So the news we all expected has been confirmed, our little magician Cesc is out for the rest of the season. Gallas and Arshavin are out for three to four weeks so it’s hardly good news for us…
I am gutted, sad and peed off, you name it!!
Cesc himself said he was fine before the game against Barca and his injury would have happened regardless. He wanted to play, he felt right enough to play so he did. What happened to him just about sums up our season as far as injuries go!! I bet though he wouldn’t have missed it for the world, no matter how he ‘really’ felt. Cesc has spoken on the Arsenal website and given high praise to Theo Walcott. Cesc says it was the introduction of Theo that sparked the comeback, his pace, his grit and his ability to ‘get behind’ the Barca defence.
Well Cesc, I don’t think we can disagree with that!
I’ve said before, we are not a one man team, we never have been so its time for a few others to step up and earn their wages.
Again, Barca can wait, tomorrow we face Wolverhampton Wanderers, another must win game in the race to finish top in the Premier League.
So what does Arsene Wenger do, play his strongest eleven or rest a few ready for Tuesday??
What would you do??
All through the season I have bleated on about always playing the strongest team available, but this time I am thinking differently. Not so much because of what lies ahead but we can’t afford another player to get injured. I am glad we are playing Wolves and not Stoke, Bolton or Blackburn!!
I’ll tell you what I would do, I’d look at this bunch of players who turned out for the reserves to beat Birmingham 3-1 to keep their chances alive of winning their league. I think if they beat Aston Villa they win it so good luck to them for Monday.
After looking at that fine crop, I would think about Freeman, Barazite, Eastmond and Cruise for the Wolves game. Have them on the bench ready to come on and rest players when the game has been put to bed. If we get through Tuesday, we may well need a few of the reserves to help us out in the league in the last couple of games!
Get them in there now, and get them used to it. I would also add Coquelin to the list. Freeman is in any case in the Champions League squad, so Wenger must think he is good enough..
As said, reserves play again on Easter Monday, so surely 48 hours rest is enough at their age 😉
Its a tough one, I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision, what would you do???
The one thing I know I would do, thats start Theo Walcott – he needs it for himself and for Arsenal – isn’t that why we bought him??
Sorry for the short post, bit hectic yesterday and a rushed one 😦