If (when) Wenger breaks Sanchez, our season is in deep trouble

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Quite a way to open the post. Have I misinterpreted that tweet? Have Arsenal mistranslated the words? Or has Wenger truly lost his mind?

I’ve been over this before. Abou Diaby has a horrendous injury record. I think last time I wrote about him like this, it was a month ago and he was ‘close to being fit’, then he picked up an injury. Now he’s close to being fit again and Wenger is talking about a new deal. Come the end of the season, if he plays the full term without picking up an injury, he still won’t have proved anything.

He’s 28 years old. A professional football hits their physical peak at 29. He’s never been in peak condition. He never will be. So we’re basically giving him a shit tonne of cash for no reason. I find the consideration that we’d even think about it absurd… not to mention pretty grubby. I mean, we’re not interested in paying a living wage to some of the poorest paid people in society, but we’d consider giving someone who has contributed a total of zero to the club a new £3.5m contract.

Another example of the tail wagging the dog. Ivan should be in there kiboshing any talk of such a deal. I don’t even know how you’d build a case for giving him a new deal. If I want to give someone a payrise where I am now, I have to pull together a pretty robust reasoning for doing so… you know, to prevent me handing out mega money to my favourites.

Not that I have any favourites if anyone from work is reading this.

I hate having to write about it, because any manager worth their salt wouldn’t even consider it. I think Jose Mourinho sold Robben, one of the most talented widemen on the planet at the time, because he was too injury prone. That’s what proper managers do. They recognise that fitness is the most important factor at the more elite end of the game. Ronaldo is who he is because he’s not only an incredible footballer, he never, ever picks up an injury. Thierry was the same. Messi is the same.Rewarding a broken player sends out totally the wrong message… it’s like we’re a charity.

Anyway. Rant over. Just another comment that goes to show he just ain’t got it anymore.

Some more interesting comments on Sanchez.

“He is in the red zone,”

“You can see that when he plays but he can dig deep. He played his 27th game on Wednesday since the start of the season, if you consider international games and travelling on top of that. Unfortunately you never know how far you can push it. We are not scientific enough to predict that completely but he has good recovery potential. He recovers very quickly.”

Why do we need to push him at this stage of the season? Does he need to play every single game? Can’t we rest him, or take him off at half time if we’re winning games? Shouldn’t we be rotating him rather than play Russian roulette with his season? That above comment is Wenger all over. I get that you have to push players at the back end of a year, but surely the skill is in having fresh players by utilising your squad.

Alex Ferguson took a very average squad of players to the Premier League because he was the master of managing fitness. He used his key players sparingly at the start of the season so they’d be fresh for the run in. That’d involve resting key players against teams you know you have beaten before you play. Arsenal don’t need to play their superstars every game. We should be able to bring in Joel Campbell, Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski against the weaker sides. Give them some game time so they don’t get rusty, give superstars some rest time so they’re not in the redzone, make sure everyone is happy and they feel valued.

Arsene is like a fan. He puts his best 11 out every time. That used to cut it, but now the league is so fast and so physical you can’t sustain that sort of approach.

Olivier Giroud has looked fantastic since he came back. You know why? Because he’s fresh. The second half of last season he was totally ruined. You can’t play when you’re ruined.

Our approach to fitness looks exactly the same as it was last year. Mainly because it’s being managed by the same person, secondly, because it doesn’t matter who is running the fitness, if the manager wants to start the same team every game, he’ll start the same 11. That my friends, is why we’ll not sustain a league challenge and it’s why we’ll continue to see massive pile ups on the injury front.

How can a man be so blind when the injury pile is so damaging and so clearly there for him to see?

Great thing is, you don’t have to listen to me tell you about his approach, he’s publicly stating that what I’ve told you all along is bang on the money. Thanks Arsene. One of the few Press Conferences I’ve actually enjoyed.

Right, that’s my rant out for the day. Exciting stuff on the horizon, that Youtube channel I was talking about is getting closer to a reality. Hopefully we can do something to compliment the other great Youtubers in January.

Have a good one.

 

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  1. alex cutter

    The guy in traffic who won’t give a “thank you” wave after you let him cut in front of you when lanes merge > alexanderhenry

  2. Cesc Appeal

    N5

    It’s worrying I thought finger in a piranha tank, you thought skiddy y-fronts and anus. 😉 Seek help 🙂

    I’ve always thought for some people defending Wenger is a reflex action, even if they have to abandon logic or make themselves look stupid or make unsubstantiated claims they’ll go there, and then some.

  3. Cesc Appeal

    alex

    I hate those fuckers, just think it’s their right of way or some shit.

    Or the c**ts who go down the vacant lane to get to the front where one lane is closed…everyone else is cueing for a reason you ignorant fuck.

