Over the years, the modern International breaks have acted as annoying halts in otherwise good form. But this season, with the two Manchester teams hitting the road with their guns blazing and our beloved Arsenal starting the season in a very bad way, the International break has been just the tonic. As we all know, the boss bought 5 players on the cusp of the close of the transfer window and the break will give him the time to work out how and who will play – as well as the players time to gel. The three players who will go straight into the first team are surely Mertersacker, Arteta and Santos, filling in the back line and the midfield.
The International break has also given our players an opportunity to find some form and Robin Van Persie has just done that, with 4 goals against San Marino…
It’s interesting to see Van Persie play for Holland, as he plays a different role for country than he does for club – on the right of a front three – I’ve not been convinced that Robin is an out and out striker and I do think he’d benefit from playing with one for club. If Park is a proper player and works his way into the first team, then Van Persie could drop deeper. If not, Arteta could the Cesc role, allowing Van Persie to concentrate on scoring goals – from what we’ve seen of Park’s YouTube, he looks a decent acquisition, but more interestingly, he scored a hat-trick against Lebanon…
Jack’s out until Christmas
Jack confirmed on twitter earlier today that he will be out for 2-3 months.
“I can confirm I will be out for around 2-3 months! I am working hard in the gym to stay fit and I am gutted but I will be back stronger!”
News came out from the papers over the weekend that he would be out for some time and Arsenal had confirmed it on Saturday. The injury is to his right ankle and we’ve all seen him in his protective boot. There is no surgery booked for Jack and the ankle will self heel, but time is necessary. Apparently Jack will be reviewed again in 6 weeks and if better can start light training at the mid to end of October. If he doesn’t recover, then he will need a metal screw inserted into his ankle which could see him out of action until Christmas.
I think we’ve all thought Jack would be out for a while and the acquisition of Arteta and promotion of Frimpong are suddenly now very important. With Ramsey and Song definitely starters, a mix of the aforementioned will be our midfield from now until Jack’s back.
Jack – get well soon lad, we’re all waiting to see you back in an arsenal shirt!