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Arsenal putting the crocks back

With Eduardo making a much lauded appearance prior to the Real Madrid game at the weekend it appears that the squad should be back up to full strength within a relatively short time.

Both Eduardo and Rosicky took part in a training session during the Member's day event held at the Emirates Stadium yesterday. The club website quotes Wenger as being positive about their imminent returns with Rosicky expected back next month and Eduardo 2 months later.

"The situation is positive for both players," said Wenger. "We believe Tomas could be available in September and Eduardo maybe in November. Also it was good for them to be back in this kind of atmosphere. The players enjoy a day like that."

With van Persie back in full training and now playing he is optimistic about the power of positive thinking.

"I have learned a lot in the last two years because I have been injured so much," said Van Persie. "I learned what my body can take and what it can't, so it was an interesting period for me. I hope next season will not be so unlucky with injuries. But at the moment, I just do not want to think about that, the negative stuff. If you think positive, you get positive. My target is to be as fit as possible after a month because the season is long. We have to build it all up slowly with gym work, cardio work and games. It is really important for me to get a good start."

Stripped of key experienced players in the 2nd half of last season didn't help our efforts to take the title. Hopefully with better luck on injuries the trio of Rosicky, Eduardo and van Persie will exert a very different influence on the 2nd half of the season still to come.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 6 2008

Time: 5:17PM

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All clubs suffer injuries, but we were hit hardest by having three of our top 5 players out injured, anybody with any football sense can see these three would have easily made the four point gap disappear. So many draws would have being wins, thats for sure. Bring the season on, we are in with a shout.
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06/08/2008 17:46:00

haha... the title alone is priceless!! Can someone please tell RVP to stop talking though - I really don't want to hear anything more he has to say along the sensible/positive/constructive lines. Forbid him from standing in front of a microphone for 12 months so he can concentrate on himself and his game.
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06/08/2008 17:50:00

hey is it true that ade has signed a contract worth 80K per week........i really dont think thats great news...i mean that makes him i think the 2nd highest paid....
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06/08/2008 18:03:00

Given our track record with predicting comeback times, its safe to say that Rosicky will not be back till October atleast.
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06/08/2008 20:59:00

If Nasri and Wilshire have a good couple of months looks like tommy wont even get back into the side.
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06/08/2008 21:18:00

KG, talented though he is, Wilshere is not going to knock the Czech Republic captain out of the side at the age of 16, and I'd expect Nasri to play on the right when Tommy comes back, thus ridding our team of Eboue.
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06/08/2008 23:48:00

I don't think anyone should count on seeing much of RvP or Rosicky next season, I don't have faith in either's fitness. It's amazing how are relying on some sort of collective amnesia re: van Persie. He's been injured for lengthy spells for the last 3 seasons, not 2. He broke his toe in 05/06 and should have been out for three weeks and was missing for three months. All of his injuries have been picked up fairly innocuously, suggesting he is very brittle. I think this time next year, unless both players prove me wrong, they should be moved on. RvP already sounds like he's talking about managing his body better, which implies to me he cannot manage 50 odd games a season which makes me question his value as a first team player.
Little Dutch
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07/08/2008 09:10:00

A target of 50 games a season would have seen us question the value of Bergkamp as a first team player. He didn't manage 40 more than twice with 43 the best in his first season. Come to think of it I don't think Charlie George even managed more than about 30 in his best season with us. Let's hope that RvP proves less brittle than he has done so far. 50 games out of him this season would be a real bonus.
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07/08/2008 09:45:00

But I'd chance Bergkamp's appearance record between the ages 20-24 was better than RvPs. Bergkamp was approaching his thirties by the time we started playing 60 games a season, factoring in that he couldn't play on the continent. I'm not even looking at 50 games for RvP, I'd be astounded if we got 30. Which for a first teamer isn't enough. I'm reading this morning, that we're renegotiating his contract which infuriates me. He has 3 years to run and does not deserve a payrise, I'd be hacked off if one of my colleagues took 6 months sick leave a year and got a payrise. I'm not suggesting it's his fault, and he is a superb player. But he's no use to us in the treatment room and if he spends much more time in there he has to go. Harsh perhaps, but that's the way it has to be, we need players we can rely on. I don't think we can rely on van Persie. I hope he proves me wrong this year, but it already looks like he's admitting defeat in his ability to play a whole season. I also think he's surreptitiously cashing in on Adebayor's agitation and grabbing the lapels of his gravy train.
Little Dutch
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07/08/2008 12:05:00

If RVP can play 35-40 games per season then that is enough for him to be considered worth keeping, if only as animpact player at worst or a very skilled 2nd striker at best! Rosicky had a long running injury caused by an underlying problem, which appears to have been solved as it was only discovered last season. So lets hope that keeps him in the starting line up, he can be explosive when he wants to be and gives us very good balance across the park. No conicidence that we played some of our best football last season when he was on the park. Eduardo, i just hope he can play properly and without pain, anything more from the guy is a bonus IMHO.
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07/08/2008 12:22:00

Apparently not - in 4 seasons Bergkamp appears to have made 106 first team appearances between the ages of 20 to 24. RvP it seems has made 141. My guess that there would have been a few more sub appearances included in RvP's tally though.
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07/08/2008 12:27:00

Arsenal should definatly not be re-negotiating his contract until he proves he can earn it by giving us a atleast 80% of a season. I think that's a fu**ing liberty if it's true!
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07/08/2008 13:04:00

I think we should've sold RVP and Rosicky already, frankly, I just don't have any more hopes for them. Renegotiating RVP's contract is absurd.
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07/08/2008 14:08:00

If I understand it correctly RvPs 'protected' period of contract expires at the end of next season. Renewing it now gives us another 3 years protected period. If we don't renew and he has a stormer next season he will be in a much better position to take advantage of any mega offers that might come his way as Hleb did in a similar situation. On the other hand if we do renew it and we aren't happy with what we get next season then we will have a much better chance of getting back whatever extra wages we may have laid out this season in his selling price. It's a gamble either way but many thinking it would be in our interests to let RvP sweat would probably also criticise us for allowing Flamini's contract position to drift.
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07/08/2008 16:59:00

I agree with Amos, we need to keep RVP, frustrating as it is to see him being injured constantly. I think what he was implying with his comments was that he understands his body better thorugh his past experiences and knows how to avoid injuries better. That's surely a positive thing, i don't think he's suggesting he can't manage 50 odd games. As for extending his contract, i'm sure that's a mutual decision between the club and player, and lets face it the club are no fools with money and never cave into silly demands from players (i.e. cashley). We can't afford to let his contract run down to a too short a period, otherwise he'll demand more money when renegotiating a contract extension or will have to be sold cheaply elsewhere. How else did madrid get van der vaart so cheap, he only had a year left on his contract that's why. RVP is too talented a player to let go, and i'm optimistic he can put his injury troubles behind him. Hopefully the same goes for Rosicky.
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