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And The Hits Just Keep On Coming ......

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming ......

If you hope to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp then you need all your players to play out of theirs skins .... for us, it would be nice if we just had all our players to play.

Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, Arsenal have will be missing no less than 5 key players going into this crucial match in Spain tomorrow, after Alex Song joined William Gallas, Andrei Arshavin, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie in the treatment room.

Arsene Wenger confirmed the defensive midfielder will not make the trip. 'It was a bad surprise this morning because he had a scan yesterday afternoon on his knee and he has an inflamed cartilage. We have to wait and see how bad it is but he is completely out for the squad for tomorrow's game.'

The gaffer also reported that Gallas' cover, Sol Campbell is also a doubt for the quarter final second leg. 'That is a decision I have to make after speaking to him tomorrow, today he was still not completely available although he managed to get a warm-up. To go into such a game you must be completely fit or not play at all.'

Le Boss has often refused to blame injuries for lack of success in recent history, but I fail to see how injury lists like this can not be partly, if not mostly responsible for our struggles. How would Man Utd cope without Rooney, Vidic, Carrick, Valencia & Nani, Chelsea without Drogba, Terry, Lampard, Essien and Malouda, Barcelona without Messi, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta and Toure?

Despite these injuries, we still find ourselves on par with Barcelona in the quarter final of the Champions League and only 3 points behind Chelsea in the league, that in itself is a miracle, for us to actually go on to win some silverware needs something greater than a miracle, infact maybe only an intervention from god himself could helps us now?

I do hear he's a Gooner.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Monday April 5 2010
Time: 3:23PM

Comments

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I would say he was our most vital player tomorrow and now he's gone. If we pull this off, it will be the biggest achievement I can think of. Let's get a 2-2 and win it on pens!
Gooner_Vin
05/04/2010 15:33:00
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Well that's probably our 5 most important players out then... I retained some hope before this news, if Song and Vermaelen had been at their best we could've hoped to hold out and nick something on the break. I doubt Campbell will play after Arsene's recent gambling record, and as much as I think Silvestre is harshly criticized, if he plays CB at the Nou Camp, we're *****ed. I personally think we should play Sagna at CB, but I don't think Arsene will.
ArsenalRob
05/04/2010 15:54:00
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This is a big BLOW! How can one team have so many key players out, at the business end of a hopeful season? Anyway, that is why teams have a squad and the alternate players just have to step up the plate. We need to be very compact with a huge dose of self belief, to stand any chance.
Naijagunner
05/04/2010 15:59:00
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So it looks like we'll be left with an Almunia Sagna Gallas Silvestre Clichy Denilson Nasri Diaby Walcott Bendtner Rosicky line-up. I'd rather Eboue started ahead of Theo but Arsene's recent words make me think he'll give Theo a chance to start. Apart from the obvious dissapointments these injuries inflict on us as a team, this is the kind of tie that should propell the likes of the 5 listed players into global recognition as true world-class footballers. It's sad to see them missing out. Especially RvP, who missed the Milan tie 2 years ago and played in an out-of-sorts side vs Man U last year. He needs the chance to make his mark on the biggest stage.
ArsenalRob
05/04/2010 16:12:00
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I do agree with ArsenalRob as I feel Sagna in The CB position looks more assuring that having Silvestre play there. This should mean Walcott will be in the starting line-up with Eboue filling in at RB. Having said that, I prefer Eduardo starting alongside TR7 and NB52. Walcott to make an impact from the bench.
jess_farenesh
05/04/2010 16:15:00
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This is really unfair right..Just when we have to face a side like Barca we get all the mother****ing injuries in the world! The only positive is that this puts us firmly as the underdogs. But honestly, without the inspirational leadership of Fabregas and the vast amounts of quality missing I think its unfair to blame any of the remaining squad if they dont make it. At least we have given it our very best shot (and I am sure the boys will do so again tomorrow) , and thats fair enough.
Sajit
05/04/2010 16:39:00
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Clichy/TR7 (if he starts) will have a key job keeping the duo of Alves and Pedro/Messi at bay. I think Messi will be given a free role at the Nou camp which will mean no particular marker can stay on him; if Wenger would consider Sagna as CB, he would have, at least, tried it once in a crucial game. The fact he has not means it will be either Sol or Silvestre to pair TV5.
Naijagunner
05/04/2010 16:40:00
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err, are we cursed?
shady gunna
05/04/2010 16:43:00
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do we need a motha****in jesuit exorcist priest for these injuries? the way i see it, with d available squad, either we nick it or get absolutely trashed.. no 2 ways
shady gunna
05/04/2010 16:49:00
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I think we'll win at Barcelona. Nothing to lose, everything to gain and no pressure. As long as the team play like they can, I see Barcelona underestimating what Arsenal can do. Sagna has to play centre back. He has the pace and can read the game.
Keplaz
05/04/2010 16:59:00
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