Johan Djourou miraculous (or not?) comeback
Yet another day goes past in the world of Arsenal, and another day which has see a lot of crazyness happen… the will he, won’t he BBC saga / Swiss FA saga – is Johan Djourou fit or not?
Let me tell you how the story unfolded – earlier yesterday, the Swiss FA released this statment:
“The shoulder injury to Johan Djourou is less serious than feared on Saturday and announced by the coach of his club. The Arsenal defender and member of the Switzerland national team was submitted to thorough medical examinations on Monday. At the end of a long exhausting day, Johan Djourou had new hope that his season is not over yet.”
And from that point on, it was “hurray, hurray and hurray” as the world went into over-drive excited at the prospect of Djourou only missing one game! But their was an air of caution, because nothing official was on Arsenal’s site and no-one at the club had an inkling about what the FA had said, and despite their instance, would there be a twist or u-turn?
And then surely… the one thing all Gooners did not want to hear….
But Arsenal told BBC Sport this was “inaccurate” and that the centre-back would see a specialist on Thursday. The club expect the Swiss international to undergo surgery and to be ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Writing this blog (it’s now Wednesday morning) and there is no more information on any of the speculation / discussions yesterday, so we’ll have to bide our time and see what happens over the next few days.
So, last night was Champions League night and I had a night off, no gym, no work, flatmates were out… so it came down to putting on the CL football on the main room and turning the volume up loud whilst I cleaned up the house a little bit. As we all know now, United beat Marseille 2-1 in a game that if Marseille bothered putting on their scoring boots would have actually beaten United, but the ever so spritely Javier Hernandez was there to score 2 goals and help United progress. In the other Champions League game – Inter beat Bayern 3-2 at the Allianz Arena with a winner 2 minutes before time through Pandev, assisted by the very good Eto’o…
I did kind of want United to progress to the next round, as they will surely now have to play at least three more games that us (2 in the CL and 1 in the FA cup)… which can only help us in the run in to the title… if we want it that is – I say that because it was amazing to see how much United wanted to win, compared to us at Barcelona when we gave us a long time before the final whistle… but more importantly, it made me think about the strikers we have – with the exception of Van Persie – and the likes of Bendtner, Chamakh and Vela just are not in the same league as the likes of Pandev, Eto’o, Hernandez etc…
It’s a little frustrating because these players – Eto’o was a £7m signing for Real Madrid all those years ago, and Hernandez was an £8m signing last summer – compare and contrast to Bendtner (£500k), Chamakh (free) and Vela (£2.5m)… there is a saying that you get what you pay for and we’re starting to see that now as it becomes clear that some of our fringe players, well – most of our fringe players are not good enough. The title of this blog is “in, out, shake it all about” and whilst I’m not trying to be negative, or dismissive to the current squad, a few £7m – £8m signings instead of the £1.5m – £2.5m signings wouldn’t break the bank – heck if this article is to be believed, Blackburn are going to give us £15m for Niklas Bendtner….. sell, sell, sell…
Anyway, we have the whole summer to talk about in’s and out’s – I hope that Arsene makes the right decisions – not just in transfers, but in pecking order – the likes of Denilson and Eboue would have been more suitable to Barcelona away (rather than Diaby and Rosicky) and let’s hope Ramsey and Wilshere do maintain their position ahead of Diaby in any pecking order we have…
A good signing for Barcelona was the left back cum centre back Eric Abidal, who didn’t have the greatest reputation when he signed for Barcelona and it was for a high fee – but he’s shown in the last 2 years that he is rock in defence when called upon. Yesterday, we heard some terrible news about the player – that he had just been diagnosed with liver cancer.
The club announced:
“A liver tumour has been detected in the player Eric Abidal and he will be treated surgically next Friday. Abidal will be operated on by Dr Josep Fuster Obregon. Per the express wish of the player, we call for the utmost respect for the right to privacy.”
My thoughts and prayers go out to him and I really do hope he recovers quickly…
Alright chaps, that’s a wrap… adios for now… we’ll catch up tomorrow no doubt!