Wenger’s update on Vermaelen and Gibbs, Diaby and Fabianski are good to go against Chelsea

December 23, 2010

The postponement of the games over the weekend might have left many people fuming, but it has turned out to be a good mini break for us. Most of our injured players are back and better than before as Wenger revealed while speaking to Arsenal TV online.

Diaby, Fabianski, Fabregas and Van Persie are all good to go against Chelsea. Most of them would have been available for the Stoke match but an extra week would have certainly helped them to prepare better and get their fitness levels up.

“We have everybody back. We had them in the squad for Stoke – Diaby, Fabregas, Van Persie. Fabianski too.

They have had one more week to prepare for this game and build up their fitness. That will have helped them of course.”

Apart from them, the ones who have been involved twice a week for the past couple of months will also have benefitted from this postponement.

On the other hand Vermaelen, Gibbs and Almunia are still out injured and won’t be back over Christmas.

“So overall we miss only Vermaelen, Almunia and Kieran Gibbs now. They will not be back in the short–term – over Christmas – but everybody else is available.”

The timeline that Wenger gave on Gibbs is that he will be back by early January.

On Vermaelen’s return, Wenger said that he will be back by late January. At the moment the signs are good from Vermaelen as he needs to build his match fitness. It will take about four weeks to get him fully match fit. Wenger is, righfully, being cautious with him as he already has had a lot of setbacks.

“I would rather say late January. He is short on fitness and we have to build it up. That will take three to four weeks. He has started now and the signs are good. But I have been hit so many times with backlash that I am very cautious with Vermaelen.

“However Gibbs should be available at the beginning of January.”

So, if all goes well we will have the whole squad back by the end of January, provided there are no new injuries, and hopefully till then we will remain near the top and continue with our title charge.


Rumours, rumours and rumours, Way to go Wilshere and Alisher Usmanov

December 23, 2010

Time flies! It was just today that the match against Stoke was postponed. I am not complaining though as it has been a boring week for me. I was busy doing some other work which has kept me from writing anything these last few days. And it has been a pain in the a*** as it has kept me away from the football world. I have been getting updates on Arsenal though.

Anyhow, nothing much has happened even if you count the sacking of Benitez, it was inevitable. As for us, after Wenger declared that he might buy players in January, the numbers of players getting linked with us have increased exponentially. I am not surprised as it always has been like this.

What I am surprised at is that some of the rumours are just ridiculous.  For instance Lescott is linked with us. Now I don’t know but maybe someone was really drunk or that they wanted to give us laughs when they wrote this, take your pick. Then there is Mascherano, who only recently went to Barcelona.

Apart from them there are many others that have been linked, including Simon Kjear, but I feel we are very unlikely to sign them. Still there are a few that might interest Wenger. Such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who plays for Southampton in League 1.  He is being compared to our very own and former Southampton man, Theo Walcott and the club rates him higher than Walcott at his age. I think that we already have far too many youngsters and another one will not add anything. We have signed Ryo Miyachi and we have our own youth players that we need to develop and induct into the first team. If we keep on adding more young players, a point will come where we will have to sell most of them and we might lose genuine talents with it.

At the moment what we need is proven performers, if we do buy as I still have my doubts that Wenger will buy. The other thing is that we have to sell first to make place for new signings. A couple of players have  been linked away from us; namely Denilson, to Barcelona and Wolfsburg, and Bendtner to Lazio. Both of them have been diplomatic in their responses to the speculations. My honest opinion is that they are going nowhere.

My strong belief is that till the time we don’t release players we won’t be signing new ones. Injuries can also force Wenger. However, we can only wait and see what happens as only a few days are left to the start of transfer of window. Don’t get your hopes up though. Still I would love to see Schweinsteiger and Eden hazard to be signed; I know I am asking too much!!

Apart from the rumors, a certain someone, after winning the ‘golden boy’ award, feels that only Messi is better than him in football and he is on his way to win another league title. If Lescott rumors didn’t give you the laughs this certainly would. As for his remarks about Wilshere, I think he needs to play more football than warm his backside.

I loved the response of Wilsher though, who said:

“Would just like to say how honoured I am to have got 2nd place in the ‘golden boy’! And like to thank everyone who voted for me!

“And would like to congratulate Mario Balotelli on winning it, even if he doesn’t know who I am! He is a top player!”

Way to go Wilshere!! You will win many other awards for sure.

By the way, if it interests you, Alisher Usmanov is on the verge of buying more shares at Arsenal. I don’t care as long as it doesn’t effect Arsenal and we still get to buy, some of the players, that we do.