Got to love this, you couldn’t make it it up could you? Actually, The Daily Star did just that yesterday.
The club hierarchy have reportedly highlighted Juventus legend Antonio Conte as the man who could lead the team into a new ear if Wenger decides to pull the curtain down on his 17-year-tenure as manager.
Yes, they really did print ear instead of era!
Think I’ll leave that right there!
Great news emerged yesterday as our current manager confirmed that Mikel Arteta was fit, healthy and back in training. In fact it’s better than that, he could actually be ready to play some part on Sunday against Stoke FC.
Not sure he needs to be rushed back that soon to be honest, he’d be better off waiting until Wednesday when we play West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup. No doubt Arsene Wenger will rotate a few that night and players like Arteta and Vermaelen will hopefully be included and with it bring some experience to what will no doubt be a younger side.
Ok, of course you know all the players but doesn’t Bendtner and Park look very different from when they last appeared in a red and white shirt?
In fact when was the last time either of them played. I certainly couldn’t be bothered to check when really but the last time Bendtner was sat in our colours on the subs bench was way back in 2011 when on the 1st of March he was merely a spectator throughout. We won that day, Aaron Ramsey scored the only goal in our victory at home against Manchester United.
Shortly after that match and having secured a loan move to Sunderland, he vowed he would never play for Arsenal again…..
I’d hoped he wouldn’t too but it’s highly likely, if fit, he could feature in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
As for Ju Young Park, well on the 22nd January 2012, he made his league debut for us coming from the bench with about ten minutes remaining. Funny enough, that too was against Manchester United at The Emirates but this one we lost 2–1.
Prior to that, on the 6th March 2012, he made an appearance as a substitute in the Champions League. That night we beat Milan 3-0 but despite the victory, we were knocked out of the competition as Milan won 4–3 on aggregate.
We haven’t seen him since…
So there you have it, once we thought they were pretty much gonners as far as Arsenal FC are concerned, yet here they both are, all lined up and ready to do their bit when/if called upon….
If they both play well, Arsene won’t sign a striker in January:
I will wait now until December to see what we need in the squad.
We spoke about Bendtner, Sanogo and Giroud. If the three do well, I am in no need to buy any striker.
Part of me wants both to be hopeless, not at the expense of our results of course but I want us to sign a top class striker in January and put to bed any chance of either player being offered a lifeline at Arsenal. But niggling away at the back of me is the hope that at least one of them, if they get a chance, take it and fire in many many goals and we blow opponents aside.
That’s it for another day…