Our Injury Jinx Kicks Off Early…

Down at the grove (aka Emirates), we’ve got a serious injury jinx. Last season we were without Eduardo and Rosicky and important players such as Cesc and Gallas also missed big periods of the season. And it’s the same story most seasons – technically gifted players seem to have injury problems – more over at Arsenal than other clubs it seems. Having said that, players like Rooney, Ronaldo, Drogba and Joe Cole have all had time on the sidelines.

Down at the Arsenal, our injury jinx has struck early – early enough for us t0 do something about it… and this time it’s the midfield maestro Samir Nasri, who according to reports will be out for about 3 months ish… the official site releasing this statement:

“Samir Nasri has sustained a fractured fibula during this morning’s training session at the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria.

“The midfielder will be out of action for two to three months.”

In layman’s terms, he’s broken his leg. It’s quite unfortunate, as although we’ve gained Rosicky and Eduardo back from injury we’ve suddenly lost Adebayor and Nasri through player sales and injuries. If Arsene was dubious about making more signings then this injury may have changed his mind. If we do sign Chamakh and Matuidi, it will add more depth to the midfield and cover for Nasri. Chamakh’s arrival could allow Vela and Arshavin more time on the wings along with Rosicky and Walcott and of course, utility man Eboue. I’d be very much for adding to the squad as without one player (in Rosicky) last season, we had not much choice other to play Diaby and Bendtner on the wings and that’s something we don’t want to do this season.

The signings of Chamakh and Matuidi could and really should help with the squad balance and numbers, of which we are shortish now in an attacking mould after the Adebayor transfer and the Nasri injury. The Frenchman breaking his leg in pre-season training in our Austrian camp. Details of how, I’m not sure yet, but it may take longer than 3 months to regain fitness, pre-season and get back into contention. Let’s see what Arsene does, but if doesn’t sign someone soon, it will interesting to see how the fans react.

In other news, we beat SC Columbia 7-1 with some very interesting positions being played – notably Philippe Senderos being deployed in midfield. I’m yet to watch the game, hopefully it will be on Arsenal TV later tonight. Niklas Bendtner was back in action and scored two as did Van Persie and Aaron Ramsey, with Gallas getting one too. Armand Traore was in action and notably fast according to reports – whether he will be moved to a wing position this season is yet to be known, but if he did, it would make sense and would also add to the left midfield wing position – especially in the absence of Nasri.

I’ll hopefully get a chance to watch the game and then report more substantially on how the team performed.

In the meantime, have fun, speak soon…

  • Fabrez

    What about Kalou as an Ade replacement? I remembered this article today…


    I don’t think he’ll b a bad buy bcuz he’s a good player imo and I think he’ll fit right into the Gunners set-up. Just a thought…

  • Fabrez

    And hopefully no more injuries…it kills us every stinkin season man…AHHHHHHH! Ever so frustrating!

  • http://kierandelaney.net kierandelaney.net

    Kalou? Really? Hope not, he’s 25% decent footballer and 75% mental headless chicken.

    Diaby broke Nasri’s leg – first tackle he’s made in 12 months!

  • Debs

    Wenger seemed to suggest it was Nasri making the tackle. He tried nicking the ball of someone who was just about to pull the trigger.

  • Yemi

    No kalou please!!!! He seems to miss more than adebayor and chamakh combined (laff) But he is a decent player but not a finisher.

  • Yemi

    I sure hope the boss buys more players. With nasri out, rosisky not 100% yet, eduardo not 100% yet, RVP injjury prone, gallas injury prone, diaby injury prone, song, denilson, walcott all just coming up….. The team has absolutely no dept !!!!!! at least for now

  • Yemi

    Just saw this:
    Tottenham have offered Roman Pavlyuchenko to Arsenal, it has been revealed.

    Russia’s Tvoi Den says Spurs have offered Pavlyuchenko to their arch-rivals for just £6million.

    Pavlyuchenko wants to stay in London because he bought a house following his £13.8m move from Spartak Moscow last summer, rather than renting like Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin.

    Pavlyuchenko has been linked with Villarreal, Stuttgart, and Besiktas among others, and an associate of his says he knows nothing of apparent interest from Roma.

  • Berth

    Lousy Diaby!!! – he should not be in the squad; his football brain is appalling.Kalou and Chamakh are far lesser players than Ade. In my own its better you go for quality rather than potential;Players like Arshavin; why not just simply get either Hunteelar or Gignac or someone with a proven goal record; Wenger sometimes upset me with the way he view things.


    maybe use traore on the wings? i dno i remember in the last season at highbury watching a reserve game with both clichy and cole as LB and LM respectively. Could be an option?

