Fed up with headlines about Jack Wilshere and how he’ll be fit, healthy and ready to play for England in Rio?
He’s been out for two months now and it seems he’s set to feature at the weekend in our final league fixture of the season but I wonder if Arsene Wenger’s medical team would even contemplate his return had it not been for the World Cup.
Ever since his initial injury in 2011 Jack has continued to struggle to stay injury free so why are we throwing into the mix just to suit the England set-up?
He’s young, they’ll be another World Cup for him, more than one in fact if his body can finally overcome it’s weaknesses. Surely the most sensible thing for him and our club is that he stays at home this summer, rests well and make sure his body and mind is ready for next seasons campaign.
Same with Abou Diaby. I’m sure he’s chomping at the bit to return but even he has said that if he could play a part in the last couple of fixtures, France might just come calling.
Like Jack, Abou needs to stay away from Brazil, look after his very fragile body and be ready for next season. Unless he’s sold this summer of course but I can’t see that happening.
Forget England, Arsenal pay their wages. Arsenal come first and both have so so much to give their club, if and when they can stay fit….
Talking of who is fit, here’s the latest news from Arsene Wenger ahead of our trip to Norwich, a huge game for the home side as they need a win and then hope that West Brom lose 18-0…
We have everybody available who played against West Brom. We could have the return of Ramsey, he’s available again. Wilshere could be in the squad for Sunday as well.
Kieran Gibbs will be back in the squad as well. He is in normal training at the moment. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will still be out.
Considering the fate of Norwich has already been decided, I strongly suspect we’ll see changes on Sunday….
The FA are planning some kind of shake-up in football, one that they hope will see the national team get stronger over the coming years.
Arsene of course has had his say:
You have to balance the training and the competition – for me the competition has too much importance and the training too little.
The time the kids spend on the pitch from the age of eight to 17 in training is too short. The time they spend in competition is too big, so to add more competition does not make sense.
I have seen too many kids come to the age of 17 or 18 and they cannot head the ball or they have no left foot because they have not practised enough.
My big fight is to get better education, more training time from eight to 17. For me that is a deficit in the English game at the moment.
Having said that, we read in the papers at the moment that everyone pushes England to take as many young players as they can [to the World Cup]. Then you see England still produces young talent.
At every single club, despite the big foreign players, the young players come through when they have the quality. That is what you have to target for. It is not to fight for mediocrity, it is to fight for quality.
The bigger the players are that we have in England, the more the young players will develop because they develop in contact with those players. To get rid of big players would be a massive mistake for the education and quality of the youngsters.
The kid who is good at school, if you put him in a good class he will develop. If you put him in a bad class he will not develop as quickly. In our game it is exactly the same. That is why the quality of the development of these very young players is very important.
That’s all very well and good but coming from a man who over the years has allowed younger players to be learning from young players, it’s all a bit rich really.
These days it’s a lot better as we have far more experienced players in the squad for the players coming through to learn from but with out track record of Academy players bursting through the ranks, I’m not sure Arsene Wenger should be talking to much about youth development. Especially as so many of our youth are dumped out on loan and their footballing path is left in the hands of another manager/coach.
When they come back they seldom get a chance….
My own thought is that we will continue to see many young players getting to the age where we think ‘now’s their time’, only to see them sold, released or simply sent out on yet another loan before they disappear for good….
Remember Anthony Stokes, the 25 year old who loves scoring for Celtic?
Me too, but we ended up keeping a player like Bendtner, a 26 year old who simply can’t be bothered!!
Finally, Serge Aurier is being tipped to replace Bacary Sagna should he decide to leave which is now looking more and more likely – that story comes from TMW in Italy.
I know, it’s all just paper talk as is the link to Valencia’s Aldi Rami……
That’s it for another day…..