We start today with the story that Amaury Bischoff is looking to make an impact for Arsenal when he returns from injury, and prove Wenger was right to gamble on his purchase.
Bischoff has had a groin injury since his time at Werder Bremen and still hasn’t recovered fully.
“Arsenal have shown faith in me and are building me up with a daily fitness programme.
“I know about the competition for places here – nobody can take their place for granted – but I am working hard and there is no reason why it should not work out for me.”
Young Guns has an article on how Bischoff was forced to play through pain at Bremen, which may have contributed to his injury.
Another player who expected to return for injury is striker Eduardo – he should be back around Christmas according to latest estimates.
Emmanuel Adebayor has refused to fly to Zambia with the Togo national team for their 2010 World Cup Qualifier. The players demanded that Tata Avlessi Adaglo (Togo Football Federation President) travelled with them. He declined because he was preparing for his mother’s funeral. The team went ahead, but Ade stayed in Lome.
A very random incident, but something which is to be expected when Togo are involved, they always seem to have rows between players and governing bodies, remember the 2006 World Cup bonus saga? Very odd. At least Ade won’t be playing now!
Also Emmanuel Petit has revealed his regrets about leaving Arsenal in 2000 for Barcelona in his autobiography. The player had a formidible partnership with Vieira at Arsenal, but never recreated his success later in his career.
I don’t believe a ‘curse’ exists, but is is true that many players who leave Arsenal are never as good at other clubs. maybe this has something to do with Wenger getting the best out of players and creating a team greater than the sum of its parts?
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