Injury updates looking very positive!

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Goooooood ebening people!

How long before that gets the Fireman Sam treatment?

‘Pedro, Emery has lodged a complaint with WordPress’

‘What for?’

‘Racism’

‘WHAT? It’s how he says it.’

‘I mean inclusivity’

‘But, but, but’

‘Lots of pressure from groups that pronounce v’s with b’s. Huge twitter outrage about this sort of behaviour.’

‘IT WAS PHONETIC BANTER. Tomaaaato… tomato. Ciabatta… seeabatta.’

‘I see you’ve learnt nothing. Pack your box and take that fucking oatmilk with you’

Some good news on the horizon, it appears the mighty Rob Holding could be back in the starting 11 sooner rather than later. I am very happy to have a bit of competition for those two central roles. Neither our centre backs can boast of a solid start to the season, and from what I remember, Rob Holding was pretty solid last season.

I have no doubt the club will treat his return with due care and attention. I’m not expecting him to start any time soon, but I’m sure he’s going to be very hungry to land some minutes. He feels like another potential leader in the side. He’s vocal, has some of that north-west c*ntiness about his game, and I still have Baresi visions from the cup final a couple of years back.

Additionally, it looks like Hector and Tierney could be in the mixer as well. I am hugely excited to see what a full-strength defence is going to offer us. It’s pretty clear I have major doubts about what Emery is doing to Arsenal, but hey, better players never goes a miss. Having a double injection of pace on either side only going to benefit our style of play, which is anti-middle of the pitch play.

But think about how sexy that overlap is going to be…

On this day, 21 years ago, Freddie Ljungberg was fast-tracked to Arsenal after a ripping display against England. Those where the days when Wenger and Dein took gambles.

What a player he was.

He scored a great goal on his debut, but his finishing was very off for the first year.

He was working on the art of the late run into the box and his decision making in front of goal. The next season, he blew up. He formed an immaculate partnership with Dennis Bergkamp and was basically unplayable at times.

He was sexy too. No one rocked Calvin Klein pants like the man with red hair.

The one regret for me is that he was part of an era when sports science wasn’t particularly precise. He spent far too much time injured, which hampered his numbers and eventually impacted his pace.

Still, he won a bunch of trophies, he entered Arsenal folklore, and now he’s sitting on the bench again helping Emery run internal comms in the team. He looks elite in a suit, and be real, the man has sauce by the bucketload. I’d handover my girlfriend in a heartbeat.

Watford at the weekend is going to be slightly worrying. They’ve rehired Quique Sánchez Flores after firing the Gracia after a shite start to the season. The new manager kick is a thing, Watford firm up playing us, they have Danny Welbeck on patrol, ready with the most incisive hat trick of the season. Can’t say I look forward to this game, especially with a defence that’s been rattled in every game so far that’s involved strong pressure on our short passing out the back.

The Arsenal that appeared in the second half has to be the vibe. We need to have some creativity in the midfield, which to my mind means Ceballos starts. Emery needs to start being a little more positive. We’ve seen that adding defenders to the backline doesn’t help us, and we’ve seen that 3 holding midfielders also offers little protection. All that appears to be left is utilizing our attacking talents and causing problems using possession as a weapon.

We really need a performance to kick start the campaign. Watford are not a great side and again, they should be there for the taking based on what we’ve seen so far. At the very least, we should throw caution to the wind, play at a high tempo, and spend more time in their half than ours.

More tomorrow. x

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  1. Tony

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    With his eyes watering and a painful expression on his face, he says “Probably,
    but I don’t know if I can fit another dinner roll up my ass!”.

  2. Gentlebris

    What I want to see eventually is Saka combining with Tierney on the left and Bellerin combining with Pepe on the right. When Auba and Laca have to play(and they have to play a lot) play Laca as a 10 who enters the box. Auba is a poacher, his natural home is inside the 18 of the opponents.

    This is a very good side and a brilliant coach would make people really fear this team.

    But we have a tactical genius who is well supported here.

  3. Tony

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    ——————————————
    Usually the staff of the company play football.

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    As you go up the corporate ladder, the balls reduce in size.

  4. Tony

    Finally: Nowt strange as folk as they say in the north.

    ACTUAL LETTERS SENT TO LANDLORDS.

    The toilet is blocked and we cannot bathe the children until it is cleared.

    Will you please send someone to mend our cracked sidewalk. Yesterday my wife tripped on it and is now pregnant.

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    This is to let you know there is smell coming from the man next door.

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    When the workmen were here they put there tools in wife’s new drawers and made a mess. Please send men with clean tools to finish the job and keep my wife happy.

  5. China1

    I do think if auba is 9 you can try laca as 10. Laca isn’t an elite playmaker as his passing isn’t elite but much of his best work is in winning the ball back and forcing mistakes around that area anyway.

