According to reports, Arsene Wenger wants to rival Liverpool for the signing of Kyriakos Papadopoulos, currently of Schalke. I thought Mr Papadopoulos owned the laundrette in Eastenders… Ok, forget that if you are not an Eastenders viewer…
Anyway, the 6′ Greek international has been with his current club for three seasons now and it’s believed that they are willing to sell him should any club meet their valuation which reported to be £11 million.
Injury update from Arsenal.com – Mertesacker has recovered and will be in the squad but both Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud have slight knocks and will face late fitness tests ahead of the match in France. Should Giroud fail that test, Arsene Wenger has hinted that Theo Walcott could make the switch to play central. ( Now now, stop your moaning, see if he plays there first and how he performs before whining! )
Flashback - February 2010, the Potteries.
Venue was a sports stadium specialising in Rugby Football, but which masqueraded as a bear-pit where Association Football was played.
The home crowd, full of ignorance, venom and a total lack of class roared as the assault/tackle flew in.
They bellowed as the leg collapsed and the bones shattered.
Meanwhile a young mans career looked to be in tatters.
Of course the home manager made his excuses at the end of the game, but his ugly team were created in his equally ugly image.
But enough of Stoke RFU…
Arsenal were left to pick up the pieces from the promising career of a young player touted as Cesc Fabregas’s successor. Ramsey had the same Fabregas qualities, that ability to glide across the pitch, to pick a pass, he had that technically pleasing touch, the feel for the ball and an eye for a goal…
Those qualities were now in the hands of some new experts, the doctors who would put Aaron back together again and what a wonderful job they did as eventually he was able to walk normally again.
But would he ever play football at the top level again?
The Arsenal medical team did a great job and eventually, following spells on loan at Nottingham Forest and his old club Cardiff City has again donned an Arsenal shirt in a 1st class game.
March 5th 2011, he was a non-playing sub v’s Sunderland, some 13 months after the assault at the Potteries Rugby Stadium.
He finished 2010-11 making 9 appearances, (4 from the subs bench) and scored the only goal in the win over Man United on May 1st 2011….
Even so, many of us voiced our concerns and doubts that he would ever recapture those previous levels of performance. Would we ever again see that style and verve that had captivated us all way back in 2010..??
2011-12 and 2012-13 was all about the long road to fully recovering both physically and mentally from his injury. At times it seemed a forlorn task.
But towards the end of last season we began to notice that there were definite signs of improvement in his performances. His ability to get around the pitch for 90 minutes without his level dropping off. He was competing and tackling like nothing had happened..
This season he has gone up another couple of levels, he is playing like a house on fire, roasting the opposition.
Yes, he still has a lot of catching up to do, after all it’s arguably taken him the best part of three years to return and now surpass the Ramsey of 2010 but when you recall the state of his leg, it’s a miracle that he can even walk again properly, let alone be a vital cog in the Arsenal midfield…
Good luck to him…
Written by BrainwashedKev…