One week for Arsenal …….. Six months for Walcott

Last Friday:

Le Professeur had little good cheer to offer on the injury situation at his Friday news conference. Giroud 90% out, Ozil, Bendtner, Ramsey and Gibbs definitely out. The one bright spot was that Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to resume normal training next week.

Gilberto Silva was training with the first team, the last ex-Arsenal alumnus to do so was a certain French mid-fielder who then signed a contract and has been an important part of a successful first half of the season, could the “Invisible Wall” be back?

One important bit of news, whilst not exclusively Arsenal related was worthy of note, Mr. Blatter opened his mouth, and for once didn’t immediately put his foot in it, when he launched an attack on cheats.

In his FIFA Weekly column he urged a global crackdown on the “cheating” players who dive in football and even suggested “time penalties” to stop those feigning injury from immediately rejoining the game.

Blatter also reminded referees to continue with play “unless there is a serious injury”. “The ball is in the referees’ court” he said “The instructions are now clear on this matter: if a player is lying on the floor, the opposing team are not required to put the ball in to touch.

I don’t know about other AAers, but I for one would love to see a crackdown on the diving cheats and on the spurious injuries that waste so much playing time. I’m sure one of our stats fans could tell us how much of the ninety minutes playing time is taken up by such antics. I feel sure it doesn’t all get added on to the “injury time”.

Saturday:

Not even a hint of speculation about who we might buy, and Arsene ruled out any approach for Berbatov.

The dreaded sickness bug struck again, this time Giroud is suffering, is it time to buy the player’s lunches from a different kebab shop?

The pre-match entertainment on AA was supplied by Ant and Duck, on their alcohol fuelled  peregrination to the Emirates.

 

Sunday:

No question who has the NLD bragging rights, firmly fixed in the Arsenal camp!

There was a feeling of inevitability about the game from the very start.

Watching at home, it soon became obvious that the poor old Spuds were considerably less than the sum of their very expensively assembled parts. I had spent the early evening watching an excellent performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Little Theatre in Sheringham, a traditional Christmas pantomime, and later watching Spur’s twin strikers floundering and failing I felt I was again watching two traditional Panto characters, the Ugly Sisters.

One rather sour note towards the end of the game, as Walcott was being stretchered off he, and the para-medics carrying him, were pelted with coins and bottles and subjected to dog’s abuse by the Spurs “fans”. The selfsame “fans” who, last season, had jeered at Bacary Sagna as he lay pitch-side with a broken leg. Walcott’s response, a two fingered reminder of the score, was more than justified in my opinion. The FA would need to be entirely witless if they decide to take action against him.

Two more injuries to contend with, both Walcott and Vermaelen could be out for a while, while the latter is a cut shin, the former could well be a longer term ligament injury.

Hey Ho! Coventry at home is a good draw for the 4th round and will present le Professeur with more chances for squad rotation.

Monday:

There was no definitive news on the Theo Walcott injury, If it’s a knock he could make the Villa game, if it’s ligament damage he could be out for a month. Olivier Giroud is expected to be fit to play next Monday, as will Jack Wilshere who took a knock on an ankle. The scan on Thomas Vermaelen’s knee will be assessed this week.

One piece of definite news, we will not be signing Lewandowski either in this month or in the summer, he’s going to Bayern at the end of the season.

The FA are to consult with Police and “look into” the behaviour of the Spurs fans who hurled not only abuse but also missiles at Theo and the medics as he was carried off on Saturday. Obviously Arsenal were correct in reducing the Swamp Dweller’s ticket allocation for the game. If that’s the way they are going to behave the allocation should be reduced to zero.

The FA announced that they would be taking no action against Theo following his gesture towards the obnoxious crowd of loons purporting to be Spurs supporters.

Tuesday:

On a cold, wet and windy morning what could be worse than to wake up to the headline:-

MY WORLD CUP DREAM IS OVER

world cup over

Theo Walcott sidelined for six months with serious knee injury

Yep! The news we had all been fearing turned out to be worse than we thought, a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament means that Theo misses the rest of the season and almost certainly the chance to play for England in the World Cup Finals.

