Jesus goes, Odegaard stays | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog

Morning all.

Welcome to the final Interlull of 2023. We had a giant Interlull this time last year, you might remember. The World Cup. But this is just a regular one where we worry about the players who have gone away and hope they came back unscathed, or it they’re scathed at all, it’s just some minor scathing and not a mega-scathe. Nobody needs that.

The news that Gabriel Jesus has flown to Brazil, accompanied by two other Arsenal Gabis, will be a frustration for Mikel Arteta, I’m sure. It seems that in the previous Interlull, we had advised Martinelli wouldn’t be available so Brazil didn’t pick him. Then they saw him come off the bench ahead of schedule to score a winner against Man City, so now they don’t believe a word we say. Or something.

I guess there are three ways this could go. He gets there, does some tests, and they decide he’s not fit enough. Or they decide he is fit enough and he plays some games and the minutes are useful. The third scenario is that he plays some minutes and aggravates his hamstring, at which point the Brazil coach better put his social media on private because he’s gonna get some messages.

There’s an interesting aspect to this as well, in terms of how much responsibility the player has with regards his injury. If he hasn’t trained yet with Arsenal, it’s because he’s not ready, and it’s surely incumbent on him to be honest about that with his national side. The politics of this stuff can be awkward though. The desire to play for your country coupled with a desire not to piss off the man who picks that team can play a part. As I said yesterday, let’s hope common sense can prevail – but let’s see.

Meanwhile, Martin Odegaard won’t be going away to play with Norway, and it was revealed he’s missed the last two games due to concussion. That’s why he was ok to play a few minutes against West Ham in the EFL Cup and make the bench for Sheffield United, but then not be available for Sevilla or Burnley….


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Publish date : 2023-11-14 07:40:37

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