12 matches happen from now, the 9th of September until the 30th of October. 12 matches of which we have 2 Champions league, 2 Carling cup and a whopping 8 Premier League games. Unfortunately for us, our player of August, Theo Walcott will miss all those games…
In case you’re not sure, Theo will miss the following games:
- Bolton Wanderers (Home)
- Braga (Home)
- Sunderland (Away)
- Sp*rs (Away) – CC
- West Brom (Home)
- Partizan (Away)
- Chelsea (Away)
- Birmingham (Home)
- Shaktar (Home)
- Man City (Away)
- Carling Cup 4th round
- West Ham (Home)
That is a huge amount of game and the annoying thing about it, is that Robin Van Persie will miss those set of games too, and reported on Arsenal.com he will also be out for a similar period. Without Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott, we are the team that we could be. With Robin and Bendtner out, Chamakh will play all of those games listed above. A lot to ask for any player. With Walcott out, you’ll probably see Eboue play more on the right and right now, Walcott is more effective that the Ivorian. Nasri is back and if he does deputise for Theo, it will be in a position which is not his best.
Nasri’s excellent pre-season form did come when he was deployed as a central midfielder and pushing him to the right means we won’t have him playing in his favoured position – but I am very glad that Nasri is back, because regardless of whether he is on the right or central, he is a quality player and come in and do a serious job for us. Arsene spoke on Theo:
“The tackle looked quite bad. When you see how it turned his ankle I thought it would be three or four days or it would be four to six weeks. Unfortunately it will be four to six weeks. We had some good news about the scan because at some stage we were scared it could be worse. But overall it is a question of patience and rehabilitation.”
The good thing is that we do have Carlos Vela fit and raring to go and if Arsene does put his faith in the little Mexican, he can share the load with the likes of Chamakh and Arshavin – and of course, we have Rosicky around who, again, more suited to a central position – can also play on the left or right if required. There has been some debate on the likes of Walcott and Van Persie – a lot of people on twitter, facebook and the comments have suggested that both players are injury prone and cannot be relied on, and additionally commenting on why Arsene “always seems to buy injury prone players”.
In response to that, I wouldn’t say Arsene buys injury prone players – did Eduardo or Van Persie have any major or even minor injuries before they joined the Arsenal. Well none that I have been made aware of – Eduardo never recovered, and ultimately moved on, but Van Persie was playing some of his best football yesterday before the injury… But people say that we don’t have backup, well – record signing (£15.8m), Samir Nasri is one hell of a backup to Theo Walcott – a player like Carlos Vela can definitely come in and do a job if Arshavin is available.
Yes, we have more injury problems that others, but other clubs do have injuries – as Kieran pointed out the other day…
…Chelsea and United players never get injured – incredible facts, it’s difficult to argue with you. I mean, when united played Fulham and had so many injuries their back four consisted of two central midfiedlers and two 18 year olds, they definitely weren’t suffering from injuries. The fact that Cole missed 2 months of the season and Essien missed nearly the entire season wasn’t down to injury. They just wanted a holiday. Torres is never injured for Liverpool, he just doesn’t like playing football really, and hides in the boot cupboard before kickoff…
Last season, the key injuries to the defence were probably our main issue in our collapse – playing Silvestre and Campbell for the last chunk of the season wasn’t part of the season plan at the beginning of the season.
Back to injuries and I’ll carry on with Arsene’s comments on Van Persie.
“That is bad news. At the start we were optimistic. Maybe a bit too much, thinking it would be one or two weeks. But the damage was bigger than expected and he will be four to six weeks.”
And it’s so damn unfortunate for RvP to continually have this injury problems. From Arsene’s point of view, he knows what a good player RvP can be, but the poor lad keeps on getting random and innocuous injuries. That’s why we’ve got Chamakh and Vela of course though, right?
Anyhow… Owen Coyle and his Bolton team travel down to the Emirates for the clash of the weekend and it will be my first foray to the Emirates this season – after missing the Emirates Cup and the Blackpool game…
A big bumper preview coming tomorrow!
[Update: The Liverpool FC twitter has announced that the club is talks over going into administration and potentially being docked points] – I’ll do my best to update you via twitter.