Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday April 24 2008
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger obviously reads Vital Football! Last week I wrote an article pondering whether or not Arsene might use the remaining games to experiment with his side with a panoramic view to next season in mind. Well the Gunners boss went some way to answering my query (MY query, nothing to do with any of the geezers that actually planted a microphone under his nose) on the official website.
'That is what I have to think about,' Wenger told Arsenal.com when asked if he would wield the wand and tinker with the
'Maybe I'll have to give the players who go to the European Championships a little breather before they go.'
As long as those international sides get what they want, eh? In all seriousness, this is probably a good idea. Given the fact that Cesc looks like he`s been bathing in lactic acid (but still making an impressive contribution in spite of this). With a grueling summer ahead for some of our squad, any respite they can get will prove fruitful in the long term.
However, other than Cesc it`s hard to know who else Wenger could be talking about with regards to resting Euro 2008 bound players.
Unless he considers giving Gallas a breather, which I cannot see him doing. I think he wants to road test Alex Song as a centre half and will probably favour having a more experienced figure like Gallas, who is always so good at looking after fellow defenders. We can assume that Flamini, Sagna, van Persie, Lehmann, Senderos and possibly Djourou will be going. But all of the aforementioned have had rest periods for one reason or another. Perhaps Clichy, but the insane Domenech appears to prefer Abidal as back up to Evra. Perhaps the Boss will assess some alternatives to Fabregas, his identikit Denilson may get a run. I would like to see Diaby played in his true position as a variable alternative who can deploy a different attacking midfield style. Wenger has been willing to throw Song in at the deep end lately and implied that Fabianski will play the remaining games in goal and that Walcott will likewise start remaining fixtures at Derby and Sunderland and at home to Everton.
Date:Thursday April 24 2008
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