Bendtner Has A Point & Injuries Clearing Slowly
Arsene is starting to get headaches, some of the good kind, others are those which he could do without. His biggest is the injury suffered by Thomas Vermaelen. It seems the Belgian’s absence is of sufficient mystery that to bemuse and baffle the best medical brains the club has at its’ disposal,
He has seen specialist after specialist and the scans are OK. We have to be patient. We know a lot medically nowadays but there are some mysteries that we do not know about. At the moment we have no rational explanation for his pain.
That means there is no reason to have surgery and there is no logical explanation for his pain. We have to be patient and just hope it will go.
If the prescribed rest does not work, might I suggest a seance and contact Arthur Conan Doyle to see if he might resurrect Sherlock Holmes for one last case?
Injuries have become leitmotif in recent seasons, exacerbated on occasion by international football. Not so long ago, Arsene observed that the Dutch were being “surreal” in calling up Robin van Persie for next week’s friendlies. Some suggestions were made that this influenced Wenger into bringing the player on as a substitute against Newcastle – denied by the manager, obviously.
No matter how much one may repine friendlies at this stage of the season, in this instance there is an obvious benefit to the club, something not lost on the manager,
if he can get 45 minutes and we can find an agreement on that it would be good for him to get some competition. We have to see how he gets through the weekend and after we will decide that.
Perhaps Arsene might have been more judicious in his earlier comments; he must have known at that time that his Dutch striker was going to be there or thereabouts for these weeks.
van Marwijk was always going to call van Persie into the squad in those circumstances, such are the perversity of his dealings with clubs highlighted by the ongoing argument with Bayern Munich over van Bommel. An unnecessary row could have been avoided and the friendly used in the same way that the Czech’s assisted in Rosicky’s recovery process.
Nicklas Bendtner’s comments as reported by a Danish newspaper were given some credibility by Arsene yesterday, choosing to answer them rather debunk as he has done in the past with Cesc and Szczesny. Essentially, he’s fit, he wants to play, he wants to play for Arsenal but if he can’t get regular football then he might have to consider elsewhere.
In other words, all the things you would expect from an international footballer, especially one who is his country’s star striker (some might say only) and the newspaper from where the story has originated is based in the same country, feeding that audience.
Dare I say it, you want these comments as well. You want players who have the desire to play first team football at Arsenal; you want them to be discontented sitting on the bench. If they are comfortable sitting behind Arsene on matchdays, either they are inexperienced or something is very wrong.
Some might argue that the Dane’s fealty should be more prominent, the club having nutured him from youth levels and through the obligatory injury. Bendtner has great self-belief and started to justify that last season. He would do well to bear in mind the examples of those before him in this situation. Rosicky came back from injury, albeit significantly longer term, and was wracked with niggles and strains. Many others – van Persie and Fabregas amongst them – suffer muscular pulls through too much too soon.
Had Bendtner not participated in the World Cup during the summer, he would surely have played more games so far this season. In short, he contributed to his own situation in no small way. His cause has not been helped by the speed with which Marouane Chamakh has settled and the eight goals to boot thus far, including a match winning brace in midweek.
The Dane should aspire to be the player Chamakh is; they are that similar and therein is the problem. Interchanging the two means less disruption to the team on paper and the one in form is going to be first choice. Having a talented player of similar style is going to be motivating to continue that form but it will be cyclical. There will times when Bendtner is ahead in the pecking order and those times like now, where he is not. It is a fact of footballing life that unless you are a genius, establishing yourself as first choice takes time.
His goalscoring ratio is good – about 1 in 3 – but not spectacular. Were it to improve, there might well be a different story. As it is, I’m not sure why this is a story; too often we are spoonfed platitudes which tell us how nice the people at Arsenal are, how great they are, how hard they work. Bendtner has given us his honest opinion and refreshingly, it is not motivated by the rasping greed of those who reside further north in England.
The brew in the teacup is slopping over the edge but this weekend’s fixtures will mean it is quickly forgotten.