Cesc On Jack & RvP. A Pain In The Arsenal…?
You knew it was coming, Fábregas away on international duty and questions about his future emerge. No, wait, they were about Robin van Persie’s future. But they weren’t questions, more statements by the former Arsenal captain whose Mr20% is the son of a former Arsenal chairman. There’s a lot of formers in this one.
I’m not bothered by Cesc’s opinions since they were largely the truth. At 28, it is probably van Persie’s last chance at switching to another big club if he holds such treacherous intent. But, and I have no inside knowledge or information on this, I do not think that is his outlook at the moment, simply an option that cannot be discarded.
There is no point in concerning yourself with such matters. To me the former player’s opinion is worth no more than any other former player’s opinion. He might be close to van Persie, he might not be. During the course of his interviews after Saturday’s match, he made it clear that he considers himself to be amongst friends at Barcelona. Fair play, it was a move he wanted and I am glad for him that, at the moment, it is working out well. But no more than I would be happy for anyone else; it is spiteful and pointless to wish ill.
Laugh when they are on the subs bench by all means, not able to get into even the Carling Cup side but let’s not sink to their levels beforehand.
There was something very familiar about the Spanish players comments following their defeat to England. The utterances about a negative style of play echo those of Arsenal players when beaten by stifling midfielders. Tellingly, Spain’s weaknesses were Barcelona’s strengths, all 5’6 of them. A shame he has Argentine blood flowing through his veins. A shame for del Bosque, that is.
Criticism of Capello and his tactics is short-sighted. He knows the limitations of his players and chose to negate them with strengths. It also overlooks the absence of crucial players. No, not John Terry; Jack Wilshere. If the opposition are underlining his importance, no doubt the Italian knows it as well.
Normally England don’t play like that when Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere are available.“But unfortunately they were without a few players and maybe it was an obligation to play like that.
Overall, England are a very solid team and if they have Jack back it will make a massive difference. He has the talent to make things happen.
Arsenal will notice that as well. There is a very solid team ethic building at the moment, one that has been perhaps missing or less effective than is currently witnessed. The upcoming fixture at Carrow Road will be testing for the players. Not because Norwich are exceptional opponents – undeniably they are a hard-working side – but under Wenger’s reign Arsenal have always been sluggish immediately after the international break.
This time might be different. Key players have not been away or have been used more sparingly than previously. Koscielny represents the other side of the coin, he might be ‘buzzing’ following his international debut. A rest or confidence must surely be a boost for Arsène?
Wilshere provides a headache of the nicest kind for Wenger. Arteta, Song and Ramsey – barring injuries – will have built a strong partnership by the time the England international returns. I believe he provides a different attacking option than that trio and it is hard to say who would lose out. It is unlikely to be Song. Arteta’s experience gives him an edge over Ramsey but the Welshman is more mobile, something Wenger rates highly.
I suspect that it is the latter who will give way. The option of Wilshere occupying the attacking left-side role with Gervinho moving to the right cannot be discounted but that again offers more problems than solutions. Whatever the case may be, there is a long way to go until Wilshere’s return and if past seasons are anything to go by, an injury or suspension will solve the problem initially.
Elsewhere, Lukasz Fabianski felt like a number of small businesses when his attempt to obtain a loan was turned down. I suspect that his future is tied into that of Manuel Almunia. If the Spaniard goes in January, Fabianski will not be able to get a move, somthing that will cause disgruntlement as he has obviously been told he will not get to Euro2012 as first choice Polish ‘keeper unless he is occupying that spot at Arsenal. His international manager is obviously more decisive than the late Ron Greenwood was over Shilton and Clemence.
Finally, a reminder that Fun Gunner is interviewing a current player plying his trade on foreign shores, who was a youth player at an EPL club. Questions of more originality than “Who are you?” should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.