New signing is imminent, only two centrebacks left
Arsenal have been going through a quick run of fixtures for the last couple of weeks. It’s been horrific to say the least. On the 27th of December, we had the win against Chelsea. Two days later we faced Wigan and drew. On the 29th, a couple of days later, we played Birmingham City. We got absolutely no rest as we faced Mancity three days later.
It is no surprise then that we are already having a few injuries. Rotation or no rotation, when you are playing back to back games with only two days between then, there is no way you can avoid injuries. In fact, I am bit surprised that we have so few injuries so far. I was absolutely confident that the likes of Van Persie, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott would have gotten injured by now. Jokes aside, we do have one important injury update to give.
Wenger has just now informed that Seb Squillaci had picked up a hamstring injury in the match against Leeds United in the FA cup. With no positive signs coming from the Vermaelen injury, this new injury is a massive blow for Arsenal. We now have only two centrebacks available and the situation suddenly looks like an emergency.
This was Wenger’s update:
“If he [Squillaci] has a problem then we must quickly go for a player,”
“Squillaci came off with a little hamstring problem and if we only have two centre backs then that cannot work with the number of games we have.”
Hamstring injuries are one of the trickiest sort of injuries. It could take only a couple of days to recover from or it could mean a month on the sidelines. Just when you think the player has recovered and you play him, he aggravates the injury and is out for several months. In my opinion, there is no way we can cope with only two centrebacks, given the fixtures. If you look at the fixtures, we still have to continue back to back games for weeks to come.
|15||Sat||Barclays Premier League||A||West Ham United|
|18/19||The FA Cup||A||Leeds|
|22||Sat||Barclays Premier League||H||Wigan Athletic|
|25||Tue||Carling Cup||H||Ipswich Town|
|29/30||The FA Cup||H||Huddersfield Town|
|(If Arsenal beat Leeds United in Round 3)|
As you can see, until the end of the month we have to play consecutive games. And the MAXIMUM number of days we have in between the matches is four(except for the match after Newcastle on the 5th)!!! Expect an extended number of injuries to be on their way. The only positive side is that our Premier League fixtures are relatively kind. But that’s it, other than that we are screwed.
One player who we have been linked with this season is Werder Bremen centreback Per Mertesacker. Ever since the January transfer window has opened up, Mertesacker has been on the top of the ‘probable transfers’ list. The latest update comes from sport.co.uk.
The agent of Mertesacker gave Sport.co.uk an update this morning regarding any January move for his client:
“So far we have had no contact from Arsenal. We will wait and see but for the moment they have not contacted myself or the club.” Guido Nickolay told Sport.co.uk.
Arsenal manager Wenger has been perennially linked with the big German stopper, however the centre-half ruled out a move last summer pledging his short-term future to the German side.
Reports this morning also suggested that Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United could were also monitoring the player.
Sport.co.uk confirmed last month having spoken with a source close to the player that Mertesacker was ready to quit the Bundesliga for another top league, with the Gunners still interested in the giant defender’s services.
“I think he would like to move.” The source told Sport.co.uk.
“Or let me say it like this – he would be interested in seeing other countries.”
I, for one , would love to see Mertesacker play for us at the Emirates. The guy is a monster. He is 6ft 6 inch!! Plus he has all the necessary experience we need. He is a regular for the German national team and is of perfect age(26). Due to his height, he can not only defend well aerially but is a huge threat from set pieces, a quality clearly lacking in our current crop of players. Let’s just hope Wenger signs someone quick and that the player is someone like Per Mertesacker and pray that the Sol Campbell rumours are not true!!