The International Break is Broken…

Apologies for lack of blog activity this International break, but I’ve unfortunately had a close death in the family and it’s been a real blow to the family. Having spent much of the last week in temples and other functions, I’ve lost contact with the outside world and everything Arsenal. Thanks to all the messages I’ve had from the wonderful world which is the interweb, but back to all things Arsenal…

As you probably know already, Mr Theo Walcott was polaxed by the San Marino keeper and is out for a couple of weeks recovering… but in more interesting news, Carl Jenkinson has had some glowing reports in the media and his choice to chose England over Finland… and Roy Hodgson backed the player talking about his future inclusions in the side:

 “On this occasion, we decided to… keep Jenkinson up our sleeves, but he’ll be very much in our thoughts when it comes to the next friendly match. After speaking to Arsène [Wenger] I am also conscious that his rise has been meteoric. He’s only 20 and it’s nice to temper things a little bit, but he wouldn’t be out of place in the squad.”

Basically, the only reason that he hasn’t been included at the moment is because they’re no need right now to add more to what’s going on in his life, considering the recent rise to the Arsenal first team that he’s experienced. For Jenkinson, the knowledge that people are keeping an eye on him and he’s in the thought process of the manager is all he needs to know right now.

Vice captain, Arteta, has also been on the main web site and the magazine talking about his new position:

“It’s a very important job, balancing the team between attack and defence, and that’s what I’ve been attempting to do. I’ve had to change my mentality a little bit – I know that I can’t go forward as much as I used to, and I need to sacrifice more in attack – but if it’s beneficial for the team I’m more than happy to do it. If you want to play at a top-level club like Arsenal you have to adapt to different roles and situations. We’ve got so many attacking players now, with a lot of quality going forward, and I know I now have more defensive responsibility. I need to assume that responsibility to help my team-mates and I’m very pleased to do it if we get the right results.”

With Coquelin, Wilshere, Diaby and Frimpong all back in contention soon, I’m sure he can share the burden… I personally think we’ll get a little more out of Arteta if he were to play with the likes of a Coquelin or a Frimpong, where he could look a little more forward, as we know he has an eye for a killer pass or two…

It’s the international break and not much is going on… so I’ll leave you with Arsenal Vision’s song for Theo…

Enjoy…

  • SpeedDemon

    Still so long until out next game!!

  • German

    The game is not too far… it’s on Saturday!!
    4 days!!

    We can beat Norwich for sure!