Fractured Fibula: Bacary Sagna out for three months!

October 3, 2011

As if losing to Tottenham was not enough, we are now going to lose Bacary Sagna for a minimum of three months with a fibula fracture.

Bacary Sagna was substituted during the game after he was pushed by Assou-Ekotto and he landed awkwardly.

Speaking after the game, Wenger informed the initial signs weren’t good and further news was awaited with the medical staff checking the fibula.

“We are very worried about his injury. He is in hospital at the moment and it is too early to say but the first signs do not look good at all. It is the fibula in the ankle that has to be checked, that is what I have been told. We will know tonight.

I think he was pushed quite hard by Assou-Ekotto and I’m not sure what happened to him. He might have landed the wrong way, I don’t know. I will have to see it again. Straight away he wanted to be substituted.”

Later in the night, the following statement was released on the official Arsenal site.

The Club can confirm that Bacary Sagna sustained a fracture to the fibula in his right leg during the match against Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.
Further detailed investigations and assessments will take place on Monday, during which time Bacary will see ankle specialists and the Arsenal medical team regarding the further management of his injury.

It is expected that Bacary will be out for approximately three months and a surgical procedure cannot be ruled out at this stage.

With us already short in defenders, one of our consistent performers is going to be missed now.

With a surgery not ruled out, we will have to keep our fingers crossed that there are no setbacks. This season was already tough and has just gotten more difficult.

Let’s hope he returns in time. I wish him the best of luck.


Gazidis assures signing players, Arsenal to have talks over Gervinho, Arsene interested in Emmanuel Riviere

June 14, 2011

Just a quick update today as I am busy somewhere else. Yesterday, Ivan Gazidis had a question and answer session with the Arsenal Shareholders Trust. I haven’t yet seen the session due to not finding time so can’t really comment on what happened. Ivan did, however, assure the fans that Arsenal will be making new signings this summer and a few of the current squad will also be asked to leave.

He was off the opinion that despite a massive disappointment the season cannot be seen as a disaster.

“Coming off the end of the season, I share with you a sense of profound disappointment. We had a season that promised a great deal and looked like it could turn into a very special one but in the end a familiar story began to tell itself. I understand the feelings that we all felt.

It is very clear we had some shortcomings and in this close season we are going to see some turnover of players. Some new signings will be coming in and some of our existing squad will be going out. As Arsène has said, it will be a busy close season for the Club.

But also it is important to recognize that it has not been a disaster. We have a young squad and we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. The trick will be identify which parts to keep and which parts to turnover. And we will do that within our financial capabilities.”

I don’t want to sound negative but if finishing fourth in a two-horse title race isn’t disaster than I am afraid Ivan has lost me. It might have been disappointing if it was happening for the first time but to happen for four years consecutively is quite worrying. I will be discussing more of this after I have seen the whole session. For now, I am grateful that Ivan considers buying and indeed selling a few players, hopefully not to include Nasri and Fabregas.

In other news, Lille’s general manager Frederic Paquet has confirmed that they will be holding talks with Arsenal for a possible transfer of Gervinho. The general manger said

“He [Gervinho] wants to go and has developed contacts with Arsenal. We will soon have talks with them and see what they offer. He has expressed a desire to go to England and we will see what happens.”

With news coming out on daily basis related to Gervinho, it seems that we really are interested in him. let’s hope the talks are fruitful.

There is also talk of Arsene’s interest in Saint-Etienne striker Emmanuel Riviere. He has been compared to Thierry Henry and is valued at around £4.5 million. In the player’s own words

“I am flattered to be linked with the clubs mentioned. I am a young player, so to be linked with Arsenal is fantastic for me. If Arsene Wenger is interested in you it means you have potential to be a very good player. People compare me to Thierry Henry and that is a big compliment. If I can achieve half of his career I will be happy.”

With Bendtner on the verge of leaving, we do need to sign a striker this summer. Who will we get can only be answered by Wenger.

Today there were also reports that revealed Tottenham as the possible challengers to us in acquiring Christopher Samba. Blackburn themselves will do their best to keep Samba but my gut feeling is that if Wenger truly moves for him, we will get him this summer.

The biggest surprise of the day for me, however, was the news of a possible swap deal between Chelsea and Tottenham involving Drogba and Modric. My initial reaction to this was WTF! As for the rest, we will find out in the coming weeks.

By the way the media has already started speculating who will be the team to replace us in the top four next season. At the moment many are favoring Liverpool. Don’t the media love writing us off? Although I can’t say anything about titles at the moment, I am sure we will finish in the top four.

Have a good time!!


Player Ratings: Arsenal 2 – 3 Tottenham

November 20, 2010

Third loss at home and again it is due to a sloppy performance. Away from home we are giving spirited performances but at home we simply cannot remain focused for the whole 90 minutes. After the start we had it looked like we would cruise on to a win but again we lost the desire when it mattered. That second half was just a f****** pathetic display of football by us. How can one give away a two goal cushion and that too against the Spuds at home? It was very painful, more painful than the West Brom and Newcastle games combined. Read the rest of this entry »


Arsenal 2 – 3 Tottenham report: One for the Drains

November 20, 2010

Simply disappointing. A match is played over two halves and I guess our team didn’t realize that they had to play the second half. We were given an opportunity last weekend and we have simply blown it. I guess we cannot keep it simple and have to lose because Chelsea lost last weekend. How many times have we seen that we throw away a match that we are dominating? We just lose our focus. Complacent again? I don’t know but that second half was very painful to watch as the Spuds took the match away from us.