  4. Zementalstrength

    “That must be really good uncut grade 1 shit you’re on !”

    Arsène is a very well known drug dealer.

  5. Masterstroke

    I think this Tyrone Mings thing has some legs.
    Wenger confirms interest and he’s a Brit., which seems to be the road we’re going down now.
    I like it!

  6. jwl

    I think Wenger enjoys trolling us gooners with comments like that about Diaby.

    Diaby won’t be offered new contract – wenger is just being polite – but Sanogoal will replace Diaby as our constantly injured player who never plays for next couple of years at least.

    I hate when we play away to Stoke, something always seems to go wrong there. Always seem to play badly and injure our players. Sanchez should be rested just because of our prior history at Brittania, Sanchez should be wrapped up in cotton wool tomorrow at his warm home and should not be within 100 miles of Stoke.

  7. Goondawg

    Frimpong’s latest comments are interesting.

    [Arshavin’s] a great guy. One of the best players who was at Arsenal, his passing was a great loss. Although at the time of his departure, he did not play so often, but still – one of the best players who ever appeared in Russia.

    At Arsenal, he scored a lot, gave a lot, I would never have said that his purchase was a mistake. Because it was full of players who have purchased used for about ever larger money, and they did not show even half of what Andrei showed.

    He is very funny and very loud guy. And he never ran. I remember one match before Wenger told him that now they need to run. And he was like ‘I do not [run].’ But maybe he was just very very tired! Although without the ball, he still never really ran, so that running was not exactly one of his strengths. But in the attack, he was always good.

    Van Persie is one of the kindest people I know. He spent many years in the Arsenal and played great. You know, the problem of Arsenal is with money. Imagine that you are playing for Arsenal, you have a contract for two years.

    The contract ends, and they say: ‘We are ready to offer you a new one.’ And you’re like: ‘excellent, I want to sign, salary if £20k a week?. And Arsenal answers: ‘no, we will give you only 15?.

    Although they could pay 20, but do not want too. Therefore, the players leave Arsenal, and this is their problem. Nowadays, the big players have to pay a lot of money. So everything is arranged. If you want to play a star, you have to pay them a lot. Now the Arsenal like corrected, they signed Sanchez, but before they would not.”

  8. BacaryisGone

    Did I just read Monreal is going to miss several weeks because of torn ankle ligaments. That means he played the whole game with that injury. New respect for his toughness but surely a player’s long term health is more important?

  9. Cesc Appeal

    “New respect for his toughness”

    New levels of astonishment with regards to the manager…nah play on Nacho, no worries mate

  10. kwik fit

    Wenger “Abou Diaby is on the brink of returning to training. If he’s fully fit, he’ll have a new deal”

    Massive over reaction to the above statement. Wenger is just getting in the joke Friday vibe . He’s really not as bad as the WOB’s would make you believe you know 😉

  11. BacaryisGone

    Cesc-I remember watching the game and the commentator said Monreal looked over to the bench but they told him to play on because it was too early for Gibbs to play. Romford referenced the Thierry Henry article where Thierry had been back for one day from an achilles injury and he was put on the bench and told not to worry about playing. Reyes got hurt and Thierry played most of the game.

    There does seem to be a casual disregard for the long-term fitness of a player if 3 points are needed. If Gibbs wasn’t fit to play, he shouldn’t have been on the bench. You either bring Bellerin in and take your chance or even more Flamini to left back and bring in Rosicky.

    Insane to keep a player with torn ligaments on for the entire game but kudos to Monreal for his toughness.

  12. BacaryisGone

    From Henry’s interview:

    That’s true, but that’s part of the game. “If you’re on the pitch, it’s because you can play.” I say that often. People don’t have to know whether you feel good or not. I’ve often come back to the dressing room, telling myself, “You just couldn’t do a thing today.” But if you know how often I’ve scored a goal in those games … I remember a Champions League game with Arsenal, against Sparta, in Prague. I was just coming back from an achilles injury, I’d only started training again on the eve of the match. The manager told me: “You’re travelling with us, but you’ll stay on the bench.” Then José Antonio Reyes gets injured after a few minutes. I wasn’t even looking at who was warming up, as I was certain I wouldn’t be asked to do it – and the manager tells me to get on. I do so, I score twice and I beat Ian Wright’s record of 185 goals with Arsenal. Even when you’re not feeling good, you always believe you can help the team.

  13. the_real_andy

    I know wenger is untouchable but in all honesty -> if diaby gets a new contract even kroenke must see he is insane. it could work because diaby doesn’t play a match and there are resources used to keep him at the club. should be an obvious reason for getting in wenger’s way and tell him to f*ck off

  14. karim

    Martinez

    Chambers BFG Kos the Boss Gibbs

    Rambo TR7

    Ox Cazorla

    L’Oréal Dat Guy

    Alexis, Flamini and Podolski at the sacred 67th minute for
    Giroud, Rosicky and cazorla

    3 pts !