  • Berth

    When I look at players like Diaby, Traore, Vela, Simpson, Ramsey,Denilson, WIlshere and so on; I as myself questions….. can they stand to the occasion when it really matters or will the slip off when it matters the most? Am beginning to get bored of the whole thing. Wenger should get his team right;what position do you want Traore to play, what is Senderos still doing in the team; and Silvestre what the hell is he doing in our team; Simpson, Ramsey Wilshere; why not send them on loan. Again the series of indecision on Wenger’s part is becoming so annoying and unbearable.

  • Debs

    I don’t see Ramsey going on loan this season. I think Wenger plans to use him a lot in the 1st team, and I for one agree with it. And I’m sure Wenger has it at the back of his mind where he wants most of the guys to play. But with Nasri out, he’s got to figure out various alternatives, and anyways, that’s what pre-season is there for!

  • Pete

    I actually rate Gibbs more than Traore. He’s just as quick and is a good attacking player. He certainly proved his worth at the end of last season covering for Clichy, so you’d imagine a stint on the left wing in place of Nasri might prove to be successful. He’d be like a left-sided Theo Walcott, pacy, good dribbler, and he’s got a decent strike on him too.

    Wenger does need a few new faces coming in too though.

  • Pete

    Just heard Huntelaar turned down Stuttgart.

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stopped negotiations with Stuttgart as he hopes to be able to tie up a move to the Premier League from Real Madrid instead, according to a report.

    Los Merengues have made it clear that the Dutch striker will leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer and have allowed him to decide where he wants to go next.

    The German media stated that a deal for Huntelaar to go to Stuttgart was done, but that was premature and now it appears that he will not be heading for Germany after all.

    Officially, claim AS, the reason that the player, who only joined Madrid in January, ended talks with the Bundesliga outfit was over their unwillingness to meet his salary demands.

    Unofficially, the same paper states, he wants to go to England and is hoping that Tottenham Hotspur can match his €3.7 million-a-year wages or that Arsenal will make a move.

    Huntelaar was left out of Madrid’s pre-season friendly game against Shamrock Rovers on Monday as the club seek to find a buyer for the player for whom they want €18 million

  • Yemi

    I think arshavin should be given a more central role. We have 3 LB’s in clichy, trare and gibbs. Gibbs and traore are options for left, also walcott, eboue. Henry was right footed but played on the left. Diaby is a no o for me, silvestre is a no no for me.
    i heard Senderos was played in DM position yesterday, is that a sign that le boss is not buying ? i also saw a picture of gallas and kolo speaking at yesterdyas match. Is the storm over or they simply bury the hatchet when it is match time ?

    My heart beats double time when i see little jack wilshire play, he looks like another messi in the making. I dont think he should go on loan, neither should ramsey or jay. After all macheda and the like are all in the same age bracket. Also note that jack and ramsey a listed amongst the first team players on arsenal.com while jay is in the youth/reserves so …. There is somethingup the boss’ sleeves.

    All said and done, we NEED a DM boss, pleeeeeaaaassseeeeeee.
    and a sriker. what about accepting Pavlyuchenko for just 6m from spurs ? it will be a great buy and an equally good replacement for ade.. I have seen him play and i think he is mor dangerous than ade IMO

  • gerald

    There is too much hoping and finger crossing in the “Arsenal Fraternity” if i may call it that. We hope our starlets mature, we hope our players dont get injured, we hope a good signing is made, we hope to finish in the top 4. Don’t you feel that at critical moments of a game, and especially of a season that we lack ambition and leadership?

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Just put Vela on the wing instead of Nasri!! but we need to replace Ade asap with a class forword (in other words not Pavlyuchenko).

    I agree I am a bit stumpped as to why Senderos is still here…AW must want to keep him as I am sure he would have gone by now. Silvestre is apparently a player favourite in the changing room and is well liked by most so imo he maybe worth keeping as a backup for that reason alone.

    I think AW is looking at the market to buy players but he is a man that WILL NOT be rushed in to anything…or is tight as a ducks ass…probably both :-)

  • Pete


    Arsene Wenger has admitted defender Philippe Senderos could leave Arsenal this summer.

    Senderos’ future is uncertain after he openly conceded he would be keen to return to Italy having enjoyed a season-long loan at AC Milan last term.

