Vic Crescit Is Off Around The World and T’Rovers Next

Firstly, congratulations to Arsčne Wenger on becoming the longest-serving manager in Arsenal history, overtaking George Allison’s previous record from 1934 to 1947. Allison’s reign included the Second World War of course when only war-time games were played which don’t count in the official records. A magnificent record mate. Your time has seen the club move up to the next level. I firmly believe Wenger is one of two towering figures in the manager’s chair at Arsenal, along with Herbert Chapman. Two managers who made a lasting impact on the game, not just their club. Well played!
The injury gremlins strike yet again. Ed
uardo is out for a couple of weeks. Fortunately with an international break coming up he’s only likely to be unavailable for our game on Sunday against Blackburn Rovers. The good news is that both Samir Nasri and ?ukasz Fabia?ski are very close to being available for selection again, as is Theo Walcott. The latter came through a sixty minute, closed doors friendly at the training ground earlier in the week. Nicklas Bendtner should also be available for Sunday after his car crash.
I do think we would benefit from a detailed expert analysis of all the injuries we’ve picked up in the last few seasons. It could be just pure bad luck, but we need to know if there are any lessons to be learned. I’be stunned if Arsčne wasn’t on the case already however. He’s not a manager who leaves things to chance.
No doubt Blackburn will display the normal rumbustuous physical style of most Big Fat Sam Allardyce teams on Sunday. Many Gooners detest Allardyce. I’m not amongst them. Under that bluff Northern exterior is an acute football brain. His teams to tend to cynicism and living on the edge physically but they’re also cute tactically. He was the first Premier League manager, Alex Ferguson included, who figured out how to stop our game. If you analyse tapes of our games against his Bolton Wanderers side which I have, it’s not just about clogging us, albeit that has been part of it. His teams are very good at closing down the passing options available to us.
We need to really push on in the League now and put those teams above us under pressure. I think we have to remain undefeated prior to the New Year to maintain a real challenge for the title. It was a mantra I repeated many times last season. I’ll do it again. One game at a time. We need total focus on three points on Sunday. I’d certainly play Vito Mannone again against Rovers. I think the bloke has earned his chance to see if he can make the goalkeeping spot his own.
I’m writing this blog in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on my way to Ho Chi Minh City on the start of a Phineas Fogg business trip around the world in two and a bit weeks. By next Wednesday I shall be in Cape Town and the following Saturday in Washington DC. I shall therefore have the novel experience of watching Arsenal on television in Vietnam on Sunday. Such is the reach of the modern media world these days! My next blog will be from Asia, then from Africa on Wednesday, then from Rio de Janeiro on Friday where I shall be in transit from Cape Town to Washington. By the time I get home from a trip touching five continents and five time zones I shan’t know whether it’s Easter or Christmas! J
Keep the faith!

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