Here’s a quick summary on what has been a quite brilliant news day for the Arsenal:
- Thomas Vermaelen has not broken his leg and may yet play in Sunday’s epic showdown against Manchester United. Arsene Wenger’s revelation that “there is still a good chance he will not play on Sunday” suggests there is still a chance he will play and considering this is The Verminator we’re talking about it wouldn’t surprise me to see him start against United.
- Meanwhile Sol Campbell has proclaimed he is ready to step in for Vermaelen if the hardest man in world football doesn’t manage to get up for the game. He also correctly observes that Wayne Rooney needs to be stopped if we are to win on Sunday as well as describing a potential match-up with the most in-form striker in England as “a challenge”.
- Eduardo’s injury has proven to be a lot less severe than first thought with Wenger admitting that he may play against Chelsea next week. Not that he’ll start though – a good performance from Nicklas Bendtner on Sunday would make it hard for the Crozilian to get his position back, injured or not.
- Alex Song and Emmanuel Eboue will both make the squad after being described as being “tired but in good shape” by the manager. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Song will start given that he would still be playing for Cameroon in the African Nations Cup if they progressed – and his return will be a huge boost to a midfield that desperately requires some grit and power.
Fudge yeah! Couldn’t really ask for better news for that on a Friday!
More tomorrow – including a match report and a taster of a very exciting Arsenal FC Blog event that will be occurring over the next three games.
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