There is some very amusing artwork emerging from Arsenal fans celebrating the top flight silverware wilderness years at Shite Hart Lane. Half a century now…and counting. Not that I am one to gloat.
Now to last night’s internantional. Well it had to happen, didn’t it? Flying down the right, tormenting the Swiss in an England shirt and having a big say in the first goal and then Bam! Theo Walcott gets a whack on his ankle as hooker-humping Shrek scores and our boy ends up in hospital for x-rays. Just what we need. Still, it seems Theo will be out for about two weeks but this injury could have been a lot worse.
One injury that is worse than we first suspected is that of RVP’s, who we are told will now be out until mid-October after he was crocked in the 2-1 win at Blackburn. The initial period he would be sidelined for was assessed at two weeks. He needs a long run of games as and when he comes back does our Robin.
Some heartening quotes from TV5 on Cesc in this morning’s rags. The Mirror carries these: “Cesc has shown with every day that, while he was tempted by Barcelona, he is determined to give everything for Arsenal even after they rejected the offer.
“We have tried to help him recover because we need our captain and he has a big personality. Cesc has Barca in his heart and it’s impossible to forget that. But he is a great player and always he’s so professional.
“Now he’s 100 per cent with Arsenal. You can learn from him. What’s happened is in the past. I don’t accept he will go next summer because he is happy here and he’s so important to us, directing players on the field.”
Meanwhile, the reserves were in action last night and ended up winning a seven-goal thriller over Blackburn at Underhill. The big news from Barnet was that new boy Seb Squillaci made his first appearance for the Gunners in what appears to have been a humdinger of a game.
We came from two goals down to equalise before David Dunn restored the Rover’s lead with 20 minutes left for 3-2. But Benik Afobe levelled before JET hit a late winner.
Benjani scored past LF to put Rovers ahead after a mistake by Johan Djourou and Dunn hit a second into just before half time. Then Chuks Aneke created our first goal and just before the hour Afobe tapped in for 2-2.