SUCH was the impact that Arnold Garita made in last week’s demolition derby at St James Park that the Argyle fans have wanted to hear one thing from Big Arnie this week: “I’ll be back.”
After teeing up Graham Carey for the opener in the 2-0 victory in Exeter’s backyard and then powering in the Pilgrims’ second, striker Arnold departed the stage clutching the top of his leg.
The loan signing from Bristol City has created quite an impact in his short time at Home Park, on fans, team-mates and opposition centre-backs. Two of those three groups would like to see him available for selection for Saturday’s home Sky Bet League Two game against Hartlepool United.
Argyle manager Derek Adams said: “Garita is struggling with a hamstring injury. We’ll assess him to see if he is possible to play. It’s nothing serious. He wanted to come back on and play on Saturday; that tells you his body was telling his head there wasn’t too much of a problem.”
Prior to his early second-half departure, the big Cameroonian had been a big part of the Pilgrims’ derby dominance on only his second start.
“He worked extremely hard,” said Derek. “He took us up the pitch; and he occupied the two central defenders. Combined with the other strikers we have got at the club, we are going to be a good attacking threat. We have got eight players who can play in that three up front.
“He’s only 21 years of age; he’s raw; he’s come in and played one and a half games for us and we have seen good evidence he will cause teams in this division problems. We’ll look after him and try and improve him; that’s our job, as well, when he is with us.”