So the injury curse has struck again.
Theo Walcott fell victim of a nasty tackle last night, although he carried on after receiving treatment, he limped off before the end. Why he was allowed to carry on in the first place beggars belief! Jack Wilshere was also substituted in the second half but this looked more like a tactical change rather than injury, hopefully his situation will be confirmed later today. Yaya Sanogo has suffered a back strain whilst away with the French under 21′s and he’s a doubt for Saturday and Tomas Rosicky also suffered injury last night, he hobbled out of his match on 37 minutes with what is reported to be a thigh strain.
It’s also rumoured that Aaron Ramsey picked up an injury last night but he played the entire match for Wales so this report could be false.
Young Gedion Zelalem is also out injured for 6-8 weeks after suffering injury in training yesterday. Such a shame for him after having a good pre-season and with the Capital One Cup match not far away, I strongly suspect he was due to play in that one.
One person who feels very fit, in fact fitter than ever is Mathieu Flamini. Talking to the official website he had this to say:
My fitness levels are still very good. After what Tony Colbert told me after some speed tests, I am quicker than I was five years ago. It was funny because we made a joke that it was like wine, getting better with age. I still feel very fresh.
I would say I evolved in Italy. I’m 29 now, I played a lot of games in Italy and I had the chance to discover a new championship like the Italian league, based on a lot of tactical aspects because there is not a lot of space so I think it made my game evolve.
I think I’m much better tactically because being in Italy for five years you learn a lot of tactical things in training, what you know is your position on the pitch. Afterwards with your age you read the game better so for your position this is important.
Serie A is much more tactical than the English league. The English league is much quicker and physical and the intensity is very high from the beginning to the end. In Italy there is less space and that’s why you don’t have as many goals as you do in England.
So we should see a quicker, more tactical style of play from our old boy. Mind you, that crunching tackle against the neighbours suggested different!
Another one talking to the official site is Wojciech Szczesny and he didn’t like being left on the bench:
Obviously I had mixed feelings about my form last season, I had my ups and downs. It wasn’t nice [to be left out] – you want to be playing every week. But then again, the most important thing is the team and that is what the team needed.
Lukasz was in better shape at that moment in time, he came in and did really well. I worked really hard to get back into the team and when I did I thought I did pretty well. It was good decision by the manager.
I worked on my fitness and sharpness and came in much earlier every day to work in the gym with the fitness coaches and the physios. There was a lot of stuff to be done – I realised I wasn’t in the best shape, but it all worked out pretty well.
Hopefully I can be the Club’s No 1 this season. It is important, I want to win a trophy for this club because that is what is missing in my career and I’m sure it is what the fans have been missing. It’s a big season.
Good to hear that our younger Pole seems to have grown up a bit. Dropping him was the best thing that could have happened to him, he’s not only grown up but he’s starting to make world class saves.
Yes he still has moments of madness and I know I often believe he is a moment away from a howler but that’s because of the way he’s been in the past. The longer we go on our winning run and stop conceding goals, his confidence will continue to grow.
Not arrogance, hopefully that has gone from him, but confidence, confidence in his own ability and to believe in his own decision making.
Oh, and no more dashing from the goal line, leaving the goal wide open…
Having an Italian keeper who is desperate to get to the World Cup and play for his country will do him no harm either….
New boy Mesut Ozil set Mertesacker up to give the Germans a 1-0 lead, Ozil then scored from the penalty spot to ensure the Germany’s were victorious last night.
That’s it for another day, now it’s over to the physio’s now to work their magic on the walking wounded before Saturday, fingers crossed that no-ones injuries are serious.