Interlull Injuries

Not only is a 3 week lay-off mid-season inordinately dull, it is also costly to the Arsenal squad.


Both Wilshire and Koscielny have been withdrawn from their respective squads for games this weekend.

Fortunately both injuries appear to be wear and tear and not something as devastating as JW’s ankle knack when playing another meaningless game for England.

How does this help the club which pays their wages?

There isn’t an answer. If I were a player my ambition would always be to represent my country and friendlies, as crap as they are, are still a cap.

Let us hope nothing untoward happens to our Internationals before we play Stoke at home

written by Big Raddy


73 Responses to Interlull Injuries

  1. GunnerN5 says:

    I feel for Jack – but his body always seems to let him down.

    JACK WILSHERE has withdrawn from England’s squad to play Holland and Italy with a fresh injury setback – but Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate said it is “nothing too serious”.

    The Arsenal midfielder, 26, had earned a recall from Southgate but has not travelled to Amsterdam for Friday’s game. Southgate said: “Jack felt some pain in his knee, a problem he has had before. Nothing too serious.

    “We had the option to bring him here and let it settle or keep him back at base. We decided to leave him there and hopefully the next few days it will settle down.

    “It is a tendon area that over time flares up and needs to settle down. He was disappointed. It is something he has managed over a period of time.”

    Wilshere has not played for England for nearly two years, but was given another chance after a string of solid performances for the Gunners recently.

    On his recall, the Arsenal ace seemed thrilled, saying: “I never gave up hope that I could do it again. I was in the squad 18 months ago and I didn’t get the chance.

    “But I’ve always felt like it’s somewhere that I belong and I want to be involved in this. It’s a different feel now as an England player.

    “Hopefully, I’ll get the chance this week or next week to put the Three Lions shirt back on again.

    “It will be a special moment — I’ve always said I love representing my country.

  2. GunnerN5 says:

    Thank you for the post Raddy.

    I fear for Jack’s future if this turns out to be serious.

  3. chas says:

    cheers, BR

  4. Eddie says:

    He was one of English football’s first black players and the British Army’s first ever black officer to command white troops.

    But 100 years after he died aged 29 on the battlefields of World War One, the name Walter Tull means little to most people.

    what a gorgeous looking man. Walter Tull, died at 29 dear lord

  5. Eddie says:

    thanks Radddy, nice little post. Poor Jack, this is just beyond belief. His injuries will be the end of his career.

    Where is Diaby now?

  6. Eddie says:

    re Diaby – following treble operations in 2017 he has not played since

  7. Eddie says:

    did I kill the blog? so.rry.

  8. chas says:


    You missed out that he played for Herbert Chapman’s Northampton Town for most of his career after the spuds didn’t play him because of racist abuse.

    There’s a post right there.

  9. VP of Oz says:

    BR, re your comment on my 5:40am… I tend to wake up early every morning as it takes longer to start-up the engine as I get older.

    Australia got smashed by Norway this morning in Berts first game as coach. WC is looking good for us aussies.

  10. VP of Oz says:

    so its zLAtan now…

  11. Eddie says:

    did he? What a guy, ey? Very special indeed

    vp – how come aussies are obsessed with sports, yet they are very average of football. Yes, poles are very average at football too which pisses me off big time as it is one of the most popular sports there

  12. VP of Oz says:

    Hi Eddie. Yes we love our sport especially here in Melbourne were we have invented our very own Football game where the ball is oval, you can use your hands, no crossbars and you still score when you miss a goal. Oh and you can have multiple runners on the ground during a game that bring drinks to players or messages on what to do. Its why we are so average at the world game of football as for as long as I could remember, “soccer” was a game for wogs, sheilas and po_fters.

  13. chas says:

    This sort of sums up the interlull for me.

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    ““soccer” was a game for wogs, sheilas and po_fters.” LoL

    So in Oz it is OK to use the word wogs but not po-fters? 😀

  15. Big Raddy says:

    Mesut left the Germany squad ahead of their game with Brazil. Let’s hope he is not crocked

  16. Eddie says:

    i don’t like word ‘wog’. It is as bad as ‘n***er’ I think.

    Chapeau to the French cop saving a life and getting himself killed, brave man.

  17. VP of Oz says:

    BR, being a wog myself (Croatian parents married to a croatian woman) I guess I’m comfortable with the word. On the other hand not so comfortable with the other word and thought it my be inappropriate on this site

    That all said, if anyone is interested in a very very good read on the development of Australian soccer then you must read the late great Johnny Warrrens book with the same title wogs, sheilas…. etc.

