Firstly, Kolo Toure will not be missing the start of the season. While you may have already read that Toure has contracted malaria, it is not as serious as many news sites have made it out to be. Indeed, less sensationalist reports have quite clearly stated that it is only a mild strain and there is no reason to suggest he will not be available for the start of the season. Number one myth busted.
Secondly, Eduardo has not suffered a setback in his preparations to return to the first team. A number of recent reports went out saying that Eduardo would not be back until October because he has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation. This is rubbish. As Arsene Wenger points out, Eduardo was never going to come back to first-team action until at least September in the first place, so things are progressing just as expected. Number two myth busted.
In short, Toure will be ready for the start of the season and Eduardo’s rehabilitation is going just fine, so sit down and relax. Unless of course you were the rather silly commenter in yesterday’s post who stated that they hoped Toure would stay ill for as long as possible to give Philippe Senderos a chance.
Now, I’ve got nothing against Big Phil being given a chance but to wish ill of anyone is a pretty dispicable act. You, sir, should be ashamed of yourself.
Anyway, time to move on to matters involving Alex Hleb. The former Arsenal player (feels weird saying that) has again been in a chatty mood, speaking about Wenger and Cesc Fabregas among other things. Hleb refuted claims that he spoke ill of his former manager and teammate, going on to stress how important they had both been during his time as an Arsenal player:
“For me, Fabregas is my best friend and I had a good understanding with him on the pitch. Arsene Wenger, for me, is like a father. He gave me a lot and I learned a lot from him and I need to say thank you to him for the fact that I now play in Barcelona. I wanted a change and Barcelona for me are the biggest team. It is my dream and I’m very happy.”
Fair enough, I guess. Although in some ways it’s nice that he’s thanking Wenger, I don’t think he’ll appreciate it too much. The ultimate way for Hleb to say thank-you to the manager for how he has helped his career would have been to stay at Arsenal but, alas, this was not to be.
It’s interesting that he would leave his best friend and father to go and play at Barcelona but at the end of the day the opportunity to play for such a big club coupled with a huge pay rise proved too much. Nothing much else to say on the issue, really, except that Hleb is a bit of knob.
Finally today is the results from the Wednesday Poll for this week. For those who missed it the question was “Will Adebayor stay at Arsenal?“. The possible answers were “Yes”, “Yes – but I don’t want him to”, “No” or “No – but I want him to stay”.
The results were very interesting. There were 171 votes with a huge 149 people thinking that Adebayor will be staying at Arsenal this season. Interestingly, those votes were split almost 50-50 between people who wanted him to stay and those who didn’t (74 votes and 75 votes respectively).
I wonder what those people who do want Adebayor to go will do if he does stay? Will he be booed like Gareth Barry was in Aston Villa’s recent friendly? Would it be justified if he was? What if Adebayor apologised?
Too many questions, not enough answers. Provide them for me and have a great day. I’ll be back tomorrow for a bit of end-of-week fun. Cheers.
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