It’s also another loss at home and that is twice in a row now. Perhaps we need to bring our hopes down. We can forget the title at the moment and give it a go at the cups, the only realistic chance of a trophy this year.

The game started with us keeping better possession and creating good goal scoring opportunities. The Spuds were chasing shadows. We were rewarded for our good play in the 9th minute when Fabregas flew in a brilliant lobbed pass down the middle. Nasri got on the end of it. His touch took the ball away from Gomes and it seemed it was going out before Nasri’s touch spun the ball over the line from a tight angle.

Fabregas had a chance to put us two ahead but his shot wasn’t on target after he brilliantly made space for himself with a nice touch on a pass from Song. We got our second on a counter when Fabregas fed Arshavin on the left. His cross was deflected by Chamakh into the back of the net. Two goals up and the rest of the half was all Arsenal. Near the end of the first half our defenders were tested a bit but there was no clear cut chance for Tottenham. We in fact could have gone a third goal up and put the match to rest if Chamakh hadn’t made a terrible mess of a good ball form Fabregas.

Still we were two goals up as we headed into the break , we were dominating the possession and it looked like we will get this match. The catch was if we had kept it simple and played the same way but of course we don’t keep it simple.  I don’t know why we have to make things hard for ourselves. The second half saw rejuvenated Spuds and we simply didn’t raise our game to their level. We were still keeping the ball nicely but at the back we were playing a dangerous game. We were attacking the ball early and keeping a high offside trap for which we were punished.

Spurs got the early goal they wanted as our backline was caught ball napping as it went over them. Van Der Vaart, who was terrible in the first half, got the ball from defoe and passed it along to Bale, who was quite in the first and he put it into the far corner. They were back in the match. Two of their players who we had kept quite in the first half opened their account. Still we had the match under control.

Chamakh again had a chance to make it three for us but he was simply slow to take the initiative. That allowed the Tottenham defence to close him down. At the other end Tottenham got a free kick. As it was delivered in, standing at the wall, Fabregas and Chamakh both raised their arms into the path of the ball. The ref pointed to spot straight away. I don’t know what happened to Fabregas and Chamakh but that was embarrassing and unbelievable. Van Der Vaart from the spot kick sent Fabianski the wrong way and they were leveled.

We still would have taken the match. Fabregas’ curling shot was saved by Gomes and Koscielny had an open net to head in but he made a mess of it. Van Persie, Rosicky and Walcott were thrown by Wenger but they didn’t make much impact. At the other end Tottenham were looking threatening. They had another free kick which was delivered in by Van Der Vaart. Kaboul got in between the defenders and headed the ball into the far corner. Poor defending. The spurs were ahead for the first time and there were only 5 minutes of normal time let. We tried to get a goal back but it was not enough as the time ran out.

Painful ending to a match that should have been won by us in the first place. Tottenham got their first win at our home in a long time and I simply cannot register the fact that we have lost to them. This is two games in a row now we have lost to the Spuds in the league. And the fact that it is our third loss at home this season makes it all the more astonishing.

It was just another pathetic display of football by us in the second half. It is becoming more of a norm now I guess. I am not going much ahead but this match is simply going down the drain for me. All is not lost yet but what more can we expect. From now on it will just be match at a time and I am simply not going to expect much until we really achieve something.

Keep the faith!


Arsenal vs Tottenham preview: A chance to go top!

November 20, 2010

A win is what we want!

We return from the mini International break unscathed in terms of injuries and take on the spuds today at the Emirates.  We have a chance to go top today at least for a few hours and for that we need to win this game by whatever means we can. Read the rest of this entry »


Spurs 1 – 4 Arsenal: That’s what happens for talking too loud + Ratings

September 22, 2010

The win last night at the lane was scintillating. The complete dominance of Arsenal in the first 45 minutes was just awesome to watch. The score line though didn’t reflect the match proceedings due to a few decisions that were not given in our favour. Still the amount of ball possession we had, it was just that Tottenham were not even playing, they were totally outclassed. Carling Cup or not that was one sweet performance by our team and all credit to them and also to Arsene Wenger for putting up a strong team than we have seen in recent years in the cup ties.

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Deluded Spurs Handed a Reality Check: Report

September 22, 2010

AET:

Tottenham: 1 (Keane)

Arsenal: 4 (Lansbury, Nasri (2) and Arshavin)

That was just brilliant by Arsenal if not perfect.

Taking control of the match from start, Arsenal never looked back once. Lansbury opened the scoring for Arsenal, with a sliding tap in, after a move involving Rosicky and Wilshere. Arsenal dominated the possession and in the first half Tottenham were nowhere to be seen. They had few shots but they were too wide and didn’t trouble Arsenal much.

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