Dare we hope that Theo could emulate Roberto Baggio who, in 2002, returned from a similar injury in just 77 days? That entailed half day re-hab sessions eleven times a week.

At the moment the plan is for Theo to have surgery in the next week or so, depending on how quickly the swelling goes down, to be back running by June, complete a full pre-season programme and be ready to play when the new campaign kicks off.

Wednesday:

The FA Cup fourth round tie against Coventry City will take place on Friday 24th January, kick-off 7.45pm and will be live on BT Sport.

Coventry have already complained about the Friday evening spot, claiming it will make it difficult for their fans to attend, are so many of them subject to curfews?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in full training, could he feature in Thursday’s U 21 game away to Fulham? Another run out in the following week’s U21 match away to Middlesbrough and all being well, he could be ready for the FA Cup tie against Coventry.

Arsenal U18s thrashed Peterborough 6 -1 in the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening.

Thursday:

Our midfield maestro

Mesut Ozil has been named Germany’s national player of the year following a fans’ poll conducted by the German Football Federation. Mesut has won the award for the third time in a row, beating Bayern Munich pair Phillip Lahm and Thomas Muller.

Theo Walcott has been voted December Playmate I’m sorry PLAYER of the month.

In transfer speculation it has emerged that although both Arsenal targets Diego Costa and Jackson Martinez have release clauses in their contracts (£31.4 million and £33 million respectively) they do not come into effect until the end of the season. The Daily Mail seems to think that we are in with a chance of getting Real’s Alvaro Morata if we pay a £1.7 million loan fee.

Niklas Bendtner may be back sooner than expected, he could resume training in the next few days.

One piece of truly World shattering news, (not Arsenal related) is reported by Sky Sports, Fulham have not made an enquiry for Man City’s Joleon Lescott and, in case any doubt remains,nicole
I can report that I am not dating Lewis Hamilton’s ex,

Nicole Scherzinger.

Bayern Munich received 18 thousand requests for tickets to the Champions League clash at the Emirates despite the price of £62 each, Bayern are to subsidise each ticket to the tune of €30 thus reducing the price from €75 to just €45. Perhaps other clubs could take a leaf out of the German club’s book and help out the away support. What about it Arsenal?

According to The Metro Arsenal teenager Serge Gnabry is a summer target for Borussia Dortmund as they seek to rebuild following Robert Lewandowski’s agreement to join to Bayern Munich. Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has been impressed by the attacking midfielder and is ready to splash out on his services as he transforms his side following the departure of the jewel in their crown. Well Herr Klopp Serge is one of the young jewels in Arsenal’s crown so keep your sticky fingers off!!!

That’s it for another week, enjoy the relaxing weekend.

Norfolk Gooner.

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82 Responses to One week for Arsenal …….. Six months for Walcott

  1. Gööner In Exile says:

    Great read Norfolk…..”are so many of them subject to curfew”….ROLF.

  2. chas says:

    Excellent as Per Mertesacker, NG.

    Thanks for the mention, too, though I realise you’ve used the term ‘entertainment’ very loosely.

    Apparently the current news on Bendy is that he’s still 3 weeks away.

    Does it irk you to travel to a town called Sheringham? :)

  3. Manthan says:

    NG, Thank you.. Rasp I was busy yesterday so couldn’t reply thanks for adding my name again :) :) however I see this blog daily but I don’t comment as I won’t be availble to reply back when i am in work thanks Rapsy :) have a good day everybody///

  4. Mayor of the Woolwich says:

    Good Job NG.

    Great weekly news round up.

  5. Gööner In Exile says:

    Chas I have never associated the town Sheringham with that twat before! Now I will have to think twice about going there again….

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    Nice one NG, I appreciate the amount of time it takes to do the research and then turn it into something readable – so Cheers!! to you for your weekly effort in support of AA.

