With great happiness I checked my Arsenal schedule for this weekend only to realize that there are no club matches. Gosh!! I hate it when Arsenal doesn’t play in the weekend or in mid-week. After that emphatic 3-1 win at Upton Park against
small big Sam, I expected another epic victory sooner. I would have to wait for the other weekend.
Whenever the season is truncated by an international break, I feel butterflies in my stomach. A lot of things play into my mind. The international break comes with its fair share of bad and good news. Every club will expect their players to come back healthy and fit. Arsenal has lost some players to international injuries in previous time and Wenger will want a clean bill of health.
Tentatively, Arsenal have over 10 players on international duty this weekend. Most of our first teamers vital to our campaign are out there. Gervinho, Podolski, Metersacker, Vermaleen, Koscienly, Chamberlain, Walcott, Cazorla, Giroud are playing for their nations. We expect a good showing from them and every goner would pray for a clean health bill. I hear Koscienly injured in training with France, how true?
From another point, the break gives Arteta a rest. It still marvels many why he has been overlooked by the Spanish team. He has pivotal in keeping things tidy in the middle and he deserves a rest. He has played every premier league match for us and has some good statistics. Gibbs too would be happy for the break, because he got a thigh injury in that victory over West Ham Utd.
Our come-back players have a chance to recovery before club duties beckon. Wilshere, Frimpong, Sagna have played for the U-21s and the break would give them time to acclimatize to the rigours of the league and season campaign. Rosicky, Diaby and Sczcensy should be back by the end of the international break.
Earlier this week, the Arsenal Ladies added the continental cup to their trophy cabinet while their male counterpart is yet to win any in 7 years. They have now won over 16 trophies since the male team won any trophy. Well, on the lighter note, only two teams have gone a league season unbeaten: The Arsenal and The Arsenal Ladies.
in other talks, Gervinho has been shortlisted in the CAF 34-man list released for the nominees for the African Footballer of the year. I doubt he would win the crown. Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Alex Song, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Mikel Obi are some of the few popular names. i didnt see Adebayor’s Name.
My Country, Nigeria, will be aiming to qualify for the Nations Cup to be held in South Africa 2013 when they square up against Lone Stars of Liberia this weekend. The Super Eagles drew the first leg 2-2 in Monrovia and are expected to spank Liberia. Cameroun have a 2-0 lost to Cape Verde to overturn while Senegal need 2 un-replied goals to see off high-flying Cote d’Ivoire after losing 4-2 in Abidjan in the first leg. Hey, don’t overlook Central African Republic, they eliminated Egypt. I pray they make it to South Africa.
Enough for today. Let’s make do with the internationals.
Au Revoir Amoscp
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