  15. rollen

    orthern gooner December 5, 2014 18:12:10

    Kwik.

    Got home from work and the house is like a sauna. I love british gas…..

    nick change for southern softie gooner requested :}

  16. MidwestGun

    Rosicky was on the injury report as a game day test. So doubt he is starting.

    On another note….. seriously AW should take some of his 8mil and hire a PR team. Because every time he says something it’s even more ridiculous then the last.
    I know Alexis is in the red zone but F it…. gonna play him anyhow.
    Diaby? Fuck ya…. gonna sign him up for another year if he’s fit.
    Anymore questions? Title? Hell yes…… obviously we are right on the brink of a title.
    Sigh…….. suppose it’s too much to ask to have a manager that seems competent in an interview.

    The Monreal injury is disgusting. I had that same injury. It’s very easy to reinjure and you can’ t train on it. Hopefully it’s not as serious as mine was…..Feel bad. No way should he have continued.

  17. Keyser

    Midwest – What’s pretty obvious is that no matter what he says you’re going to have people fitting it to their own agenda.

    What is soo egregious here ?

  18. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    Wenger is a PR disaster.

    Every time he opens his mouth he comes across as an entitled, stubborn, insulting, spoilt, egotistic hypocrite desperately clinging on to the last vestiges of his former glory and importance.

    A PR team wouldn’t so much help as someone else giving interviews for him, It’s just in his nature I think. But more and more he comes across as an elderly guy on the defensive, stung by criticism he isn’t use to. I think he realise his untouchable gleam has worn off, there is now an expectancy of trophies and success from most Arsenal fans who don’t base their support on Arsene Wenger’s tenure as manager staying intact.

    I can’t stand to listen to him any more, it’s actually embarrassing for the club watching him rant and contradict himself, take petulant swipes at the club’s own supporters, different pundits and journalists. Embarrassing stuff.

  19. Hitman49

    I’d just come out of the shop with a roast beef sandwich, large chips, ear of corn & a jumbo sausage.A poor homeless man sat there and said ‘I’ve not eaten for two days.’ I told him, ‘I wish I had your will power.’

  20. Keyser

    “I can’t stand to listen to him any more..”

    Like the above.

    ‘I can’t stand him and my comments are governed and sadly marked by this’.

  21. Hitman49

    I hate all this terrorist business. I used to love the days when you could look at an unattended bag on a train or bus and think to yourself. I’m going to take that.’

  22. MidwestGun

    Keyser –
    It’s probably a cultural thing maybe. But I just prefer my manager to seem like they have a clue what the outside world is thinking. He’s in the AfC bubble and just comes across as cavalier and deluded.

    Anyhow, no I haven’t. But I like rum and vermouth. So it’s probably tasty.

  23. Keyser

    Midwest – Did you watch the video ? It just looked mental how much went into one little drink ? Is that what he’s doing, melting Sugar like you do to make Absinthe ?!

    Have you seen Bellicheck’s news conferences, he treats them with complete disdain, Wengers the same as he’s always been, he answers the questions as asked, it’s upto us to be smarter than to fall for the average, he’s done that his whole time with us.

    You see him as Cavalier and Deluded, because you want to, because he’s not saying exactly what you want him to, and even then it wouldn’t matter.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EChnZTJicw

    I swear there’s some proper nuttier ones, but I can’t quite remember.

  24. MidwestGun

    Keyser –
    Yes.. im familiar with Belichick but he also did a reality show where they followed him around and he came across as intelligent and thoughtful. Would love to see the AW reality show. Like he suggested. Follow him around for a month.

    You don’t see a problem with saying a player is in the red zone and then saying we are playing him anyways. That’s not really anything to do with how I perceive it. It’s just stupid.

    I think some of that process was smoking bitters, right? Pretty cool… but doubt I could pull that process off at the home bar.

  25. Keyser

    Midwest – Of course it’s to do with how you perceive it, it’s not a fuel tank, and even then how many times will you try and drag an extra mile out of it.

    This is exactly what’s wrong with perception, we can only judge how far players can be pushed soo far before you’re relying on guesswork, that’s just a fact.

    Bitters ? I don’t drink, just saw the video, and thought I probably wasn’t that organised in my chemistry classes back in College.

    Lol I think you’d have to be Heisenberg to have everything needed there ? Or am I just exaggerating.

