Did this IBS seem ten times longer than the last...? It feels like an age ago that we took on Newcastle... that good old 3-1 victory which saw us cement our position in fourth - for the time being only.
So, as most IBS's prove, players get injured. Some players get fit, some gain match practice, but most of the time players get injured... any-who, let's take a whizz around the scene to see what happened to our squad...
Van Persie, Out
Van Persie was injured in Saturday’s game against Scotland and news on the grapevine is that he’s got a groin strain which will see him out of action for the next 1-2 weeks. Apparently he will miss this weekend’s game as well as the trip to Villareal midweek.
Eduardo scored his first goal for Croatia since his injury and was back to his best, influential throughout the game. He lasted the full 90 minutes which bodes very well for us. Fingers crossed he hasn’t picked up any niggles and is back in the squad for Saturday’s game.
Nikki B, In
Mysterious recovery powers of the Danish physio team saw Niklas join the action yesterday after the half hour mark. News coming out of the camp is that the striker is absolutely fine and was taken off in the weekend for precautionary measures only.
Abou Diaby, Out
The mysterious case of Abou Diaby and the inability to stay fit for longer than 2 weeks continues. Apparently, the Frenchman has picked up a broken nail injury and is out for the next 2 weeks at minimum…
Ramsey, In, Adebayor, In
Both players, having being injured or unfit for Arsenal have played 90 minutes for their country. Ramsey having an exceptional game in his first competitive start for Wales, prompting Toshack to say:
“I was pleased and hope that in the future he can keep a permanent place. In previous matches we have used a holding, defensive player, but Aaron didn’t have that luxury.”
And of course, the Togonator is back, and only goal and scored the winner for Togo on the weekend.
Cesc won’t start
News coming out of the Arsenal HQ is that Cesc needs a few games in the reserves before he will be considered for a start, so he won’t be in the squad on Saturday – knowing Arsene, that means he’ll probably start!
So where does that leave us, well, the following formation is plausible:
Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
Nasri – Denilson – Song – Arshavin
Bendtner – Eduardo
With Fabianski, Gibbs, Djourou, Eboue, Ramsey, Vela and Adebayor on the bench. Of course, there is a possibility that Adebayor will be drafted straight back into the first team but after his abject performances this season, I hope he does start on the bench.
To round off today, a few other stories – Arshavin is our player of the month, Barcelona was Cesc (again) and Sagna says no to Juventus talk saying he’s happy where he is…
Okay, that’s it for today… tomorrow I’ll be back with a full Man City preview (after Arsene pre-match press conference)…]]>