A very quick update before the Premiership clash with Aston Villa.
Cesc Fabregas is definitely out of the match but Gael Clichy and Alexander Hleb will travel with the team, but face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday afternoon. The likely outcome is that both will miss out. As expected, both Robin van Persie and Abou Diaby will still be out with long-term injuries.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has praised the quality of the referees in the Premiership and Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has backed Wenger’s policy of signing young foreign players. Can’t you just feel the love in the lead-up to the big game?
Finally today, Wenger has spoken about the possibility of bringing in a central defender to cope with the absence of Kolo Toure during the African Cup of Nations. Quite frankly, I’d be happy just to have Johan Djourou back but if Wenger did dip into the transfer market then he could do worse than Werder Bremen’s Naldo, as suggested by Stan in Thursday’s post.
Then again, he could go for the little fella in the video below. He seems to have quite a nice touch and a lovely burst of speed. Pity about the lack of pants…
He kind of dribbles like Hleb, doesn’t he? Cheers to Tom for sending me the clip. If anyone else finds some great stuff on the net then please, send it to me and I’ll whack it onto the blog. Cheers.
Have a good one all and enjoy the game wherever you’re watching it. If you’re after a match preview then check out yesterday’s post. Go Arsenal!
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