Can Arsenal win without RvP or should we re-sign TH14?

By Avenell Dave

Arsenal are not a one man team, whatever anyone wants to tell you.

In the past, we have been, when Ian Wright basically carried the team for way too long as George Graham played route one football that nobody liked.

We've had great players such as Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, Robert Pires and a host of great defenders.

The fact is that no team can win if only one player is playing well or even exceptionally.

Yes, Robin van Persie has now elevated himeself to almost legendary status with his goalscoring exploits this year, but he has relied on the opportunities handed to him by other members of the team.

I don't remember, for instance, Everton being called a one man team some 25 years ago when Gary Lineker was scoring 40+ goals for them during a title-winning season.

But it's fair to say that we do need some other pleayers to step up and share the goals around, so that, whether he is injured, suspended or rested, we don't miss RvP as much as we may.

I'm convinced that Chamakh is leaving in January and so that leaves us with just one other option - playing Park.

I'm surprised he hasn't had more chances or cameos to be honest but he needs games if we are not to overplay RvP and I suspect tomorrow may well be his chance.

He is scoring goals for fun for S Korea so he has the ability but playing in England requires a robustness and speed fo thought taht is even more intense than in international football.

It's great to see Thierry Henry back at the club and hopefully his training with the team can help the likes of Benik Afobe but wouldn't it be great to see him back in the squad.

He may lack a bit of pace thesedays and the intensity in the US is probably not suited to a full 90 minutes, but he has to be better than some of what we have and could prove to be the wild card to help us get back in the top four and ease the striking load.

Henry makes no secret of his love for Arsenal and his arrival would give a boost to one and all.

I suspect there is a risk that he could be as indifferent as Robert Pires when he returned to England with Aston Villa last season and we would have to hope TH14 would be more impactful than that.

The American season has finished now, so if wages are not too high, have we anything to lose?

Fulham are not the strongest team in the Premier League but they do have some decent players - Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy for example.

We need to remain strong at the back and I don't see many changes, even though Djourou may come in for one of the three centre backs.

Aaron Ramsey may be our playmaker but he needs a rest before he overplays as does Alex Song so that may mean starts for Emmanuel Frimpong or even Abou Diaby.

I can see the wide men getting rested too, with Yossi Benayoun and AA23 coming in. Benayoun in particular did well when he came on in midweek and I'd like to see him get more playing time.

Will Wenger make such widespread changes? It's doubtful, especially with us still trailing the top teams by a few points.

I fully expect us to win on Saturday, but football is a funny old game.

Addict XI


Koscielny Mertesacker Vermaelen Santos

Arteta Diaby Frimpong

Arshavin Park Benayoun

What do you think? Should Henry return? Should half the team be rested?