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Dec
08

Cesc cuts himself Arshavin, out for four months

Late blog again, sorry. I try to get these out before 7am but since there is a delay in my work today I figured I’d wait for news on Cesc’s injury. I was “rewarded” with this report:

The news is not good because it is a partial rupture of the medial knee ligament which is taking three to four months injury time. We count four, we know he will be working very hard to come back earlier but I count four months.

How much [we will miss him] is difficult to say, the only thing we can say for sure is that we will miss him of course. We have to find a way to compensate for the fact he will not be on the pitch, and give everybody a bit more. I am sure we can deal with it. When he comes back he can help us to get over the line in the final months.

Well, that’s the worst news possible. If you remember back to the start of the season, Arsenal struggled mightily without their captain and now we’re headed into a crucial period of the title race and asking players like Song and Denilson to fill in. It’s a bad day what I can say that I could even see King Ramsey I The Boy King getting a few games as a sub and maybe even a start.

The absence of Cesc means that Arsenal will almost certainly need to prioritize between the three cups they are still striving for: FA, Champions League, and Premier League. The most important of those three is the League; financially and from a prestige standpoint we’d like to finish fourth or higher (even though Peter Hill-Wood pointed out the other day finishing fourth is not as financially devastating to the club as the doomsayers think.) Second in importance is the Champions League; this team is built for that competition, more so than the Premier League or the madness of the English cup ties that’s for sure, so I could see him place that second. Thus, I can see Wenger playing a modified Carling Cup squad in the FA Cup now that Cesc is down. He’ll need Denilson, Diaby, and Song as fresh as possible for the other games.

Oh what? You think this injury means that Wenger’s going to buy someone? Well… maybe. His answer there is perfect Arsene Wenger:

Yes [I am more likely to buy]….  but we also have internal solutions so we are not desperate because of that

If I know my Arsenespeak, that statement means that he has his eye on someone but doesn’t want to pay over the odds. Which means he’ll table a £16m offer for Alonso and it will be rejected… again.

Now, if you’ll indulge me a second I’d like to vent some spleen at Arsene.

Ahem

WHY THE F*CK DIDN’T YOU SPEND THE EXTRA £2M TO GET ALONSO IN THE SUMMER YOU F*CKING RETARD??????

Thanks

Of course he couldn’t see that Cesc would get injured and be out for four months, but he equally had to see that if Cesc went down it put a tremendous burden on the rest of the team and that having a second, versatile, battle-tested, fit, player who has the natural talent to fit right into your playing style and handle the pressure of the EPL, and the engine to run your opponents off the pitch would be crucial to winning a trophy this year.

The only player in the world than I can think of who fits that bill is Xabi Alonso and word has it that Wenger missed out on him this summer because he didn’t want to up his bid from £16m to £18m. Of all the mistakes that Wenger has made this year, and some of them are huge — like the Gallas captaincy, his stinginess in holding on to that last £2m will certainly stand as the biggest mistake because it has the ability to take down the season and possibly even the team. Evidence of how bad that decision was could take the form of Arsenal paying the stupid sum of £20m to desperately acquire Andrei Arshavin.

The reason that the Arshavin rumor has any legs is because irregardless who they buy, Wenger will be spending over the odds. Teams know what they have and what it’s worth to us, and as Gareth Southgate said when his midfield engineer (Tuncay) was linked to Chelski earlier in the week, “We are not here to help other clubs.”

It’s at trying times like these that the manager earns his keep and if there was ever any manager I trust to do the right thing, it’s Arsene Wenger. So, get off your ass and do the right thing, Arsene.

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