It’s probably too early in the season to be making any bold statements saying what is going to happen at the season’s end.
Even M*nure’s defeat against Liverpool on Saturday, while something to be celebrated against a Scouse side who won’t last the distance, is not different to their slow start last season when they lost to City and then went on to do the ultimate double.
But it’s interesting to note, even at this early stage, how our players are doing since they left, and of course, learning lessons along the way.
Last season, it was Mathieu Flamini who left us after a season of ‘will he, won’t he?’ when, in all honesty, the writing was on the wall. I believe his playing out of his skin and refusal to sign early made his departure inevitable.
I’m sure he will go on to have a good career – and he will hope to fare better than Yoann Gourcuff, who has been sent on loan to Bordeaux after failing to break through.
Milan’s record of two defeats in two games is already provoking talk of crisis in Bergamo.
And what of our mercurial/frustrating winger, Alex Helb? Well Barcelona have just had their worst start to a Primera Liga season for 35 years and Hleb injured his ankle and will be out for a month.
Notably, Thierry Henry was dropped from the 16 and has caused ire by refusing to watch the game from the stands as is the tradition in Spain.
I don’t wish injury on any player, especially given our own injury problems. But I do wonder whether any of them realise how good they have it at Arsenal?
It’s their loss, of course.
I wonder if, ahead of training this morning, Manu Adebayor realises how good things are.
He got a hat-trick on Saturday and Wenger talked about the respect and friendship in the team – let’s hope that extends to Nicklas Bendtner.
But, having been alarmed by the news that Theo Walcott only has, effectively, 18 months left on his contract, I sincerely hope the board and Arsène Wenger pull out all the stops to secure a new deal in the coming weeks to prvent him from becoming the new Flamini.
Another drawn out affair will do no one with the club’s interests at heart any good – and could so easily have been avoided if the club had sorted this out before Theo became Boy Wonder.