Not many of us enjoy international breaks especially during the season, more so at the business end of the season. As we all know we seemed to have been cursed as a club riddled with injuries, not just niggling knocks to squad players, but major long term injuries to key players, but somehow against all the odds we find ourselves in a quarter-final and a semi-final of the two biggest domestic cup competitions in the world. Rosicky has been out for over a year, so has Dudu. Cesc and Theo have been out for half the season and we still find ourselves laying in fourth place… Amazing isn’t it?????
By amazing I mean that Cesc and Rosicky are arguably our best midfielders and Dudu is arguably our best finisher, all three of these have been out for a long period all at the same time. If Liverpool lost Gerrard, Alonso and Torres for that period would they struggle?? Probably.. If Man Utd had Ronaldo Carrick and Rooney out for that period, would they struggle??? Again, probably…
Yes we have struggled at times this season but the fixtures don’t lie and we are still in with a shout of all three trophies. OK , the PL is a long shot but the CL and FA cup are still their for the taking so credit must go to the likes of Song, Denilson and Bendtner. Yes I said it, well done boys, you’ve come in done a good job and we are proud of you, even though you get pounded by alot of us every game, you’ve got us where we are and we appreciate it.
Now, the thing is Cesc’s back, Dudu’s back, Adebayor’s back (I hate to say it), Theo’s back, in a few weeks Rosicky will be back and we cant forget the great signing of a certain Russian Maestro…
We are looking at going into the last few weeks of the season-the most important part of the season if your hunting silverware-with a fully fit squad. How exciting is that??? A fully fit Arsenal midfield firing on all cylinders against teams and players that are knackered from having to play all season. It makes me rub my hands together.
There’s only one thing standing in the way of that, the International break. As a top European club its obvious the majority of our squad will travel with their International sides over the next two weeks. Arshavin, Dudu, Robin, Ade, Nikki, Nasri, Kolo, Gallas, I could go on and on(except for Almunia) will all be leaving us for two weeks and our season depends on them all coming back fit.
The next two weeks are crucial for us, wouldn’t it be nice if it was Man Utd’s Liverpool’s and Chelsea’s turn to have all their top players out for once while we had a full squad to play with???