  18. VP of Oz says:

    By Johnny Warren

    A Fascinating account of a great sporting life and an insider’s look at the byzantine world of soccer politics. The essential Australian story of the World Game – Bob Carr

    Johnny Warren received an MBE (1973), ASM (2000) Centenary Medal (2001), OAM (2003) and the FIFA Order of Merit (2004)

    Johnny Warren is a credit to Australia and the game that he loves. His is a great story which I heartily recommend to all sports fans – Martin Tyler

    From a nine-year-old who was initially rejected by his local under-12’s team because he was “too small and needed to go home and eat more porridge” to leading the Socceroos from 1964 to 1974 through three World Cup campaigns as captain and vice-captain, Johnny Warren witnessed every stage of Australia’s soccer journey for over fifty years.

    From the days you were called a “sheila”, “wog” or “poofter” if you played soccer to today when players such as Harry Kewell are celebrated as our brightest sporting stars and prized by overseas clubs; from the curse placed on the Socceroos in 1969 by an African witch doctor through to more than thirty agonising years of trying to qualify for soccer’s Holy Grail, the World Cup, Johnny Warren revealed the highs and lows of Australian soccer’s past and present, and how its future success can be achieved.

    Including all the action from the 2002 World Cup – the Cup that caught the hearts and imaginations of Australians everywhere. In February 2003, then-NSW Premier Bob Carr set up a $1.5 million soccer training academy named the “Johnny Warren Soccer Academy” to develop players and increase Australia’s chances of securing the 2014 World Cup.

  19. VP of Oz says:

    OMG Chas, I didnt even think of other interpretations. I was just using a word that I’ve been called since a kid…

    sorry if anyone offended

    anyway, have a good morning, I’m off to a 50th house party…

  20. Eddie says:

    oh I see, different country different meaning. I thought a ‘wog’ means a ‘black’

    Anyway, England beat Holland, excellent. Now I hope Poland beats S Korea on Tuesday. Long bloody way to go to a friendly, I wouldn’t bother

  21. Eddie says:

    VP – you have already been to 49 parties??

  22. VP of Oz says:

    I’m still waiting on the missus who is curling her hair.

    Eddie, at least I now understand your 8:13 comment.

    as for 49 parties, yes its been a long day, 1 more to go

  23. Eddie says:

    enjoy 🙂

  24. VP of Oz says:

    Jeffers anyone, hehe

  25. VP of Oz says:

  26. VP of Oz says:

    #8 is my favourite

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Number 5 is very funny, so is Lee Dixon’s – I was at Highbury that afternoon

  28. VP of Oz says:

  29. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    Bright sunny day here and a fresh -6c to keep us on our toes.

    VP are you a racing fan – I’ll be watching the Australian F1 live at 1:00 am Sunday morning – Lewis Hamilton is in the pole position.

  30. RA says:

    What a qualifying lap that was by Hamilton to get Pole!!

    The guy is amazing — and as his ex-team mate Nicky said – “when Hamilton drives like that, the rest might as well go home”.

    He is in the Senna, Schumaker class — as history will show.

  31. GunnerN5 says:

    Too true RA he is a phenomenal driver and left the others drivers in awe with his final lap to take the pole. If he gets through the first corner in the lead he will be very difficult to beat.

  32. RA says:

    If Rasp isn’t looking we could do with a swift summary of the race from you tomorrow, GN5.

    [OK, there is an element of self interest here — I have to miss the race as I am travelling overnight tonight, and will not be able to watch — you could be my saviour yet again my friend.] 😀

  33. GunnerN5 says:

    I’d love to do that RA but it may spoil the enjoyment of others who may be recording the race.

  34. RA says:

    That’s a good point, GN5. Oh, well.

  35. VP of Oz says:

    GN5, I like all competitive sport but I’m more into the bikes then the cars. I’m having breakfast at the moment and can hear the cars doing their laps. Its a bit strange as AFL kicked off this weekend and all the news and talk has been about that with minimal coverage in yesterdays papers on the GP however that should all change today. Hamilton is damn good

  36. VP of Oz says:

    coached my daugthers under 21’s to another basketball grand final win so am pretty happy.
    As for the GP, watching it now but wont say anything for those that have taped it

  37. VP of Oz says:

    Great GP win, whilst aussie cricketers in disgrace, unbelievable!

  38. chas says:

    Summertime and the living is easy

  39. Eddie says:

    England v Italy: Jack Wilshere will not return for Wembley friendly after injury withdrawal.

    i won’t lose any sleep over it providing it is a staged injury only

  40. Eddie says:

    red nose pit bull refuses to leave rescue place without his tiny friend

  41. Big Raddy says:

    Summertime? Bloody freezing here. Forced to work inside which is hugely disappointing.

  42. Big Raddy says:

    Just been reading that Bellerin is valued at 65m and Kane at 200m.


  43. chas says:

    I changed the blog clock in line with British summertime, that’s all.

  44. fred1266 says:

    Congrats VP, who her favourite basketballer

  45. fred1266 says:

    What the deal with all this Turkel nonsense steups

  46. chas says:

  47. chas says:

  48. LB says:

    Arsene sign that two footed cat — now.

