By Walter Broeckx
On the website arsenal.com on Thursday we could find some good news.
The first good news wasn’t mentioned at all and that I think is good news. Some have said that Welbeck got a knock against Scotland in the international match and hobbled before coming off. Hodgson said afterwards that there shouldn’t be a real problem for Welbeck to play this weekend and now Wenger didn’t mention his name at all. So we can assume that he will be fit to play. I can imagine that it would have been a real blow for Welbeck if he would have been injured for this match. Oh and I don’t worry if he will celebrate his goals next Saturday or not. We will do the celebrating, let Welbeck do the scoring.
Of course Theo Walcott is still fit after not having played for England. But as Wenger said he will ease him back slowly. And yes there is no reason to hurry him back too quick. Give Theo time to settle in and regain match fitness. We have enough players up front for the moment so we don’t have to throw him in to deep water immediately. Of course he should be completely fit and I can imagine that he can’t wait to start a match but let us give him the time needed and don’t overload him.
But the most amazing news for me is that Giroud is available. Giroud was injured on August 23rd with a fracture in his tibia. And the first prognoses was that he only would be back at the start of 2015. And now within 3 months he could be back. Opposed to the more than 4 months that was predicted. That really is an amazing recovery period. I remember at the time people even saying that if it was 4 months that he probably would be out for the whole season given our injury record and our players being usually longer out than predicted at the start.
So the quick recovery of Giroud is somewhat amazing. But not that much in fact. As we have mentioned before that he seems to be a player that has a good way of getting over knocks in the past. Last season as a striker he started in 36 matches for Arsenal in the league. That is almost every match. And in total he started in 46 matches and came on as a sub in 5 more. A total of 51 matches. That is an amazing high number.
He did have a few niggles on the way. But every time he was out with an injury that even looked serious at times he was back out there on the field in no time. And now once again he has recovered in a way that nobody at the club held for possible at the start of his injury.
So Giroud seems to be a “quick healer” if I can use that word. Not only is he usually not much injured. I think this was his first serious injury in his career, a contact injury. But when injured he recovers quicker than predicted.
I know the notion “quick healer” is known but why this happens to some people is not really something that is known. Well I don’t know it and a quick look on the internet didn’t bring anything on the subject. But that might be because I don’t know where to look of course.
The opposite a slow healer is more known and that can be down to other diseases like diabetic as one of the most known. But why a player like Giroud heals so quick compared to what was expected is not really known. But in a way it doesn’t matter that much. It just is one of those things that you are happy about and accept it. Just as we have to accept slow healers.
But now with Giroud back we do have quite a few players in attack for the moment. In random order we have : Alexis, Welbeck, Giroud, Theo, Podolski, Sanogo, Campbell, Gnabry an we could even add Akpom to that list. But that is 6 players who play for their national team when fit, and the others play for the youth squads in their countries.
So it now seems that we have a few options up front now that Giroud and Theo are back. It will be a hard battle for places upfront I can imagine. We have a few big and strong attackers now with Giroud, Welbeck and Sanogo. And some quick whirlwind attackers like Theo and Alexis. And the best finisher in the league with Podolski. Not bad at all.
We also could find a bit of news about our defenders. And Debuchy also looks rather good as he will be back in full training in 3 weeks time. Wenger was a bit more cautious about Koscielny. Debuchy is a more straight forward injury. Damage done, operation, healing, recovery, starting to train and then play again. But Koscielny is an injury that can only heal by resting. But now both French players are on the same level for the moment. And could be back in the group training in 3 weeks time.
Once Debuchy is back we also have a bit of a breather at the back where Chambers can fill in in the middle. And if Koscielny would completely recover we suddenly look well enough stocked over there and Chambers could even move to midfield if needed.
The other injured players like Ospina are also close to being back (3 weeks) and then the players we maybe miss most will only be back at the start of the year. But looking at my calender this doesn’t seem too far away. Slowly the injury situation looks to clear up for Arsenal and that is very good news I would say.
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