    A permanent stay at the San Siro has since failed to materialise and the Switzerland international is currently training with the Gunners in Austria.

    Wenger admits Senderos, who signed for Arsenal from Servette in 2003, could be on his way out of the club, with reports suggesting he could be used as part of a deal for Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh.

    He said in the London Evening Standard: “He has offers and it is open.

    “He has come back here with us still looking for solutions but he is still yet to decide on his future.”

  • hello

    anyone heard of Lucas Biglia… looks like a good holding player (although more of a passer than a tackler) think we may be interested and he looks a decent player…

  • Fabrez

    Well so much for my Kalou suggestion…lol I guess we do need more of a striker who is established and a proven goal scorer. Kalou can improve under Wennger at his age (23) but we have enough strikers who have to improve (Vela, Jay, Watt, Bendtner).

    Wilshere is better of with us as he can add to squad depth nd improve as a 1st team player. Ramsey also…no need for loan. Jay…well i would lean toward him being on loan but more so if we buy sum1 to fill-in where Ade left a space. And as we’ve said for the last year…DM please Le Boss…

    Pavlyuchenko? Nah…i wouldn’t buy him. Not a fan personally.

  • Arsefan101

    Please don’t get Pavylenchenko, he is not very good at all – although he is mates with Arshavin – but all in all, he’s not the striker we need to win us the league.

    I am a bit worried having lost Ade and Nasri now and really do think Arsene has to buy!

  • Leeroy.N

    I look at our squad and we need someone with pace, someone who can run onto a through ball and have it knocked over for a fast break over the top and counter attack with confidence. We killed by how many one on ones with keepers we lost. I daren’t count! Walcott lacked that touch to get it past the man in the latter stages of the season. Once he rediscovers it, he will be deadly. I think people have forgotten about Diaby, he’s the only player who has concentrated on his football while the off-season and pre-season. He is a player with so much ability and potential, just lacks the desire to execute it. Sliding away from Pavlyuchenko and maybe heading towards Pogrebnyak from Zenit. A good addition in my eyes. He’s fearless attacking the ball in the box, he knows Arshavin well and he is brilliant in the air.

  • fan

    Eduardo out 2 months! Here we go..

  • Pete

    Apparently Nasri might be fully recovered in 6 weeks, so it’s not as bad as first thought. But hopefully we’ll still make good signings in the mean time. Chamakh is reportedly in advanced stages in his talks with Sunderland.

  • Debs

    Why is Eduardo out for 2 months, Fan?

  • Debs

    Just read it, Fan. The season hasn’t even started and I’m already depressed!

  • Yemi

    Now u understand what i said earlier about our attacking options. so we have the option of nicky and RVP upfront. Who else ? We sure do need a proven striker !!!!

    My earlier comment below:
    # Yemi says on July 22nd, 2009 at 9:26 am :

    I sure hope the boss buys more players. With nasri out, rosisky not 100% yet, eduardo not 100% yet, RVP injjury prone, gallas injury prone, diaby injury prone, song, denilson, walcott all just coming up….. The team has absolutely no dept !!!!!! at least for now

  • Yegon

    It is sad to have Nasri get injured before the season even starts.He is one player who Arsenal can’t afford to loose as we chase after glory. But I believe He will be back soon and looking forward to seeing him lift trophies in may.

  • hello

    LEEROY – Spot on with Diaby… I think he is an excelent play, with so much potential… just needs to find his best position and he could dominate our midfield. I seem to remember Vieira struggling to find his feet at first, and even he had his doubters!!

    VIERA had a couple of loose seasons, always showing potential until he stepped up and won us the double in 2001/2 – AGED 24

    Diaby has had couple of loose seasons and now its time to step up – AGE 23

    POGREBNYAK – not a bad shout… check this free kick (1min in):


    (not the best quality video, but i saw it live on eurosport and it was AMAZING!! he looked a decent player too.

    I also agree we need someone with pace… but ideally i think we need someone with pace and power… someone that defenders are gonna bounce off. I don’t really like DROGBA at all, and some games he is awful, but he is alway effective because of his strength and athleticism…

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Where are you guys reading about Eduardo? I haven’t seen it any where?

  • Yemi

    gooner its on arsenal.com as part of nasri’s story. later part of the story. See the link below


  • Pete

    Guys, Wenger hasn’t actually said Eduardo is injured, just that he’ll be back within the two months that Nasri is out.

    The actual quote regarding Nasri was, “Unfortunately he fractured his fibula and he will be out for six weeks,” the manager said. “It was the bad news of the day.

