Eduardo da Silva and Nicklas Bendtner will have a chance to prove their worth after a relatively serious injury to Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
Haters of international football will be delighted to hear that van Persie injured his knee playing for Holland against Slovenia and the verdict from manager Arsene Wenger is that he will be out for a least a month.
“We will know later today how bad it is but the early signs are that he will not be able to perform for us in the next four weeks. It is a big blow.”
Too right it is. Van Persie has been in great form of late, bagging crucial goals in his last three matches, and it will be a real shame to see him on the sidelines again. I see the Dutchman as one of the most important players in the squad and it will take a big effort from either Eduardo or Bendtner to replace him alongside Emmanuel Adebayor. With Bolton coming up this week I think it would be great to see them get a taste of their own medicine and have to play against both Adebayor and Bendtner, but I wouldn’t be against Eduardo starting either after he scored goal for Croatia last week.
Philippe Senderos was also injured playing for Switzerland, but with William Gallas set to return this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Other players who have recovered from injury and are available for the Bolton match are Tomas Rosicky and Jens Lehmann. I’m hoping Rosicky starts despite his permanent muscle problems, but if Lehmann does as well, despite everything that he has said, then I will not be a happy chappy.
Denilson signs on
If Rosicky does not start against Bolton then one of the men who could well slot in on the left is Denilson. The young midfielder signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal and manager Wenger suggested that there will be much more to come from the Brazilian, perhaps sooner than expected.
“Denilson is a great player. For me, he is underrated. He does not get all the praise his performances suggest but that will come very quickly.”
I have a lot of respect for Denilson, he goes about his football in a way that reminds me of Gilberto Silva. He works hard and tends to shy away from the media and has made steady progress at Arsenal so far. He doesn’t reek of explosive potential in the same way as Nicklas Bendtner or Theo Walcott, but the guy is only nineteen and there will be more than enough time for him to develop under Wenger at Arsenal.
Just on tomorrow night’s match, I think that even despite the inevitable absence of van Persie, Arsenal will have way too much for a Bolton side languishing near the foot of the table and without manager Sammy Lee. Gallas and Toure will need to stay sharp to look after Nicolas Anelka but if the likes of Flamini and Fabregas can get on top in the midfield then the likes of Adebayor, Eduardo and Bendtner should ensure they get the three points. I actually think it could be quite a stroll for Wenger’s team and am predicting a 4-1 win.
Before I go, if you’re after a detailed report of the Arsenal AGM that took place yesterday then check out the one from Arseblog. As usual, it’s more than you could ask for.
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