Arsenal vs Wigan Preview: Team Spirit, Defenders & Vermaelen…

Morning All…

These midweek games are keeping us bloggers very busy… the last blog was the match report from the Leeds away and before I can even finishing discussing the points from Wednesday’s game, it’s already time to think about Wigan! Before I do, if the bookies are to believed, then Gary Cahill is about to move down south from sunny Bolton to even sunnier London, and down to the Emirates… Bolton have signed David Wheater from Middlesborough and it may signal a move away from the club for Gary Cahill….

BUT… Arsene revealed today on the site that Thomas Vermaelen’s surgery was successful and he willing be back in training in two weeks… of course, it will be at least 6 weeks until he is back and fit and the Barcelona home game is out of the question, but the away game is certainly in that time frame…

Arsene commented on the surgery and said:

“It was not a real surgery, it is what you call a procedure. I am not a medical specialist but what they took off is what you call the plantaris tendon. This is a structure that is very rarely injured and they tell me many people do not have one at all. It’s a little tendon next to the Achilles tendon where he had the friction.”

That’s great news for us – to have such an awesome player back in for the run in could be an essential come back for us – not to disregard the excellent performances of Koscielny and Djourou but Vermaelen is out best centre back and to have him back would be a massive boost.

There was also some news on Squillaci – he’ll be back in about 7 days, the gaffer saying:

“Squillaci is not far away but he will not be completely ready for the weekend. He will be one week I think.”

So, based on those two interesting facts… do you think we will sign Gary Cahill? I seriously doubt it! The Bolton manager saying that they don’t want to sell Cahill but need re-enforcement in that area.

Okay, so on to team news and Denilson and Chamakh have slight knocks, so neither will start against Wigan, but Cesc and Van Persie should return to the side…


Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy

Wilshere – Song

Walcott – Cesc – Nasri

Van Persie

With a bench of Shea, Eboue, Gibbs, Denilson, Arshavin, Rosicky and Bendtner

That is the strongest side we can field and the desire to beat Wigan should be quite high considering we failed to beat them at the DW Stadium earlier in the year. I don’t see why Arsene wouldn’t field the strongest team at his disposal considering the new two games are against Ipswich and Huddersfield – both at home…

A special mention to Robin Van Persie, who has really come back into the team with some swagger and really made an impression on the team. Well done to the vice-captain and keep working hard… Good on you!

Come on you Gooners!

  • Fo

    I’d just like to say that I am the first one to comment on your blog Dev, so I should get a prize, a medal of some sort…….. maybe the Carling Cup????

    Anyway, I think your team is spot on, and great news about Vermaelen… he is so essential for the run in, he could make a massive difference!

  • Domhuaille

    Nice overview for the Wigan game and I surely do hope that we line up as follows: Szcznesy, Sagna – Djourou – Koscielny – Clichy, Wilshere – Song, Walcott – Cesc – Nasri, Van Persie

    With a bench of Shea, Eboue, Gibbs, Denilson, Arshavin, Rosicky and Bendtner

    If we rank the potential starting 11 for desire,efficency and effort on a scale of 1-10 it looks like this:
    Szcznesy 9
    Sagna 8
    Djourou 8
    Koscielny 8
    Clichy 7
    Wilshere 8
    Song 7
    Walcott 7
    Cesc 7
    Nasri 9
    Van Persie 9

    This is an average of 8 for these 11. If we do the same for the subs:
    Shea 7
    Eboue 6 (7)
    Gibbs 7 (8)
    Denilson 6 (7)
    Arshavin 6 (8)
    Rosicky 7 (8)
    Bendtner 6 (7)

    That make an average of 6.2…….. which is exactly what we see when they come on! The numbers in brackets are what these guys can do on a really good day giving them an average of 7.4 which is pretty average considering what they collectively earn!

  • ZimGooner

    The last time I checked the bookies favoured nothing but an Arsenal win. Wenger has every reason to field the A team as he’s learnt from past mistakes in the Cups. Like I said before all players must treat every match as if it’s a cup final. Apart from the pass that gave RVP a stunning header at Leeds, Bendtner has been crap and he doesn’t deserve to be on the bench. Arshavin needs some time to start believing in himself as he still has the quality although he’s a bit lazy at times. Sagna will definitely reinforce the defence and I’m beginning to like Djouru. What I’ve seen with most players like Theo “Thunder Bolt” is that the more games they play the better they get. We should shoot 4 or 5 past Wigan on Saturday. Hail Wenger’s Boys!

  • ny

    I think we are the team which wins most number of free kicks in dangerous areas but the conversion rate is …may be 1%.Van persi,Nasri all are average kick takers.Take the case of Sunderland,Blackburn,Chelsea etc.Reid/Richardson,Pedersen,Drogba ,all have very good conversion rates .

    Arsene pls sign Keistsuki Honda

  • BergkampBurger

    Bendtner was much better against Leeds away than all the games before – maybe Arsene is right and he just needs some time to get back his form and get fit.

    But definitely want the team you said above to play tomorrow!

  • devday

    @ Fo:
    If Vermaelen recovers, then he will be a really good asset in the coming months – the prospect of having a fully fit Vermaelen, Koscielny and Djourou is mouth watering.

  • snehalbumbhatt

    Wenger will rotate – he just said it on pravada

  • goonerman

    Bit off subject but this spurs bid for the olypic stadium is hilarious. Every single spurs fan i know is so against the idea of moving becuase the thought of leaving north london all to us actually sickens them. yet their top men in charge do not give a crap what the spurs fans want they just see an easy route and with the chance of saving a bit of money. i really hope they get the stadium, think of all the new songs we could make up

  • Sam

    Ny – your suggested target, Honda, was fantastic during WC, but he’s been well below par during the Asian Cup taking place these days. He has been Japan’s biggest disappointment in every of their 4 games so far. I also thought he may be an interesting catch for us, but…

  • Vazy

    GET IN!! Van the Man 1-0

  • Vazy

    great result and great hat trick from van the man!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Cracking result, can’t wait for MOTD