  7. GunnerN5 says:

    Kelsey for yourself and others who are interested in our record against the top clubs here is our complete EPL record including this season.

    Chelsea. W18,D13,L12,GF60,GA54,Pts67,%ofPts52.
    Pool. W14.D14,L15,GF49,GA56,Pts56.%43.
    Man C. W21,D6,L6,GF56,GA28,Pts69.%70.
    Man U. W11,D12,L20,GF41,GA63,Pts45,%35.

    For reference only…………..so as not to imply that they are a top team.

    Spuds. W17,D17,L9,GF73,GA52,Pts68,%53.

  8. TwentyTwelve says:

    Thanks, NG. Interesting news about Bayern Munich subsidy. Are they doing that to have more away support?

    I wouldn’t have thought they would have trouble filling their away seats, even at the more expensive English prices. Maybe I’m wrong. How was last year’s away attendance for BM? According to Wikipedia, attendance was 59,974, which seems to be practically full.

  9. chas says:

    TT,
    They didn’t struggle to fill their allocation.
    I think the club are just doing it because they can.
    Also their fans pay sweet fanny adams at home.

  10. jnyc says:

    Good job norfolk, more pics of nicole please.

  11. T-SHIRT says:

    yet another thriller from NG,i’m not a newbie here as some may think ,itsonly that i started commenting recently but i’m an avid reader of this blog but since i’m quite taciturn in nature i haven’t being commenting,but i must commend you guys for the great work going down here,one feat i noticed is that even when you disagree on a topic (e.g wilshere contribution to the team) you do it quite maturedly maybe its down to the age bracket here as some here are grandads(BigRaddy etc) and grannies(evonne etc).thankyou all

  12. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh Boy Norfolk,

    These just get better and better. You always manage to unearth some little gems of Arsenal news. Then came your more personal style of input, followed by the humour, and now we get a picture of Nicole Schnitzelzinger. Cannot wait for next week :-)

    Sorry, having a crapola work day. Will be signing off soon I hope.

  13. MickyDidIt89 says:

    T-shirt

    I am very immature indeed, if that helps the balance :-)

  14. T-SHIRT says:

    i never knew walcott injury was that fatal but i’m grateful its not a leg break as that of sagna or ramsey cause i actually cried seeing ramsey in that state,it was painful to me

  15. Rasp says:

    Hi T-SHIRT, we’re glad you’ve taken the plunge and decided to join us in ‘comments’. We are aware that a lot of folks read the blog and are shy of commenting – hopefully you have shown them the way :)

  16. Rasp says:

    Thanks for the newsround Norfolk – its essential reading for the end of week and you never let us down. I could have sourced a more provocative pic of Nicole but I didn’t want to get Micky overexcited :lol:

  17. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Thanks everybody for the nice comments, searching out Arsenal news can never be a chore….at least while we are doing well! :D

    Chas, the town of Sheringham has a long history of providing friendly, wholesome entertainment to generations of holiday makers and will be fondly remembered long after s certain footballer has disappeared from the memory of all Arsenal fans.

    Can you put up the picture of Nicole after she had her haircut? Please, pretty please. :D

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    Rasp Nicole makes me think about F1 in a whole different way…………lots of curves, pit stops, tight clothing, fast, racy.

    THMT could probably add a few more “twists and turns”

    No wonder they claim that Lewis was losing his concentration, I bet he couldn’t wait for the checkered flag to be lowered so he could “score” another victory.

  19. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hair in a bun would do, eh Norfolk. We’re not hard to please :-)

    Never put up my predictions for top four yesterday.

    Arsenal, City, Chavs, Utd be them.

    Worrying for me is City getting Kompany back, and Brave at Utd.

  20. MickyDidIt89 says:

    GN5

    She’d have me slicks worn out in no time. Crikey, I can almost smell the burning rubber just thinking about it :-)

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    I get the point Micky………..

  22. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not sure I’d last the race distance, and sadly, I’d fancy my chances of putting in the fastest lap :-(

    Oh dear, this could go on a very long time.

