I have to admit; I’m getting excited for the new season. I know, we’re three and a half weeks out but I’m still excited and yesterday’s 10-2 drubbing of some pub team in Austria only helped raise the level of excitement a bit.
It’s not the score line that got me excited, it’s the fact that some of the young players looked so good. Jack Wilshire in particular is pretty obviously a rising star in the Arsenal academy. Yesterday, all he did was score 2 goals and set up Theo for another. Now, Wenger has warned us all not to get too excited about the player while at the same time reminding us that Wilshire is the only 16 year old that he’s brought with him to the camp. It’s too early to say “he’s the next Fabregas” but I would not be surprised at all to see this kid get his chances in the League Cup and maybe even a Premier League start. Just like Fabregas did when he was 16 (ZOMG!!! He’s the next Fabregas!)
The rest of the team is starting to shape up as well, with only two players still ruled out due to injury; Rosicky and Eduardo. Rosicky is still recovering from a May knee surgery, which he underwent to correct the problem that had plagued last season with niggling injuries, and will be out until at least September. Don’t be shocked if that date is moved to October then November, etc etc. I’m just going to say it: this season really has to be his last chance at the club. If he’s injured again this year, I say sell him on. There will no doubt be a significant loss in transfer fees but it has to be worth it when you consider the gaping hole on the right side of the midfield that is filled currently with Eboue.
Meanwhile, van Persie, Arsenal’s other ubiquitously injured all-star, is praying for an injury free season. Me too, his goal scoring (nearly 1 goal every two games), vision, powerful free kicks, and footballing guile are all needed if Arsenal are going to seriously challenge for silverware this season.
I don’t know who’s going to hold all these sick ward players together now that Gary Lewin is off to be chief Physio for the England national team. Though I make light of this, it is a tremendous loss for Arsenal. Gary’s quick thinking is widely credited for saving Eduardo’s foot after he was brutally attacked by Martin Taylor. Good luck Gary and thanks for 28 years of service to the club.
And finally, Arsenal are rumored to have bid £5m for Goekhan Inler. I’ve watched him pretty closely in several games and remain unimpressed; he reminds me of a poor man’s Gilberto. That said, he’s a physically solid player and if Arsenal do buy him we can trust that Wenger will polish him up and turn him into something he currently is not. If that happens, £5m would seem a good bit of business.
That’s it for today. There’s a friendly against VfB Stuttgart tomorrow which is supposedly going to be broadcast live via Arsenal TV. If you live in the U.S. you can NOT watch the match on Setanta, according to my research. Oh well.