Samir Nasri hobbled back to North London earlier this week after limping out of training while on duty with France.
Apparently last weekend’s goalscorer sustained the injury when he was simply jogging which has me wondering if we’ve signed someone else with glass legs, given that he’s already been on the sidelines. Or maybe it has something to do with the way that Arsenal train that we sustain so many injuries.
Anyway, as usual, I digress.
The point is, Nasri will probably miss this weekend’s trip to Fulham as Arsene Wenger and his backroom staff rarely risk playing anyone with a niggle in case it turns into a torn muscle and several weeks on the treatment table.
So with Nasri probably out and the likes of Abou Diaby, Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky out of contention, I’m just wondering if the game at Craven Cottage will allow one of the young Guns a chance to impress.
We’ve already seen quite a bit of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in pre-season games, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see them in action, but the return of Alexandre Song from the Olympics could see him figure and Fran Merida’s prolonged holiday means he might be fresh enough to merit a call-up as well. And then of course there’s Carlos Vela, who we’re all hoping to see more of now that he’s returned from exile in Spain.
Without the influence of Cesc Fabregas in midfield, Arsenal have struggled a bit creatively and although Nasri showed in his Premier League debut last Saturday that he too can spark some excitement, I’m hoping Le Gaffer might use this opportunity to challenge one of his fringe players to show his worth.
Personally, I’d like to see either Jack Wilshere or Fran Merida given a start. We’ve all seen what Wilshere is capable of in friendly games, so it would be a good test to see if he can perform as well in competitive action.
As for Merida, I’ve said before that I can’t see him playing alongside Cesc Fabregas, so if he is match fit – and that’s a pretty big if – perhaps this would be the time to unleash him on Premier League opposition.
I’m guessing that Denilson and Emmanuel Eboue will make up half of the midfield quartet at kick-off on Saturday evening, probably alongside Theo Walcott, but let’s hear who you lot would like to fill the remaining role – for me it’s Wilshere, but who would you pick?