  26. Goondawg

    Mid- Its worrying because the last time Wenger mentioned red zone was in regards to Wilshere during the 2011 season. Wenger then ignored his own advice, continued to play him and he ended up being out for months. He has to learn his lesson and rest Sanchez

  27. Keyser

    Also on the cultural side, how manipulative are the American media ? I think we’ve mentioned it before, do they just report what they have, because it’s Sports, or is there pressure to create headlines.

    What was the Bellicheck programme I think it might’ve been shown over here, but I just ignored it.

    I remember there was one with Brendan Rodgers not sure he came across too well.

  28. MidwestGun

    Keyser-
    Ya bitters are the brown bits he was infusing a smoky flavor to the rum. A good bartender is definately a decent chemist. I had a favorite at the local pub but she retired. Sad day for me.

    I have a lot of the bartender tools here at home. Have a pool(billiards) table room and people have given me stuff for the bar. But honestly I can’t use the half of it. Shaking a tumbler is about as sophisticated as it gets.

  29. MidwestGun

    Keyser –
    It was called a football life with Bill Belichick. Made by nfl films about 3 years ago.

    Well yes I agree Media here is different. They aren’t as rumor oriented. And they tend to hammer one thing, so if a player or coach gets a reputation for something they won’t relent on that issue. Which is why most coaches are either completely open, nothing to hide or don’t give anything at all.

    I prefer the open honest types like Rex Ryan.

    Goondawg –
    Yep, it is worrying. Even saying red zone seems like a jinx.

  30. MidwestGun

    I imagine we will see the same lineup cept. Gibbs for Monreal. Maybe Giroud for Welbeck.

    Honestly, pretty much every backup except Campbell( who can’t make the bench) and Podolski is injured or a game day test. Crazy…. then with a game
    every 3 days it’s severely worrisome. Bellerin the only defensive sub maybe.

    It’s like the sword of Damocles hanging over the club. Just waiting for that fatal injury to drop whilst ignoring the red zone.

  31. Highbury Daze

    Diaby has played 2 games in 2 seasons, and still has 7 months to run on his current contract, when asked if a new deal is there for him, Wenger said IF he comes back to full fitness he will get that new deal, he did say this with a smile/smirk on his stupid face, just have a look at Diably’s legz they are thinner than Wenger’s, no muscle mass, weak as piss, one tackle and BANG out for ages, we know he hasn’t played for a while so he should be fresh, but Wenger revealed he has a calf problem, hasn’t played in almost 2 season, and he has an injury problem, he picks up injuries opening the car door

    The fans should get placards out and march on the Emirates, storm this ramparts, resurrect the guillotine, we are coming for you Arsene if you pursue this lunacy

  32. Keyser

    Yeah ‘A football life’, they’ve just shown that over here.

    I put myself in their shoes, you leave yourself completely open you have to go back and not only motivate but also explain yourself to the same players you’ve been criticising in a press conference. I like the Bellicheck style, especially with the media muppets over here.

  33. Highbury Daze

    As reported earlier, Diary has cost this club over 22 million in wages since his arrival, it worked out he has got around 180,000 quid a game for the number of games he has played, around 15.5 per year

    This guy has averaged 15.5 games a year for over 8 years, gets new contracts when they run out, he pulls 180,000 quid per game, this surely can’t go on

  34. Jeff

    A new contract for Diaby is Wenger’s way of showing his critics who is boss. It’s an ego trip. He is one of those people that in the face of adversity (i.e. when he loses when not expected to or is knocked out of tournaments or humiliated beyond recognition) he assumes the role of a sad old warrior trying desperately to do well for his club. But when he wins a couple (which for a wage bill of £160m even Jaja Binks can manage), he becomes all smug and cocky.

    What a complete lunatic. Honestly, I have never known anyone in public life as obnoxious as he. But what is more dangerous than a madman – a madman with an ego.

  35. MidwestGun

    I reall wish we had a quick, tricky left winger for this match. Geoff Cameron is an ok Cb or defensive mid. But Stoke use him as a RB. And he can be beaten for pace rather easily. Sterling made him look pretty bad last week.

  36. Keyser

    Liverpool were at home ? Cameron’s quite difficult to play at theirs, they move the touchlines in and keep the pitch narrow enough for him to be able to get across.

  37. Keyser

    Jeff – Lol, yeah that’s it, they asked him about Diaby last week, they asked him about Diaby this week, because they know that people like you are interested enough to click on their articles only to shake your head wondering why you clicked on it to begin with.

