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Arsenal Duo Fit To Face Villa

Arsenal Duo Fit To Face Villa

Arsene Wenger has been handed fitness boosts after Manuel Almunia and Emmanuel Adebayor were passed fit to face Aston Villa this weekend.

Adebayor had been out of action after suffer an injury cause by a rather callous challenge in the defeat to Stole whilst Almunia took one in the visog from Micheal Carrick whilst trying to recover a fumble.

"Almunia is going well and he has recovered completely," said Wenger.

"Adebayor is back in the squad and he might play. I will decide that tomorrow."

I certainly don't like to see a player injured but I was looking forward to seeing Fabianski have an extended run in the team to see what he really can do.

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Date:Friday November 14 2008
Time: 2:25PM


I too would have felt comfortable with Fabianski, I think he's been tremendous so far. I can only remember him conceding one goal in his career thus far that he might have stopped, one of the goals at WHL in the Carling Cup. I am tremendously positive about him. I would imagine Ade will be on the bench, I would persist with Diaby and Bendtner and bring Ade on if needed. I don't think it will do his few flashes of complacency any good at all if the manager depserately plunges him back in at the first opportunity, Bendtner and Diaby were good enough to win against Man Utd, I say let them have a chance until at least the hour mark and make Ade work his way in.
Little Dutch
14/11/2008 14:33:00
Agreed. Plus there's the fact of injury reoccurance, these guys are good enough to beat Villa, so why rush Ade back. If he's on the bench you've got fire power if things aren't going your way, or have a nice run out if they are. It's a win win situation.
14/11/2008 14:35:00
both time Song came on as late substitute vs spuds and manure, we conceded late goals. a coincidence?
14/11/2008 14:43:00
Ade and Almunia have both on aoocasions this season looked a little too assured of their places in the starting 11 and this could be the best opportunity for Wenger to leave them out and remind them of their obligations without stirring the pot too much! Theguys that beat Man Utd, deserve another go!
14/11/2008 15:40:00
I agree on Fabi, no worries whatsoever about him coming in for Almunia if need be. I'd also like to start Bendtner and bring Ade off the bench later. Either with Bendtner-Diaby or Bendtner-Vela in the starting line-up, I can see ourselves creating chances and hopefully taking them. As Rocky said, it can only be a good thing to have Ade (and RvP for that matter) see some competition for their places.
14/11/2008 15:42:00
"both time Song came on as late substitute vs spuds and manure, we conceded late goals. a coincidence?" He may have done a bad pass in the build up but it was not his fault. Football is a game of inches (especially in that case). One inch to the right and Fabianski may have saved. A few inches forward and a player may have blocked it.
14/11/2008 17:14:00
Agreed on Fabianski and keeping Ade on the bench. The only problem I foresee with Bendtner is that he's more of a link-up man than someone who can lead the line. He did work his socks off on Saturday, pity he couldn't get a goal. His effort deserved it. We haven't beaten Villa yet at the Emirates, we've only got draws. I want to see us break that mini-streak. There's a midweek France v. Uruguay friendly (Nov. 19) and 5 of our players have been called up for it: Clichy, Sagna, Gallas, Silvestre, Nasri. This is Silvestre's first int'l call-up in several years. Let's just hope none of them come back crocked. I want them all available for our away game v. Man City. AW has said he'll use the 4-5-1 formation again. Given that we don't have a proper DM, I don't mind that at all -- esp. since Wenger's version of 4-5-1- is not at all conservative or boring. Anyway it was actually more of a 4-4-1-1. Re the CC: you do know of course that we're going to face Spurs, right?
14/11/2008 17:55:00
You need Adebayor back.
Tiny T
14/11/2008 18:34:00
Wenger always makes dodgy late substitutions to shore up games and it simply invites pressure onto us, its one of his few weaknesses. Garde, Grimandi, Cygan, Senderos, Song and most famously of all Flamini in the Champions league final :(
14/11/2008 20:13:00
Have to agree with you iceman - everytime we're ahead with 10-15 minutes to go, out come the 'defensive' substitutions. On paper they make sense but in reality it invites pressure. I think it also disrupts the chemistry of 11 players who are trying to chisel out the win they worked for. I dreaded seeing Song, and I think Toure come on at the end against ManUtd the other day!
14/11/2008 21:45:00
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