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Two Out, Three Coming Back

If you went back and viewed the Vital Arsenal archives I'd wager that most of our articles refer to injuries in one way or another, infact you'll have to go back a long way to find an Arsenal squad that wasn't riddled with injuries.

And of course today is no different.

However depending on your disposition, there's either good news or there's bad news.

If you're of a pessimistic nature, take a seat, grab yourself a coffee and brace yourself. We've got more injuries. Arsene Wenger confirmed that both Aaron Ramsey and Samir Nasri will be sidelined for three weeks after suffering thigh and hamstring injuries respectively.

And oh yeah, Walcott and Denilson will return for the Bolton game with Bendtner being ready to play the week after.

Now if you're an optimistic Gooner who always looks for the silver lining then grab yourself a beer, we've got great news!!!

Theo Walcott and Denilson will be back for the Bolton game on Wednesday with Bendtner returning for the Villa match!! Get in!!!

And oh yeah, Nasri and Ramsey will be out for 3 weeks each.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 19 2010

Time: 10:12AM

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Big losses. Denilson is a huge boost however I'm waiting for the Bendtner suffers set back headline. I also hope Theo can stay fit for longer than 5 minutes this time around.
I think as long as Tommy Gunn can stay fit then the Nasri loss is acceptable. Ramsey is a cracking young player, but if we can't survive without him for three weeks then we don't deserve to win the title anyway.
I think we can survive without Ramsey and Nasri, but to have Denilson and Theo back is great, as long as we can keep Theo fit ans finally get him playing as well as hes capable of playing. As for Bendtner, im not too sure about him yet. Be good to have an out an out striker back though.
Thats ok, we should be able to cope with that, agree with Trennon regarding Bendtner though, just waiting for him to be back in another 2 weeks. Our physio team really needs to stop massaging the players with claw hammers and machetes.
Must say that I have enjoyed seeing the Ramsey cameos this season and with games coming up against Sunderland and Burnley he may have got given more minutes on the pitch - considering that we have a tricky tie against Porto sandwiched in that time. When I say tricky I mean in terms of judging how many goals will be scored of course! ;) Bendtner will surely have to grab the second half of the season (injury reoccurence permitting, cross those digits people) in order to confirm to Arsene (who knows) and the fans (who are not quite sure) that he belongs in the side for the foreseeable future. Oh and apologies for my rudeness - good to be part of the community, hello to all my lovely fellow Gooners. :)
wotcha herobeard, welcome mate, now get the kettle on :)
Welcome herobeard. Mighty fine username too. Might I direct you to the Vital Arsenal forums to take a look at the legendary Eboue & Niko threads, the frankly astonishing "Spurs will Overtake Arsenal" thread, started by a spud no less, and many other genuinely interesting and intelligent debates with the fine community we have here. Enjoy mate!
It will be great to have Theo back lets hope he can stay fit for the rest of the season . He will be looking to force his way into the England squad so he will need good performances and that can be only good for us I believe Merida has picked up a knock thats bad luck on him after his game Sunday
Welcome Herobeard! As our fantastic salesman of a member Gunnerman mentioned, check out the fun threads and enjoy!
Hi ya, Herobeard (makes me envision Kenny Rogers, for some reason). On subject, these injuries are a source of concern and I see Arsene resting players like Cesc and Arshavin, when he can, in the course of the next 6 games (Bolton, Stoke, and the 4 games, we all await). Cesc just has to stay fit! Along with the 2 CBs
Do other clubs have indoor training facilities like Arsenal? Perhaps the change in temperature from training indoors then outdoors might have an effect on the muscles which could make them more susceptible to injury. If other clubs train indoors and out then this theory is done.
Professor Calculus
I dont think Theo will play a major part this season. The medical dept is apparently still trying to figure out if his injuries are related to his shoulder problems. I have more hopes on Bendtner - he needs to come back, and strongly. For all his confidence and attitude, this is the perfect stage for him to shine, leading the line, with Eduardo and Arshavin supporting him.
You are more optimistic about Bendtner than I am I'm affraid . I don't think he can be consitent enough
We haven't had this set up much this season, but our midfield has been at it's best this season with Song - Den - Fabs. It's been good giving other players time and rotation, that's always good. But we've definately looked most solid with that set up. I think it's good that we've got so many players that can play the attacking Flanks. There has been a lot of rotation between Arsh/Eddy/Nasri/Rosicky, and they're all players who can do it well. Also they're all players who will be injured so its good that they cover for each others. It's like having 2 sets of first XI because there's most likely going to be 1 or 2 out.
Unbelievable.. It is almost as if the players are taking turns to get injured.
what's interesting this season is that, even with our injuries and blips in form, we are still in contention. unbelievable really. bendtner will hopefully stay injury free for the rest of the season as i feel he can really make a difference. he is somewhat of a decoy striker IMO, defenders get drawn to him and that leaves the likes of eddy and arse-shavin to move freely in the box and score. there's a couple of players which we cant afford to lose to injury and i think that's AA and our 2 CB's. the rest we have managed without at some stage of the season without too much hassle.
Good to see Clichy back as well. The opposition has been giving Traore a bit of a tough time lately.
@ supersof - I'd lose AA over Cesc again anyway. We look a 10x better team with Cesc in the form he's in. Also i have to disagree about Bedtner's return. I think his main advantage will be his height. Considering we're the biggest goalscorers in the league, i reckon we must be down the bottom in knocking in headers. I can only think of Eddy's header in the FA cup as the only header i've seen from one of our forwards this season?
Supersof, add Cesc to that list. In the run-in to the business end of the season, I don't think we can afford to have him injured. In any case, it is a big Squad and everyone should be ready to come to the party, if called upon.
The lak of headers may have something to do with crossing accuracy (or the lack). I read a stat on the Guardian that Arsenal have the lowest crossing accuracy at 17%.
Yeh, i think Sagna and Clichy are our 'biggest crossers' and though Sagna seems to have improved a little bit, it is probably the worst part of his game. Clichy is average. It's okay thought because we are by far the best team in the league at playing through defenses, which i find more effective. Just if we add some height in it will make those crosses easier. I mean, we're quite a short team in general.
Skysports is reporting we have made a move for Fulham defender Chris Smalling
Not a bad chouce Gooner Vin. Premiership experience, plays with Gibbs in the under 21, and for 7m depending on appearances and trophies not too bad at all.

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