By Bulldog Drummond
There are many reasons why Arsenal have no chance. We’re rubbish in that we couldn’t beat Stoke, we’re 11th in the League behind the mighty West Brom, Watford and Huddersfield, and Liverpool are already five places ahead of us.
Plus there is total shock and horror that Arsenal “will start against Liverpool on Sunday with three outfield players who, at the very least, have been seriously considering a future elsewhere.” (The Telegraph).
To say the least? Well, to say the least, Bellerin signed for Barcelona in July, bought a house, moved out his family and that was that. I know that because I read it in… the Telegraph. Oh and apparently the Ox is off, according to today’s Telegraph today. Oh yes and Ozil too.
As for Liverpool! where their activities in the transfer market have led thus far is a complete ban on signing academy players, widespread condemnation vis a vis the methodology used in an attempt to buy a player from Southampton – Virgil van Dijk – who actually wanted to leave Southampton and could have gone to Liverpool but didn’t, and the refusal to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona after he submitted a transfer request, only to “discover” that he had a significant injury. Still at least they don’t have Diego Costa.
Of course journalists are simple people and the fact that we sold Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri when we didn’t want to, means to them we will sell again. What the media hasn’t really grasped is that if Arsenal do go into September with Sanchez, Ozil, and Oxlade-Chamberlain the club is letting go £150m in transfer fees. If that happens, it means that the power really is with the manager not the owner, and not the board, and that can only be a good thing. Even for the anti-Wengerians, it must mean that power has moved into the hands of the manager, and Mr Wenger won’t be here for too many more seasons. So whoever comes next will have absolute power. As it should be.
Anyway, the long and the short is that the view in some quarters is that the Ox will be dropped for the game against Liverpool, and will then go. We shall see.
The signs are positive not least because, “It’s been very hard for Laurent because I didn’t even consider him for friendly games, because I had to play some defenders. What hurt him a lot was to miss the Cup final,” according to Mr Wenger.
“He’s a very quiet guy and sometimes he can get rushed. He always thinks he has the speed to win the tackle and, in this case, he didn’t. I think we lost the game at Stoke because, defensively, we gave a cheap goal away. It’s good to have him back.”
The injury table however is extremely worrying. As we all know Arsenal always have the most injuries, so the table must be quite wrong, most likely printed upside down, but even so here it is, as usual from physioroom.com
|8||Brighton and Hove Albion||5|
|15||West Ham United||3|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||3|
You know who our man out is but what of Liver Pool?
|Who got done||What he got||When’s he back||Sunday?|
|E Can (no he can’t)||Knock||August 27, 2017||Doubt|
|T Alexander-Arnold||Dead Leg||August 27, 2017||Doubt|
|A Lallana||Thigh Strain||No Return Date||No|
|P Coutinho||Back Injury||September 9, 2017||No|
|N Clyne||Hamstring Injury||September 9, 2017||Major Doubt|
|A Bogdan||ACL Knee Injury||No Return Date|
- Arsenal wins 7
- Draws 6
- Liverpool! wins 4
Not too bad. More tomorrow.