Jack Wilshere has twice attempted to return to training, both times he has broken down. His next attempt at a return will be in three months time.
Thomas Vermaelen has had a tendon removed and will be absent for at least a month.
It seems that as soon as things start to look more positive for Arsenal, something else comes along to counter it, there is only one thing we can do and that is just to get on with it and come out the other side.
When was the last time we had a fully fit, on form core to our side? We didn’t for the duration of last season with the absence of Vermaelen, the season before that Cesc was plagued by injury problems despite being in unbelievable form, and before that? Well, someone was probably injured then, too.
I guess positivity could come from an unlikely source: Liverpool. Take it back 12 months and look at where they were, look at the feeling around that club now; positivity and excitement.
That said, come Saturday there will be a fair bit of excitement kicking around, I can’t wait to see the effect Arteta, Mertesacker and Santos are going to have – OK, it might take a while for them to bed in but new players always bring a bit of excitement. If Ramsey and Alex Chamberlain can reproduce their international form for us then there is every reason to be positive.
Come on Arsenal.
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In my last blog I posted a link to an article of an interview with Tom Fox and Ivan Gazidis; I am skeptical of the job they are doing and their ‘five year plan’ – I appreciate that in business this kind of thing is the norm but Arsenal FC isn’t a normal business.
Where, I ask, is the money from the ticket price increases going? Is it really needed after making a quite substantial profit in the previous transfer window and also cutting the player wage bill quite substantially? Why punish the fans for the commercial ‘experts’ inability to generate revenue from their sector?
The incorporation of the ‘Arsenal Player’ into the membership (and subsequently higher prices) is a pretty aggressive move, almost force-feeding a new product to fans who would have been happy to continue paying the lower price for just the bog-standard membership.
I guess my point here is that I am very disappointed the fans are being bled for every penny they have, whilst progress through business partnerships has not been pursued with the vigour that many more commercially successful clubs have.
One of our biggest expenditures is the commercial department coming up with these money making ideas – Do they need to up their game?