  23. GunnerN5 says:

    But you might be exposing your cover…

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    I’ll go for the shortest effort in the race.

  25. MickyDidIt89 says:

    And Chas, if you dare mention a rear end shunt, I’ll personally red card you.

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    How long is a F1?

  27. GunnerN5 says:

    Good idea Micky you always need back up capability.

  28. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Not so mature after all are we T-shirt :-)

  29. GunnerN5 says:

    You know – spare rubber once you wear out the first four.

  30. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No need for an inspection under the bonnet

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    But the engine is still covered?

  32. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ha ha GN5 :-)

  33. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No need for a warm up lap

  34. GunnerN5 says:

    Building up the comment counts for NG – it’s sad that so few have responded to such a great post.

  35. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Right, I’m now down to thinking of only really disgusting ones

  36. evonne says:

    great roundup NG, thank you!
    I am sure the spurs game was on Saturday though :) but you could be right

    nothing sensible to say, cheerio

  37. GunnerN5 says:

    I’m trying to complete a Sudoku but I’m having a spell of A.D.D.

  38. GunnerN5 says:

    Quit thinking then!

  39. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Finally going surfing tomorrow and Sunday. Whoooopeee

    Even bought a new wetsuit today, so I’ll be over heating it’s so good

  40. GunnerN5 says:

    Now you’re thinking.

  41. arnie says:

    Brilliant stuff, Norfolk. Just one of those weeks. Elation of driving the green eyed swamp dwellers back to their gutters, followed by the devastating news about Theo and Micky’s sombre post, but the week ends on a high with uplifting posts from GN5, TT and now the brilliant Norfolk round up!!!!! :D :D :D

    In between there was a fantastic article kindly brought to our attention by Dandan. Just in case some of us missed the article, here is the link: http://arsenalarsenal.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/theo-replacement/#comment-285943 The best and uplifting piece of sports journalism I have read in a long long time!!!! :D :D :D

  42. evonne says:

    you should have said Micky, I have a brand new wetsuit! Bought it in Oz, seemed like a good idea at the time, but never used it

    Peaches and I (hopefully) are going to be very naughty, I am so excited :)

  43. GunnerN5 says:

    Evonne sound like F1 has wet your whistle?

  44. GunnerN5 says:

    Missing RA and Rocky – where are you both??

  45. evonne says:

    GN5- better :)
    Raddy is travelling, Rocky is snowed under, RA has a habit of disappearing (once he was gone for several weeks and we thought the worst you know…)

  46. GunnerN5 says:

    Three major, and very important contributors to AA I hope all is well with them and that they are back soon.

  47. GunnerN5 says:

    GIE, Sheepy, and Terry are also missing – very quiet on here without you all.

  48. evonne says:

    GiE is on nappy duties, Sheepy on sheep duties and Terry is having his hair shampooed by his mum.
    Sorry GN5 it’s just you and me :)

  49. GunnerN5 says:

    Small group but nevertheless nice company to be in.

  50. chas says:

  51. chas says:

    Haha, the response to the Nicole photo made me laugh.

  52. That is not quite true e va va vonne !.
    Terry`s mum does not wash his hair…..she takes his syrup to the dry cleaners !.

  53. evonne says:

    no, no cockie, he told us the whole story about his mum bathing him when he was 30

    GN5 – two’s a company, 3 is a crowd – get lost monster :)

  54. You`re correct e va va vonne !. Although that was 15 years ago !. Times have changed and as I said, the syrup goes to the dry cleaners and yes she still washes his hair, but it`s the hair covering his body !. She uses ” Bald Head and Shoulders………and Back and Chest and Arms” !.

  55. Gööner In Exile says:

    Evening all sorry for my absence been busy on duty as Evonne rightly predicted Mrs Exile is quite poorly with a case of heavy cold, I would say man flu but I can’t because she’s not a man.