  38. Highbury Daze

    Open letter to Arsene Wenger

    If you continue with this absurdity over Diaby, there will be repercussions , if you thought one lousy banner in the stands demanding your removal was uncalled for, wait and see if this farce persists

    Any sane manager would have released this man years ago, but if you persist with your crusade for Diaby, why don’t you give him a pay for play contract

    You know he is weak physically, so if he doesn’t play, he doesn’t get paid, you are so protective with this clubs money when buying players, always looking for the cheap alternative

    But in the case of a broken Diaby you have no qualms about tossing 23 million down the toilet, soon to be followed by more

    Can you please explain yourself to the owner, board, and the fans, give us all an insight as to why Diary is the chosen one, when you have discarded many fit and healthy better players from this club

    I hear he is your illegitimate son, is there any truth to this

  39. Jeff

    Keyser,

    Why so cryptic. Instead of saying that, just say you don’t believe he will renew Diaby. If that is the case fair enough. But, you must also know that Wenger is hell bent on doing the opposite of obvious simply because he can.

  40. Highbury Daze

    I doubt people would click on the article, they would ,like me, see the heading then run to the toilet and vomit, we would not read any further,I don’t read this reptile’s crap the headings are enough to make me ill

  41. MidwestGun

    Ya Pool were at home. Sanchez maybe will get some joy down the left or Ox if he switches.
    Maybe Gibbs if he wasn’t coming off an injury.
    Anyhow, at least it’s not an super early match. 9am I think here.

  42. Jeff

    Highbury,

    Wenger’s had quite a log of open letters but it’s water off a duck’s back. He knows he’s safe and nothing can touch him. As Pedro said in one of his posts the other day, Wenger does not fail hard enough to warrant sacking. Fourth is enough, always is and always will be for this club so long as the spineless wig-master who is also a top loser himself is sitting on those majority shares.

    Kroenke can put this club back on the map anytime he wants but he won’t because that’s not his end game – never was – never will be.

  43. Keyser

    Cryptic ? No, I’m pretty much spot on, either you’re incapable of deciphering the game the press play, or you wilfully ignore it, you’d have to be an idiot not to understand it, so it has to be the latter.

    The rest is just petty, Diaby’s just a trigger for you to post things like it.

  44. Keyser

    There shouldn’t be much width, it’s why there’s such a stark contrast between us playing them home and away, we usually deal with them quite easily at the Emirates.

    Hughes usually amps them up, so there might be a few tasty challenges earlier on, last year I think Giroud was stamped on and the ref gave a freekick the other way, not to mention the penalty on Kos.

  45. MidwestGun

    Well I’d start Giroud then. He’s good for a few kickings. Probably our freshest player, sadly. Plus probably be a few defensive headers needed.
    Fuck me…. it’s come to this. Me wanting Giroud to start. Lol.

  46. Jeff

    Keyser,

    We’re not discussing the press, we are discussing Diaby. The topic has been going on for years – it hasn’t just come up. Sure he’s close to renewal but does that change the past? Your insistence to dilute the discussion with irrelevant points is just the usual tactics you employ to make it appear as though things aren’t really what they seem.

    No manager on the planet would have renewed Diaby even the last time never mind now. But my point is that I can see Wenger doing it just because he knows he can. If you disagree, say so but you won’t – you’ll just make some general point about a peripheral subject which shunts the discussion sideways or backwards but never ahead – bit like Wenger’s football.

  47. Leedsgunner

    “Insane to keep a player with torn ligaments on for the entire game…”

    Another incident to add to Wenger ‘s list of poor man management.

  48. MidwestGun

    Kwik-
    Yes I’m definitely up for a little penetration in the box. 😀

    When I say little, I mean average, 🙁

    Jeff –
    Lol….. it makes Keyser who he is tho.

  49. Keyser

    Jeff – Lol it’s come up because they asked him about it, not because they’ve especially started talking about renewal, when was the last time you even heard Diaby speak, blog tactics ? grow up. We only discussed it like a week ago because they asked the same question.

    “No manager on the planet would have renewed Diaby even the last time never mind now”

    This is simply wrong.

    Your point is the same petty one you always make, do you know the intricacieso of Diabies medical history ? No, do you know what they’ve actually discussed in terms of a contract ? No.

    What do we actually know ? They’ve shifted his squad number to the fringes, he’s in his last year and there’s been little to no talk and I can’t remember the last time Diaby even spoke can you ? So Diaby’s already on the periphery, now tell me who’s generalising on a pretty insignificant point.

  50. kwik fit

    In the Summer wenger had loned up early deals for Sanchez, Debuchy and schneiderlin. The schneiderlin deal had been verbally agreed at 12m. Wenger hesitated,however, and southampton decided to pull the deal as they had already sold enough players. Now 30m would not buy schneiderlin. Uet another blu

  51. Keyser

    Midwest – Good example there of blog tactics, safety in numbers, hopefully you don’t need a position map to understand it, heh.

  52. Jeff

    If Wenger used as much tactics and guile on the pitch as Keyser does on this blog, we’d have won more than 1 FA cup in 10 years – that’s for sure.

