Daily Archives: September 27, 2011

Wilshere out for all eternity, more injuries and van Persie’s contract issue

Adjusting to life without my BlackBerry hasn’t been fun :(.

It can be likened to a junkie that has been told to stop taking his ‘white girl’ without even going to rehab. I miss tweeting, facebooking and pinging with my family, gooners, friends and my chickens too.

I could go on and on about all the sad tales of missing my phone but it will be better if I open up a sad blog for it called “memiors of a sad blogger”. The last time I checked, this is an Arsenal blog.

The media Vultures have started circling round Arsenal and van Persie and a lot of fuss has been made over a player that has two years left in Arsenal Football Club. They’ve reported that van Persie is keeping Arsenal waiting over signing a new deal but the boss is unperturbed over the situation.

Wenger has told the media Vultures that he has activated his hakuna matata mode over the van Persie contract situation:

“A new contract depends on us and on Robin. On our side we are quite clear so that is no problem. I do not say there is no problem because it does not depend only on us but we are clear with our intention. “

“I have a high level of expectation for him and his performances are as high as I expect them to be. He plays well with the team, with the other players, and he finishes well. His finishing record is absolutely fantastic, he has scored 26 goals in 31 games and he is not only a finisher.”

“After that you have to respect that he has nearly two years to go so let’s not make an immediate issue of something like that.”

‘Two years in football is a very, very long time.”

There’s a lot of time between today and June 30, 2013 so let’s not smash our head on any wall or shoot anybody’s foot over the time the club’s captain still has in the club.

In Arsenal, there are many pressing concerns that give the manager and the fans alike things to think about.

There are days when the fans think about the defense, other days the fans think about the club’s poor form and its profligacy in front of goal. Today’s present worry is the club’s injury situation.

Jack Wilshere went under the knife to rectify his ankle problems and the operation was successful but the midfielder is going to be sidelined for the best part of four to five months. 🙁

Wilshere played a lot of matches last season and the bloke was even Hell-bent on playing in the European Under-21 Championships that took place in Denmark where Spain emerged as the winners. The midfielder hasn’t kicked the ball for Arsenal in any competitive game this season and his absence has been truly felt because everybody believed that he was going to build on his form from last season.

Wenger bemoans his absence but he was quick to spread his bullet-proof wings to defend Arsenal’s medical staff that has been under fire in recent times:

“It’s unfair because the club medical staff haven’t made any mistakes on that front. It is unfortunate and we are all very sad at the club that it has happened to such a young boy.”

“We were even more worried as it was a complicated procedure so it was a big relief yesterday for everybody at the club that the operation went well. I am convinced that the medical staff have not made any mistakes on this case.”

Arsenal’s medical staff has been criticized for the way they’ve handled injuries in the past but Wenger also told the media Vultures that he’s happy with his options in midfield. When Arsenal visited Old Trafford, his midfield was very bare but the acquisitions of Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta has gone a long way to add some steel to the midfield.

Unfortunately enough, Wilshere isn’t the only Gunner that has joined the long-term absentees like Thomas Vermaelen (ankle), Abou Diaby (ankle), Sebastien Squillaci (calf) and the recently joined Yossi Benayoun (strain) and Johan Djourou (hamstring). New Gunners like Laurent Koscielny (ankle), Theo Walcott (knee) and Gervinho (muscular) have joined the list of absentees so Wenger’s squad against Olympiakos will be stretched to its bare minimums.

In other Arsenal news, Juventus have declared that they cannot afford Walcott, Arteta says that playing for the club is one of his biggest challenges yet and Wenger has been deeply impressed by Mertesacker.

Wenger is also closing in on his 15th anniversary as Arsenal’s manager and he has played down the milestone:

There is plenty not to be happy about, I never look back and I am not an anniversary fan.”

“In top-level sport you have to see what comes next and try to focus on that. The only thing that matters to me is [Wednesday] night.”

“It is the last touchline ban,” he confirmed. “I will be forced to have a dinner in the Directors’ Box!”

That’s him though, I’ll go haywire when GoonerDaily turns 1 on the 26th of November, 2011