The reason we have no Arsenal game to watch this weekend becomes apparent tonight as the games that fill the international break get underway. There's only four Arsenal players in action tonight and hopefully Tomas Rosicky, Andrei Arshavin, Jack Wilshere, and Emmanuel Eboue will all come through their games unscathed. Rosicky, Arshavin, and Wilshere have another game to play next Tuesday but Eboue will, at least, be free to return to the club tomorrow.
My love for the international game can be judged by the fact that instead of watching Ireland play Russia I'll be playing my usual Friday night game of indoor football. To be honest, watching Ireland play is about as interesting as watching paint dry, and you would be far more entertained watching my game of six a side football tonight instead.
The club announced the winner of the goal of the month for September and the award went to Marouane Chamakh for his goal in the 6-0 drubbing of Braga in the Champions league. It was a good goal but to be honest the 20 goals we scored in September were a great return, but none of them were particularly spectacular. Jack Wilshere won the award for player of the month for September and I have to say that it was thoroughly deserved.
He had a very good month and he is going to make life very difficult for the boss when the rest of the squad return from injury. He has played every single game so far this season and he deserves to keep his place in the team alongside Cesc Fabregas and, in my opinion, the boss will have to fit the other players in around those two.
Before the season started Owen Coyle wanted to take him back on loan to Bolton again but the boss resisted the temptation to let him go. It has turned out to be a great decision, although I do think that it's only by chance that he has played so many games. Then again, the chances of a getting a game at Arsenal with our catalogue of injuries are pretty good.
At only 18 years of age Wilshere has a great deal still to learn but he seems to be learning so quickly at the moment that it's impossible to tell what his limits are. Cesc says that Wilshere is a better player at 18 than he was at that stage and we all know exactly how good Cesc is now. The general consensus would seem to be that this could well be the last season for Cesc at Arsenal and Wilshere certainly has to be one of the players looking to take up his role in the team if that does happen.
Heirs to the Throne?
Of course there are a few other players in the squad who would like to take up that playmaker's role if Cesc were to leave. I have no doubt that Samir Nasri would fancy a chance to take control of the reins on a permanent basis. We also have Aaron Ramsey to return from injury and if he can come back as good as he looked before that horrific injury, he's another player that will be looking to make an impression and ultimately become a star of the team.
We are lucky to have so many players looking to fill that role, although Cesc's boots are very big ones to fill and I don't know if any of the players I have mentioned will be able to do it.
A couple of weeks ago Wojceich Szczesny had a bit of a go at the fact that he isn't getting a fair crack of the whip in goal for Arsenal. It didn't go down too well with some of the fans, but I wasn't too upset by it as I thought the point he made about not getting the chances he was promised was fair enough.
Now, it seems that Vito Mannone has decided that he's not overly happy with the situation either as he told the Italian media that he gets annoyed when he doesn't play. He also added that it's not as if the other two do that well and it's hard to argue with that point. He pointed out that he played nine games last season and Arsenal didn't lose any of them which is something that he can be proud of.
Finally he said that he has signed a contract extension until 2014 and he says that it must be because Arsenal value him. After making a few comments last month, Szczesny was rewarded with a place on the bench in our last two games, as he moved up a place in the ranking order with Almunia out injured. Mannone said he would consider a loan move away from Arsenal and who can blame him as he clearly is very far down the pecking order.
That's it for today, but I'll be back tomorrow and hopefully there will be a little bit of Arsenal news to talk about.
See you tomorrow.