It’s probably best to get through the inevitable injury news that has reared its ugly head after last night’s round of International games, so I’ll get straight into it.
Theo Walcott went to hospital after just 12 minutes of England’s 3-1 win over Switzerland, rolling his ankle in the build-up to the first goal. According to reports he will only be sidelined for two weeks but it is nevertheless a blow for Walcott, who has been in superb form in the opening three games of the season, and Arsenal, who will be deprived of their current top scorer for at least two games.
There was something extremely annoying about the events that surrounded England’s first goal.
It just seems unfair to see Walcott put in so much quality and effort to create the cross for Adam Glen Johnson, work even harder to get into the area before seeing the ball whacked in by Wayne Rooney. England rise up for their Golden Boy again while Walcott, a genuinely lovely lad who is constantly criticised by the media for no apparent reason, can do nothing more than writhe around in pain. It all made me feel a little queezy.
From an Arsenal perspective with Walcott out the manager will most likely turn to Emmanuel Eboue or Tomas Rosicky to fill the slot on the right. The unsurprising news that Robin Van Persie is out for another month at least will put added pressure on Marouane Chamakh to stay fit, while players like Carlos Vela and the returning Samir Nasri will also have to play their part.
I mentioned in yesterday’s detailed analysis of our 4-3-3 how important it is that we have players fresh enough to press high up on the pitch so Wenger will have to get the balance and rotation right in the coming few weeks.
One player who has quietly returned from injury and will certainly help our cause is Denilson. The Brazilian played in defensive midfield alongside other first-teamers Lukasz Fabianski, Johan Djourou and new boy Sebastien Squillaci for the reserves last night against Blackburn. If anyone saw that game I’d love to hear how they got on: judging from this report Djourou cocked-up a bit on the goal and I would assume the first-teamers couldn’t have played too well if we conceded three goals.
Anyway, I think that’s about it for now. More to come later.
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