Another day closer to the Norwich game, but still a round of International football to go, with 8 games to bite our nails over, hoping that none of our players get injured. As you already probably know, Van Persie has not been risked by the Dutch manager and instead has returned back to the Arsenal training ground and will be wrapped in cotton wool until the weekend. We have three games in 7 days with Norwich (a), Dortmund (h) and Fulham (h) on the horizon and whether or not Van Persie will play all three games remains to be seen. Fitness-wise he can do so, but every game he plays will take a toll and additionally, runs the risk of injury… We’ll wait and see how it goes, but for me, if he is fit, then he should play. We don’t have an adequate backup, so play him. Against City in the Carling Cup, rest him… and if we’re through (by beating Dortmund next Wednesday) in the Champions League, then rest him against Olympicios away…
Former Arsenal captain, Cesc, was in the press talking about Van Persie and had this to say:
“It is his decision. At his age, if he wants to move, it will be his last chance and it he wants to stay he will stay and retire at Arsenal. We will see what he decides but he’s been very loyal to Arsenal for a few years. He is a key player, the fans love him. For me, he is the role model of Arsenal, the star player and they cannot afford to lose him.”
Now, I don’t entirely know if the comment was meant to mean something more sinister than it sounds, I don’t know whether it was a fly off the cuff comment, but if I hear Xavi start talking about Van Persie next week and then I hear Messi continue the week after, I am literally going to fly to Barcelona and feed maggots to the entire Barcelona team. From our point of view, we do need to keep Van Persie, we need him to sign a long term contract, for the confidence of the fans and of the rest of the players.
Whenever there are international games, the journalists get bored and start to focus attention elsewhere and we often get a round of transfer news. In this week’s transfer news, we have been strongly linked with the purchase of Lucas Podolski from Cologne. Personally, I’m not sure how such a talent has ended up at Cologne, and no bigger club has come in for him. He looks like such a promising player during internationals, but at club level, he has never been consistent enough. Cologne general manager, Finke, reiterated the desire to keep Podolski and their club
“Lukas Podolski is our most valuable player at the moment. We want him to enjoy life at our club. And we will surely explore all possibilities to make him stay at Cologne in the future.”
But it’s not only Podolski that has been linked with us this week, we’ve also been linked with Marseille’s Lucho Gonzalez and Rennes Yann M’Vila. And to be honest, all three players would be welcome at the Emirates. Podolski has done enough at international level to prove that he is capable of performing well within our team. Our midfield seems to be an area which seems to be more stacked that before with Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta and Song starting to flourish, but an injury to any of the aforementioned four players would leave us bare in the middle. Although we have some younger players coming through in Frimpong and Coquelin, you’d have to imagine a player like Gonzalez or M’Vila would add some skill, power and depth to the midfield.
Tonight England play Sweden, Germany play Holland, Poland play Hungry and France play Belgium – it’s an exciting few games to say the least, some match practice for Vermaelen, Mertersacker and another chance for Szcznesy to impress…
It’s back to new and regular blogger Tottz tomorrow… so from me, I’ll see you all on Thursday!