Well, yesterday we heard the news, the breaking news, the Sky Sports News ticker type of news… and the news was that Thomas Vermaelen will be out of action for the next 4 weeks. I think Arsene and Arsenal as a club have tried to play it down – but Sky Sports tried to make the biggest thing out of it possible.
“Vermaelen is in a [protective] boot. We want him back and I hope he will be back soon, but not before January.”
The thing is that we kind of knew that and in reality, as Arsenal fans, it’s not the most alarming thing we’ve heard and we’ve expected that he won’t be back for a while, considering Arsene kept on saying that he is indefinitely out! It has been a strange injury no doubt – with Tommy V being out of action for so long for what was just a small injury at the beginning.
Thomas Vermaelen proved to be an astute signing and become the rock of our team – he quickly became a mainstay of the first XI and in his absence, we have had to quickly acclimatise Koscielny and try and bring back Djourou after his year out through injury. In his absence, however, through some miraculous series of events, we have found ourselves top of the league… and that means we’re right on track for the title, if we can maintain some sort of consistency – well more than the other teams…
Tommy V took time out to speak about the race and said:
“I hope so. We’re still doing well in the race. Last week we went top of the league so I hope we can continue winning games so that we’re on top of the league at the end of the season. It’s difficult when you’re injured. I hope I will get back soon and play again.”
On the upcoming Man United:
“That [match] will not be decisive, but I think every game is important for us to win. Manchester United is a big rival and it will be really important to win that game.”
Of course, before that momentously big game, we have a more season defining one at home to Partizan Belgrade, which we have to win if we want to progress to the later stages of the Champions