  53. Keyser

    Kwik fit – Yeah I remember that, the hesitation was down to Diaby’s offside goal against the Red Bulls, it was impressive enough to convince Wenger he was back.

  54. MidwestGun

    How many players have played on with a serious injury just in this season? Monreal, Koscielny, Ozil. Not sure how you can be considered a player’s manager when you let things like that occur.

  55. Keyser

    Jeff – I doubt it, but fuck knows, and right now it’s hardly a pressing matter is it ? and I seriously doubt it will be in the summer either.

    Lol there’s really not much of a point.

  56. Keyser

    Midwest – Lol the manager who stuck with Koscielny despite the bullshit on here or plays Monreal at centre-back because he thinks he can, or spends 42 million on Ozil to begin with and backs him continously despite the rubbish in the media.

  57. kwik fit

    I agree Mid. Its difficult enough having mad passionate sex with a serious injury never mind playing a full ninety minutes. Wenger really needs to pull up his socks.

  58. MidwestGun

    I would like to think my manager has my back injury wise way more than defending me against what the media is saying about me.
    Defends the shit out of Diaby and Sanogo to the point of delusion about their ability but yet let’s Monreal and Ozil play with ligament damage. Hypocritical.

  59. Highbury Daze

    When asked a question about the banner asking for his removal, Wenger says, I don’t talk about that, did you not hear me, I don’t talk about that

    When asked a question about Diaby he gets an erection and gushes, yes if he is fit he will get a new contract, is there any more questions on Diaby, I could talk all day about this lovely chap

  60. kwik fit

    AW: “He (Alexis) loves to play. He has quality that in the morning he comes in and he is fresh. I don’t know what he does overnight.” I know Arsene 😉

  61. Emiratesstroller

    There has been no discussion about tomorrow’s game against Stoke.

    This is likely to be a difficult match, because we have a poor record against them away from home and apparently also against teams managed by Hughes.

    There is already the rhetoric that their supporters will dish out a lot of abuse and their players will adopt a physical game against us even though they don’t play the same way as they used to do under Pulis.

    It is imperative that we are able to cope with the challenges and win this game.
    Arsenal need to demonstrate that they can cope with the physical side of game as well as being technical. Obviously the arrival of Sanchez and Welbeck
    should help. Both are players used to playing in fairly tough environment.

    As I have said before this is a more important game than playing Galatasary
    next week. That is the time to give key players at the club a rest. By then players like Szczesny, Debuchy and even Walcott may be available to play.

  62. Keyser

    Midwest – That post kindof sums up the attitudes of the blog, the player relies on his own opinion, the physio/doctor attends, Wenger relies on their opinion.

    You only know there’s real damage a day or two later when they undergo a scan, it’s simply a process you go through because there’s no definitive diagnosis available at the time, they don’t even allow GPS trackers within game.

    What are you even trying to say, everytime there’s a twinge you won’t play on ? You won’t play through any pain, you’re happy to pick up 100k a week, but only under your conditions.

    Then it becomes hypocritical when you know you need rest, but you go off to play in a World Cup, or you want first team chances and gametime but only with gurantees.

  63. Highbury Daze

    I was trying to think why has Wenger got this unusual fascination with Diaby
    Diaby, while growing up, developed a fascination towards the subjects of religion, philosophy, science, and astronomy.[7] Diaby became interested in accountancy after taking a course at the age of 17, while he was at the Auxerre youth academy.[7]

    There you have it folks. Diaby is the only one in the Arsenal squad that can have a conversation with Wenger, the rest are gibbering idiots, can you imagine Ox Wilshere, Gibbs et al sitting down and have a cerebral with Wenger, NO, but Diaby can, they can while away the hours discussing science, astronomy philosphy, religion, and of course their favourite subject, ACCOUNTANCY, if the truth be known they probably share a business together back in some slum in Paris

    There had to be something why Wenger favours Diaby, I think I have found it, they are mental soul mates

  64. Keyser

    The case of Loic Remy’s interesting, supposedly not fit enough to pass a Liverpool medical, but fit enough for Chelsea, is Mourinho taking a risk, or is it a risk he can afford to take.

    Not fit enough to be a first teamer but fit enough to be a squad player ?!

  65. MidwestGun

    E-stroller –
    I think we can exploit their lack of quickness and reaction time down their right side (our left) in the gap between Cameron and Shawcross provided the
    referee calls a tight game. I agree… closed game. Probably, 1 to nil either way. Still remember Sanogoal’s shanked shot there last year in the dying minutes. Would like to erase that game out of my memory banks.

