Unfortunately they will do so under quite a hefty injury cloud. Indeed, Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are without Abou Diaby, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure, Philippe Senderos and Cesc Fabregas as well as long-term casualties Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo for the game.
“Kolo has a hip muscle problem. Cesc has a hamstring problem, he will be out for the next two games. Abou Diaby will be out for a while, we knew that. Philippe Senderos has a scan on his hamstring. He did that today whereas Fabregas did his hamstring yesterday. Samir Nasri should be OK for Saturday and so should Kolo Toure.”
The most notable name on that list is of course Fabregas and I think it’s an understatement to say that the side is looking stretched in the middle of the park. The likelihood is that Wenger will partner Denilson with Aaron Ramsey, a situation that is bordering on ridiculous.
It will be interesting to see how Denilson handles being the senior member of a midfield combination that is yet to play a competitive game together. I have my doubts about the Brazilian’s ability to assert himself physically on the game so it will be up to him to step up to the challenge and do his best. As for Ramsey, this is a huge opportunity for him to show the fans and the manager what he is capable of. I am particularly looking forward to watching him play.
Another player I am looking forward to watching is Johan Djourou – who should partner William Gallas in the centre of defence as a result of the injuries to Toure and Senderos. Given Toure’s performance against Ajax midweek I think there would have been a chance that either Senderos or Djourou was going to start this game at his expense and I’m delighted to see that it will be the latter. I’ve said before that I really feel he will become a great central defender and it will be interesting to see how he handles this opportunity.
The injuries in the squad means the side that Wenger will put out will probably look like this:
Sagna – Djourou – Gallas – Clichy
Eboue – Denilson – Ramsey – Walcott
Adebayor – van Persie
Regardless of the injury problems I do think Arsenal will get the job done against FC Twente. I also have to say that I’m ridiculously excited about the return of the new season.
It’s going to be such good fun cheering the boys on in a game that really matters again and I can’t wait. Enjoy the game wherever you are watching in the world and I look forward to discussing it with you all tomorrow.
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