As you might imagine, when Burnley exercised yesterday for their game against Watford to be deferred, there was media outrage.

” Teams must be made to play, even if they don’t have any actors they should be made to go about the city, rounding up boys like we all had to do where reference is short-lived participates for our Friday night five-a-side. There’s probably even an app for that ,” said a lover be applied by a TV terminal who now have to find a replay of a ready-made foreground reveal to fill the gap in their planned for the 12 people who would have watched the game live in the first place.

” It’s the love I feel sorry for ,” said another Tv scholar employed by a broadcaster who regularly re-schedule competitions at the last minute, ensuring that supporters who hurtle from one intent of England to the other have no public transport in order to get home and whose previous learn tickets are now invalid.

” How long can we tolerate this wrongdoing? It is a crime against all those who love football and I bet this was a plan devised by Arsenal to take the heat off them ,” said a bang-average onetime musician turned Twitter hot-take merchant who deactivated his account when people replied to him reminding him of his busines achievements, then initiated it again advising people to be #bekind because he’s a mental elf.

” This is wretched calumny of the highest order! The most stability of video games, nay … athletic itself … constitutes a threat to this refusal of Burnley to participate and they should suffer the sordid causes”, wrote a Chief Football Writer at a daily newspaper as Burnley’s fifth postponement of the season was confirmed.

There were phone-ins, reflect portions, petitions, and funding safaruss for Zoot Droggery, Burnley’s biggest American love who left his home in Kalamazoo three weeks ago and who had swept the Atlantic on a sea-trawler really to see this game. There was uproar, an protest, clamour, bickering, ructions, confusion, illnes and a freedom to-do.

Oh wait. No there wasn’t. Funny that.

Arsenal have one game in 20 called off and there’s chao. Burnley have their fifth competition deferred and it’s crickets. On a serious note though, our next Premier League fixture is at home against Burnley on Sunday, and as it stands I guess it must be in some skepticism. Hopefully the government has players fit and available again by then, but “youve never” know. All we can do is wait and see.

Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to Arsenal from Cameroon after his AFCON journey was cut short. Gabon coach Patrice Neveu said,” For the health of the two players, we have taken the decision to let them return to their sororities so that they can receive in-depth treatment .”

This follows a bout with Covid after which there is indeed signs of cardiac editions, supposed Myocarditis perhaps, but it was decided he needed more analysis. Obviously this will be a worry for him and the first thing to say is that hopefully it’s not serious and that he, and his teammate Mario Lemina, are ok.

On a personal level it must be very disappointing, and the former captain’s last 18 months have been quite difficult. He’s had Covid, there was a bout of Malaria, some personal issues and, of course, his recent disciplinary problems. AFCON was a way of going away from that, a good tournament might have recharged his batteries but that’s not to be right now. An interesting facet to consider , not only in the case of Aubameyang, but the 11 other Arsenal players who tested positive for Covid of late- and across football in general- is whether or not there’s an impact on their physical faculty after they’re sick.

There’s not a lot of research out there, but there is some, and it seems to show that performance is affected. Even if footballers are of an age and a physical profile that means they’re very unlikely to suffer the worst effects of Covid, there are going to be some who struggle. Steve Bruce spoke about some Newcastle actors “whos had” contracted the virus last-place season, saying,” People didn’t recover. Everywhere I examined, parties were smashed, tired, sick. What’s the long-term effect? It menaced a couple of musicians in particular, the illness .”

As for what’s next for Aubameyang, I don’t think we should rule out some kind of rapprochement between now and the end of the season. I don’t have much confidence that a bargain for Dusan Vlahovic, or any other forward, will be done before the end of this window, and that foliages us in a difficult position. Any striker available on loan in January probably isn’t a striker that would make a great deal of difference, so is the best option to mend some barricades, use what we have, and then assess at the end of the campaign? It’s a tough one because we don’t know what it would take for a’ peace’ in this scenario, but if we’re being pragmatic and if we have to use every available part of the force to keep pushing for a top four finish, it has to be a consideration.

Interestingly, as we prepare to loan Pablo Mari to Udinese and Sead Kolasinac is reportedly close to a move to Marseille, it looks a lot like we’re clearing the decks a little. Two non-homegrown musicians will vary, so it could be a case that we’re making room for an arrival or two. Hopefully there’s something doing in the market between now and January 31 st, but I’m not really expecting much to happen this week.

Ok, I’ll leave it there for this morning. There’s a brand new Arsecast Extra for you below if you haven’t had a chance to listen previously. Till tomorrow, take it easy.


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