Summer starts early

Ever since the players left the club to hook up with their respective national squads for internationals, the spotlight has been on Jack Wilshere in more ways than one. On the pitch, his performances in the 2 England games showed enough promise and endeavour to show that he is not out of place in international games. While he may not have ran the game and made as much impact, few other players who has pulled on the England shirt in the past 4 years can claim to have played 2 consecutive games better.

In other Wilshere matters, he has now come out with his thoughts on the possibility of him playing for England in age group tournaments. Here, he feels that even by playing continuously, he would not suffer from burnout. He even cited Germany’s triumph in the previous campaign and how that helped their World Cup in South Africa. Add that to the fact that he enjoys being on Twitter, and that soon, he will be a father; there’s fairly a lot on his plate.

I would be undermining the capability of Wilshere if I say that he will manage be able to juggle his time between all those things. Somehow, it does seem like a lot of things which requires his involvement. And we haven’t even factor in his commitments towards Arsenal Football Club. He needs a sit down with someone of similar experience and expertise for guidance. Theo Walcott would do nicely.

One of his team mates who would mind missing out on games would be Robin Van Persie. The Dutchman has not played altogether that much football since his arrival at Arsenal. We’ve seen him grown from a talented player to one who is now vital to our hopes of winning trophies. All those times, blighted by numerous injuries. He looked to have picked up another one in Holland’s last game but check afterwards reveals it not to be too serious.

There’s no doubt we need in on the field, Arsenal that is. That when he plays, he bring a different dimension to our game. But the visitor this Saturday is Blackburn, a team on the free fall. I would not like risk to be taken with RvP. Saving him from one game could mean his availability for the balance 8 games. Destroying Blackburn is not a task too big for the likes of Marouane Chamakh or Nicklas Bendtner.

Now, here’s a story about the players are looking to offload in the coming summer. All in the grand scheme of plans to generate money to sign Cesc Fabregas. If the figure quoted here is true, then €50million is the number we’re looking at. Take that and put it together with the figures from here. Effectively, it could mean that we take 6 new players and still pocket €18million. From a purely business point of view, there is nothing bad we can see there. From a footballing perspective, it cannot work. Simply because of the 25 man squad rule. Interestingly enough, personally I would take €37million + Seydou Keita + Ibrahim Afellay. It would enable us to have money to buy some other players as well as inheriting experience.

Today also mark the 10th anniversary of David Rocastle’s death. I cannot lay claim to having ever seen him in his pomp for Arsenal. The only times that I’ve managed to see him was when he was plying his trade with Sabah, a team in the Malaysian league. But once a Gunner always a Gunner. You will always be remembered Rocky.