By Tony Attwood
And so, continuing the approach to Liverpool Reds (as one of their owners called them not so long ago) against Arsenal, here’s an update on the team…
Theo might travel. That is not the same as saying he is even on the bench, and certainly not to say he will start, but travelling is step one along the road to recovery (as it were). But Arsène Wenger has said that he is only just starting full training after the groin strain suffered while travelling with England.
Pesky business this travelling.
Nacho Monreal could be travelling too, and Alex the Ox might even be ready to play again. Mr Wenger put it all in these choice words (slightly edited in order to make it fit the format).
Very slight chance: Theo
Slight change: Monreal
Good chance: The Ox
Good progress: Mesut Özil (latest date is 1 January)
Very close to being ready: David Ospina and Tomas Rosicky
No chance: Mikel Arteta (Dec 26 maybe), and Aaron Ramsey (Dec 28 maybe, or perhaps not until January)
Progressing as planned: Laurent Koscielny (also Dec 28)
For Liverpool, the player we didn’t sign and were never going to sign, despite all the best fantasies of the media, Balotelli, is banned for one game and fined £25,000 and ordered to attend a re-education programme for posting a racially offensive and/or anti-Semitic image. Cue “Mario’s Craziest Moments” articles in the press. Only one or two papers delve into the fact that the player claimed he was exploring the use of irony – a difficult concept which is at the heart of much post-modernist thought and artistic expression.
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