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Sharp looking Clichy

Gael Clichy last played in the 3-0 romp over our North London neighbours back at the end of October. In the months that he has been absent through injury we have used three different players in the left back role with Gibbs swiftly becoming a long term absentee himself with a broken metatarsal then followed by Traore and Silvestre.

While the team has coped fairly well without the French left back his return offers some respite from the catalogue of first choice injuries we have endured this season. His experience will be a valuable asset to our hopes for this season.

It is not yet clear whether Gael force can be deployed in the upcoming game against Bolton but it seems to be a possibility as Wenger tells us that:

"Gael Clichy is available and he might be in the squad.

"I don't want to go overboard with Gael because he has been out for a long time - but he looks very, very sharp in training."

Rather more certain is that our midfield fulcrum, Cesc Fabregas will return for the Bolton game.

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Date:Thursday January 14 2010
Time: 1:48PM


Hmmmm, I sense another, "Arsenal rush player back from injury so he quickly gets crocked again" style scenario. This injury he already has is a result of bringing him back too early when he hadn't quite recovered from the last back injury and we've made the same mistake with Denilson about three times in the last few weeks.
Little Dutch
14/01/2010 14:03:00
I dont think we should rush any of our players back at the minute, we have a hard set of 4 games coming up after the 2 Bolton Games so i think we should be patient with Clichy's injury.
14/01/2010 14:36:00
How long was he initially out for? I don't know, so don't know how "rushed" this return is. It'll be nice to have him and Cesc back.
14/01/2010 14:37:00
End of october i think he was injured. Sometimes you dont have a choice but to risk bringing a player back early. Traore and Sylvestre are not ideal replacements coming in to this tough run of fixtures. We currently have 10 players on the sidelines with Eboue & Song in Africa. Risks might haveto be taken if we want to win anything.
14/01/2010 14:52:00
Also i just noticed Cameroon lost the opening game. Hopefully they can lose one more of the last 2 fixtures and Song can be home in 2 weeks
14/01/2010 14:54:00
Good to have Clichy back. If he is, indeed, looking sharp, why not throw him in at the deep end, early enough? We need all the re-inforcements we can get, at this time.
14/01/2010 14:59:00
Don't start dreaming too soon, Paul. The ACN big guns will usually start slowly (cos the minnows will prepare hard for that first game, then drop subsequently) and rev up the engine in subsequent games. Cameroon will be in for the long haul, I think; at least, up to the semis.
14/01/2010 15:10:00
Clichy got a back injury in early April last year- which in itself was a recurrence of an old injury- and missed the rest of the season and was only fit enough to join pre season training a week later than his team mates. The season before, the exact same thing, a back injury took him out in early April and he missed the rest of the season. Back injuries are serious for a footballer, particularly one who relies on mobility as much as Clichy. Rio Ferdinand was rushed back from back injuries last season and we all know how his campaign has gone thus far. This isn't just a short term risk, it's a long term one. I don't personally know how fit or unfit Clichy is of course, all I'm saying is that he only started training a week ago following three months out and on Sunday it looks like we're going to put him up against Kevin Davies (who drifts out to the right for Bolton). It doesn't bode well for me and Arsenal have shown masses of evidence this season that they simply refuse to learn that rushing players back leads to longer term problems. Already this season, Fabregas, Rosicky, Walcott, Denilson, Fabianski, Clichy and Bendtner have all come back from injury for one match before being injured again.
Little Dutch
14/01/2010 15:11:00
All good points LD .... though I'll say the Cesc risk was well worth it ... lol
14/01/2010 15:17:00
Yeah I watched the game between Gabon and Cameroon. Pretty awful stuff really. Gabon scored early and then parked the bus. Cousin from Hull scored the winning goal, must have brought back bad memories for Alex :-) That Hull game was the last time I was at the Emirates, but thanks to my Silver membership coming through this year I am off to see the mighty gunners take on Utd at the end of the month. Not sure any of our boys would be rushed back, ok Cesc played against Villa when he wasn't fully fit, but those were exceptional circumstances. News today that Torres needs surgery and will be out for 6 weeks. Who would be a Liverpool supporter these days, ai ai ai!
14/01/2010 15:21:00
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