Arsenal medical staff need to pick up their game
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken about his desire to get all of his players fit in the lead-up to next season. The club has been severely hampered by persistent injuries to Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Tomas Rosicky, Fredrik Ljungberg and William Gallas amongst others. Wenger has stated that getting all his key men fit will be better than any transfer he could pull off and it hard not to argue with his point of view.
“If you look at the number of players who were not at Portsmouth and the quality of our performance, we have the right to be optimistic. I am looking [for new players], but I am also at the moment happy with the players I have and am also focused on developing the team I have. The biggest transfer I can make is to try to get everybody fit by the start of next season.”
Whilst Wenger has publicly accepted the respnsibility for his players injuries, his medical staff are also to blame for club’s injury crisis. Indeed, there was an annoying tendency this season for injured players to be rushed back from injury only to immediately return to the sidelines with the same problem, only aggravated. See Thierry Henry against PSV Eindhoven for the proof of this.
There’s no doubt that Wenger has a decent point. If he can get his star men fit the Gunners will be a force to be reckoned with next season. However, for this to occur Wenger and his medical staff must be more patient in waiting for the players to complete their full physical and mental rehabilitation before allowing them to return to action. Additionally, Wenger needs to sign a couple of new players to give his squad some more depth in the case of this season’s injury crisis repeating itself in 2007-2008.
Franck Ribery watch
One of those potential signings is Marseille’s Franck Ribery. I have previously spoken about Arsenal’s desire to sign Ribery – as well as the clause which states that he is only allowed to leave Marseille should they fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. At the moment it is not looking good for Arsenal with Ribery’s Marseille currently occupying the second and final qualification spot in France with two rounds to go.
Marseille currently sit two points above main rivals Lens and Bordeaux and face 8th place St Etienne and second-bottom Sedan in their final two games. With Marseille unbeaten in their last six matches it would seem highly unlikely that they will drop the points required to miss out on the second and final Champions League spot. This is no doubt disappointing news for supporters who are hoping to see Ribery join his fellow French internationals Henry, Gallas and Diaby at Arsenal next season.
A quick update on the recent progress of the Arsenal FC Blog
Finally today, I just wanted to speak quickly about the recent progress of the Arsenal FC Blog. Started just over a month ago, the response from fans around the world regarding the site has been very encouraging. Your comments and input has been most appreciated. Indeed, I am looking at taking this site to the next level and am encouraging fellow Arsenal supporters and fans of the site to assist me with this. One of the most important aspects of the Arsenal FC Blog is the ability for anyone to have their say by leaving comments about any of the articles that have been posted. I strongly encourage you to voice your opinion and help make the Arsenal FC Blog a more interesting and intriguing read.
In addition, there will be significant developments made to the Arsenal FC Blog over the course of the off-season. I will be looking to improve the Arsenal FC Blog to make it more interesting, accessible and entertaining for the readers as well as widening its online presence. As such, I encourage you to voice any ideas or opinions you may have to assist with this. As always, you can contact me via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In advance I would like to say “thank you”, and I hope to hear your comments and ideas about the great club that is Arsenal in the near future.