  66. Highbury Daze

    I did some research on Diaby, even before he came to AFC he was with a couple of clubs in France, where he struggled to put games together, always injured , 2003-2005

    This guy had documented injuries before Wenger signed him in 2006, well documented, and knowing this Wenger went out and signed him anyway, and to this day 9 years later the club is still dealing with About Diaby

  67. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Diaby

    Is indeed a very intelligent man…a rich one.

    Earning a living while being unfit to work?

    If he lived on a housing estate up north the daily mail would have him front page news?

    Did I read somewhere that diavpby is looking to become an imam ?

    Fella has his head screwed on right….

    Knows what he wants and where he needs to go ,,,,

    He should not be blamed at all …

  68. Keyser

    N5 – Forgot about that, but it’s still a bit of a mystery ? Remy surely would’ve been playing far more regularly at Liverpool and unless he’s happy with the Chelsea contract surely he’d want to actively dismiss Liverpool’s claims, or get them to retract them.

  69. kwik fit

    Your all so very very cruel to Diaby. He has never had any real severe injury’s only small minor ones. So when you go to sleep at night I hope you feel embarrassed and ashamed by suggesting that he has not earned his new contract.

  70. Highbury Daze

    After his football career is over,( well it’s been over for years) what I mean is when he hangs up his boots, Diaby will probably get a job with AFC, he will be the new accounts manager, with Henry holding some post within the organisation, jobs for the boys, french boys club if you will, Wenger will not leave the club, he will be upstairs overseeing all aspects of business, manipulating his French protégées he will be in all his glory conducting affairs from his throne atop the Emirates, looking down at the uneducated masses casting disdain on all sundry, feeling aloof and smug and so superior

    Of course there will be no room for Vieira and other legends who dare oppose the great one, who dare question his authority, it will be filled with yes men arse lickers and weak willed cunts

  71. MidwestGun

    Keyser –
    Player’s want to play sure. But sometimes you have to protect them from themselves. Monreal was limping the entire game.. So something was obviously wrong. I’ve had that injury and you can play on it sure while the adrenaline is going and before the swelling. Again, if it was an isolated incident maybe, but it’s happened numerous times where players were struggling but left on to find out it was serious next day. If there was a backup can you honestly say Monreal stays on? I can’t.

    Anyhow, gonna go work on my positional map now.

  72. Keyser

    Midwest – You don’t know he’s damaged anything until he goes for a scan, unless you’re saying there’s a definitive way to diagnose him on the pitch you’re relying on a judgement call.

    This isn’t specific to us, and Gibbs was on the bench aswell as Flamini being available.

    Seriously players play on through it all the time, and I didnt notice Monreal limping for more than a few minutes, I’m not even sure he asked for treatment, he simply seemed to run it off.

  73. Keyser

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1305728/Loic-Remy-cleared-play-despite-heart-defect-ending-Premier-League-hopes.html

    It says Heart specialists see no reason why Remy can’t practice Sport to a High Level, this was 4 years ago.

    At some point you have to just live with it.

    If Kocielny doesn’t go off to the World Cup he’s probably recovered enough to rid himself off any inflammation, or it may just be age and something he has to maintain for the rest of his career.

    It’s just another case of extremes.

  74. Highbury Daze

    After Arsenal lost to Villa on the opening day 3-1, we had 150 million quid cash just laying around, Wenger had done his business for the summer, Sanogo and Flamini on free transfers, that was this cretins work, 3 months had passed and he scoured the world for 2 free fucking transfers, he actually made money by selling Gervinho and Mannone, 10 million quid profit without spending a penny

    When the fans got wind of this they went ballistic, Chris Hudson publicly called Wenger and Gazidis out over this, there was revolution in the air, Stan gets on the phone to Chips, listen you old goat, I made you chairman, I love Arsene, but the fans are going to demolish the Emirates, spend some fucking money and buy someone anyone, just show some symbolic gesture we are not all stupid like the manager

    Luckily, Spurs were selling Bale to Real making Ozil available, Wenger says I’m not spending 42.5 million pounds on one player

    Fuck you Arsene says Chips, I am ordering you to buy Ozil we need to buy this player TO GET THE FANS OFF OUR BACKS

    For once the dog tells the tail what to do

  75. Highbury Daze

    I wonder how the other smaller clubs in the EPL feel about AFC spending 42.5 million on Ozil and 35 million on Sanchez, Wenger cries about how much City and Chelsea spend, yet he does the same thing, how can Burnley Stoke,Hull compete with AFC in the money stakes, it’s an unfair playing field for all concerned, this financial doping is another piece of Wengerisim jism, he uses his financial muscle to buy the best players from smaller clubs, Ox Walcott, Chambers, I don’t see Wenger crying over that, what a hypocritical shitsack

  76. salparadisenyc

    Evening dudes, thats Dortmund 2 points above the relegation with a win this evening. Think champs league is quite attainable for them, Bundesliga is t i g h t.

