Hello again fellow Arsenal FC Blog buddies – hope you’re feeling good this fine Thursday.
It’s a long post today so I’ll get straight on with it with an update on Samir Nasri’s broken leg. In yesterday’s post I reported that he was likely to be out for between 2-3 months however the news today from Arsene Wenger is much better, with the manager indicating Nasri should be back in a mere 6 weeks.
Although it doesn’t change my opinion that we need to make a signing in the centre of the park, I do feel we’ll get by quite comfortably in his absence. Our attacking options are superb and even in the event that Wenger wants to nurture Tomas Rosicky back slowly, we have the likes of Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin and Emmanuel Eboue who can do the job. Nasri will certainly be a loss but as with all injuries, it will give another player the opportunity to prove themselves.
Just on the topic of injuries, one thing that I noticed on the blog yesterday – and indeed in previous weeks – is just how worried people are about Thomas Rosicky and Eduardo getting through this season without some sort of significant relapse. Although I can understand where people are coming from, I feel I need to provide some information as to why these two CAN be relied upon this season and why they are NOT an accident waiting to happen.
People seem to think that Rosicky’s body is made of glass but it should be remembered that he spent 18 months out of action to repair a chronic hamstring problem via lengthening and strengthening exercises. Rosicky’s problems in the past came from a lack of insight from doctor’s which meant he was unable to get to the core of the problem and subsequently, complete the proper rehabilitation to get his career back on track. Now he has completed that rehabilitation he is as unlikely to sustain an injury as at any other point in his career.
Meanwhile, Eduardo’s lengthy and measured rehabilitation process to recover from his awful leg break means he will far more reliable this season than people think. The Arsenal medical staff have been very careful with Eduardo and although he sustained his fair share of niggles and false-starts on his return, it would be naive to think that he will have the same problems this season. Several more months of strengthening exercises and gym work, not to mention time on the training pitch means he’ll be ready and raring to go this season – as indicated by these comments.
It needs to be remembered that what Rosicky and Eduardo have had to deal with are exceptionally specific injuries. They are not the sort of random niggles that have plagued Abou Diaby’s career or even Robin van Persie’s time at the club a couple of years ago, they are specific problems that have been carefully managed and rehabilitated.
As a result, I strongly believe that Rosicky and Eduardo can be relied upon to stay fit this season. While I can’t make any guarantees – anyone can sustain a break or damage a ligament in a collision – I really think the view that Rosicky and Eduardo cannot be relied upon needs to change. I know it’s asking a lot and there’s plenty of people who will think otherwise, but I think the best thing is that we get completely behind the pair and support them as if we do.
Anyway I’ll leave that topic there for now. I’m sure it’s one that will divide opinion and as always I’d love to hear what you think. So get commenting!
Moving on to less serious news and Cesc Fabregas has a new haircut. Indeed, after rocking such looks as the mullet, the scruffy look, the Robert Pires and the mohawk, our captain has gone for the Roy Keane. Looking at the image below you can see how far he’s come as a Style Monkey and I only expect it’s going to add to his legions of female fans. And maybe a few male fans too.
Just to finish off today you might have noticed a couple of changes in the layout of the blog. I was up until 1.30am last night working like a maniac and I think it’s a much more user-friendly and enjoyable look.
I’ve included interactive Facebook and Twitter links and if you go to the main page you’ll notice a section setup for regular video updates as well as ongoing football comics via Studs Up. I’ll shortly be adding a weekly poll to the homepage and the intention is just to have as much fun stuff to do as possible as well as the regular daily posts.
The changes are representative of the direction I want to take the blog this season and are also a product of the Arsenal FC Blog joining up with Football Media, who are going to help me with significant technical assistance with running the blog going forward. I’ll talk more about how things will work in the near future but for now enjoy the layout changes and be sure to let me know what you think.
Have your say on Rosicky, Eduardo, Cesc’s new look or the changes to the blog by leaving a comment.