By Bulldog Drummond
Only one place to start the preview series for the Wolverhampton game and that is with injuries; we are virtually top of the list. Danny is of course the latest to go on the list – details from Physioroom as always.
|Welbeck||Ankle Injury||No Date||“Significant right ankle injury. Danny remains in hospital and will continue to be assessed.||No|
|Elneny||Hamstring||Nov 25||“Expected to return to full training in two weeks.”||No|
|Monreal||Hamstring||Nov 11||Late Test|
|Mavropanos||Groin Strain||Nov 25||“Expected to return to full training in November.”||No|
|Koscielny||Achilles||Nov 25||“I want to come back when I am fully ready, and I can focus 100% on the game.||No|
All we have returning – if he returns, is Monreal. Elneny’s injury seems to have been pushed back and back, and Lichsteiner is out, as well of course as Danny – which is such a tragedy as he has been looking a much improved player this season.
Weirdly I saw one report call him one of Unai Emery’s most trusted attacking outlets. He’s a player for goodness sake. He is not an “outlet”, the word which for the last few years the media has used for itself. (We prefer “drainpipes”).
But the point is Danny has played in eight of our league games and we have lost none of them, and he has played in a variety of positions. Last night we saw Smith Rowe playing centre forward for part of the game – may he is the replacement.
Now the media, always with a finger on six panic buttons at once, can press PANIC. We are “worryingly short in attack”. But…
We have Aubameyang and Lacazette who can both play or one of them can play with the other coming on as a sub (remember Leicester?) We had Eddie, who for some reason hasn’t had a sniff of a game this season, and we have Smith Rowe.
We might buy a player, yes, but players should not be bought just for the short term, and I am sure with Arsenal, will not be bought, as a short term fix, but to meet a longer term need.
The real problem that Arsenal could face is that if Danny has to be replaced, and given that Ramsey is going, Arsenal are going to be in need of Englishmen, who get a premium price because of the league’s foreign player ruling. This problem is now doubled because no one knows what the regulations will be like on bringing foreign players to the league once the UK gets around the leaving the EU. If we are totally out, then a major door slams shut overnight.
Arsenal did not get much criticism for giving Santi Caz an extra year on his contract even though he was injured, because he was much loved at the club. Will they do that with Danny, and then not list him in the 25? If so I think the media would turn yet again on Arsenal and the tales of incompetence which are spun by the disgruntled and the media together, would spin once again.
Much will depend on what the prognosis is for Danny. If it is an “anywhere from 3 months to a year” type injury then I guess we could buy someone, if Eddie really has not caught the eye of the current management. And it gives the drainpipes (ie outlets) something to prattle about as they deliberately refuse to consider the accusations made against Manchester City.
For Sunday’s game the question is how the management see the Wolverhampton side. Their last ten games look like this…
|16 Sep||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley||W||1-0||League|
|22 Sep||Manchester Utd v Wolverhampton Wanderers||D||1-1||League|
|25 Sep||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City||L||0-0||Lge Cup|
|29 Sep||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton||W||2-0||League|
|06 Oct||Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers||W||0-1||League|
|09 Oct||Mansfield Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers||L||2-1||Trophy|
|20 Oct||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford||L||0-2||League|
|27 Oct||Brighton & HA v Wolverhampton Wanderers||L||1-0||League|
|03 Nov||Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hots||L||2-3||League|
|06 Nov||Lincoln City v Wolverhampton Wanderers||D||2-2||Trophy|
Taking all competitions into account that gives three wins in ten, although to be fair all three are in the league and we’ve got a couple of Trophy games in there. But they have lost of late to Watford, Brighton and Tottenham Hots. So maybe we shouldn’t be panicking just yet.
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