INJURY CONCERNS MOUNT

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Ok, so David Dein has a new book… and get this, the bits that I have read, are really good. I also have a friend that has read every sports book penned and he’s halfway through this one and already loves it.

The thing I’m enjoying about it is getting the additional context around some of the major moments in our glorious history. David will tell you how a deal went down, he’ll go deep on the challenges of the moment, and he’s not trying to sugarcoat anything.

I suspect some of the decisions he made towards the end are weighing on him, but for me, intentions are always the most important part of big decisions. Reading this book, there can be no doubt, the man always had the best interests of Arsenal FC at heart.

If he’d stayed on after his abrupt exit to manage the Stan K transition, I think he would have recognized the shifting sands, and moved to bolster Arsene with a better coaching staff, he’d have invested in a technical director, and I’m sure we would have seen bigger investments during the years Wenger didn’t want to spend cash that was clearly sitting there.

… alas, history played out differently, but for me, David Dein will always be a key architect of the greatness we see today. A visionary for his time, gone from the game too soon, but no doubt proud of where this current Arsenal side is today.

You can buy the book here.

Talking about the past, the stories of Arsene Wenger coming back have bubbled up again. I’m not massively fussed either way, though I do think it’d be good for him to lay the past to rest and get engaged with a team he thinks can contend the title.

Arsene should move into a figurehead role. He represents a winning period of the club, he still has an amazing reputation, he’s sharp, and he’d be a pull for any player that knew he was around Arsenal.

Arsenal take on Brentford early tomorrow. This game is dangerous. They have scored 15 goals this season, 1 more than Arsenal. We know they are physical, boast players that can kill us, and if we’re not 100% they will cause us massive problems.

There are unsubstantiated rumours that Odegaard and Saliba missed training. That would be a concern. We could potentially be minus Zinchenko and start-worthy Partey. That’s 4 players that make us tick not available. It’s quite annoying that these injuries are following us around. But I do think it’s more down to luck of the draw right now than something more structural.

… well, that’s what I’m hoping in a post-Shad world. Get them out the way before our BRUTAL October.

Regardless, whoever starts tomorrow should be enough for Brentford. We have a good squad, the momentum is with us, and as Thomas Frank rightly points out: We are the second best performing team in the league behind City this season.

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Habesha Gooner

No Odegaard today. Viera is getting his PL debut. I hope he plays well. And I hope Partey is starting too. Because we can’t have a midfield of Sambi, Xhaka and Viera for a tough away match as brentford.

Topside Northbank

Back to the game really going to be interesting to see how Vieira copes and adapts he’s obviously technically very good but it’s a tough physical test against a pressing team like Brentford.

Soham

Zinchenko and Odegaard both are out!

dSidstathopoulos

Odegaard has played 10 matches for Norway with 0 assists. Their striker is Haaland

Mr Serge

Apperently we are going to have a 15 year old on the bench that can’t be right

Ishola70

Is Dein wearing a wig or just naturally cuts that Julius Caesar look on that front cover of that book?

GAZZA

Our injuries & lack of squad depth will hit us over the next few months

Topside Northbank

Partey Vieira start

dSidstathopoulos

Vieira in the hole might be a blessing in disguise as long as Sambi and Xhakalson stay behind the ball always.

GAZZA

God our bench looks weak

Bob N16

Partey back, 15 year old on the bench!

Karsa

Sambi is on the bench Sid.

Mr Serge

Bob yep what I said 15 year old he must be a talent not that he will get near the game

Mr Serge

Ishola that’s a wig for sure

Ishola70

dSidstathopoulos
“Vieira in the hole might be a blessing in disguise as long as Sambi and Xhakalson stay behind the ball always.”

Are you sure our Granit will stay put?

