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Some Good News (Sort Of)

It was painful and extremely worrying to see big players like Andrey Arshavin, William Gallas and Cesc Fabregas get injured again - or, for some, in the starting line-up in the first place - in the Champions League game against Barcelona in midweek. Reports then followed that they would be out for the season, as if serving all Gooners yet another big dose of depressant.

Thursday's news was that Arshavin would likely be out for three weeks. After further tests today, the boss stuck with that assessment and would 'count 21 days' and expect the Russian star to face Manchester City at home. Fingers crossed then.

On Gallas, the manager put up his hand in admitting the mistake to take the gamble of playing someone just back from injury in such a big game. Wenger's expectation as to the recovery time has gone from yesterday's 'at least three weeks' to today's three to five weeks and that the French defender 'could miss the rest of the season'. With our track record of predicting comebacks, one has to wonder if our arguably most reliable defender has played his last game for Arsenal.

We were dealt the biggest blow yesterday when the club announced that we'd spend six weeks, or the rest of the season, without Cesc. Today, the manager confirmed that it's a 'small, small, small crack' in his right fibula, which would take between four and six weeks to heal, and that the Spaniard would be '100%' certain to grace the World Cup.

Yesterday further bad news came to hit our already bruised hearts that Gael Clichy and Denilson were having problems with their back and groin respectively, to be assessed today. By now you might be wondering 'where's the "good news" mentioned in the title?' Well, the latest update was that both of them had been deemed fit to be in the squad to face Wolves on Saturday. 'Could have been worse!' is all I can say at this point.

You may say 'this is where the squad comes in'. With the World Cup just around the corner, you'd think that Theo, Nasri and Diaby would be rubbing their hands and cleaning their boots to show what they're capable of for the rest of the season, especially with the latter two competing for their places in the same midfield for France. I have no doubt that they will remain motivated between now and the end of the season. Just hope that they stay fit and, touch wood, stay clear of the reckless tacklers and that the likes of Silvestre, Vela, Eduardo and Denilson, despite the lack of a true need to impress their national team coaches for various reasons, play to their potential when called upon.

The boss made a fair point that 'we cannot complain' about the injuries because we have an improved squad versus the previous two years and that we've simply got no time to feel sorry for ourselves with games coming thick and fast. But whether 'we have the luxury of having 20 players of nearly the same level', I guess we can debate. Judging from the way the boss picked three players who had just come back from injury against Barca, I think it's fair to say that he decided against assigning the huge task to the likes of Sol, Silvestre, Rosicky, Denilson, Eduardo and Walcott, for a combination of question marks about their experience, ability and fitness.

If we look at the situation from this perspective, the relatively minor news that Clichy and Denilson are fit to face Wolves should be viewed as really positive indeed. (Unless you reckon that's another under-estimation of their problems, that is.)

Oh well, I tried to conclude the piece on a positive note... Don't worry, we've got Emmanuel Eboue. :)




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Writer: Gooner Lou Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 2 2010

Time: 7:36PM

Your Comments

Nice take on the current injury plight Lou. The trouble with Clichy and Denilson being 'fit' enough to be in the squad is this element of risk. We can't afford any more long term injuries if there is to be any flexibility left at all. Get past the Barcelona game and we've got an 8 day-break. At the moment that's the sort of recuperation period those on the fringe of injury need.
Amos.
When I saw the title, I thought Myles Palmer drowned in his own *****. Oh well...
G4L
Eboue will win us the league
bootoo
Eboue should be starting every game, gives 100% every time and never stops running at defenders.... take note mr walcott
lukychmz
almunia traore campbell vermaelen sagna denilson song diaby walcott bendtner nasri Complacency will be our worst enemy tomorrow, I have had this marked as the easiest fixture of the season since Wolves got promoted if we don't win this match we don't deserve to win anything. I think Clichy will get a rest in this match, his return from injury gave us a big boost and it would be terrible if we overused him and he got injured again.
gronedrone
^ and yet, you yourself show complacency by thinking that WW is easy.
MrE._Man
Great Article Lou, I heared that the French Coach is well pi** off with Arsene regarding Gallas injuury as he's a doubt for French. Well hard S*** Arsene only thinks for The Arsenal, and he did what he thought was the best thing. Countries have to realise the Clubs pay these players wages! Today match will be very hard as the players will know that We must Win What ever the result of Manure v Chelski!
hackneyval
thank god cesc fabregas is fit for the world cup.it would have taken some major gloss of the tournament.(thank god he is out for the season though :) }
kingDROG
Domenech has a ******* nerve. As if Arsene should give two monkeys about what The Astrologer thinks. Worst manager ever to coach an international team and completely responsible for the state of the France team these days despite the talent at his disposal.
julieloveshenry4ever
Indeed Amos, the 'positive' news about Clichy and Denilson being fit does carry an element of risk. Cos beyond them, the cover is rather weak if you look at how sparingly the boss has used the likes of Traore, Eastmond, etc. further down the pecking order. Hackveyval, yeah, how dared Domenech criticise how Wenger manages HIS players! How the boss has spoken back: http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-i-ve-not-cost-gallas-his-world-cup
GoonerLou
 

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