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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Could van Persie start against Chelsea after all?

By Aries

Arsene Wenger doesn’t think that van Persie has a cat in hell’s chance to play against Chelsea next Sunday but the player himself was so insistent about getting permission to fly to Serbia that Wenger had to let him go.

“I let him go on his insistence. However, I doubt that the treatment will provide the publicised results. I'm not a big fan of such treatments as applied by Marijana Kovacevic, but I'm not a doctor” Wenger said to Serbian media.

Mariana Kovacevic has a big reputation for treating injured players with the placenta fluid shortening the recovery period quite substantially.

Contrary to what Wenger believes the evidence is quite staggering and they are to be found closer at home.

There are a few Liverpool players who were supposed to be out of action for lengthy spells but found themselves playing after a few days treatment in Belgrade.

The latest is Glen Johnson. The others are Aurelio, Benayoun and Riera who were out with heavy injuries but made remarkable recoveries. This is confirmed by Rafa Benitez himself.

“Benajun and Riera had serious injuries, but when they returned from Serbia, even the X-rays taken showed no trace of these problems. Perhaps we will in the future send all players that have similar injuries to Belgrade” said Benitez.

Serbian national team captain and van Persie’s former Feyenoord team-mate Danko Lazovic has admitted that he was the one who sent the Dutchman to Belgrade.

”Percy heard from someone about Marianne and called me asking about my experiences with the treatment. I told him how I was cured, after which he decided to come to Belgrade - said Lazovic for the Serbian Paper "Sports Journal" and added:

Having seen Kovacevic and had placenta fluid rubbed into the affected area Lazovic made a shock comeback in only one week.

“If I knew how it works, maybe I leave my job and begin to practice it myself. I only know that I was out only for three days even though the prediction was for six weeks of absence from the field”

Could van Persie start against Chelsea after all?


Anonymous said...

Good idea but he won't play. Even if he claimed he was fine, Wenger wouldn't let him.

Plus, Johnson didn't play against Man City yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Glen Johnson didn't start against Man City yesterday. Riera didnt come off the bench. Benayoun came on in the first half but went off injured again later in the second half.

Anonymous said...

benayoun came off because of tierdness. glen johnson has a different injury which is more of a groin problem. riera might of come on if it hadn't of been for the injuriers in the first half, but he was on the bench.

Anonymous said...

I know Collymore is not an Arsenal fan but he has a point that unless AW strengthened the midfield,Arsenal can forget about winning trophies.Yes we know AW knows best but sometimes you need athird party to point out your flaws.
This leads me to a learned professor at a top rate university.He could solve the most difficult/complex maths problem. The trouble was he was so advanced in his thinking that he could not do simple addition eg 1 + 1=2 but according to hin it should be 3.
Good night my fellow gunners and hopefully the gunners will despatch Chelsea.

Anonymous said...

9-1 jog on.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the guy above

Anonymous said...

to the anon guy who agrees with Stan, the goal scored had nothing to do with defensive midfielders but set play. you need to ask urself apart from the keeper who was 6ft tall on that pitch? you also need to ask Arsene why make 5 changes and expect the same intensity of play?

Anonymous said...

To the obvious spurs fan who is saying 9-1 jog on.
you need to be reminded of your place, you have won 1 match in good style, you are still beneath Arsenal and will always be in their shadow. 61 never again.
Also be reminded that the player to score most goals in a single game in english football history is 7 scored by Ted Drake while playing for.....wait for it, you'd never guess.... ARSENAL.

if this treatment works for Van Persie then all well & good, if it dont, there was no harm in trying.

J said...


Anonymous said...

It was a shame to lose at Sunderland and the predictable big deal has been made of the defeat. Our title challenge is over, it was never real anyway and now the media can get it on with deciding when Chelsea or Man U have won the title, usually despite most of the season being left to play.

There is always a ridiculous media clamour to decide when something decidedly undecided has been decided: that a particular team is ‘out’ of a race, or that a particular race is ‘over’, or that a relegation issue has been all but settled. We are barely one third of the way into this season and yet we’re being told these things.

