Eight league matches into the season and we’ve had two international breaks already. It couldn’t get worse really.
Instead of dwelling on the football starvation (I don’t care about International football when it isn’t the World cup) and ennui that this break has offered on a platter, I’ll offer my opinion on a topic not as pointless – the chances of some Arsenal players who are struggling for appearances.
I’ve never known Tomas as an early season player. Most times he gets injured very early in the season, then comes back just in time for our last four months push for top four while other important players are having their dose of injuries. It’s almost the same this season, maybe just a bit earlier. With our German Wizard unfortunately out till the New Year, it’s time for the thirty-four-year old to hit the ground running as he quite literally, so graciously does.
If half the hype Joel Campbell received during and after the World cup had materialized into on-pitch performances, we’d have smoked Pellegrini’s men, set Morinho’s men and his ego ablaze, and by now we’d be dancing gleefully at the top of the league table.
I understand he hasn’t being given the chances he’d have wished for, in the same vein, you could say he perhaps is not as good as the players starting ahead of him. In-fact, I think he should be sent on loan to a Premiership club where he’d be played week in week out, as he could join the list of players (Wilshere, Sturridge, Lukaku), whose career profited tremendously from such moves.
He’s currently behind Sanchez, Chamberlain, Podolski, Wallcolt and possibly Gnabry in the pecking other, so a loan move would make sense. Mind, should Arsenal’s injury list continue its growth at this rate, a loan move might not be needed.
I was Team Podolski-out all summer, albeit my sentiments were partly down to the need to free up one attacking slot so Cesc could come in, his lack of “Movement” was chief of the reasons. His solitary start; against Southampton in the league cup, and subsequent awful performance gave credence to my thoughts.
Rumours of a January move away from the Emirates have been flying around for a while now, and although I expect them to be put to bed when Poldi bangs in a hat-trick, smashing the keeper’s metacarpals in the process in the coming weeks, it doesn’t sound a bad idea at all for his career. The signing of Alexis, the expected emergence of Chambo and the return of Theo mean Poldi’s already limited first team foray will be reduced to very few.
Aah, yes, Sanogo. Staring at you right here is the reason why Welbeck was signed. Other than Welbeck being an actual threat to goal, both players, attributes-wise, are not too dissimilar. Perhaps Wenger has lost faith in the Sanogo project because nothing quite says “I finally admit, Sanogo is shit” than signing a few years older version of him. With Giroud recovering from injury, the chances for this man will only get fewer. But for the time being, injuries permitting, he is a good like for like replacement for Welbz should the Englishman need resting.
PS: The alleged Roy Keane extract from his book, was false and untrue, please disregard it.