He loves this free role he’s got. Loves it.

dSidstathopoulos

Vieira will prove a better option in the hole than Ode

You can take this to the bank

Jonko

Zinny being out in a tough away game is a blessing in disguise as that playing in mid bollox never works in these type of matches

Pierre

MARTIN ODEGAARD MISSES ARSENAL TRIP TO BRENTFORD WITH KNOCK FROM TRAINING LAST WEEKEND WHICH DIDN’T ALLOW CAPTAIN TO WORK PROPERLY IN THE WEEK. OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO ALSO OUT WITH A SMALL PROBLEM. NEITHER BELIEVED TO BE SERIOUS @THEATHLETICUK #AFC #BREARS https://T.CO/LHDPX8J7PL

— DAVID ORNSTEIN (@DAVID_ORNSTEIN) SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

SimpleWay

We’ve 15 year old Nwaneri on the bench to cover for our midfield.

Pierre

Injured in training ?

dSidstathopoulos

Theres Smith to replace Emile Smith, thats a masterstroke, confuse the other team

Rich

Our bench looks weak AF.

Looking forward to getting another look at Vieira, should help him coming into a settled structure.

Watching Saliba interview on Sky, his English is brilliant, comes across really well, he’s got an aura about him, he’s as composed off the pitch, as he is on it.

Mr Serge

Pierre zinch got injured for Ukraine

SimpleWay

Back up defence Tomi and holding not bad
Back up strikers Eddie and Marquinho not bad
Back up in midfield big trouble

Samesong

Feeling a little concerned about today. Always seems like we are short somewhere.

SimpleWay

After the Ozil heart break, any number 10 would never be good enough.
After The sacking of Arsene no manger will be good enough.

First love is always hard to replace no matter how much you hide it, people can read through you.

AFC Forever

Topside The way the club treated David Dein was the catalyst to our demise. He was a true visionary who brought Arsene Wenger to the club when everyone asked, “Who’s he.” There are defining moments in life and that was one of them. I will be buying the book, it’s going to be an interesting read. Some of the stuff produced by the media has as much relation to fact as a fairy tale. Tough game today especially with Odegaard out. Still, they’re a physical side & having Partey back is much needed, especially with Spurs after this. Could have… Read more »

dSidstathopoulos

The more games Xhakalson plays the slower (mentally & physically) he will become because of fatigue

Gonsterous

Jesus, our bench is poss poor. Can’t see any of them lot coming on and saving the game.

Up the arse. I’m trying to leave work and get home in time for kick off.

SimpleWay

I’m glad it’s KT at LB, this game was made for him and not Zen. As long as Partey fully fit, we’ll win.

dSidstathopoulos

Im very confident, as long as Generational has a plan to cover for Partey and Vieira in the second half, they cant last 90 mins.

Pierre

Serge
“Pierre zinch got injured for Ukraine”

Are you sure about that ?

I think he would need to play a game of football for Ukraine to have been injured playing for them , wouldn’t you think ?

Mr Serge

Pierre sorry I saw it on twitter and it was worded badly he is missing the international not injured in it

Mr Serge

Which is obvious because they are next week

Pierre

Simpleton
“After the Ozil heart break, any number 10 would never be good enough.”

Who’s our no.10 …Smith Rowe, he was ready to step into Ozil’s boots, fantastic player who saved Arteta from the sack when he finally made the breakthrough..

Raulishuss

Arteta wearing a suit. Wonder what CG will have to diss about today

Pierre

Very soon questions will be asked about why our players are picking up injuries in training and not on match days.

Raulishuss

yawwwwwwwwwn

Get a job old man or watch the game

Jonko

Norgaard not even on the bench..at least some positive

Goona

COYG!!

Leftside

We got to get a hold on these injuries. Predicting a difficult game today but hopefully one we can do well in. COYG!

Karsa

Time for the team to stand up and do the business.

COYG.

GD4

Anyone with good links please

Thorough

Sid.
Vieira will prove a better option in the hole than OdeYou can take this to the bank

I hope so too.
Odegard just doesn’t strike me like a typical playmaker. I want a playmaker Tha dribbles, shoots and passes well. I hope Viera comes with that skillset

Left Testicle
Left Testicle

*link

SimpleWay

Super Mikel wearing suit, hoe respectful

SimpleWay

Perrier,

No need to name calling. It’s just obvious, you’re not over Ozil yet.

