I would like to wish Gael Clichy, our majestic leftback, many happy returns on his 24th birthday today. I wrote about how we are fortunate to have him in our ranks, being one of the finest leftbacks in the whole of Europe and he is still only 24! Here’s wishing an injury-free and successful season ahead for you, Gael!
Right, let’s move on to the poll results of the past week. I will leave yesterday’s poll till next Sunday because there isn’t enough time to gather eough votes on that.
First poll – Do you think Tomas Rosicky will have a large role to play next season?
Yes, we have missed him badly. 80%
No, he will never be the same again. 20%
Indeed, we have missed Rosicky’s presence badly. Who knows how many more points we would have gathered if he was around last season? But then again, if he was injury-free, we might not have gotten Arshavin. Nevertheless, I’m sure all Gooners are waiting in great anticipation in watching him again next season. Together with our other creative players with flair like Arshavin, Vela, Nasri and Fabregas, it is a mouth-watering prospect.
Second poll – Who is your first-choice replacement for Sagna if he is injured?
Emmanuel Eboue 75%
Kerrea Gilbert 13%
Gavin Hoyte 13%
With no impending arrivals, I genuinely hope Eboue will stay next season. He isan excellent utility man to have within the squad. He can play in a variety of positions and although he frustrate us with his unsporting antics, there is little arguing that he is still the most reliable rightback after Sagna in the squad. Gilbert has a lot of promise but his lack of progres the past two years will count against him and Gavin Hoyte’s best position remain in central defence. Toure can do a decent job here but I see no long-term future for him in this position. However, my fear is that Wenger might think with new defender Vermaelen in the squad, Toure could be converted into a backup rightback and release Eboue. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, especially when no one else seem to be arrivng.
Third poll – Would you like to see Hleb back at Arsenal?
No, we don’t need him anymore! 100%
Yes, we can do with a midfielder like him. 0% (0 votes)
The view is unanimous among all Gooners. When Hleb left, I have mentioned in my previous posts that I was angry and upset. But the arrival of Nasri who has more end-product and is arguably a better all-round player with more steel has softened that blow. THe arrival of Arshavin and the return of Rosicky ha completely erased Hleb from memory. Arsenal defninitely got the better end of the Hleb deal. No doubt.
Fourth poll – Do you think Arsenal will be able to cope with Nasri’s absence?
Yes, we have enough quality players. 100%
No, we need to buy! 0%
As mentioned, we have more than enough capable players who can fill in for Nasri until his return. And his absence will not be as long as most of our rivals would wish. However, we still pray for a speedy recovery for Nasri!