Arsene Wenger’s squad seem to be doing quite well at wriggling out of international commitments so far this week.
Five World Cup qualification double-headers aside, most countries have begrudgingly organised pointless friendlies to pass the interlull (a kind of football equivalent of a blind date in which neither party wants to pick up the bill, let alone get laid) and the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the players is palpable.
On Monday the German FA confirmed that Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker had stayed in London due to illness and will be assessed again later in the week, yesterday the Czech football authorities revealed Tomas Rosicky had a note from his mum confirming something similar while the Polish medical team were informed by Wojciech Szczesny that he’d injured himself ‘sleeping’.
Given he did this to Phil Jones’ head it and survived unscathed that seems unlikely to say the least…
Adding to the list, it appears Thomas Vermaelen quit Belgium’s training session this morning complaining of a pain in his ankle although he does think he’ll be able to play on Friday against Colombia.
While the usual reaction at Arseblog News towers would be to fear the worst we’re feeling pretty relaxed about the current state of affairs and suspect it’s more a case of the boys recognising the importance of taking a break before the Christmas schedule kicks in. Well we’re hoping it’s that anyway.