  49. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    6.43 Is that BR?

    Fred. There is much in the media about Tuchel replacing AW. Given his fallout at at BD and the dislike between him and Raul I cannot see it.

  50. VP of Oz says:

    a big 24 hrs in sport –

    Vettel wins. What happened Hamilton?

    Aussie cricketers in disgrace!!! (this news has pretty much pushed the GP off the sports pages)

    Mino Raiola: Pep Guardiola is a cowardly dog and ‘zero’ as a person (that is a bizarre espn article)

    Tuchel has turned down an offer to become the next Bayern Munich coach, according to multiple reports in Germany on Saturday (aka espn gossip), and could be set to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

    Fred, my daughters favourite basketballer is herself.
    My sons favourite basketballer is himself
    My youngest daughters favourite basketballer is Larry Bird
    My favourite is Ben Simmons

  51. VP of Oz says:

    in other news, next time your commuting by train –

    More than 10 tonnes of bird poo has been removed from the dome of Melbourne’s Flinders Street station as part of restoration works.

    The station is undergoing a $100 million makeover.

    Flinders Street station was built in 1910, and this is the first time in more than a century it has had significant cleaning and restoration works.

    Thats right, 10 TONNES of BIRD DROPPINGS, think about the enormity of that and who was responsible for weighing it

  52. GunnerN5 says:

    Wow Chas, the true magic of pure football, wonderful to watch – and it encapsulates the wonder of what be have been privileged to watch courtesy of AW.

    Never seen at Arsenal before him at Arsenal and what after?

  53. chas says:

  54. chas says:

    10:46 was posted by VP of Oz.

  55. GunnerN5 says:

    Oops – Great video VP- I just love watching the one touch football, I will never tire of it.

  56. Eddie says:

    oh Hector, you just can’t put the foot wrong 🙂

    chas – have you noticed his very small willy? I thought you would 🙂

  57. Big Raddy says:

    and his excitement at seeing Alex

  58. Big Raddy says:

    Where is Didit? Come out you lazy boarder

  59. Eddie says:

    raddy – didit’s absence is becoming very worrying. do you think he had something to do with the poisoning of the russian spy? Maybe he was expelled from this country

    either this or he is still snowed under

  60. GunnerN5 says:

    Article from Sports Telegraph

    Mohamed Elneny signs new long-term Arsenal contract as Alexandre Lacazette returns to training

    Midfielder Mohamed Elneny has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Premier League club have announced.

    Elneny has made 65 first-team appearances for Arsene Wenger’s team since joining in January 2016, proving himself to be a reliable squad player.

    The club said: “We would like to congratulate Mo on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution in the coming seasons.”

    The 25-year-old helped Egypt qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, where they will make their first appearance in the finals since 1990.

    The Arsenal futures of fellow central midfielders Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey remain uncertain. Wilshere’s contract expires this summer, while Ramsey will have only 12 months left on his deal.

    Arsenal have offered Wilshere a heavily-incentivised new contract with a reduction to his basic salary, and despite both parties professing they want to continue it remains unsigned.

    Speaking to BeIN Sports about Wilshere’s future, Wenger said: “I can only reassure him that I want him to stay and we make him a proposal and after that we also have to accept that Jack is at an age where he will have offers from somewhere else.

    “Personally, I have put my weight in for him to stay, I want him to stay and I think he’s an Arsenal man.

    “Gennaro Gattuso said he’s got the technique of a Spanish player and the character of an English player and I think that’s well-judged and that’s why you want him to stay.”

    Ramsey has been one of Arsenal’s best performers this season, but there are concerns over his injury record and the club could sell in order to avoid risking losing the Wales midfielder for nothing in 2019.

    Arsenal’s season rests on Europa League success, and their chances received a boost on Monday as Alexandre Lacazette returned to full training following a knee injury.

    January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible for the competition, with Danny Welbeck leading the line in both legs of Arsenal’s 5-1 aggregate victory over AC Milan in the last-16.

    Lacazette should be fit and available for the quarter-final first-leg against CSKA Moscow at the Emirates on Thursday April 5, bar any setbacks. Arsenal host Stoke in the Premier League on Sunday.

  61. fred1266 says:

    Is that the rockie from Philadelphia

  62. fred1266 says:

    My favourite is another philly legend,

  63. Rasp says:

    Evening all …. what’s happening Arsenal-wise? I went to watch the rugger on Saturday …. Saracens v Harlequins at the London Stadium. It’s a great stadium, I don’t know what the wham fans are moaning about, I don’t think you’re any further away from the pitch than The Emirates. We’re still building an affinity with a new stadium … they need to be patient.

  64. Rasp says:

    Excellent news Elneny has signed a contract extension …. he’s a good reliable squad member who can do a job for the team …. I won’t be as happy if Ramsey goes 😳

  65. chas says:


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