By Bulldog Drummond
The injury league still looks completely unbelievable, and so the media are not believing it, by not mentioning it. Arsenal are showing 3 “injuries” – although we are told that Ozil’s injury is an illness of some sort. Looking down the list however he is not the only player with an illness – Burnley also have an illness. Perhaps it is catching.
Also interesting that West Ham’s Reid is out with “cramp”. I am certainly not a medical man but I thought cramp usually wore off in a few minutes, and its effects on movement in about two hours. Maybe it is a special state aided cramp. The data as always is from physioroom.com
|Pos||Club||Players out||Latest out||Injury of last man out|
|1||Hull City||10||D Mbokani||Hamstring Injury|
|2||Sunderland||7||P van Aanholt||Ankle Injury|
|3||Watford||7||C Kabasele||Hip Injury|
|4||Stoke City||6||G Johnson||Shoulder|
|5||Crystal Palace||6||L Remy||Muscular Injury|
|6||Liverpool||6||D Sturridge||Hip Injury|
|7||Everton||5||D Gibson||Knee Injury|
|8||Southampton||5||V van Dijk||Ankle Injury|
|10||West Ham United||4||W Reid||Cramp|
|11||Swansea City||4||K Naughton||Hamstring Injury|
|12||Bournemouth||4||T Mings||Knee Injury|
|13||Manchester United||3||B Schweinsteiger||Muscular Injury|
|15||Manchester City||3||V Kompany||Muscle Injury|
|16||Tottenham Hotspur||2||D Rose||MCL Knee Ligament|
|17||Middlesbrough||2||D Ayala||Hamstring Injury|
|18||Leicester City||1||M Wague||Dislocated Shoulder|
|19||West Bromwich A||1||M Phillips||Hamstring Injury|
Bayern have Lahm out while Sanches, Costa and Boateng are doubtful. For Arsenal it is Santi, Elneny and Ozil on the list.
While the UK press has been fairly reluctant to report it, in case it takes the shine off their glee at our 5-1 defeat in Germany, Bayern have been hammering out the same sort of results everywhere else ever since. You will notice that in this table they play in the Bun, which seems about right for a league in which one team normally wins. Just need a g on the end.
|Date||Comp.||Home team||Result||Away team|
|18/02/17||BUN||Hertha BSC||1 – 1||Bayern München|
|25/02/17||BUN||Bayern München||8 – 0||Hamburger SV|
|01/03/17||DFP||Bayern München||3 – 0||Schalke 04|
|04/03/17||BUN||Köln||0 – 3||Bayern München|
Here is the league table in Germany – as with Spain, you will notice that the team challenging for a European place is closer to relegation than to the title.
Hertha Berlin look like playing in the Europa next season, are just 14 points above Hamburg in the play off place for relegation. It is a very screwy league, caused of course by the level of money than Bayern can lay their hands on each year. Must be rather boring knowing who is going to win the league before you start.
|17||FC Ingolstadt 04||23||5||3||15||21||39||-18||18|
According to the media latest, “Arsène Wenger has urged Alexis Sánchez to channel his anger into the game against Bayern Munich”. Anyway, one upset story is never enough when reporting Arsenal so the new one is that Petr Cech has “become frustrated by his own continued omission from the Champions League.”
Apparently Cech is “bewildered” by the reasoning. Well, yes, it is pretty difficult this notion that “In order that the back up keeper gets some games and so keeps match fit we will play him in the cup matches otherwise when suddenly called upon, he is going to find it tough. Anyway, you can’t keep a good international keeper as a reserve and not have him playing at all. If you do that, he leaves and we end up with a junior as backup.” Sort of post-graduate stuff really. Doctoral even.
But such nonsense allows the Telegraph to write, “Cech’s frustration adds to the acute tension at Arsenal after four defeats in six games”. And this of course is the problem that will face whoever the successor to Mr Wenger is going to be. The media make their money out of attacking Arsenal, because it boosts their audience and so boosts their advertising revenue, and they are not going to stop just because the manager changes. Has everyone really forgotten the way they used to treat George Graham or the way they ignored his achievement of going the entire season with just one defeat – itself unknown at the time.
Mr Wenger said that he expected of his players, “That they go out there with a mixture of lucid rage. Total commitment, but not a silly one because you have as well always to make intelligent decisions.”
Mr Wenger also mentioned the recent capitulation of Tottenham – the current media darlings – in the much more competitive environment of the Europa. As he said, “Basically, the teams that have gone out in the group stage are happy but we have gone through and we are in crisis.”
Of the argument with Sánchez he said, “The true warrior fights not because he hates the ones in front of him, but because he loves those behind him. The only failure is not trying.”
Arsenal History Books on Kindle
The novel “Making the Arsenal” by Tony Attwood which describes the events of 1910, which created the modern Arsenal FC, is now available for the first time on Kindle. Full details are here.
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The latest from the Arsenal History Society
We are currently 90% of the way through the most detailed review of Arsenal in the 1930s (the era that made Arsenal into one of the greatest teams) ever written. The latest articles are
- August/September 1938/39. The start of the end.
- George Hunt: the first ever player to move from Tottenham Hotspur to Arsenal
- Arsenal in the summer: 1938. The Nazi salute; the world record signing.
The Arsenal History Society publishes numerous series of articles exploring different aspects of Arsenal’s history. You can find an index to all the series to date on the Society’s web site