In recent days, just as relieved Arsenal fans were getting ready to settle down to a summer free from the annual concern over a big-name departure, we’ve been subjected to reports claiming Jack Wilshere is a transfer target for European Championship finalists Bayern Munich. Their manager Pep Guardiola, by all accounts is a massive fan of the Arsenal midfielder. And as if that news wasn’t enough, there were even some malicious reports put around that Man U were looking covetously at the player. Suddenly, it seems like there’ll be no summer respite for Gunners fans after all.
There definitely seems to be something fishy about the reports coming out of Arsenal about Lukas Podolski’s indifferent performances lately. It all started a couple of months ago when Wenger left the German international on the bench for a while. Nothing appeared on the Arsenal injury list, but shortly after Podolski tweeted that he had a problem with his ankle but he expected to return soon.
Now it seems to have happened again. Podolski has been given the centre-forward role ahead during Giroud’s enforced absence, and again he didn’t seem to be up to speed and was lacking his usual prowess, but after the game, Wenger again just said it was because he was not used to playing in that position.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted the fact that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere’s absence was vital for England – who saw themselves knocked out by an Italy which the manager didn’t see as favorites.
Jack has been out for the whole season, and it seems that the Gunner will be back in due time for the start of next season, but Redknapp seems to think that he was the missing key from England’s Euro squad.
‘It was almost complete dominance, and to be fair, I didn’t see that coming. I didn’t particularly rate this Italy side.’
I must admit to being slightly relieved when I heard that French defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila limped out of the friendly match between France and Serbia after just four minutes. For one thing, the 22-year old is very highly rated and England are already looking a bit thin on the ground, creatively speaking.
It was thought that the midfield enforcer’s injury would rule him out of Euro 2012 altogether. This, I felt, could only be good for Arsenal. Wenger knows everything about the player that he needs to, but a good showing at the tournament may have sparked a bidding war. Rennes have already said that nothing will be done about his future until after the Euro’s and were obviously hoping for a price hike.
The young Welsh captain Aaron Ramsey came back from a horrific injury last year and all Arsenal fans feel sorry for the way his development was so cruelly interrupted, but his performances this season have simply highlighted his need for some psychological training to regain his former confidence.
I fully understand Arsene Wenger thinking that the Arsenal midfielder needs some game-time to help him regain his former glory, but I question why Wenger continues to put him in the starting line-up in games that are simply must-win games for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger dismissed the rumours which were saying that the Arsenal skipper Robin Van Persie would not be available for the weekend match against Liverpool.
The rumours have appeared following Netherlands’ game against England when Robin was pulled off the pitch at halftime by manager van Marwijk. The Dutchman also had a few problems after the official match training having to go to the changing room a few minutes before everybody else because of minor groin pains.
“It was planned by his manager (Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk) because he knows we have a tough schedule,” said Wenger
Arsenal’s right-back Carl Jenkinson might be coming back sooner than expected as he’s already prepared to make his appearance in the reserve squad.
According to the newspapers, Jenkinson is no further than 2 weeks away of being ready to play for the senior squad, so the full-back danger at Arsenal is finally averted now that Sagna, Gibbs and Jenkinson are all fit to play.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger is attempting to grow his incredible players bit by bit but the luck doesn’t seem to be on his side as the most talented players seem to fall to the bottom due to insanely long injuries.
Having just found out about the setback Wilshere had Wenger had to find out another incredibly bad piece of news as loaned out midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will be out for six to nine months according to himself.
“Bad news is that I’m out for six to nine months with my knee,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Arsenal star midfielder Alex Song is hopeful that teammate Abou Diaby will be back soon playing for the Gunners after a very long spell off the pitch.
Abou was back for a short while in November but now is unavailable again and likely to return in February.
“Abou is a hard working player. He always gives his very best to be back.
“When he returned in November and starting jogging again, we could all see how happy he was.
“But it’s difficult for him and it’s difficult for us too, because we know that with him, we are even stronger.”
Arsenal’s official website confirmed that Gunner star Jack Wilshere will still be out for now and that he suffered somewhat of a big stepback.
According to the website, Jack is now suffering from another stress fracture and is due to be sidelined, but won’t be out for the rest of the season as previously rumoured.
“The club can confirm Jack Wilshere has a small stress fracture to his right foot, however it is not accurate to state he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season,” read a statement released on the club’s official website.