Freddie Ljungberg

Gd4

Search for “arsenal live” on twitter and there’s a lot popping up. They shut down randomly but there’s always more, try the ones that are live in twitter and not external links. Been working great for me lately.

TR7

Such a shame that ESR is not fit. Ode is finally out due to injury and ESR not available to take advantage of it. Great opportunity for Viera though.

Zinchenko’s poise and craft on the left side will be missed too.

FB

Perfect minute’s silence. Well played those fans

Come on Arsenal

georgia boy

Classy sweater on Arteta. The man can dress.

FB

15 year old Nwaneri on the bench

raptora

Tough game but we should have enough class to win this. Our team has fantastic players now. Need the 3 points to come back to winning ways and keep pushing. We need to build an aura that we are a big team now, one that wins all the time.

raptora

Super miss by Marti. He should be scoring this 4/5 times.

Vickingz

Martinelli sometimes makes you question his nationality

SimpleWay

Marti just not clinical. Should’ve scored.

GD4

Why is Chaka so scared to shoot on goal.
That pass was behind and unexpected to Martinelli.

Samuel

We fuck around too much in the final third man

GD4

Brentford is dangerous on the counter.
Really ,missing Ode’s energy and pressing

raptora

The Brentford lowlifes are booing Partey for what? For the rape allegations? Like any of us knows much about it. Dipshits if that’s the reason they are booing him.

raptora

GD4,
8 mins in and you think we’re missing Odes energy and pressing? Not sure that’s enough time to make an observation like that haha.

Bergkamp63

Gabi Magelhaes worries me every time I see him

GD4

Isn’t it obvious.

raptora

Partey displacing passes left, right and center. Gonna need some time to come back to his usual self I guess.

Goobergooner

Let’s gooooooooo!!! A little late to the party.

Great to see partey back and Vieira in the PL.

Peds, usually loving the ai generated pics but the one for this blog is horrendous haha.

raptora

Saliba with 2nd goal WOWWWW

raptora

What a fkin star!!!!

Samuel

big dick saliba

GD4

Goallllllllll

Goobergooner

Yooooooouuuu absolute beauty!!!!!!!!!!

MidwestGun

Willy Saliba!!!!! Get in there, son.

LoveSausage

Big Willy shows who’s the alpha.

Un

Beautiful from big bill

raptora

Another corner kick scored from. We’ve improved so much in that department.

Gommit

He is immense!

Batistuta

My fav in the squad puts us ahead

Gazza

Saliba well headed

TT

We need at least 2 more goals..

GD4

We are allowing 2 vs 2 at the Back.
This is too risky.
You have to outnumber the attackers
especially when you have a lead..

Dissenter

Imagine if the Arsenal set piece coach went to Leicester

Goobergooner

Where’s ode?

And damn our bench is young today.

Vickingz

Gabriel out??? When is it ever gonna be the time to question what these guys are exposed to in training?

Jonko

We need to control like the way we did before the goal…too open at the back for my liking

raptora

Incredible work from the TV people to show that Magalhaes was having problems in the same exact place before the game started. Top class from them.

Mr Serge

Vickimgz be is injured in game not training font talk crap

Goobergooner

Our backline will still look solid as fuck with tomiyasu on for Gabriel.

Looking at the bench though, that’s the only area we don’t drop off massively.
At least it’s only Brentford haha.

GD4

Our wide boys need to start winning their one vs one battles and take it to tue Brentford fullbacks …so far they’ve done nothing

Jonko

Vierira needs to be quicker in thinking

Mr Serge

I believe in Jesus gooooal

raptora

Super finish and super cross Xhaka!!!

Samuel

too easy.

LoveSausage

Fucking beautiful goal!

MidwestGun

YES!!!! Jesus is da man..

Un

Wooooooo

Mind the gap you soppy spud bastards
Goal number 4 from the best striker in the league

GD4

Jesus is here

Jonko

Jesusssssss…what a ball from xhaka

GD4

Great assist by Haka

Dissenter

Jesus telling Tite to call him

Xhaka is so effing under rated.