Yesterday we were told the news that Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie will be back in full training next week, and whilst being delighted at Ramsey finally recovering from his horrible injury, I couldn’t really care if van Persie is ready to return or not.
Don’t get me wrong, he is a fabulous player when he is fully fit, but those previous five words just follow him around. He is hardly ever fit.
In the past 12 months he can’t have played more than 10 games for the club and right now I would start three players before him in Chamakh, Bendtner and Walcott. The thing with van Persie is that he is a notoriously slow starter anyway, even his lightning start to last season took a couple of games to really get going.
Usually just before he returns from injury there is a lot of excitement building with the fans, it happens to me too, just this time I’m not at all fussed.
Looking ahead to the game against West Ham tomorrow Vermaelen is still ages from returning, