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