Apparently whichever of Hull & West Ham lost their game at the weekend that team was all but relegated. As if! They drew, does that mean that they are both now down? That will be a big relief to the teams just above them, it’s all over! Spotting trends is one thing, deciding that trends cannot change is premature to say the least.

Every match offers three points. If you lose the match you have, on the face of it, missed out on three points. But you start each match with one point at 0-0 and if you can’t offer enough to win the match then you may not get close to landing the three points on offer. As I argued in an issue of The Gooner last season, defeats are not all they are cracked up to be.

If you are heading towards a sound win and yet end up losing the match then that is clearly the most damaging of defeats and it really is a case of dropping three points. But if you are only heading towards a draw and a win doesn’t look likely, then to lose is to go from one point to no points. You have only really dropped a point.

At Sunderland we did not look likely to win. We didn’t play well, we made few chances and a late sneaked goal looked our best chance. That late sneaked goal duly did arrive, it’s just that it arrived for Sunderland. We were heading towards 0-0 and one point but we lost 1-0 and got no points. In effect, we only really dropped a point.

Defeats may be unwelcome but to lose from a drawing position is not as damaging as to draw from a winning position. At West Ham we were 2-0 up late on and heading to a strong three points, but we blew it and drew 2-2. We went from three points to one point in that one split-second of West Ham’s second goal. That was a win blown and two points lost, Sunderland away was a draw blown and one point lost.

This was an international break where many of our players were away trying all-out to qualify for the summer’s World Cup, some playing deep into extra time to qualify and others not managing to qualify at all. Arsenal followed this with just about our most distant away game of the season. That is a hell of a tough call.

If we’d played Sunderland at home we would probably have got away with a bit of a tame display and managed a 1-0 win ourselves, while readily admitting that it could have been worse.

Secondly and rather unhelpfully Sunderland played well. I’ve said many times that Steve Bruce is an excellent manager and is very shrewd. He makes good signings, good tactical decisions and gets the best out of players. The context was good timing for Sunderland but they still needed to take advantage. An average team would have avoided losing to Arsenal in the context and been delighted with a 0-0 draw. Sunderland realised they could take advantage and were not shy about trying.

Losing at Sunderland will not decide Arsenal’s season, how many wins we get will. In any competition, you need wins to achieve success. Defeats are no target but draws are almost as damaging. If you are heading to defeat but manage a draw you ‘pull off’ gaining a point, but to draw from a winning position is a clear loss of two points.

We lost more at West Ham than we did at Sunderland even though it wasn’t a defeat – what we must gain from it is to learn how to hold on to wins, because it is wins that are the be-all and end-all not defeats.

Anonymous said...

"We are starting to see Mr Wenger's comments beginning to influence referees which is a shame," Fletcher said. "Now we have to raise our game and ensure these decisions are not affecting the match.

Fast forward a couple of weeks;

“I don’t want to sound big-headed but I’ve never come up against anyone who has torn me to shreds,” said Fletcher.

“The only time that’s happened has been in training against Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. I watch how good Lampard, Fabregas and Gerrard are but when we play them I think ‘Right, I’m going to see how good you really are! I’m going to get against you and see how you like it. And when you’ve not got the ball I’m still going to get about you and see how you like it. I’m going to ask you ‘Do you fancy it? Do you like getting kicked? Do you like the fact I am going to be at you for the whole 90 minutes?’ As soon as you get the ball I am going to be in your face. You are not going to like it one bit. Are you ready for that because that’s what’s going to happen’

Oh dear!

Maybe this is the reason ref's pick on you Darren!

Anonymous said...

gutted..absolutely gutted !!!!

any from all of this is that.....

I dont think he will move onto another club during the summer...(which is something i feared if we didnt win anything)

BUT Just so unlucky !

i think chamakh will have to come in Jan...

or put in some muscle into sanchez watt or recall jay simpson or something & get them trained in..that first touch...back to goal..the rvp swivel turn...& ofcourse to have the ball in the back of the net !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!