Morning all, it looks like reports that Robin van Persie would be out for a little while yet were correct when the club announced he would not be part of the squad to face Everton.
With Gael Clichy admitting the squad are feeling a bit tired it would have been nice to get some fresh legs back up front. That said, if the boss wants fresh legs he’s got Bendtner and Eduardo who haven’t played much in the last little while. Eduardo was supposed to be our post-Christmas ‘secret weapon’ but he remains a bit of an enigma. Capable of goals but seemingly way off the pace in the games he scores in. It’s a strange one. All the same I think Everton is going to be a tight affair and his predatory instincts in and around the area could be very handy indeed. And what of Theo Walcott? His pace could cause them all sorts of problems and he would not slump to the ground praying after getting a yellow card not even Rumpole of the Bailey could argue against.
We also have to wait and see about William Gallas whose right foot took a battering against Portsmouth. He would be big loss if he were to be injured but with Kolo still around for the next couple of games it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I’d imagine we’ll get more team news later on today. It’s going to be tough though. Everton are a good side and in good form at the moment. We’re going through a bit of a sticky period so it’s going to take a performance to get the three points up there.
It looks like Jens Lehmann could be on his way back to Borrusia Dortmund, the club we signed him from. Their first choice has been injured and officials apparently flew into London yesterday to discuss a deal. I can’t imagine Arsenal will look for any kind of fee for Jens given his age and the fact there are only a few months left on his contract so bar personal terms there shouldn’t be too much to complicate a transfer, should there be one.
With Jens on his way the Mirror has us linked with a Â£1m move for Barnsley keeper, Heinz Muller. No, seriously. That’s his name. It’d be like us replacing Liam Brady with Paddy O’Murphy. Fucking hell.
Fran Merida is off to Real Sociedad on loan. Well, that’s what a candidate for the presidency of the club says, it seems Fran has no knowledge of it whatsoever. I am astounded. I cannot believe a potential president of a Spanish football club would simply throw around the name of a young footballer in order to garner votes. What is the world coming to? I mean, imagine the president of Real Madrid saying on TV, two days ago, that Cesc wanted to join them. It is simply beyond the realms of possibility that these people could act in such a way. I mean, that would make them complete and utter cunts, wouldn’t it?
And the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed there’s been a lick of paint around the place this morning. No harm in freshening things up a bit, kind of like what Arsene will do when the transfer window opens.
Anyway, I think everything should be working like it did before but if you do notice anything odd let me know via the contact link.
Now, I’m off to the physio to get my knee checked out as it is still a bit bollixed. More tomorrow.