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We all knew this was going to happen sooner or later but this is just way too soon. Barely couple of days have gone since our first game of the new season and Arsenal have already been struck by their first injury. While we are looking to have more players close to being ready for the new season, it is unfortunate for this injury to happen now. Samir Nasri is the first victim of the season and his knee injury will keep him out at least until the end of September.
This is a real pity. The French midfielder is in really good form coming into the season and was our most effective attacker at Anfield. Now, he will have pick it all up again and it will definitely take him time to get back into the kind of groove that he is currently, if at all. One can almost feel that this will be the season in which Nasri finally affirmed himself into an elite player, at least within the Arsenal squad. Get well soon Nasri.
In another case, having seen Laurent Koscielny getting sent off against Liverpool for 2 bookable offences, Arsenal are in dire straits in terms of central defence cover. Rumours are Johan Djourou has recovered from his injury and will definitely take Koscielny’s place in this weekend’s game against Blackpool. We will have to wait until Friday for Arsene Wenger to confirm this. Even if Djourou makes it, we still lack of defensive cover should any further unfortunate things happen during the game.
Which is why the decision to include our only other probably centreback, Harvard Nordtveit for a friendly tournament in Dublin very puzzling. Surely it is better to have another option on the bench and not to rely on Alex Song dropping back into defence. Quite what experience Nordtveit could gain by playing against reserve players is beyond me. I would think that training with the first team would at least be on the same level as those games.
Even if it is for one game, that particular decision means that Wenger might not rate the young Norwegian that high. Certainly not high enough with respect to Song’s capability to slot into that position. Then this decision surely means that Wenger thinks that only 3 players in his current squad are specialists in that centreback role and Nordtveit is not one of them. To last a whole season with just the 3 would be like saying that we are here to compete but necessary strong enough to win any competition. Time to dip into the transfer market, Mr Wenger.
As the days get closer towards our first home game of the season, there are still so many potential problem besetting Arsenal, not least the injury to Nasri. Here is to hoping for better days ahead.