Arsène Wenger has been giving an update on the injury front ahead of the grand arrival of Blackburn Rovers for our FA Cup clash on Saturday.
Thomas Vermaelen is possibly back and should be in the squad. Jack Wilshere is having a series of tests before a final decision is made but he remains a big doubt. As does Laurent Koscielny. Like Wilshere, he is facing a fitness test before any final decision is made.
One who won’t be playing is Carl Jenkinson. He’s banned for just one match and Gibbs is a long way from a return to training.
Ramsey, Sagna and Diaby are all fit and healthy, as is Fabianski.
There is no point in risking either Wilshere or Koscielny for Blackburn, we should be able to ‘cope’ without them.
Talking of coping, Sagna believes we are not only coping without the man who left us in the summer, no, not Song, the other one, he believes we are better equiped in all areas than we were before. Whereas we used to rely on the one man scoring show each week, now we are scoring from all areas and have a different dimension to our game.
The squad is finally settled, and the new boys look like they have always been a part of this side. Speaking in French seems to have gone and English is the new language in the changing room. So it should be too!
Now we have some diversity. Everyone can score and everyone can be dangerous. It’s good for the team.
I think everyone’s settled well. It feels like they’ve always been here and they can score great goals at any time. Everyone is getting more confident.
We have a lot of fun and everyone tries to speak English, which is really important. If you want to get stronger as a team, you have to communicate well. Everyone’s trying to speak better and better.
About time too. At times we have looked like every player speaks a different language as the understanding between them was seriously lacking and from what Sagna is saying, we have a great spirit amongst the squad.
Is is the kind of spirit that can get this side to second in the league? We’ll know soon enough.
One thing we don’t need those is to hear players like Joel Campbell saying things like this:
To be in a country like Spain, playing in this league, means a lot, I want to keep playing well and keep progressing as footballer. I’ll focus until June and see what happens after that.
I’ll give everything on the pitch for Betis and see what happens when the time comes. Arsenal are in charge of what I do. I’d also like to play for them but I’m very comfortable here and I’ll defend Betis with all my heart.
I’m trying to give my all for Betis, they gave me a lot of opportunities.
Why isn’t he saying he’s desperate to get to the Premier League and show all Arsenal fans why Arsene Wenger was right to sign him? Not ‘I’d also like to play for them’.
Sorry, but that isn’t the kind of player we need in our squad and if he isn’t really that interested in playing for Arsenal, then get rid of him now and sign a striker who wants to play in England, wants to play in the Premier League and most importantly, wants to play for Arsenal!!
That’s it for another day, have a good one….