    He also would still get just as many chances to be a threat in and around the box on breaks, set pieces etc and isn’t really a poacher anyway. Laca is more a second striker anyway

    If you have him as 10 i think you have to put ceballos as b2b and in which case better have a lot of faith in our DM whoever that may be – can’t be xhaka tho lol

  6. China1

    Pedro if your plant is still giving you headaches have my wife take a look at it. She’s managed to kill every plant she’s ever had and quickly too

  7. Dark Hei

    Tony

    I think you deserve a share in Le Grove revenue for trying to keep things afloat.

    Unfortunately Pedro never fail to remind us that he is not getting paid to keep us entertained.

  8. Sid

    ESR will always be a crock. Youngsters with a history of injuries generally turn out to be crocks. loan him out and get rid quickly.
    We need specimens like Dozi,

  9. Luteo Guenreira

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  10. Gentlebris

    ‘ESR will always be a crock. Youngsters with a history of injuries generally turn out to be crocks. loan him out and get rid quickly.
    We need specimens like Dozi,’

    A pity if that is eventually the case. That boy, Saka and Martinelli are the ones that really get me excited.

    ESR if healthy is gonna make and break records. A proper baller that one.

  11. HighburyLegend

    “It’s pretty clear I have major doubts about what Emery is doing”
    Nope Pedro, it’s not clear… at all.

    “I am hugely excited to see what a full-strength defence is going to offer us. ”
    In Mustafi and Xhaka you don’t trust ??

  12. raptora

    Read some sources citing that Simeone is earning more than 30m pounds pa in Atleti. Twice as much as Pep and almost 5 times of Klopp’s salary. Emery is at £6m btw, £1m behind West Ham’s manager Pellegrini.

  13. Mysticleaves

    I think that most regular women don’t know where countries are. We seem to know because we are football fans and pay attention to clubs. I still tell many people that Ethiopia is in Africa, for example.

    I also think that most regular women don’t have a clue about politics. Except that of the home. That’s what’s most important to them.

    I also think that some regular people get facts twisted cos of some weird beliefs or prior arguments. For example, I thought a spider is an insect.

    So I think that LTs Mrs is regular and fine as is

  14. Marko

    An timely reminder perhaps to temper our expectations of the return of Holding.

    Arsenal fans do that so much. Only the other day it was Wilshere was on course to be a top 5 player not just midfielder in the world if it wasn’t for injuries and now ESR is on course to break records if he stays fit. They never learn

    Lacazette if out is a miss he’s started off the season well

  15. Marko

    Lacazette seems to be just resting that already injured ankle so it’s just a couple weeks not a big deal. Opportunities for Martinelli and Nelson hopefully

  16. azed

    “You don’t need to have coaching badge to realise that trying to play from the back with a porous defense and a slow ponderous Xhaka with the turn radius of a super tanker as your main central midfield player is just asking for trouble.”

    You also don’t need to have a coaching badge to realize that if you boot the ball up field when you don’t have a target man, the ball is coming back to that same porous defence.

  17. DigitalBob

    Marko – I hope so. At the moment Laca is critical for us, but as you said its a good opportunity for Nelson or Martinelli to get extended minutes. Pepe should continue to start games over the next month which should also help him adapt.

  18. azed

    So the Arsenal update says
    “Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks. He is likely to be back in action in October.”

    Pierre and UN owe Emery an apology.

  19. Valentin

    There is a midway point between restarting from the back with both CBs on the same level than the goalkeeper and booting the ball up to a short striker overlooked by taller opposition CBs.
    Instead of having the centre backs split beside the goalkeeper, you can one midfielder dropping to collect the ball.
    You can have Wenger’s favourite goalkeeper pass a long pass to the fullback placed 35 meter away near the touch line. Sagna used to receive it and head it forward or cushion it on his chest.

    The goalkeeper just need to make the pass long enough that if intercepted they are not right in the penalty box. Short enough that the recipient is not under reassure from the tall CBs. A pass between the 35 to 55 meters away from goal band.

    If the opposition decides to mark the fullbacks, then one of the CBs or one of the central midfielders should be free. If the opposition decide to compress the space with a very high line, then you can use that to your advantage with a ball in the Chanel. There is no offside from a goalkick. Remember Aguero goal against us when he basically pushed Mustafi out of the way.

  20. Valentin

    Azed,

    “Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks. He is likely to be back in action in October.”

    That just confirm exactly what both Pierre and Un had been saying.
    If Lacazette is not injured, then dropping him against Liverpool was a bad move.
    If Lacazette is really injured, then using him would just aggravate the injury.

    Looks like we have just repeated the issue we encountered with Ramsey last season, playing despite being in the red zone, leading to a longer indispensability.

  21. azed

    “If Lacazette is not injured, then dropping him against Liverpool was a bad move.
    If Lacazette is really injured, then using him would just aggravate the injury.”

    Valentin

    If you go by that logic, you would end up using the under 13’s by February. Players play through injuries all the time and Lacazette did not start against Liverpool because he was not 100.

