Dear all,This was going to be my post theorising around our troubles in winning the big games, including a passionate defence of Mr Mesut. Seems a bit redundant now as he's joined our crocked list so I'll leave it for next time.
We'll keep the medics busy!
Why does it seem that while everyone else is playing football, Arsenal are fighting, and losing, some sort of horrendous war?
I am finding this genuinely quite upsetting on a few levels. None more prescient than the human. Following Arsenal is as close to taking an interest in celebrity as I will get. Cheesy as it feels to admit, these guys are something like heroes to me and I want them to do well for them and for me.
It's obviously upsetting because it adds to our troublingly long injury list. Injuries have always been a problem for us but never to this degree, surely? With this number of important players out.
Our medical team, for all the flack they get, surely need a holiday. When was the last time they had a rest? Maybe fatigue in the medical team correlates with fatigue and injury in our players!
The last thing that upsets me is how almost immediately, the loss of Mesut has given idiots appropriate vindication of their blind belief that we should have signed Fabregas in the summer and therefore Wenger is at fault again.
Regardless of our poor injury record, Wenger couldn't have predicted this. And it is not reasonable that Wenger should have signed Fabregas just in case there was a severe injury to Ozil. Get real. I wanted Fabregas to come back to Arsenal as much as anyone but it's perfectly reasonable that he wasn't signed with Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Chamberlain and Rosicky all looking for game time.
Another sadness. Chelsea aside, it felt like Ozil's form was stirring with stellar performances at Villa and Galatasaray and I was looking forward to a possible purple patch from him which we now have to wait longer for. This will hurt no one as much as Ozil himself and I for one feel he needs and deserves a patch of form.
However, in his absence it does allow us to see how we work without him. This is by no means a blessing in disguise, but Wilshere, who is coming into form, has a great opportunity to grab the number 10 position with both hands and make it his. It's up to Wilshere now to really show us what he can do. It opens up a bit more space for the Ox to come in too, with Ramsey out. If that's the case Wenger may be forced to play Sanchez a bit more often which frankly I would like to see. Some of the unsettled fringe such as Rosicky should get a few more games too, so hopefully the players who remain fit, for however long they remain fit, can bring us sun through the clouds.
That's all from TheArseAndAll.