International football has come to an end for the time being with only Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby being doubts for Saturday, the former with an illness of some sort and the latter with some muscular discomfort. Its a shame that Walcott will probably miss the game against his old side but such is life - he would have only made the bench if recent games are anything to go by. Abou Diaby, however, will be a far greater absentee. He was getting in some really good form with his performance against Liverpool and his goal for the French national side. I guess that is the problem with the lack of midfield re-enforcement - we are almost relying on a player who has not managed consecutive games in a few years. If he doesn't make the game it would be great to see Francis Coquelin get the nod. He has been calling for game time and the home game against a newly promoted side would be a excellent chance to stamp his name on the team sheet.
I woke up this morning to another of the Sun's dreadful journalism, if you can call it that. Apparently Arsenal have enquired about the availability of one Didier Drogba who is currently playing for Shanghai Shenhua and earning the tidy sum of 250k a week. Firstly, since when have Arsenal payed any player that wage and secondly, why would Drogba want to join his former club's close rivals? The same article goes on to claim that Juventus are offering 10mil for Theo Walcott after his refusal to sign a new contract. Again I question the validity of this story. Theo is available on a free in less than a years time so why would Juve offer that sort of money when they could just wait an extra 6 months? That along with the fact that they could only muster up a derisory 8mil bid for the hottest striker in world football, Robin van Persie, and you see what utter rubbish The Sun love reporting. That newspaper really should be shut down (did you see what they reported about Hillsborough? Absolute madness).
Just want to make a quick comment on Olivier Giroud. I saw him for France last night and it is clear he lacks that turn of pace that could give him that cutting edge. But what a nuisance he makes of himself. He's very intelligent with his movement, has extremely strong hold-up play and was unlucky not to score after a rocket of a header was just saved by the Belarus keeper. Once he gains that sharpness and confidence, I can see him being very, very successful. Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp both scored their first Arsenal goals against Southampton in mid-September. Both went on to become Arsenal legends. Just putting that out there.