By Bulldog Drummond.
Hmmm… bit of an early slot for me, a Thursday, but there’s news so time for an early early preview. A preview of the preview in fact. Or a preview of the pre… [Get on with it – Tony]
Carl Jenkinson has decided that he will NOT play for the Very Large Man of Dubious Dealings at Palace at least not without a hell of a lot of compensation and certainly more than £40k a week. Personally I don’t blame him, although I’d do pretty much anything for £40k a week.
The reputation of the very large man has always been over-hyped, and the notion that one can sack a manager and just put the Big One in charge is totally ludicrous, as shown by the fact that he has gained one point from four league games at the Palace and just squeaked through against Notlob Wanderers in the Cup. (Remember when we used to crack the Notlob joke twice a season. Ah those were the days)
Here’s the Enlarged Entity’s league run – would you go to this club?
|21||14.01.2017||West Ham United||away||L0-3||17||16|
Quite honestly if WHU can beat you, so can anyone.
So Carl stays at the Arsenal, and if he can get his confidence back together becomes the back up to Bellerín . Personally I think he is a fine full back who just lost his nerve – and it can happen to all sportsmen and women, and I don’t blame him one iota in not going into a relegation scrap.
Although we have a full squad, that doesn’t mean we can let players of his quality go. He knows he has to work hard and wait his time with Arsenal, and if that’s what he wants to do, good on him. The beach it is, once his mind is ready. He’s contracted for another 18 months so he has to show the boss he’s up to it.
Unless he goes to Watford or West Bromwich Albion. Hopefully he will reject West B because after what happened to Gnabry there is no telling how any player will be treated, and the boss there is the Pulis, a man whom even the high court reported was basically just a liar. Thus any player who takes what is said at face value at that club after even the Telegraph described as one in which “Pulis was accused of fraudulent behaviour in a High Court judgement” needs his head examining.
Elsewhere Mr Wenger has reacted against the idea of abandoning the off-side rules, as Untold mentioned yesterday and talked a lot about the need to beat the smaller teams if the games against the big teams are going to matter.
“Burnley are a top-10 team in the first part of the league so what they have done is absolutely unbelievable,” he said. “They play everybody at home and they beat everybody, so now we need to make sure they don’t find a solution away from home on Sunday. It’s a big game for us – we have to prepare well.”
Moving on to other players Mr Wenger confirmed that Per Mertesacker has had his contract extended by a year. “There is an option with Mertesacker that we have taken,” he said. “There was no negotiation. He is back in training, not with the squad yet but he is two weeks away now.” So that will give us one more centre back option.
Mr Wenger continued, “Héctor Bellerín, Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs are back in the group, and should be available for selection for Sunday. It is still too early for Theo Walcott but Olivier Giroud is back in training since yesterday. With all the important games we have of course it’s important we have all the experienced players back.”
I wonder if the Ramsey / Xhaka pairing in midfield with continue with Francis Coquelin held in reserve for one more game. The RX combination has been developing rather nicely I feel, and although it is not perfect yet it has shown its possibilities, so this would be a chance to give it one more go.
If Giroud is fit to play after indicating (following his goal at Swansea) that he was ready to come off, then I would imagine he would also start against a team like Burnley not least because Burnley’s away form is interesting in this regard…
|8||West Bromwich Albion||21||5||2||3||19||14||3||3||5||9||14||0||29|
No wins, one draw, eight defeats, scored three and conceded 20 away from home. That is actually the worst away record in the whole league, worst even than the clubs looking to be relegated. So they are going to drop back and look to clog their way out of trouble, although without the fear of yellow cards – they only have four more than Arsenal this season.
Elsewhere there is an amusing headline which reads, “Emmanuel Adebayor: ‘I have a bad reputation in England and I don’t know why’.” The big fella who caused us so much enjoyment while he was at Tottenham, earning his dosh while not playing, has been unemployed since he left Palace last summer, but is now playing in the Africa Cup, and seemingly getting plaudits. Perhaps someone will sign him.
Who knows. It’s a funny ol game.
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