    “He accidentally nicked the ball away from somebody having a shot on goal. Unfortunately he got kicked and broke his fibula. It’s not a complicated one, it’s a simple one but it will take six weeks to heal.”

    That was the bad news, the Nasri injury. But the following bit was said as a positive.

    “But [on the plus side] the options are Tomas Rosicky who is back [i.e. fit and ready]. And in those two months [that Nasri is out] Eduardo will be back [i.e. match fit and ready] as well. We do have offensive options but we don’t want to lose important players before the season starts.”

    The “two months” quoted was in reference to Nasri being out, not a reference regarding Eduardo being injured. I know some websites have ran with an EDUARDO 2 MONTHS INJURED story, but I watched Wengers interview after the game yesterday and, to me at least, thats not how he said it, unless I’m HUGELY mistaken (which is more than possible lol).

    Also remember, Eduardo had minor surgery in June and had to take time off training to recover, where as Rosicky has been training since the end of last season throughout the summer, so it makes sense that Rosicky is ahead of Eduardo in the fitness stakes.

  • Berth

    Injury or no injury Wenger should buy a striker and a DMF

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  • Vazy

    Very much agreed! DM first tho!!! (unless we can get huntelar)

  • fan

    agreed. Also Pete, I hope you are right about Eduardo.

  • Yemi

    right or wrong about edu, we need a DM an CF (HUNTELAAR).
    Mikel has extended hi contract so not an option

  • Leeroy.N

    HELLO – Yea, how could I forget the power, Ade was strong, but not in the way Drogba is. I mean they don’t seem to produce strikers like that these days. Unless you want to look at someone like Hulk or a fully focused Adriano. (There’s a player who on his day can devastate a team) But NO-ONE would be willing to gamble on him, even though he wants to return to europe. So i believe a poacher like Huntelaar or Pogrebnyak who has an eye in the box aswell as just outside. With Nasri injured it a real big call for players like Diaby and Ramsey to shine. I still feel the team need more fire in their belly and the desire to get that one more goal. We can comfortably make the Top 4. But if we let slip, someone could nick it from right under us because they want it or feel they deserve it more. If we were to turn that dial just a little 3rd and 2nd would be a breeze. I would love the top 3-4 teams to be decided by a point or two! We need to wake up and the prem needs a serious shake up.. with us coming out on top. Go Gunners!!!

    That free-kick was awesome. hahaha!

  • Yegon

    From last season’s experiance I think we need a central difensive midfielder.I think Yaya will will be suitable.

  • Leeroy.N

    YEGON – Definatly we need someone in that mid to toughen us up a little. But when I look back at the season, we missed key players at horrible times, RVP at some point, Ade at some point and Cesc, but we still managed to finish the league in 4th 10 points clear. If we were more clinical in front of goal, stop at that extra pass and shoot on sight, I believe we could have challanged for that title. Look at all the shots straight at the keep, all the one on ones they fluffed. I think more the desire to get that goal is a key part the this season coming. Maybe they should higher a hypnopherapist. Haha. Even if we did get that key DM teams we would still play that GOOD football and teams would still close us down a squick and try to rush us off the ball (which we hate..well I do). Most games we dominate we either won or got a draw. When we out football, pass and attack well for a good period our defense is conifdent, get them all on sync and on the same wave length and I know they can pick up some trophies. I would look to our defensive coaching, set pieces and positioning that alone could turn around results, from loss to draws and draws to wins.

    my opinion.. haha

  • Yegon

    I’ve heard people say Diyabi isn’t the kind of player to deliver for Arsenal.I personaly disagree.I remember well when Arsen gave more playing time to the young Cesc and people where full of criticism.The point here is,one should not expect a player to always emerge and shine.I believe his time is coming and he will prove them wrong.

  • Yegon

    Hey! this is an emergency.The gunners urgently need a reliable central striker.One with poacher characteristics.Remember Henry?

  • Pete

    Intersting words from Yaya Toure.

    Barcelona star Yaya Toure, recently linked with moves to Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City, has reiterated his desire to one day play with his brother Kolo Toure in the Premier League.

    Speaking to the Evening Standard, Toure said: “A move one day to England could happen and I would like to play with my brother but I am very happy at Barcelona.”

    “This is a great club who are winning trophies and I want to stay here. Today I play for Barcelona but tomorrow who knows?”

    “England has a great league and my brother is here but for now I am at the right club for me.”