Jack’s Knack Means No Quick Comeback & More
To satisfy those who were whinging yesterday about discussing contract talks and things over which we have no influence, here is today’s blog focussing purely on the issues that matter.
Jack Wilshere’s ankle surgery went well according to the club. The midfielder will return in about four months. Good luck, Jacko, my boy. Chin up! We’ll soon see you weaving across The Emirates turf.
Elsewhere, Arsenal play Olimpiacos tomorrow night at The Emirates. Good luck to the boys. Win another for us. What-o!
In the time honoured tradition, look away now if you don’t want to know my thoughts on anything else.
Wilshere according to the media is going to miss five months, quoting the four before that as an option is just not sensationalist enough. The Sun, the little tinkers, went one further and added the five to the month of the season already missed and came up with six months out. Technically true although you would be more pleased with the math of the story than the adherence to the truth.
Whatever the length of the absence, Wilshere is being held up as another failing by the Arsenal Medical Team (AMT). Luckily for us, a fair percentage of the Arsenal supporters are qualified doctors who specialise in sporting injuries. Their online diagnosis of Wilshere has been most appreciated. That they can spend the time at their computers explaining this and the failings of the AMT is one of the things that make supporting this club so great.
There is a sense of desperation in the criticism. After The Emirates Cup, there was concern that the initial estimate of two months absence was made. That it was going to take longer became apparent the more time that Wilshere spent in a protective boot and when surgery was announced, Christmas was immediately obvious as the earliest return date.
It’s a little longer. The desperation comes from the gloom and despair, feelings that need wins to be lifted. The second half on Saturday hinted that the team was beginning to gel, a run of consecutive matches without many changes is needed to re-inforce the understandings on the pitch.
The midfield has depth and is learning to adapt to the departure of Cesc. Over-reliance on one player as playmaker has been as much of a problem to overcome as the departure four years ago, of the one player who was goalscorer.
Theo Walcott is joining Wilshere on the sidelines, albeit for a far shorter spell. The injury suffered on Saturday has turned out to be worse than originally thought, the England international set to miss tomorrow and Spurs.
Being absent from Sunday is the disappointing element of that. Walcott away from home, is a potent weapon if he can rediscover his finishing from the early part of last season. As far as England are concerned, is the absence of Walcott really as big an issue? Capello, like his predecessors, seems clueless as to how to best employ Theo. And when Capello resolves the issue, the England players are bereft of ideas on maximising the potential of his pace.
Spurs meanwhile are getting a little Twitchy ahead of Sunday, the usual belief that they are going to overhaul Arsenal is resurfacing. Things must be bad when Wenger is patronised by Ferguson and pitied by ‘Appy ‘Arry,
[When he first arrived,] People said that we were all jumping around like idiot and that Arsene was just sitting there like a chess grand master. It was as if he was a professor of chess sitting there as if he was studying every move while these other idiots are shouting and screaming.
But if you were winning every game of course you could sit there with your hand behind your head asking your number two: ‘What’s the score? Three nil? Oh wake me up when we get four!’ Now? Suddenly you get beat and he is jumping arund like the rest of us!
But he is a fantastic manager. He is top class. He knows the game and they will be bang there again. He is one of the best in my opinion.
And we all know ‘Arry has an opinion, mostly offered from the comfort of the front seat of his Range Rover to a waiting Sky Sports News camera crew. Wenger is more demonstrative but it is not just this season, he was picking ill-advised fights with Martin Jol at Highbury and suffering the indignity of having the media portray him as an educated thug or Basil Fawlty far before the ill-starred start of this season.
But pity from a Tottenham manager? My goodness, things must be bad.
Posted on September 27, 2011, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 208 Comments.