Fabian Delph: Arsenal keen on landing the Aston Villa star.
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Fabian Delph in January is set to take a regressive direction with news of another injury to the Aston Villa midfielder.
The Villans’ manager, Paul Lambert, in his pre-match conference, while confirming the return of team captain and Arsenal target Ron Vlaar, stated that Delph will not be available for this weekend’s Premier League fixture due to a shoulder injury, together with an old boy, Philippe Senderos. This will come as a blow to Lambert, with a sense of frustration about the inability of the FA to manage the player optimally during the exertions of the Euro Qualifiers, the midfielder having played a starting role in the victory away at Estonia. Conversely, it could be the abort alert for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who is believed to have been interested in making enquiries over his availability in the next transfer window.
Delph has been monitored by a couple of top sides in England following his recognition by Roy Hodgson with regular call ups into the Three Lions senior teams. The midfielder has shown signs of possessing the capacity to justify a consequent elevation from Villa Park, prompting interest from the likes of Arsene Wenger and Roberto Martinez. However, with recurrence of injuries to the 26-year old midfielder, Wenger may now look to be re-considering his pursuit.
We already have a lot of injury worries on our hands, with the insinuation in many quarters that our players are a little too injury prone. Ironically, the majority of injuries suffered by our players this season have actually not resulted from any deleterious contact with an opponent – Debuchy’s fall, Giroud’s twist, Sanogo’s hamstring pull, etc. The manager will know better than to acquire another liability to populate this unenviable biome.
Numbers are needed to give the squad a certain strength in depth but as we realized with the signing of Kim Kallstom last January, that wouldn’t always be the case. Already, the signing of David Ospina has drawn some whispers of criticism, with questions being asked about his fitness. The Colombian was one of the very outstanding players in the World Cup at Brasil, prompting Wenger to pay a compensation to OGC Nice for his services this summer. Having arrived with a thigh distress, Ospina has recovered, featured in two games – one as a substitute – but has recently had to be tested for possible inflammations in the same thigh. Damian Martinez would be the only one to benefit from negative result from the scan, as it would imply we can neither have our first nor second choice goalkeepers for next week’s Champions League game away at Anderlecht.
This must be the kind of situation to be planned against in the future and avoiding the signing of Delph could be one piece of that jigsaw. His steady improvements since his 2009 arrival at Villa park means he has deserved his place in the current England team, but if he doesn’t shake off his injury encore, we may not bother putting in him our list of interests for the present future.
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