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Arsenal love injuries, The Ox involved in England U21’s

by on September 6, 2011

Good day Gooners! Now you may or may not have wondered why I did not post yesterday. Well there were issues to attend with over the weekend, so I didn’t really have the time to get a post written late Sunday evening in time for Monday morning. So I have written a post for today. Not like you are bothered really, so enough rambling.

So what’s been happening with the Arsenal these past few days. Well to be honest, not a lot. God damn the International week! These are the worst periods of the season, because quite frankly, the International Qualifiers are boring.

Speaking of the International week, the Independent have reported today that Theo Walcott has picked up a slight hamstring injury, and will more than likely sit out the qualifier against Wales. Well, hopefully he sits out the game, but you can never be too sure with the England team. They would probably still play you if your knee was hanging by a thread. Let’s just hope that Capello does drop him for the game so he can get the rest he needs in order to be fit for the Arsenal, because let’s face it, we are more important.

Speaking of injuries, there have been two big blows in the space of a few days for our club. First of all, Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for a further 2-3months with an ankle injury. A full story with the Daily Mail reports on his injury and what Jack had to say about it. Could it be playing 50-odd games throughout the whole of last season at the age of just 18-19? Could it also be playing for the England team on top of those 50-odd games at the age of just 18-19? Could it also be the amount of times Jack was targeted by opposing players last season, being involved in a series of crunching tackles, therefore getting up and playing through the pain barrier as he just didn’t want to leave the pitch? Well the answer is yes to all of those questions. Wilshere is a warrior, and at the age of 19, he has already made himself a vital player to the Arsenal squad. He will be sorely missed in the next couple of months. Let’s pray he can make a speedy recovery to full fitness.

The second injury blow is to Thomas Vermaelen, who has also been ruled out for up to three months. Tom Thumb had reportedly seen a specialist in Stockholm yesterday, and has undergone surgery on his left ankle. Like the Wilshere injury, another KO punch to Arsenal’s season. I feel for this guy. His first season for us was epic. He showed what a top defender he is. Last season he was not as fortunate, after being out for eight months with an achilles problem. Fortunately for us, it’s not all as bad as it seems, with the arrival of Per Mertesacker, who will more than likely go straight into the team against Swansea on Saturday, although whether his partner will be Koscielny or Djourou is yet to be unseen. I, like many Gooners, was very excited to see the partnership between Vermaelen and Mertesacker, but our excitement has had to be put on hold for a couple of months at least. Get well soon Tom Thumb!

Pictures of new signing Mikel Arteta are finally up and running on the club’s official website. Have a look here. Is it me, or does red and white really suit him?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on in the England U21’s 4-1 victory over Israel U21’s last night, and played a very good game so I hear. The Ox came on at the break, and straight away set up England’s equaliser. With the score at 2-1, Ox was brought down in the area and won his team a penalty, which England converted to make 3-1. Henri Lansbury (on loan at West Ham) scored the final goal in stoppage time, again the assist from Oxlade-Chamberlain. I’m delighted to hear our summer signing played an excellent match, and I would love to see him get some game time against Swansea on the weekend.

Apart from all of the above, nothing much to talk about. Let’s get this England qualifier out of the way, before getting on to the serious stuff that is Arsenal F.C. Have a good day Gooners!

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3 Comments
  1. Scott permalink

    I just saw the U/21’s replay,and Ox was terrific.
    The narks will tell you the opposition wasn’t of Premier League standard,but boy,for an 18 y.o.,he was brilliant.
    I can’t wait to see him in 3 or 4 years time.
    At some stages,he drifted into the centre,and certainly didn’t look out if place.
    Lansbury was great as well
    So much enthusiasm and Passion in his game,he will be a great Gunner one day.

    • Gooner-Llama permalink

      Sounds promising. Will he make his mark at Arsenal before Theo? There is going to be a lot of comparisons between these two in the future.

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