the team.
In other news Thomas Rosicky has piped up about his lack of first team opportunities this season.
‘Naturally, I would like to play more often, that’s for sure,”
“I feel very well, the results in fitness tests were the same as they were in previous seasons when I played regularly.’
I could weigh in right now and give him a piece of my mind… but I won’t, I’ll read on.
‘The team has had problems so there’s no space or time to complain that someone is not playing. To me, personally, the most important thing is that the club which I love finishes in a position where we can compete in the Champions League.’
Ahhh, that’s nice. He loves the club, he wants us to finish 4th.
I have been perplexed at times this season as to why the manager has been so ready to ignore Rosicky. Last season, he was a major catalyst for our final push for third. This year, Wenger has tended to opt for Ramsey where he can, rather than the experience of the fast passing Czech maestro. I’m a big fan of his, I still think he has a lot to offer this season, even if it’s just rotating with some of our over stretched midfielders.
On the transfer front, somehow, we’ve been linked with Petr Cech. On the face of it, it makes sense. Athletico Madrid have Chelsea’s young Belgian keeper on loan and he’s playing well. If he comes into the fold next season, Cech might find himself surplus to requirements. Arsenal might need a goalkeeper in the summer. Cech might need a local club. So obviously, we’ll be in for him.
The ‘get the f*ck in’ award this week goes to Arsenal and their hike up the European Power League. Two away wins have rocketed us up the table from 17th all the way to 14th. Mega in so many ways. Maybe we’ll break top ten before the season is out? Or maybe that’s not possible. I’m not really sure how it all works, all I know is Thierry’s number was 14… so it’s a good place to be.
The Mirror are powering into the Jovetic story like Theo Walcott used to power into the back of full backs. He’s the number one summer target. His goal haul isn’t exactly impressive. I love how newspapers tee it up though… ‘an impressive 12 goals in 27 games’… but he’s a talent. Raw, but a talent all the same. We should get to see him in action when England take on Montenegro this week. They have some excellent players over there, I’m surprised the Premiership doesn’t raid their leagues more often, their players remind me of the Uruguayans… a win at all costs attitude. The transfer would make sense as well… it always takes us at least a year to replace an departing player. I’m sure we’ll probably land an Alex Song replacement this summer as well. Hopefully it’s Capoue. Hopefully all our business is done early.
Who am I kidding eh?
Final piece of news centres around Mertesacker and the learnings he took from the defensive foul ups against Spurs.
“Sometimes as a player you have a different view and you can’t believe what we did as a defensive unit. Sometimes you need to learn from games and that was very important for us.
“There was a lot of room for improvement after the Tottenham game – we saw a lot of things on television. Sometimes we didn’t choose the right direction and we just lacked a bit of defensive work as a unit.’
A lot of people highlighted that this is the proof that video analysis happens. Well, yes, it is analysis of sorts. Hashing through videos of bad games is something George Graham used to do with the squad and players will often go through their last game. Ian Wright used to speak on the radio about how much the team hated it. However, when I’m talking about analysis, I’m talking about how it’s approached at other clubs. Some clubs have up to three analysts at the games giving video data at half time. Other clubs prepare dossiers for each player on what to expect from the opposition. Whole team sessions are spent going through what to expect from a game and how to plan for it. Arsenal aren’t there yet. Arsene doesn’t pay attention to opposition in the same way most top teams in Europe do. It’s not going to make us a Premiership winning side over night, but it can give a team that extra two or three percent you sometimes need to win.
If it could have the same impact the GPS team has had on the clubs injuries (and I was banging on about the need for that before it happened), well, it’d be worth investigating. Their are certainly the staff at the club that could make that happen.
I might run a section in the summer about football technologies… because I’ve been hearing about some amazing advances over the past few months that might make an interesting read.
Anyway, enough from me. See you in the comments!