Hello and hope you’re having a good day. Olympics, if that’s your thing but if not, there’s some Arsenal today as well. That’s in a little less than 3 hours now. Arsene Wenger will rather be more focused on the match than the constant questioning over a Dutchman. When it is as contrasting and confusing between story 1 and story 2, you can’t fault the manager’s reluctance to talk about it. Or perhaps Wenger doesn’t want to be involved in anything that Stewart Robson puts his mouth in.
Coming back to more important things, we do have a match today, albeit a friendly match. The last of the Asia Tour for 2012 and also would be the smallest crowd that the team will play in this pre season. However, that is down to the capacity of the Hong Kong Stadium which seats 40,000 and not because the lack of support or ticket sales. From what I’ve heard, the tickets have been going like hot cakes, being snapped up and sold out without days of it going on sales. The boys are going to get another round of wonderful support from the locals.
I guess today we’ll see those that didn’t feature against Manchester City just 2 days ago. Johan Djourou, Ryo Miyaichi and Wojciech Szczesny are sure starters. While, I think Marouane Chamakh, Craig Eastmond, Nico Yennaris, Benik Afobe and Francis Coquelin will also get to start later. On paper, this is a much easier game than the one in Beijing. I have no knowledge of how good Kitchee is. However, I do know that Hong Kong is an improving team around these parts and thus I think Kitchee should be able to put up a decent challenge to us.
After this, the team goes back to England and hopefully will have plenty of time to rest. The reason I say this is because the boys have been doing a lot of promotional events. If I want to make a guess, I’ll say that they are training less this time around than they were when they were here last year. Which is why we see some lack of fitness from the players in the last game. I can’t imagine a fully fit Coquelin could be beaten for pace by Carlos Tevez like what happened on Friday.
It’ll be 14 more days before Arsenal play our next and final warm up game prior to the start of the new season. A chance for the those who travelled, to recoup and catch back on some sleeping while adjusting back to the time zone. A chance for the batch left in London to acclimatise again with the rest of the squad. Also, a chance for Wenger to get involve in some of the negotiations that has been happening with regards to transfer in (or at least, I hope there are on-going discussions with various parties).
That’s as much as I can managed. Enjoy the last game in Asia for 2012.