Fabregas’ injury investigation, Wenger’s injury update and Ramsey loaned out

November 26, 2010

Wenger: Gives an update on the injuries

It has been confirmed today by Wenger that Fabregas is going to be out for a couple of weeks at least. Wenger said that we will be a bit cautious with him as it is a recurrence of his hamstring problem. He said that he will listen to the medical team and Fabregas before deciding to play him. It all however depends on how he feels and if he is ready.

On being asked about the injury, Wenger said that he is not sure if it’s because of the World Cup. He said that the one thing he is sure of is that they will have to be cautious because if you have a hamstring injury you have a chance to get another. As for occurrence of the injury on the other leg, Wenger said that it is very difficult to predict. He further added that he doesn’t know much about it scientifically as the medical staff they have seen can’t say more about it. He said that they are investigating his injury. They have analyzed his body and it is not due to fatigue or tiredness. They will consult every specialist but the problem he said is that despite having scientists today you still get injured.

“It could be two weeks but we are in a position where we may need to be a bit more cautious with him because it is a recurrence of his hamstring problem.
I will follow what the medical people tell me and Cesc tells me – if he feels perfectly alright after two weeks then I will play him.
I don’t know if [the injury] is down to the World Cup. What is for sure is that every hamstring injury you have gives you more chances to have another one. That’s why I say maybe we have to be a bit more cautious.
This time we were concerned with one leg before the game and it happened on the other leg. It is very difficult to predict – I am not scientific enough to speak about that and none of the medical people we have seen yet can tell us more.We have analysed his body and it is not fatigued and he is not tired.
We are investigating as much as we can. The problem [is] before when you were injured you waited at home and when you could play again you played again – today you can have ten scientists around you but you still get injured.
We will consult every specialist we can. But at the end of the day it doesn’t stop him from being injured.”

Fabregas: We need him at 100 percent!

So with this time line, Fabregas is sure to miss the Aston Villa, Wigan, Fulham and Partizan Belgrade matches. He might be back for the Manchester game but seeing the past record I have my doubts about it. It will be a bonus if he will be back for that match but we have seen Fabregas takes time before getting to his best.  So playing him just because he gets fit might not be enough.

As Wenger has said that we have to be patient with him, so let’s not push him hard.  We need to give him time because if he gets another injury, he will be out for far too long then the two weeks now. Wenger has already gambled with him and let’s not go on the same path. The Christmas period is coming up and we don’t want to have a large number of players out with injury. I believe that he shouldn’t be played until he is hundred percent the rest is up to the Boss.

Speaking about others, Wenger said that Eboue is going to be out for a minimum of 4 weeks with a medial knee ligament strain. Everyone else will be available for the next match. Speaking of Almunia he said that he will be capable of playing but it will depend on how he responds.

“Eboue has a medial knee ligament strain. It can be four weeks, can be six weeks or can be eight weeks. But I think it will be four weeks minimum. We have a lot of bumps and bruises but everyone else should be available. Almunia should be capable to play but I will see how he reacts.”

Ramsey: Goes out on loan

The thing that has surprised me is that Aaron Ramsey after making a positive return in the reserves game has been loaned out. He has joined Nottingham forest on loan until 3rd January 2011. It is a surprise because Wenger had said before it will better if he stays here and makes his comeback with us. Now all of a sudden he is loaned out to a championship team. Maybe Wenger did give a hint when he said that he needs competitive games.

“Ramsey needs competitive games. He played 45 minutes and he did well. We need to get him slowly and progressively into competition mode.”

It is good for him in that he will get some match time but we know how it is in the championship. If he is pushed too hard it might hamper his return.  We know what setbacks can do if one tries too hard on returning from injuries. Diaby, Eduardo and Rosicky are a few examples. At first I was behind the notion that he should go on loan but the thing that changed my mind was that if he can get his match fitness by playing with reserves then it will be ideal. Still I really hope this move comes up good for him and he returns with no setbacks. Good luck to him.

This is all for now. The next game is just round the corner. We have to be ready for that and bounce back better than ever. We sure need a win this weekend.


The Problems are to be Eradicated

September 28, 2010

The next couple of games, starting from today, are very important for Arsenal as it will determine where our season will head. The way we present ourselves in these games will show us whether we are capable of putting aside our mistakes and grind out results in our favour. Read the rest of this entry »


A quick thought: Arsenal 2 – 3 West Brom

September 25, 2010

Just a quick thought because I am tooooooooooooooooo angry and disappointed to write something.

We were poor for the more than an hour, our defence was in shambles, no proper marking, too much space was given, letting the Albion players come to them, not eliminating the threat early, giving the possession away many times, not clearing the ball early, lethargic display, our passing was poor, Almunia, though he made the penalty save, was ‘no comment’, just everything in the first hour was bad about Arsenal.

I had said before the more time we take to kill the match the more Albion will fancy their chances. That’s what happened, our play was pathetic and Albion took the initiative.

The only good thing is that we didn’t give up until the end and Nasri was brilliant in the final 20 minutes. Still we want all the players to perform like that from beginning and not when we are three goals down.

That’s three points dropped for sure and here I was thinking that by tonight we would be only a point behind Chelsea.

That’s all. When I get my anger to subside, I will write something good and positive about Arsenal from this match.

Have your say in the comments.

p.s. still can’t believe it that we have lost!


The Message, Shortcomings and Transfer Window Closes

August 31, 2010

Its been three days since our win over Blackburn. A win that most were saying would make our title challenge more real. A win we did get but has it really created the effect that it should have. Has it really created some fear in the minds of all the Arsenal doubters? For me, this win has given a message to all the anti-arsenal people out there that this season we mean business and we will not be bullied by the thugs and that we can carve our own fortunes. Three points against Big Sam’s team in their own backyard with their no-football-but-only-rugby tactics speaks volumes that we are not to be intimidated this season. Read the rest of this entry »