Well that’s it for two weeks and it’s going to tough for us as we have been on a very good run.
Our players have been withdrawing from international duty. Already Lukas Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla are absent but now Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky have joined them.
Apparently Arsene Wenger called the Czech national team director Vladimir Smicer about Tomas:
We have been asked to excuse Rosicky for health reasons.
Arsene Wenger got in touch with me and we agreed not to take Tomas to the qualifiers.
Tomas played over 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon so this decision was a bit of a shock for me but I’m glad. The Czech side look highly unlikely to qualify in any case so Tomas, at 33 years old, would be simply playing for the sake of it when in all honesty, he’s much better off staying in London and getting a good rest. He is such a good player and he brings something very different to our side, it’s better now that he’s wrapped up in cotton wool a bit and kept fit for us.
In fact, I’d say it’s probably a good time to tell his country that Arsenal come first and in order to prolong his domestic career, he wants to quit playing for them altogether. Hopefully his health and fitness are in a good place and he’s just more focussed on remaining that way ahead of the visit of Norwich.
Talking of the internationals, Kieran Gibbs has been called into the England squad after Ashley Cole limped out of the Chelsea game at the weekend and Carl Jenkinson has been called up for the under 21′s which can only be good news. He was a bit rusty at the weekend but that’s inevitable having not played much so far this season. If he can get two more games under his belt he’ll be better equipped to face Norwich as it’s highly likely Bacary Sagna will still be on the sidelines.
Of course many other of our players will be away with their respective countries and all we can hope is that they return as fit as they left, in fact fitter having not played too many minutes.
Bit of transfer stuff:
Will Hughes is a player who has been linked to us for the last couple of summers and now it seems Derby County are ready to cash in on their prize asset as soon as January according to The Daily Star:
New manager Steve McClaren has hinted that the time will come when he will not be able to keep Hughes at Pride Park.
Our job is to make sure he makes it. Eventually he will be too good. What we need behind that is players coming through to replace him.
Many clubs are reported to be interested in signing Hughes who is described as being has been described as ‘a “flair player” who uses through balls and mazy runs to create space for team-mates and beat opposition defences in attacking positions’.
We have midfielders and many of them but Arsene Wenger loves young British talent.
Could this Surrey born teenager be the next to join the ranks at Arsenal?
One who is heading to us in the summer is 15 year old year old Swede Kristopher Da Graca. He was with us back in the summer on trial and it appears that the move will go ahead this coming summer when he’ll be 16 years old.
This is what the defender/defensive midfielder told Fotbolltransfers:
Arsenal are a big and good club. I’ve had a chance to become a good football player later, it feels good. At first I will have to train with my own age group.
I move there in the summer of 2014. Me and my dad wanted me to finish my primary education first.
The only thing left to do is complete the paperwork next summer.
So that’s another one to boost the Academy after their summer clear out…
Hopefully there’s one or two in mind to boost the first team in January…
That’s it for another day…..