Afternoon, you wonderful people.
What customarily is referred to as “Spursday” has brought forth with it a mixed bag of news and updates from the club. Worryingly, Mikel Arteta looks set to continue his absence against United of Manchester – as yet unconfirmed, but the news has appeared on many of the reputable blogs. The Spaniard will be greatly missed; an intelligent, hard-working player who has been a very welcome addition to our midfield triumvirate. I’m actually an unabashed Arteta fan. His performances may not have the gloss and showmanship of others, but his influence on the team is immense. He’s a professional, first and foremost. When Song is darting upfield, his eyes glazed over with Rivaldo-fever, Arteta is the one filling in the holding role. He keeps possession, breaks down play with minimal fuss and generally keeps the team ticking over. Like Gilberto before him, his play is all the more conspicuous when he’s not there. He’ll be a big miss on Sunday.
Jack Wilshere has shocked the medical staff with his superhuman recovery from injury, and his eagerly anticipated return to action could be as little as three weeks away. Great news. Whilst Arteta is the glue that holds our midfield 3 together, I can’t help but feel we lack a bit of creativity at times. Ramsey (there’s a good post by Wrighty7 about the recent abuse he’s taken) has shown willingness, enthusiasm and the occasional glorious touch, but only Jack has an eye for the kind of killer pass we once relied on Fabregas for. The welcome onslaught of good news also has Thomas Vermaelen nearing full recovery and possibly being in contention for Sunday’s game – which I doubt is even remotely the case.
And that’s about the lot. As Sunday’s game gets closer, they’ll be greater confirmation on injuries, at the moment we only have strong rumour. This January has seen the single most tedious period of potential transfer I can recall. Nobody – even perennial big spenders, Manchester City – seems willing to either sell or part with the cash to recruit – least of all, The Arsenal. We can hope, we can dream, but in the end we’ll end up disappointed. We can also count on a further 6 months with Arshavin and Chamakh after representatives for both dismissed speculation of an exit. During their early careers, both showed excellent form. If they’re staying put, it certainly would be appreciated if they’d show us a bit more. Both have performed woefully below par for a considerable time. Correction; both have been an absolute shower of shit.
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