Arsenal v Manchester City
3pm, Helsinki – not on live TV
By Tony Attwood
There’s not really that much news around about the game, and those sites that like to hype themselves up as being close to the action are just re-hashing what’s on Arsenal.com
We do know that Miquel has gone on loan to Leicester – so I might get a peek at him sometime in the season as their ground is only 25 miles or so from where I live. However today we’re all off to see our local club Corby Town’s last friendly before starting in the Southern League (having been tragically relegated from the Conference on the last day of last season).
Back with the Arsenal, we know Rosicky is out with a strain – and so is someone else, but I am not sure who. Jack, who didn’t play in the last game?
But back to what we can make of this game against Man City. The first team as it stands looks something like this (excluding current injuries)…
The Polish Keeper who I have apparently racially abused*
Four from: Sagna, Mertersacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Jenkinson
Three from: Arteta Wilshere Ramsey Cazorla
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Three from: Walcott, Giroud, Podolski, Ox,
Benched: Gnabry, Akpom, Sanogo, Zelalem,
So whittling that down further
Sczsczscz (ooops sorry there I go again)*
Sagna, Mertersacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Cazorla (sub Wilshere)
Walcott, Giroud, Podolski (sub Ox)
Which leaves injured: Rosicky, Monreal, Diaby, Vermaelen
Uncertain: Ryo, Frimpong.
Ryo didn’t look back to his best for me on the tour games – those injuries of his seem to have taken such a toll that maybe he needs a solid few months of heavy training. Frimpong, I don’t quite know what is going on. Maybe you can tell me.
But with Miquel gone, and Coquelin gone, both of whom I saw as useful squad players this season, (and Coquelin I particularly saw as hugely improving last season), I am (not for the first time this week, month and year) a little bemused.
If we had another defender ready to step up surely we would have seen him on tour, but even those who looked like they were coming through before (Eisfeld and Yennaris in midfield for example), have not been given much chance.
This can only mean that the deals are there in all but signature – otherwise the loans would not be going through. (That’s my logic, and what one of my close-to-the-action chums said – but then he was wrong about Higuain).
Anyway, just shows that we are in for another season of me spouting out of date commentaries and everyone else writing in to tell me where I have got it wrong.
By the way, thanks for everyone’s comments and the high readership levels of the two Liverpool pieces. I did have to start cutting some comments, not least because a) I am not going to publish threats of violence from one reader to another, and b) if I did I would probably be open to prosecution. But then I guess that is what we get when dealing with “sensitive” topics.
It is a rather interesting reflection that Tottenham fans were, in general, much more reasoned and reflective in their commentaries on articles relating to their club this summer than Liverpool fans. Yet both clubs are facing the situation all too well known to Arsenal of the squad being disturbed in pre-season by unwelcome bids. (OK the Billy the Dog piece invited a lot of silly “Yawn, what a boring article, you know nothing” comments, but the “Why choose Arsenal” was, I thought, very seriously argued indeed, and one of our best pieces this year.)
Anyway, this time next week we’ll be at the Ems once again. That’s rather a pleasing thought.
* A correspondent wrote in a week or two back accusing me of racism, and getting rather frustrated when I offered no apology for the perceived racism. The issue was the spelling of Wojciech Szczesny, with the adopting of the silly Szcszsczsz thing I’ve done for a couple of seasons. He wrote about my “responsibilities as a blogger” – which is an interesting concept and one we might return to perhaps. I’m not at all sure what they are, but it would be interesting to find out.
Anyway, if you think I’m racist, or that mucking around with a person’s name is racist, then, I guess, at that point we part company. For me to stop doing it now would seem to me to be giving in to what I think is just a silly accusation – and yes I know the Czszsz thing is childish and silly, but somehow, to me, in the strange world I live in, it is silly in a different way.
Below are the anniversaries for today, with an emphasis on recent times just so you can compare what we are doing now, with what has happened in the past just as the season gets going. The anniversaries are put up on the home page most days.
Arsenal Anniversaries: 10 August
- 10 August 1968: League kicks off with away fixture at Tottenham. Arsenal win.
- 10 Arsenal 1976: Malcolm MacDonald’s debut v Grasshoppers in friendly.
- 10 August 1977: Don Howe returns as manager, six years after leaving
- 10 August 1980: Partizan Belgrade v Arsenal, last game for Paul Barron
- 10 August 1986: Tommy Caton last game away to Shamrock Rovers
- 10 August 1991: Arsenal 0 Tottenham 0 in Charity shield at Wembley
- 10 August 1994: Vince Bartram signed from AFC Bournemouth
- 10 August 2010: Kyle Bartley loan to Sheffield U
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal FC: crowd behaviour at the early
- The sites from the same team…
- Referee Decisions – just what are the refs up to this season?
- The Arsenal History Blog from the AISA Arsenal History Society