by Walter Broeckx
The first day of the transfer window has not been a bad day for Arsenal.
And I don’t refer to the fact that Cesc has not been sold to Barcelona for the moment. But the bad news on this will be that the media will keep this fire burning for some 2 months.
Some good news with the fact that Aaron Ramsey signed a new contract with The Arsenal. Giving a player who is out with a serious injury a new contract is always a risky thing. One never knows how a player comes back after such an injury. As we have seen with Eduardo who has been struggling since his comeback. I know the injuries have been of a different kind. Eduardo was not only a fracture but also a rupture of his ligaments in his foot and this is harder to overcome than the injury sustained by Ramsey. Ramsey had a double fracture but this was in the middle of his leg and no damage was done to his ligaments or so. Not that we know anyway.
This should mean that Ramsey should have an easier recovery if you compare this with the work Eduardo was facing. Maybe the word easier is a bad choice as it will be hard work for Aaron anyway. Anyone who has faced such a injury knows what it takes to come back. But Arsenal shows it has faith in Aaron and in his ability to come back. The biggest question mark will be if Ramsey will also can put it behind him in his mind. Only time can give us the answer to this question but I have a feeling that he looks a strong and tough young man. But no one can know how he will react in a game when tackles come flying in.
Just in the last days I was watching a few games on our sports channel from Arsenal in the last season and I must say that he really looked good in those games. I’m not going to say that Ramsey’s broken leg cost us the title like the Eduardo’s injury did 2 seasons ago. Because it would put too much pressure on his still very young shoulders. He still is only 19 years and at that age you should not be carrying the team. But in the games he played he was doing very good for a young lad. And he showed glimpses of what Cesc said during last season: that Ramsey is looking better than he did at this age. I don’t think you can get a better compliment.
Another thing that can work in the long time is the fact that Wenger and Arsenal by showing their faith in Aaron when he is out with an injury it could mean something for Ramsey. Something that you cannot measure in terms of money. But something that could have an influence later in his career. The fact that Arsenal was there in his darkest hour could give him an extra bond with Arsenal. Maybe I am seeing things a bit too much as a fan, but that is what I am, but if in the future Ramsey was asked to make a choice the decision today to keep the faith in him could make him stay at our club. Maybe we just bought some loyalty?
Anyway, good to know that when Ramsey is back he will be wearing the red and white of The Arsenal.
Some thoughts on another Arsenal youngster: Theo Walcott. As I am not from England I must admit that I am not that close on this as some of you will be. But as it could have a big influence on Arsenal I will give you my thoughts.
I think Walcott has lost his place last summer. When he went out to play, against the will of Wenger, with the U21 and then also with the national team, or was it the other way round? Anyway, because of his injury he got during that summer he lost the preseason and when he finally came back he was kicked out of it straight away. Birmingham if you still remember and oh what a surprise… Birmingham, not for nothing the evil empire in football. So out injured again and so the whole season went on like that. Sometimes fit and most of the time not.
So I think Theo will be disappointed with the decision from Capello. And he should be. But I hope it will make him realise that it would be better to listen to Wenger next time. But as Johan Cruijf used to say: “every bad thing has a good thing in it” the fact that Theo will not go to South Africa means that he can take a good rest this summer. I think it will be the first time in a couple of years that Walcott can have the summer to recover and this should mean good news for Arsenal. This should mean that he will be fit and fresh to start the season.
So the bad news for Theo personally means good news for Arsenal fans over the world. But maybe some Arsenal fans who also support England will be feeling a bit unhappy for the moment. But maybe they will be feeling better when Theo destroys the opponents at the start of the season with his runs.
And another good thing will be that he will not get injured playing the world cup. Now let’s hope and pray for those Arsenal players who will go.
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