According to a couple of newspapers this morning, Robin van Persie suffered a slight groin injury during the Tottenham victory at the weekend and failed to complete a training session with Holland yesterday as he was in pain. I’m not sure I believe this story, if our captain was injured there is no way he would have been released by us to compete in a silly friendly for Holland..
What this space I guess….
Talking about our captain, he’s been speaking about Benik Afobe:
I was delighted to see Benik come back in the Reserves last week, scoring against Norwich, six months is a long time out at his age, especially when he did really well with the first-team over pre-season and was making fast progress.He has returned impressively though – I watched him in training last week while I was doing my warm-down and he looked really strong and quick, a proper English striker who holds the ball up well and works very hard.
When you are young you just want to be playing, improving your game and making your career, and he was denied that for a long time. To come back as he has done is tremendous – he is a fantastic lad, a really good character to have in the squad and a player I genuinely rate, so I’m really proud of him.
He absolutely loves his football and treats it very seriously. That is the main thing for a young footballer – if you really love the game like he does then you will make it, and he has everything to become a great player.
Wow, coming from a player like our captain, that is high praise indeed.
But isn’t it refreshing to hear things like that about Benik Afobe – ‘he treats football very seriously, he loves the game, he’s a fantastic lad who works hard and is a good character around the squad’
When did we last hear that about a London born, English reserve player who is a striker?
When was the last time we actually witnessed a player come through the ranks and work hard enough to earn a place up front?
When did we last have a reserve team striker who was actually good enough to break into the first team?
Wrighty? No, we bought him from Crystal Palace..
Jeffers? No, we bought him from Everton – sadly!
Alan Smith? No, we signed him from Leicester.
Reality is, we have to go a long way back don’t we (unless my grey matter is forgetting someone) but next season we could be in for a treat.
This season Daniel Sturridge is making his break through at Chelsea at 22 years old, Danny Wellbeck at Manchester United at 21 years old and if all continues to go well for Afobe, he could be finally making his break through next season with us, at just 19 years of age.
Who knows, he may yet get a chance this season, I think I’d rather see him on the bench than Chamakh……
Gazidis has hit the headlines again with a corker having been asked about the impact finishing outside the top four could have on our club:
In the past few years we have qualified for the Champions League and our best players have still left, so how can we expect to keep them if we aren’t in the Champions League?
There are very few clubs in the world that you would go to ahead of Arsenal in terms of consistently being there. I don’t see that adversely impacting on our ability to attract players or retain the top players that we have.
Jeepers creepers, what does that say to our players??
We wonder why they cannot motivate themselves to win the PL, if the clubs Chief Executive doesn’t give a toss about where we finish, why should Wenger and the team?
Thankfully, Sunday showed us they do care where we finish and if were Stan, I’d either sellotape Gazidis mouth up or sack him, he’s a first class idiot!!
Finally, and according to The Telegraph, Lukas Podolski hopes to become our first major signing of the summer! In fact, reports in Germany suggest that a provisional agreement has already been made for him to become an Arsenal player. This season alone, he has scored 15 goals and has four assists in 18 League appearances.
Not bad I guess.
That’s it folks, keep on smiling……