Thursday, January 17, 2008

Van Persie and Djourou out for 'a few weeks' as the squad gets thinner by the day

More injury news that we could do without - both van Persie and Djourou will be out for a few weeks, according to Arsene Wenger, whose squad is getting thinner by the day.

In less than two weeks, we have lost Toure, Eboue and Song to the African Cup of Nations, Diarra to our 'senior squad' (aka Portsmouth), and van Persie and Djourou to injury.

Yes, we will still field as solid of a starting XI as we can assemble at Craven Cottage, but the truth is, we can hardly afford any further injuries, particularly in central defense and at the holding midfield position (oh, Diarra, we may soon be missing you... well, not you exactly, but someone with the ability to play that position as well as you do, but more mature, less selfish and with better judgment)

Since the starting lineup writes itself, it is the bench that's worth guessing - I am thinking Lehmann, Gilberto, Diaby, Bendtner, Walcott.

Until Saturday.

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