By Bulldog Drummond
Oh how the media have loved it. Arsenal Crisis!!! How much they have missed being able to say this as Arsenal have rushed up the table, beaten the Greatest Team in Germany (official) and then had a couple of injuries. So is it CRISIS. Or even
or … well you get the idea
Arsène Wenger has that he will keep the defence as it is, which is a pretty good notion, and just play Joel Campbell at Swansea City – his first Premier League start for the club. All the other options (Bellerin or Gibbs as wide midfield) or Santi Cazorla on the right, or anything like that.
The total idiot that is Raymond Verheijen has been at it again and Mr Wenger ‘This guy looks like he knows absolutely everything’. A reasonable response. The man’s work and ravings have been completely discredited, not least by a solid analysis on Untold. He is bitter and twisted and accuses anyone within range of being less able than him.
“I can only invite you one day to see what work is done behind the scenes. We have some players who are more injury-prone than others, but we are very well organised on that front.
“We have to analyse every single case and every single exercise, but also I think you have to not over-analyse when players are injured.
“When a player is injured, they are injured, this has always happened. We have not too many muscular injuries but it is post-international games we get all these injuries and is it linked with that? I don’t know. What I’m focused on tomorrow is to continue our run.”
It also appears that the real issue with Gnabry is Arsenal’s annoyance at typical Pulis behaviour of taking a player and then not playing him – just to mess Arsenal around. They will, I guess, get him back.
So we are on to Campbell. “It is now or never for him with us,” Wenger said. “You go one time out, two times out – after that, you don’t know any more if you belong to the club or not. What is important for me is the next game. Football, and life as well, is play the next game like it was your last.
“There is a challenge for the players who come in to show their quality and, at the end, you can find yourself with a bigger squad. That is what happened with Coquelin and Bellerín last season. Campbell’s attitude is absolutely outstanding.”
Mr Wenger also urged Remi Garde to join Aston Villa as the manager. Garde wants to take the assistants Bruno Genesio and Gerald Baticle from Lyon and that has proved the stumbling block.
“Remi should just take it,” Mr Wenger said. “You do not get 20 opportunities to come to England and, at the moment in Europe, you find 250 managers who want to come to England.”
So to the teams. We’ve got
Alexis Ozi Campbell
Monreal Kos Mert Bellerin
Which is our normal team save one. So what is the fuss about. Maybe it is beause there is no one on the beach, but really we have some choices even there…
Macey, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Gabriel, Flamini, Iwobi, Kamara, Bennacer
Here’s the injury list with the dates of expected return.
- Arteta (21 Nov),
- Ospina (21 Nov),
- Ox-Chamberlain (21 Nov),
- Ramsey (21 Nov),
- Walcott (Dec),
- Wilshere (Jan),
- Welbeck (Feb),
- Rosicky (Feb)
Here is what Garry Monk manager of Swansea said…
“Defenders want to keep clean sheets, strikers want to score goals and midfielders wants to make assists and score goals themselves.”
So now you know. Did you also know that Arsenal have had more shots than any other Premier League team this season. Shame we are in a crisis. The number is 185 in case you were interested.
Swansea did the league double over us last season so it is time to take revenge.
Swansea however have had a five-match winless league run which ended with their victory against the almighty Aston Villa. They have not won at home since the opening month of the season.
Here’s another good one – they have both hit bar or post six times in the league – more than any other club.
Arsenal have won four consecutive league games, and six of their last seven and are still on the 1999 goals in all competitions under Arsene Wenger.
We have only lost one of the last 11 Premier League away games. And now here is the killer point about the INJURY CRISIS
Arsenal have used 19 players this season, the fewest in the division. But we are awash with injuries. Funny ol game.
Oh yes, and Olivier Giroud has scored in four of his last five appearances for Arsenal in all competitions. Mesut Ozil has provided a league-high seven goal assists this season.