Bellerin & Mustafi return to training

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Good news. Hector Bellerin’s calf problem may not be too serious after all.

The Spaniard, who sat out last night’s Carabao Cup game with Sp*rs, has been spotted in training ahead of Saturday’s game with Burnley…via a picture on the boss’ Twitter feed.

Our roving right-back was forced off at half time of last weekend’s defeat to Southampton leading Unai Emery to predict he could miss a couple of weeks. 

We’ll wait for the medical team to give their usual pre-game fitness bulletin, but we’re assuming he must be in with a chance of playing against the Clarets.

Shkodran Mustafi also seems to have returned to training which means his dicky hamstring is on the mend. The German limped off during the Premier League win over Huddersfield 12 days ago.


UPDATE – Apologies everyone, it turns out the picture that was used to illustrate Emery’s tweet was actually taken two weeks ago. Unfortunately, we’ve ballsed up here. The medical team have today confirmed that Bellerin is out for two more weeks and Mustafi will return to training next week. We’ve given ourselves a slap on the wrist.

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Sheffield Goon
Sheffield Goon

Praise the Lord

TR7
TR7

Praise Dennis, indeed!

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Hallelujah!!!

Alex
Alex

This is an old picture.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

If it’s true it’s an old picture it would be the first time I’d feel let down by this site!

Maul Person
Maul Person

Why would you be let down by the site? The pic is off Emery’s Twitter page, not from Blogs himself…

Chefinho
Chefinho
gooner1981
gooner1981

Good spot! Well let’s hope that they are training all the same. Like them or not, we have to make do with who we have for now let’s hope they all come back fit.

Mpls
Mpls

Bad spot! Bad, Bad spot!

Well, good spot, bad result.

SB Still
SB Still

If it’s true it’s a big Christmas gift. We can do with defensive reinforcements during this hectic festive season schedule.

Chidi
Chidi

Great news. I feared bellerin would be out longer so I’m really relieved. Let’s kick start a longer unbeaten run…… Coyg

Shank

Cud Unai be a lucky manager?
Let’s shaggin hope so!

Irrational Gunner

Yes, book it. As that old nebulous adage goes, “better to be lucky than good”!

Bob
Bob

Great news. Just being able to play Xhaka in midfield again will be a huge boost.

Santori
Santori

Whether they will be fully fit for the weekend is another issue.

We cannot afford to drop any more points and we need to get back on track now.

Koscielny may be somewhat excused for being a bit rusty but frankly last two games, he has been a bit of a liability. n

Nor has playing Granit in the back line entirely helped us. Not that he has done particularly poorly but we need him in the engine room next to Torreira. Again no one (Not even Torreira) had the presence of mind to track Alli and Koscielny needed to be FAR MORE aware for a player of his experience.

Ditto Monreal whose positioning first half was too tight in field and suspect for the first goal.

Again these faults by certain players conveniently ignored or not voiced.

Whhich is why I have always said things need to be put in perspective.

Sure Mustafi has made mistakes but he is NOT the only one to do so.

Ignoring this fact ignores the fundamental weaknesses in the defense.Some are then surprised that even without Mustafi, we are leaking goals.

The truth is Mustafi is still one of our better options in defense.

Santori
Santori

With regard the weekend, I was surprised Emery went so GungHo against Spurts for the piddly Carabao cup.

I suppose he was right to take any encounter with the pale shadows seriously but will we pay the price for playing first choice assets instead of resting them for the weekend? This given we have slid away from the advance made since beating the Spurts not very long ago.

Defensively IF Mustafi makes it back in to pair with Sokratis, this will be a big plus. Likely we may revert to a back 4 given paucity of assets at Cback.

Also Bellerin. On the other flank, Kolasinac still out. Monreal could be played tucked in in a back 3 with say AMN left side or the Spaniard as a straight fullback although he has also just return to squad so you wonder about his fitness recovery.

We also expended all 3 midfield options midweek against the Great Pretenders. Likely we will fit Granit back in with Torreira to have the midfield work again. Felt we dropped in energy and effort when we went 3 up top with the ineffective and frankly still very green Nketiah replacing Guendouzi.

Maybe a role for Elneny at some stage just to add a bit of fresh legs into this area if anything toward end of match.

Also went for both regular options in attack :

Started with our usual triangle with Auba on apex and Iwobi + Mhki supporting.

Switched to an inverted triangle when we went back3 with BOTH Auba and Laca + a playmaker supporting (in this case Rambo)

I suppose we will see Ozil this weekend (if not then there is smoke to the fire)

If we line up back 4, then possibly a reversion to a 4-2-3-1 with Ozil working the middle. Would like to see Laca start as Auba has been wasteful lately.

Possibly Auba left side (He was good when we switched to a front 3) but Iwobi derided in some less educated quarters, was still very effective against Spurts coming up with at least 3 key passes creating good goal scoring opportunities we conspired to spurn.

Mhki should have buried one of these chances but he has been coming into decent form and may deserve another start for his industry (Lots of turn overs first half)

Still lacking that wide option on the right side. One possibility as well is maybe playing AMN in a more advance role on occasion to add that width perhaps in tandem with Bellerin at fullback. Thought AMN did OK, some rough moments but on the whole good recovery rate when he does make mistakes at the back plus he added width for us late on second half when we switched him to wingback.

Plenty to ponder but Unai has a challenge rotating efficiently and keeping the legs fresh.

pajanee
pajanee

4-3-3: leno…bellerin musta sokratis nacho….torreira xaka ozil..auba lakaz iwobi….