If Arsenal keep going like this they will win everything this season! Not long before the season started, Arsenal fans and pundits alike were predicting doom and gloom at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger had apparently lost the plot and the Gunners were going to struggle to make the Europa league. Robin van Persie and Alex Song were irreplaceable and Arsenal was being sold down the river.
With so little time ahead now until this summer’s EURO 2012 will commence, we’re taking a trip around the teams which have Gunners in the line-up, and speak about their chances to make a name for themselves this year.
Unfortunately after selling Fabregas the Gunners are now without any player in the title holder’s squad, Spain, despite having Miquel and Arteta at the club.
It’s a well known fact that over the years ever since Wenger came to the club there have always been problems regarding injuries. Arsenal players are falling to tough injuries and have to sit out whole seasons, and we can mention some starting with Wilshere, Frimpong (twice), Ramsey, Diaby, Eduardo, Van Persie and many, many others.
Wenger has even accused the opposition of targeting his players and causing the injuries intentionally, but it may be a bit more than that. The Brazilian full-back Santos was brought in last summer, and he managed to get accustomed pretty well to Premiership’s rigors showing us just how valuable a player he is, but then he got injured in the game against Olympiakos, and according to himself it was the first time he had to undergo surgery in his life.
The Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has now come back to fitness after six years of injury hell, and he proved it by playing (and scoring) for the Arsenal reserves yesterday afternoon.
Now he just wants to put all his problems behind him and get on with doing what he does best; playing a great game of football. Diaby said today: “I am very happy to be back – I have done a lot of work with the medical staff to get back in the frame,” h
Arsene Wenger thinks that Arsenal have too many midfielders already on board to consider bringing in Yoann Gourcuff from Lyon, despite the numerous rumours surrounding a possible January arrival of the talented playmaker.
Both Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby are expected to be joining the squad by the end of January, and with Thomas Rosicky and Yossi Benayoun already on the bench trying to break into the Gunners first team there will be no room for another midfielder, no matter how good he is.
“We have choices in midfield,” Wenger said. “We have Diaby and Wilshere coming back so we have lots of people in there.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger regrets having lost the City game, because he knows that the club will have a much stronger team for the second half of the season. Wilshere and Diaby will be soon coming back according to Wenger, and several transfers will also be brought in.
“We hope to have (Jack) Wilshere and (Abou) Diaby back so in midfield we have the numbers required.
“But at the moment we are short at the back and if Gervinho and Chamakh go to the Africa Cup of Nations we are short up front more than midfield.”
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger assessed the injury problems within the team and offered an interview for Arsenal.com regarding them. The Frenchman still has a lot of injuries to worry about, but some of the players are almost ready to play once more for The Gunners.
Wenger expects some of the players to come back from injury in the following 2 weeks and spoke about each one of them:
“It is very good news. Diaby is coming back in full training now so he is 10 days away to be competitive to play. All being well he should be available for the Carling Cup or the game before.”