Good morning from the Commonwealth! I trust everyone slept well, seeing as there wasn’t any real football going on in London last night.
A quick look at the latest Arsenal news to get your day off to the right start. Or, wrong start, depending on how you like to look at things.
Arteta ruled out for rest of the season
The big story of the day is the one none of us wanted to hear, with the news that Mikel Arteta has been ruled out for the remainder of Arsenal’s season, as confirmed by The Guardian. We may take away some positive from this in that “rest of the season” only means four matches. Four painfully crucial matches, mind you, but still. As I am always the quasi-optimist I can at least think, “Thank Christ it didn’t happen in February”.
The Star is also reporting Arteta’s season ending injury as an “exclusive”, though paying headline writers by the letter is not working out, in my humble opinion:
Nzonzi, M’Vila, Oh My!
Arsenal have been linked with Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Nzonzi and (yet again) with Rennes star Yann M’Vila, reports the Daily Mail. We’re scrapping it out with the Russians for Nzonzi, and M’Vila is to be a backup in the event Alex Song leaves for Inter Milan, says the Mail. Personally, I don’t foresee Song leaving however, if nothing else, having a Gunner with an apostrophe in his last name sounds promising.
Wenger tips Ben Arfa for France spot at Euro 2012
Arsene Wenger has tipped the Newcastle winger for a spot in the French national team in Poland & Ukraine, says Darren Lewis of The Mirror. With 3 crucial goals for Newcastle in his last 6 matches, including this wonder-goal against Bolton on Easter Monday, it’s hard to argue with Le Boss on this one. Although, if you ask me (and you didn’t) I say France should bring back that Zidane fellow. He was a bit of alright.
Stuart Pearce given free reign in selecting Team GB squad for London Olympics
The Olympic manager has been told that he’s able to select “just about any player he wants” (save England’s Euro 2012 representatives) as part of his roster for the upcoming U23 tourney, reports The Independent.
With yesterday’s news of Jack Wilshere’s guaranteed omission from the team, this could prove to be very interesting for the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsay, Kieran Gibbs, et al. That is, of course, assuming The Ox doesn’t get a call up to the senior squad for Poland & Ukraine. We know that Arsene has urged his players not to play at the Olympics, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming weeks.
Friendly Results: Arsenal Xi vs Oman
A strong(ish) Arsenal side featuring Squillaci, Chamakh, Diaby, and Park defeated Oman’s Olympic squad 1 – 0 in a friendly on Wednesday afternoon. We secured the win as a result of two of the sweetest words in the English language, “Goalkeeper error”.
The Mail has taken it upon themselves to welcome Reading to the EPL, with this (no caption required):
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