After labeling the current international week as “the least worrisome international break ever” in yesterday’s post it gives me great displeasure to reveal that Bacary Sagna will be out for at least three weeks with a thigh injury.
The right-back injured himself on the first day of training with the French squad, missing the win over Romania, and is currently in rehabilitation in France.
“It’s okay. I’m currently in rehabilitation. It will take three weeks. I’ll take my time to get back.”
I’m sure the Arsenal medical staff – like a pack of rampant zombies – would want to get their hands on him but given their record, maybe it’s not so bad for him to stay in France for a little longer.
I do like the fact that he says he will take his time to get back though. With Emmanuel Eboue a more than capable replacement there is no reason for Sagna to rush back into the side. The best thing is for him to recover fully to minimise the chances of a relapse that would only hurt the team further into the season.
If consistently losing to players to injury is the most annoying thing about international breaks then reading obviously mistranslated player quotes from various national newspapers has to be next on the list.
Yesterday it was Samir Nasri who got the unfortunate treatment, with The Sun declaring that he bellowed: “I’M WASTED ON THE WING!”
“That’s where I play best, that’s how I was formed. In every age group at youth level, I often played through the middle. I’ve been playing out wide for two years with Arsenal but feel more at ease in the centre of the pitch.”
Oh, right. So he didn’t say that he is wasted on the wing? Which means The Sun lied? They’d never lie though, would they? But they’re a reputable source of information!
In all seriousness you can see where Nasri is coming from with these comments. Any good attacking player wants to be involved in the game as much as they can and it is certainly more possible from the middle of the pitch. Nasri is clearly relishing the opportunity to play this position for France, who have been struggling to find a central creative solution since the spectacular retirement of Zinedine Zidane in 2006.
Unfortunately for Nasri we have no such problems at Arsenal. Cesc Fabregas is the kingpin in the middle of the pitch and has earned his right to be there. Players like Andrey Arshavin, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby have all been forced wide to accommodate Fabregas and provide the best option for the team and Nasri is in the same boat. That’s how a team has to work at a big club like Arsenal and to Nasri’s credit – and Arshavin, Rosicky and Diaby’s for that matter – he has never complained about his situation, just dealt with it and tried his best to help the team.
Of course, things may change if Fabregas goes, but at this stage the best thing for Arsenal is to have Nasri playing in a wide position. He showed in pre-season what he can do from a central position but he still has a long way to go to show that he can be relied upon to put in consistent and responsible performances in the most important attacking position on the pitch.
Anyway, some food for thought on a fairly quiet day.
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