Once again it’s pretty quiet in the world of Arsenal.
A trip to Stoke is of course on the agenda but we’re yet to hear from Arsene Wenger regarding player availability or any of the players regarding Wenger availability.
It’s eerily quiet at the moment, a bit like that time in the N64 game Lylat Wars where Peppy declares to Fox, “It’s quiet. Too quiet!” before a fleet of baddies launches an epic attack. Except in our case the fleet of baddies will be a group of Stoke thugs and Peppy is Sol Campbell. Or something.
I managed to catch Inter Milan’s 2-1 win over Chelsea this morning and quite enjoyed the game. Diego Milito scored a typically ghost-like goal before doing nothing else in the 90 minutes while Julio Cesar, the best goalkeeper in the world, let a Solomon Kalou shot slip through his fingers. Esteban Cambiasso got the winner but I think the damage is done, Chelsea will get through and European glory will once again evade the best team in Italy.
The most interesting moment of the match from an Arsenal perspective was the injury suffered by Petr Cech. Under no pressure at all he seemed to tweak something in his knee, however the verdict from Chelsea is that it is a calf problem and he may be out for some time.
Hilario looked pretty shaky when he went on and if I’m being honest, I’d rather Lukasz Fabianski in goals than the 56-year-old Portuguese man. He’ll get a baptism of fire against Manchester City on the weekend and if the Sky Blues are smart, they’ll make sure he has plenty of work to do.
Just a quick Robin van Persie update before I go.
Dutch national team manager Bert van Marwijk has said that he expects van Persie to be playing games at the beginning of April. He’ll obviously need a fair bit of time to get back to fitness but I see no reason why he couldn’t play a significant part in the latter stages of the Champions League, or give us a final push at the end of the Premier League season should we still be in the race.
Which would be most welcome indeed.
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