Arsene Wenger could name an unchanged squad for the trip to Bolton tomorrow evening as the manager revealed that there were no new injuries picked up in the midweek draw against Dinamo Kiev.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that none of our crocked stars – Eduardo, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby, Mikael Silvestre and Abou Diaby – will be fit for the trip north, although Silvestre and Nasri should be fit for the game against Hull next weekend.
Wenger has now said that Rosicky might not return until closer to Christmas, but in a tantalising hint about our Crozilian striker Eduardo, Le Gaffer said, “He is still very much on course and he could be a very good surprise because he is a little ahead of schedule.” So with any luck we might see Dudu back in action next month.
The manager might be tempted to rest certain players for the Premiership game tomorrow and I’m thinking in particular of Theo Walcott, who must still be counting the bruises he collected in the Ukraine. But the robust challenge of the Kiev players was, in one way, a good rehearsal for the Bolton game, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see an unchanged side tomorrow.
The squad that travelled east during the week was: Manuel Alumunia, Bacary Sagna, Cesc Fabregas, Kolo Toure, William Gallas, Robin van Persie, Carlos Vela, Theo Walcott, Denilson, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Song, Jack Wilshere, Johan Djourou, Lukasz Fabianski, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Eboue.
I’m not saying this is gonna happen, but from those 18, here’s the team I’d love to see starting at the Reebok tomorrow:
Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy
Eboue Fabregas Denilson Vela
Adebayor van Persie
And I’d like to see Walcott and Jack Wilshere coming off the bench as the Bolton legs start to get weary.
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