Arsenal are a huge club. This would mean that the players we have are regularly selected to play for their respective countries, and we all know there is usually a full round of friendlies after just a few games into the new season. This is often an extremely sensitive issue for many managers. To allow their players to take the risk of injuries or to hold them back and prevent them from representing their nations is often the huge dilemma for many big club managers. What makes this even worst is that international football are often filled with passion and drive. This means players would give it their all for their nations and the injury risk becomes sky high as a result.
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The last time that Abou Diaby was fit and able to make a decent contribution to the Arsenal cause, was nearly two years ago, at the start of the 2012-13 season. The Frenchman started all three of the Gunners opening games and bagged himself a Man of the Match award as we beat Liverpool at Anfield.
But therein lay part of the problem for Diaby and Arsenal, because the lack of options in midfield forced Arsene Wenger to rely too heavily on the Frenchman and that caused his injury problems to flare up again. The 28-year old’s luck then deserted him again with a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for over a year, making his only appearance as a sub in the final Premier League game.
Arsene Wenger has given an Arsenal injury update on the progress and prognosis of the recovery of Theo Walcott. And while the news on Arsenal.com is good, with the lightning fast England star getting close to a comeback, it does seem like Arsenal will have to do without him at the start of the season.
Wenger said, “He’s progressing very well. He’s worked very hard during the summer and we expect him to be back in full training at the end of August.
“That’s [return date] difficult to predict. Once he’s back in full training it can be very quick. He has a good basis, which is what he’s working on now.”
The French midfielder Abou Diaby is one of the longest serving players in the current Arsenal squad. He joined the Gunners back in 2006, from French club Auxerre, and was shaping up to be our long term replacement for his compatriot Patrick Vieira, who had left Arsenal at the end of the previous season.
Right near the end of Diaby’s first season, his problems began. A terrible tackle by Sunderland’s Dan Smith left Diaby out of the Champions League final and possibly out of football for good. Many operations and months later he returned, but his Arsenal career has been plagued by injury problems ever since. His nine seasons have seen just 123 league appearances, less than 15 per year.
They say that football is a game of two halves, which is blatantly obvious, but it really means that things can change very quickly and you never know what is going to happen. This season, for Arsenal, has certainly reflected that. It has been a season of two halves.
At the halfway stage, after Giroud had scored the only goal in a tough away game at Newcastle, Arsenal were sitting on top of the Premier League table and had been for most of the campaign, but the warning signs were there. The French striker was looking jaded and had lost his early scoring form, Ramsey and Ozil were out injured and Walcott would join them two games later, having only just come back from his earlier injury.
It was reported this week that the Arsenal and England striker Theo Walcott was taking his recovery fron injury very carefully. The 25-year old is determined to do things properly and not to risk any setback to his return from the anterior cruciate ligament problem he picked up in the FA cup win over Tottenham.
But he is desperate to get back onto the pitch, as he told Arsenal.com. The disappointment of this season has spurred the flying forward on to greater things, or so he hopes. And Walcott is not just targeting a good year on a personal level, as he wants to surpass the 21 goals he scored last time, but he is desperate to help Arsenal to more trophy glory.
There are many different viewpoints as to why Arsenal did not win the Premier League title this season, despite storming to the top of the table and spending 17 weeks there, more than any other team. The likes of Paul Scoles and Michael Owen have not been backwards in coming forwards to lay into Wenger and various players, while TV pundits like Carragher and Re4dknapp were predicting our downfall almost before a ball had been kicked.
So here it is Arsenal, I don’t think so many fans have been so excited for a game in such a long time. Today, Arsenal return to Wembley for the first time since the horror show against Birmingham in the Capital One Cup a few years back. A defensive error in the closing minutes saw Arsenal plummet into disappointment, a feeling that Arsenal fans have become accustomed to far too often in the past decade. However hopefully all that changes today, with a victory and something to smile about in the FA Cup semi-final.
Arsene Wenger has given a fitness update ahead of Arsenal’s semi final clash against Wigan Atheltic. The game which is set to kick off on Saturday at the iconic Wembley Stadium, will be Arsenal’s first visit to the stadium since the disastrous day that we threw away the cup at the hands of Birmingham City. Wenger however insists that the majority of our Wembley memories are good and goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny was quick to point our the improved maturity within the Gunners. However the main focus will be the performance on the pitch rather than the talk on the sidelines and to achieve the best you have to show the best, starting with the team line up.
The first fixture between the Arsenal and Everton was a close fought draw with two goals coming in the last 10 minutes. That day Mesut Ozil opened the scoring, and he did the exact same a few months later with the 4-1 win in the FA Cup. Arteta and another two Giroud goals secured victory for Arsenal that day and the Gunners will be hoping to keep their unbeaten string of games against Everton going with a win at Goodison Park.