Arsene Wenger admits there’s a deep seated issue with fitness

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Ok, so the delay I was talking about last time we spoke looks like a damn cake walk compared to the one I’m looking at right now.

20 hours.

Yeah, that’s right people, 20 f*cking hours.


You got that? It’s going to take me 20 hours to get back home. It’s outrageous. Opodo. I don’t even know what they are, but know this… they’re a f*cking sh*t show. Don’t book tickets with them.

Ok, onto football news.

Many exciting times eh?


The caps indicate excitement. He could make the bench this weekend for the Spurs game. I mean, when I look at the problems we’re dealing with at the moment, I think… what do we really need? Then it hits me. Some Kim Kallstrom.

Guys and gals, I think it’s going to be alright.

Ok, so outside him, Wenger told the press Aaron Ramsey won’t be about for the game this weekend. He’s been having ‘issues’ with his rehab. I was told by someone who knows him that this issue isn’t serious and it’s precautionary. Arsene clearly opting for caution this time, which is good to hear.

Did I tell you Kim Kallstrom is back? Great news I think. Could really do with a sprinkling of his talent.

Also, sorry to jump all over the place, but the trend for American women wearing hot pants to the airport is both exceptional and off putting.

Back to the post. Aaron is out. Ozil is out. Jack is out. That’s a pretty bleak situation. The Spurs game with a fit squad would look like a relatively easy game, with out problems, it could end up being closer than we’d hope. I’m very excited about the game, I just worry that it’s a similar situation to where we’ve been with Spurs before, except reversed. We really don’t want to be giving them any sort of final stretch of the season confidence.

In other news, pertinent to my interests… Arsene Wenger has launched an investigation into our injury pile up.

“I am concerned that it happens. If you look at our overall injury list going into such a decisive part of the season, we have no Wilshere, Walcott, Ozil, Ramsey. We went to Bayern with no Gibbs or [Nacho] Monreal. Of course it is a concern, we are analysing very deeply why it happened to see if there is a link between these injuries.

“For some, for example Walcott, it is completely bad luck. Wilshere, I don’t think it is linked with the other injuries, it is linked more with his history and the kick he got. The rest maybe we have to find out why it happened. We will analyse everything.

“Our worry at the moment is Ramsey takes longer than expected. He had a first setback and now it’s slower. It was the plan for him to join in yesterday but he still has recurrent pains in his thigh and, of course, he’s now a little bit apprehensive because of the setback he had. We have to be very cautious with him, when will he be back? I believe it’s two more weeks now.

“[On Ozil], when the minimum is three weeks, the maximum is six. Honestly I am not specialist enough to know. It’s a grade two hamstring, let’s say four weeks.”

About time eh? I think it’s interesting that this has happened. I wonder whether this has been prompted by the negative press that’s occurred around his approach? I’m wondering this… am I responsible single handedly for investigation? Has my constant moaning paid off? Does Ivan thing, jeez, if that mug can see it, then we have to act. I believe so.

JUST JOKES (not jokes, I’m that deluded and tired)

Great news whatever the reason. But it does show that all the stuff I’ve been writing about isn’t nonsense. It’s based on sound basics. Wenger needs to change his approach to fitness. He needs to update tired methodology. He needs to bring in new people who can help elevate the club to new levels. Dortmund had fantastic players, but one of the most important cogs in the rise to prominence a few years ago was their approach to fitness. They took the Barca pressing game to an even more intense level. That isn’t just about hungry players, that’s a whole new back room approach. United, with that bang average squad won the league last year. Why? A incredible approach to fitness. Fresher, fitter players who recovered quicker than everyone else.

Bake a great approach to fitness into this current squad, layered with the purchase of powerful pacey players… we’re competing for the league. We’re challenging Bayern in games like Tuesday. We’re ultimately a much bigger threat.

That’s me done for the day, see you on the other side.

P.S. I loved St Louis. What great people. They’re so apologetic about crap American beer. The craft beer culture is so interesting. They’re obsessed!

313 Responses to “Arsene Wenger admits there’s a deep seated issue with fitness”

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  1. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Mid simple yes
    Hard to predict yes

    That’s why small stake have a laugh!

    Be governed by the bookies prices by what they think ie short price could happen … Biggs price won’t happen!

  2. MidwestGun

    Yes, that’s the local beer, Budweiser strangely the locals all hate it, tho.
    I prefer the Dark Irish stuff. Wee bit of Irish in my background. Probably, the drunk part. Lol.

  3. MidwestGun

    There are literally thousands of local beers being brewed everywhere here. Kinda of a fad. Every pub brews their own brand it seems. Most arent bad.
    So nobody drinks the big national brands unless they are broke, cuz they are

  4. Craigy

    Great post pedders, late to it today, but all the the stuff you’ve said on out injuries and the way wenger completely destroys his players is finally being looked at, bout fucking time if u ask me! The way he beasted our team against bayern especially oxo who was our best player, was disgusting, we were out of the running but he kept all of our important players on, I just hope he can realise the damage he’s doing to this team!

  5. Revving Kevin

    Dear N5
    Yes sorry about the name but I had mine before him! All so very true about the spuds. They are so deluded and as you say they have nothing to back it up.54 years is a long time and as you say Micky mouse cup bragging is just so them, it proves their level.

    Hope today is like yesterday’s blog and a bit less intense and more fun, although I doubt it thee will be some bored people in their rooms and looking for a row I guess. Hopefully Mudwest, kj and company hang around and don’t give up like some of the others have 😉

    Two nil tomorrow, for us and a clean sweep this season.