By Tony Attwood
I thought Iwobi was very effective playing roughly in Ozil’s position (although he did seem to pop up in various places where I didn’t expect to see him – but all to the good). But he reported that he liked the position, saying, “It is where I have grown up playing, and where I enjoy playing the most. But wherever I am put on the pitch, I will do my best. It’s more intense [in the centre], more thinking to it but it’s always hard to play in any position. There are a lot of players who can play number 10; a lot of ball players in the team. Every day in training I am always learning and trying to add it to my game.
“This time last year I was just playing in the cup games and happy to be there. To be starting almost every week is just amazing progress for me. I’m still young, still learning and there is still a long way to go. We have got the momentum, we are confident now and hopefully we can keep up our winning streak.”
So that’s one more player fixed in the squad – be ready in the summer for the transfer rumours of him being poached by Barcelona.
Meanwhile here’s the latest on the injury list, and this time I’ve added a few extra bits and pieces, such as players who were injured but are now just getting fit again. Dates in such cases are of course something of a guess, and normally we have to wait for the player to get a game in the under 23s before knowing he is fully back in working order.
|Player||What’s wrong||Return date||Notes|
|Mesut Ozil||Illness||January 3, 2017||A Doubt|
|Kieran Gibbs||Knee Injury||January 3, 2017||Slight Doubt|
|Theo Walcott||Calf Strain||January 3, 2017||Slight Doubt|
|Chuba Akpom||January 7, 2017||Match fitness|
|Danny Welbeck||January 7, 2017||Match fitness|
|Per Mertesacker||January 7, 2017||Match fitness|
|Mat Debuchy||Hamstring Injury||January 14, 2017|
|Mo Elneny||Africa Cup of Nations||February 5, 2017||Feb 5 is the final.|
|Santi Cazorla||Plantaris Injury||February 25, 2017|
However we have now lost three consecutive away league matches for the first time since August to October 2011 and two of these have been from winning positions. But at the half way mark we have 40 points – better than five of the last six seasons. So an up and down sort of campaign. Time to go back to it all being up.
Let’s round it off with the goalscorers with their occasionally glorious full names as found on supersport.com
|1||Diego Da Silva Costa||Chelsea||14|
|2||Zlatan Ibrahimović||Manchester United||13|
|3||Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez||Arsenal||12|
|4||Romelu Lukaku Menama||Everton||11|
|4||Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo||Manchester City||11|
|7||Harry Kane||Tottenham Hotspur||10|
|10||Bamidele Alli||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|10||Christian Benteke Liolo||Crystal Palace||8|
|10||Michail Antonio||West Ham United||8|
Have fun, be it in front of the TV or by the seaside.
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