No medal for Song, but Olympic performance wins him Arsenal recall

Arsene Wenger is set to reward Alexandre Song’s Olympian exploits with a place against Fulham tomorrow.

Song helped Cameroon reach the quarter finals of the Olympic football tournament and he was pretty much the best player for his country, so Wenger is obviously hoping the 20-year-old can continue his form for his club.

Whether Song will start only Arsene knows, and similarly we’re a bit in the dark about whether he’ll play in defence or in a midfield capacity.

Mikael Silvestre is apparently carrying a slight injury so I think the best we can hope for him is a place on the bench, but Le Gaffer hasn’t just bought him as back up by the sounds of things, so I for one am looking forward to seeing  how our new signing performs in an Arsenal shirt.

On the injury front, it’s no surprise that Eduardo, Tomas Rosicky, Philippe Senderos, Amaury Biscoff and Abou Diaby remain sidelined, as does Cesc Fabregas, although the manager believes we’ll see the young Spaniard next week.

"Cesc is doing very well in training," revealed Le Boss. " He won't be ready for Saturday but has a chance to be ok for Wednesday. We don't want to gamble on him for one game, we have to be patient."

Another stroke of good news is that Samir Nasri will hopefully be involved despite pulling out of the French squad with a thigh strain earlier this week.

Strangely Arsenal.com reports that the Gunners squad will otherwise be the same as it was against West Brom last week, but even by my rudimentary arithmetic someone will have to drop out to make way for Song.

Last week’s squad was:

Manuel Almunia, Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Johan Djourou, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Eboue, Denilson, Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Robin Van Persie, Carlos Vela, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski and Mark Randall.

The last name in that list would be my choice to drop out, but you lot and the Randall family may disagree.

And my starting line-up:

Almunia
Sagna, Gallas, Djourou, Clichy
Eboue, Nasri, Song, Vela
Adebayor, Van Persie