A week is a long time in football and Arsenal are riding high again.
With a week off until our next game after Saturday’s fixture against Villa, Arsène Wenger may be tempted to play a few of his team who have struggled with injuries of late, such as Bacary Sagna, Manu Adebayor and Manuel Almunia.
Sagna came through last week’s victory against M*nure unscathed so I suspect he’s fit again but with a long season ahead of us, perhaps now is not the time to risk key players.
Adebayor could be risked, it seems, but with the team performing so well against M*nure, why change a winning formula, especially with Villa coming to the Emirates, where they have yet to lose, on the back of two defeats?
I’m still to be convinced about Nic Bendtner and I hope he starts scoring as regularly as many Addicts believe he will.
But in the absence of Robin van Persie, he deserves to keep his place with Carlos Vela kept waiting for his first Premiership start.
Much will depend on the form of Abou Diaby, whose roving runs could carve open any defence, and Denilson, who needs to continue the improvement he displayed last weekend and show he can play a supportive defensive role.
On form alone, Cesc Fabregas is probably the most likely of the midfielders to miss out – but of course that will never happen.
We all know what a superb player he is and yet his passing game seems to be missing some of the verve he has shown in the past.
The only way he is going to regain his form is by playing and by having the confidence that he can push forward without fear of leaving the defence exposed.
Sagna Gallas Silvestre Clichy
Walcott Denilson Fabregas Nasri
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