Archive for November 2015

Alexis Sanchez Injury Complicates Olympiacos Game

Alexis Sanchez will be out for up to 3 weeks following the injury he picked up against Norwich in the Premier League. The Chilean player will be in the stands for the Champions League match against Olympiacos, adding a spanner in the works of the North London sides hopes for qualification. It just got harder.

Arsene Wenger came in for a lot of flak for his decision to play Sanchez against Norwhich. The severity of the injury comes as a blow to the club.

The Gunners need to beat the Greeks by 2 clear goals to progress through to the knockout rounds of the competition. Alexis will be joining Santi Cazorla who was also injured playing against the Canaries. The one silver lining is that Laurent Koscielny could be fit for the game. These injuries follow those suffered by Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin. Not good news.

‘……. it is a big blow.’ said Wenger. Yup. Arsenal are now in fourth place in the UK.

The Arsenal youngsters need to step up to the plate and prove their worth, but it is a big stage on which to do it on. Arsenal have a lot of young players who are pushing for selection- they just need to go out onto the pitch with the right mind-set.

Arsenal’s ambitions have been thrown a curve ball year after year with these kinds of injuries and people are starting to point the finger at the French coach.

Wenger had been warned about the physical state of Sanchez but the medical advice fell on deaf ears.

And Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are also in danger due to the increased pressure on them to play week in, week out.

It is a vicious circle for Wenger.

All UEFA Champion’s League Matches are On

UEFA has come out  and clarified that all 40 matches in the Champions League and Europa League next week will go ahead as planned following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

2 international friendlies were cancelled in Belgium and Germany because of security threats. The England vs France fixture at Wembley Stadium went ahead as planned.
Paris Saint-Germain play away next Wednesday against Swedish league toppers Malmo.

Monaco and Anderlecht have come to an agreement on a ban on Belgian fans travelling for their Europa League match on Thursday.

Authorities are trying to get the balance right between keeping everyone safe, and not bending to pressure from fundamentalists. Obviously, top priority must go to keeping everyone safe.

In Spain, the Big One: El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Madrid, is scheduled to go ahead, and games in the Belgian Pro League continue as normal, albeit with tighter security measures.
However, the Muster vs Stade Francais rugby match scheduled for Sunday in Paris has been postponed.

The match at Wembley sent a powerful message- English and French fans belted out “La Marseillaise” at the ground. “Against us tyranny’s bloody banner is raised” was a particularly poignant part in the circumstances.

There was tightened security around the stadium with police dogs out, helicopters flying overhead and plenty of armed police about. 1,400 fans travelled over from France to watch the game which England won 2-0.