    All my pre Christmas work clearing has now started stockpiling as I have more important things to attend to….reinforcements incoming tomorrow.

  56. Norfolk Gooner says:

    GiE, take the ailing Mrs. Exile for a bracing walk along the cliff top between Overstrand and Cromer, that’ll clear the sinuses. :D

  57. arnie says:

    I am now around, but have nothing interesting to say! :sad:

    Anything new and cheery on transfer speculations?

  58. arnie says:

    Every cloud has a silver lining! Theo is now most likely staying for another year at least. :D But I am worried about Gnabry. If he cannot get opportunities to play, chances are that he may leave in the summer. This interest from Dortmund worries me! :sad:

  59. arnie says:

    Another part of me says, if at all we are able to get someone in January, it will probably be from Germany. I wonder whether the speculation about Morata is not all hot air!

  60. Kgööner says:

    Arnie

    here’s some speculation for you. Antoine Griezmann – winger, France, real sociedad 22 age.

  61. arnie says:

    Kgooner: Thanks a lot. Left winger, can play striker as well, 22 years old. Not quite right winger, but a good backup. Speculation is that we have made a bid, but rejected. This looks more plausible to me! :D :D

  62. Kgööner says:

    I thought so too. He’s got pace as well and looks creative. Takes those wild chances to pull a rabbit out of thin air. disclaimer : I say this from the few clips I’ve seen of him

  63. arnie says:

    Yes, Kgooner, pretty good by the looks of it. Would be a player who can be used in rotation. As winger or striker. This way Gnabry continues to get chances, and so will the Ox when he returns. Once again, if the bid rumour is true, this shows intent. :D :D

  64. Gööner In Exile says:

    Norfolk that is a very good plan!

    Dortmund interest in Gnabry? Well I guess they’ve now sold or are losing so many it makes sense they may want some new youngsters.

    But I can see a path for Gnabry and Ox…simply because of the age of those currently ahead of them (Santi, TR7 and Arteta are getting no younger).

  65. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bude, Cornwall, January.

    This is where we’ll be in a few hours :-)

  66. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Or maybe here depending on wind direction. I’m not over excited am I? :-)

  67. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Or here
    Wow, that bloke on the longboard could be me

  68. MickyDidIt89 says:

    No more, promise.

  69. chas says:

    Very envious. Those sets at Saunton look very appealing especially if that rub a dub is playing while you surf!

  70. chas says:

    How’s the camera project faring?

  71. chas says:

    I think I’ve been to Saunton before but don’t remember rocks.

  72. chas says:

    Ah, just had a look at a satellite photo. Is that on the corner next to Croyde?

  73. chas says:

    Apparently BSR may be out a little longer but he looks happy (and old).

  74. chas says:

  75. chas says:

    Right, you must be waxing your board. :)
    Laters.

  76. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Motning Chas

    Agree. Those sets at Saunton are perfect, and yes, near Croyde, as is the clip of Putts which is the most sheltered from SWesterley’s. These beaches are 50 mins north of us, whereas the Cornish one’s are 30 mins West. We’ll check out the Surfcam’s as sonn as it’s light and make a plan. Already waxed my board this morning, and shifted my centre fin as far forward as possible for a tighter turn. Haven’t been since before Christmas.

    Not bothering with a Gopro. Only one worth having is £370, and as you see from first clip, the view is pretty boring. We’ll video each other from the beach/cliff at some point.

  77. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ha ha, spot on. Was waxing me stick :-)

  78. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Wont be hearing much today from Micky, he’s gone Smurfing! :D

  79. Gööner In Exile says:

    I’ve decided this weekends fixtures hold many possible ROLFs before we play Villa.

    First up Chavs away at Hull….win for Hull or at least a point a possibility.

    Swansea back at OT to rub some salt in wounds.

    In between Spuds hosting Palace, hopefully Chamakh winner.

    Then tomorrow Dippers away to Stoke and Shitty away to Toon.

  80. Rasp says:

    Morning all……

    …. New post …… from a new author …..

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