Come back stronger | Arseblog … an Arsenal blog

Good morning from a very wet and miserable Dublin.

Can I just start with a ‘fair play’ to whoever at the official website decided to run this story of Arsenal players taking photographs from down the years?! Splendid stuff in the wake of some comments made on TV and elsewhere about the post-Liverpool celebrations. If getting behind the lens is good enough for Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, let that be the very end of it.

Also on the official site, a nice feature with Jurrien Timber, who was mentioned yesterday after he was added to the Champions League squad for the remainder of the season. He spoke about his injury, and while it’s obviously really difficult to suffer something like that in your first game for a new club – especially after a really promising pre-season – he’s looking for a way to make the most of something traumatic.

These months will definitely make me stronger. It’s an opportunity for me to do well. So even though I’m not playing, I can take this moment to become stronger mentally, physically, and also to feel at home with this group of boys.

It’s an opportunity I’ve taken with both hands. I’ve had some more time to watch the team, see how we play, how I can fit in when I get on the pitch, so looking at the positives, I think there have been many.

The ‘come back stronger’ line is one of those you hear players use all the time when it comes to injury. I guess it’s the equivalent of ‘We’ll work harder on the training ground’ after a bad defeat – the kind of soundbite poor old Johan Djourou was almost always wheeled out to provide during one period in this club’s history. Then again, I wonder is it a mindset you absolutely have to have.

I don’t mean as just a kind of coping mechanism, because imagine how difficult it is to sign for a club like Arsenal, dreaming of what your first season might be, and then you get that kind of injury in your first Premier League game. All that promise is gone in an…


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