It’s an interlull week already in the season so the news is pretty sparse this week to say the least.
I’m typing while watching the Ox not really get into get into an average England performance at home to Ukraine while also keeping an eye on Giroud’s France take on Belarus. Not much to report there from the big man either.
Staying in France, Abou Diaby played 90mins and scored in the victory over Finland. The now fat water carrier, Deschamps said;
He felt a bit of muscle pain in training…
Parts of the media and bloggers are reporting that as Diaby is knocking on heavens door, more respected outlets are saying, ‘he’s got a niggle, he’s been rested’. I’ve got a feeling it’s the later but given Abou’s luck with injuries, a small knock could escalate into a longer lay off.
The boss attempted to allay any fears about Diaby on French TV:
“[The injury] doesn’t seem serious to me at all. He has a small chance of playing on Saturday.”
I said last week he needs rotating and resting given the time he’s had out but with selfish international managers on the scene, our players will always be at risk. In fact, Arsenal have more players away on international duty than any other team in the league. Yikes!
Swiching over to Spain, Carzorla (who’s playing in the USA of all places this week…UPDATE: OK correction, he was playing Georgia… I blame skim reading Arseblog! Thanks @Nitz21), has talked about how happy he is with his early season form:
‘They have paid an important amount of money for me and the role they’ve given me is the one I like,”
“I love the style of the team. Wenger’s philosophy is to control the game and I like to be on the ball. Furthermore, the boss has put me in a position, second striker, with all the freedom I want to have.
“He told me to be at ease and that he’d play me where I could most help the team. It surprised me in pre-season when he put me as the second striker.
“I’ve come to play on the wings with the freedom to move inside, but Wenger has immediately put me in this position.’
And long may he stay in this position. I do believe there will be a few tough nights ahead for him in the League. Your typical ‘he’s not that kind of player’ defenders will get wise to the fact that our Santi is the player to watch and attempt to bully him out of games through rough house tactics. If Graham Hunter’s quotes from last week are to be believed, Santi won’t be intimidated.
Cazorla went on to talk about the help of Arteta while settling in to English life:
“Arteta has advised me a lot, he told me football is much faster and less tactical than Spain. It’s more give and go,”
“Mikel has helped me to learn to see the game and said that if we play rapidly with the ball we’re going to create a lot of danger and we’ll beat most teams.
“Wenger wants him (Arteta) now as a defensive pivot and he’s doing it very well. He gives real balance and he can win the ball back and play it out because with the ball he’s spectacular.”
Arteta is the new engine room and yes, he can be quite spectacular.
Back in England, our fast improving prospect at right back Carl Jenkinson has made his intetions clear,
“My ambition for my whole career is to play for this football club. I want to be good enough and make my mark here.
“I won’t be happy until I’m playing week-in, week-out. That’s what I want to achieve.”
Carl Jenkinson is an Arsenal fan living the dream. From watching the team in the stands to being signed up to be part the squad. Have a look at the photo below. This is Carl Jenkinson’s actually bedroom he grew up in at home, he’s Arsenal through and through and part of a dying breed in the modern game. Carl Jenkison, you have my support Gooner.
Back to the real thing on Saturday with Southampton at home, there’s never such a thing as a ‘home banker’ when Arsenal are concerned so we’ll need to be on top of our game after the international break to take all three points. With Montpellier and Man City up in quick succession, it’s about to get serious again. Bring it on.
Have a good one.