In a very quiet week in the world of Arsenal, a mini interlull indeed… it’s time to check up on the Internationals and how our players faired in their respective countries games…
First of all, media accolades are going to Andrei Arshavin for his dynamic display against Argentina – although Russia lost 3-2, it was a highly energetic and expansive display by both teams. Andrei Arshavin providing the spark in the Russian side setting up an awesome goal which saw Russia take the lead through Igor Semshov. If Andrei can carry this form, similar to that of the last 3 months of the season, he’ll be a very good asset for us this season.
Another “big player” for us is Eduardo and he was on target for Croatia. Eduardo looks to have shaken off his earlier niggling injuries and has been very stable in pre-season as well as gaining match practice through his country.
Captain Marvel Cesc was in action and came on as a substitute for Spain when they were behind against Macedonia. Cesc ran the show when he came on and helped Spain come from behind to win 3-2. From the Arsenal website, he was honoured with some very complementary words.
If we can get Cesc and Arshavin working together well, we’ll be set for a dynamic attack. Throw in an Eduardo and a Vela and a Van Persie, then our attacking forte will be awesome….!
In other International news, Johan Djourou was injured and will miss the Everton game – but on the plus side, Thomas Vermaelen came through 45 with Belgium and is in line to make his debut. Carlos Vela, Aaron Ramsey, Philippe Senderos, Eboue, Bendtner, Van Persie, Sagna and Gallas also took part in some of the midweek activity – as of now only Johan Djourou came back injured…
So as things stand, there is no reason why we cannot field this team on Saturday:
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Cesc – Song
Walcott – Van Persie – Arshavin
Although, I do expect Arsene to be a little more defensive and field Denilson and Bendtner instead of Walcott and Eduardo, much to my disliking…!