  77. Highbury Daze

    ere is the full list, by order of a ‘Mr A. Wenger’.
    OFFENCE
    FINE
    Non attendance of unused players at Home matches without permission of manager
    £1000
    Late for training
    15 mins £500
    Late for treatment/massage
    15 mins £500
    Late for travel
    £500
    Late for match day meetings / meals
    £250
    Wrong kit on match days
    £100
    Inappropriate clothing outside of the dressing room
    £100
    Outdoor shoes in the dressing room
    £100
    Newspapers, laptops and phones in the medical room
    £100
    Newspapers in dressing room
    £100
    Non production of urine sample for two consecutive weeks
    £200
    Phone calls in the building (texting allowed)
    £500
    No participating in commercial activities (including Club Day)
    £500

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2265180/Arsenal-fine-list-Amount-players-pay-breaking-Arsene-Wengers-rules.html#ixzz3L4eMH2PD
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  78. Highbury Daze

    If the kids who are on 750-1000 quid a week, could end up paying it all back to Wenger in fines in theory, they would be paying Wenger to come to the colony, no wonder this reptile did not want this to get out into the real world, where the colony is a kindergarten safe from the rest of the ugly world, get fined for having a newspaper, this is like a gulag

  79. Highbury Daze

    This manager got sacked from Nancy, he tried to introduce a similar scheme, they said fuck off Wenger you pathetic creature, this is a football club, not a stock exchange, what a miserable cunt this manager really is, I have nothing but disdain for him

  80. Wallace

    “The first year was OK and then the second year I was better, but I needed time. Arsenal play beautiful football, but Barcelona play in a way that no other team in the world does. English football is more direct, more end to end, but I like that. It suits the way I want to play.

    My team-mates have helped me adapt. If my team-mates were not so good, then I would not have done so well. It is that easy. The quality here is impressive. You only need to take a glance around [a training session] to see that. It is the same level, more or less, as there was at Barcelona. We do different things in training, but player for player, it is just about the same.”

    – Alexis on life at Arsenal

  81. Wallace

    “Sánchez will be included for the Premier League game at Stoke City on Saturday but Wenger will not take his influential forward to Turkey next week for the Champions League tie against Galatasaray.

    The forward is used to having a winter break and Wenger must now decide when to take him out of the firing line completely.

    Wenger said: “I will have to give him a week’s break at some stage. At the moment he looks like I have to give him a breather. I did it with many players before who were playing every game.

    “I did it with [Thierry] Henry, with [Robin] Van Persie and it always helped them to get through without being injured. He will not go to Turkey.

    “He is in the red zone. You can see that when he plays but he can dig deep. He played his 27th game on Wednesday since the start of the season, if you consider international games and travelling on top of that. Unfortunately you never know how far you can push it.

    “You have to know when to rest him and when not but I think at the moment he plays at his peak on the edge.”

    Sánchez has certainly relished the opportunity to be the main man for Arsenal and finally show his potential after always being second best to Messi at Barcelona.

    Wenger could never have imagined that the 25-year-old would have such an immediate impact in the Premier League, but feels he has now got the platform to showcase his talent.

    Wenger added: “It’s not easy in a team where you have such a dominant figure as Messi. The game naturally goes through the strong point so in Barcelona the game goes through Messi. It means the other players become a bit more peripheral. You could see now when you watch Barcelona, [Luis] Suárez was a super dominant figure at Liverpool and sometimes you think ‘where is he?’ I’m certain he will find his place.

    “He’s [Sánchez] a guy who likes big games, and for me that is the most important thing in a big player. And it’s a kind of leadership on the pitch. He does not say out of the game, ‘I want to do this, I want to do that’, but on the pitch he is a leader.

    “I can’t remember such a quick settlement. He has a huge desire, no complex, and has a fighting attitude that means even when he misses something it doesn’t affect him. He’s very mobile, very determined and he has the sense to be in the right place in the box.”

  82. Gladwyn

    Wenger could be arrested for gross inhumanity anywhere else. Stealing kids food money to inflate books. What a bastard.

    OTT had my sales review today and an old fat bastard I.e my boss asked me some awkward questions to which I gave back awkward answers. Might have to look elsewhere for a job soon.

  83. Frank Emerson

    Realistically, who do we rest Sancez against besides dead rubber game Galatasaray. Who do we play that we know for a fact we will beat ? No-one ! We arent that good anymore.
    And Wenger was asked if Diaby PROVES himself fit,before the end of the season,will he be offered a contract.Whats he gonna reply ? No he’s f**ked,.Great player knackered playing for Arsenal, but he’s F**ked. If,…. big if, he did prove himself fit, a performance related,appearance related contract wouldn’t be unreasonable.