    I played basketball at college level and the only time I would miss a game is when I could not physically work.
    At one point, I had an injury on my left shoulder that I could not stand straight. After 6 weeks, I could not take not being able to train and I went back to training with massive pain but it was pain I was willing to endure.

    If you look at the message from the Arsenal team, its more likely he has been told to rest so it doesn’t get worse…Its not that he can’t play..

  22. azed

    “There is a midway point between restarting from the back with both CBs on the same level than the goalkeeper and booting the ball up to a short striker overlooked by taller opposition CBs.”

    Valentin

    Against the Spuds, I said it on the blog when Alderweireld and Vertoghen were standing beside Lloris during goal kicks and in one of those situations, we got the ball back.

    The change of the rules means opposition players can tackle in the box so putting your defenders outside is a big risk.

  23. Mysticleaves

    Funny that laca out balances our attach atleast for 1 month.

    Marko i see that you are coming around to Willock now? Don’t worry you will do the same with ESR

  24. Marko

    Looks like we have just repeated the issue we encountered with Ramsey last season, playing despite being in the red zone, leading to a longer indispensability.

    Red zone in September my god. Sounds like he picked up an injury and he probably pushed himself too soon to be involved against Spurs. Of course you and your like will blame Emery or the conditions coach though I think in this instance the player himself has to share some of the blame. It’s not a big deal though it’s not serious and he just needs a rest

  25. Marko

    Mystic coming around to what I never made any definitive statements on Willock except to say last season he wasn’t ready despite the calls for him to play in a European final over certain players all in hindsight. His preseason and early form make him an option for us this season nothing really more. I’m not sure that he should be quite a starter for us. He’s probably in the exact same boat as Guendouzi last season where he wasn’t really ready and inconsistent but a year later he’ll be better for it.

  26. Valentin

    Azed,

    I am not saying that starting from the back is always wrong or that it is wrong for every team.

    Some team can play the start from the back and still look comfortable, because they have been coached for a long time and because they have CBs comfortable with the ball at their feet.
    Outside of Luiz, our defenders look like the ball is in fire and will hurt their feet.

    Restarting from the back also requires coordination with the midfield, so that they know when to offer an alternative. Outside of a few movements by Willock and Guendouzi against Burnley, most of those restart have ended up with a long ball by the goalkeeper or one of the defenders anyway.
    At that stage, all it does for Arsenal is slowing our restart and helping the opposition to set itself either retreating deep or ready to pressure us.

  27. Valentin

    Marko,

    Last season the medical team informed both Ramsey and Emery that he was in the red zone. Despite that warning he played and got injured. Hence my use of term red zone.

    This season, Lacazette has a minor knock. Yes players should take responsibility for their body. They should be able to tell their manager, I have a minor knock and I would need 1 week of rest to repair the damage before it got serious.

    Questions how many do, very few. Those who do are quite often castigated as coward who can’t play under pain. See Daniel Sturridge reputation.

    However that does not absolve the manager of all blame. The role of the manager is to think long term. Strategically for the season rather than just the next game. Taking a player out against his wishes but on the advice of the medical team is a manager prerogative. Playing Lacazette was a gamble and it backfired.

    Red nose was a specialist of rotating players so they came back refreshed for the important games.

  28. Mysticleaves

    Marko. I remember you and other people dismissing the notion that Willock or other youth players could be serious options this season. it’s probably nothing. But yes you are coming around Willock now and you will with ESR. 😁😁

  29. TR7

    Mystic

    ‘Marko. I remember you and other people dismissing the notion that Willock or other youth players could be serious options this season. it’s probably nothing. But yes you are coming around Willock now and you will with ESR. 😁😁’

    Mystic, you were lampooning Guen in nearly all your posts last year too :p

  30. Valentin

    According to Marko, Willock would be lucky to get a career at League 1 level. That’s how far he has changed his mind on him.

    He was ready last season, it is just that Emery was too cautious. His performance during pre-season was just par with what he was doing in U21.

    Also and that is one of my pet hate with most managers, they keep using the excuse that they don’t really know who is ready from the academy. If they really want to know the players coming up from the academy, they should turn up at U21 games.
    Even Mourinho during his first stint at Chelsea did attend some U21 games.

  31. azed

    Valentin

    Emery’s biggest mistake was abandoning playing out from the back last season.

    With Guendozi, Willock and Ceballos, we have midfielders that can receive the ball under pressure and turn.

    Emery gets all the blame for playing Xhaka but with those three and Torriera, we should be more comfortable playing out from the back.

  32. Dissenter

    Valentin
    ‘Last season the medical team informed both Ramsey and Emery that he was in the red zone. Despite that warning he played and got injured. Hence my use of term red zone.’

    Jezuz
    Are you on the carbon copy list at Arsenal?
    You stopped this ITK nonsense for a while, now you’re back at it again.
    You don’t know the beginning of what you’re alleging.happened.
    Don’t you understand that the info from the ‘medical team’ would be confidential, so much contradictions in your assertions.