Another international break, another round of injuries that are certain to give Arséne Wenger a bit of a headache ahead of the visit of Man Citeh on Saturday.
International breaks have no benefit whatsoever and losing Eduardo, Robin van Persie, Abou Diaby and Samir Nasri for not only the Premier League match but also the Champions League quarter final with Villareal, is a crushing blow.
We have too many fragile players, it seems – although Eduardo in particular needs time to adjust to regular games after such a terrible injury.
The return of Theo Walcott is a bonus, but I still have reservations about how robust he is, not to mention the need to be more effective with his final ball.
So it seems as if Wenger has few decisions to make other than who to start with and who to bring on.
There has been much said about the return of El Capitano, Cesc Fabregas, after three months out, and his influence can be massive.
There is, of course, the risk that bringing him straight back into the team rather than easing him in could provoke another strain. But my feeling is that without games, he isn’t going to get up to speed quickly enough to make a difference in the big games coming up.
The fact that Wenger refused to confirm that Cesc will be at the club next season after the very public declaration of love from Joan Laporta, the Barca President, is worrying, but as Wenger said, we need to focus on the next game for now. The summer can wait.
Our problems are going to be in wide positions and upfront. Do we play Andrey Arshavin on the left as usual or push him behind Nik Bendtner? If we do that, and I think that using him centrally could be vital, we will need to play someone out of position.
For me, it’s got to be Theo, who can play on the left and will probably be more effective there cutting in than Manu Eboue, who slots in on the right.
I would start Manu Adebayor on the bench, although there's an arguement that he too could do with games if he is to help us in the big matches.
So with injuries and returning players in mind, the Addict Team would be:
Sagna Gallas Toure Clichy
Eboue Cesc Denilson Walcott
Anyway, what do you think, fellow Addicts? Let us know your thoughts....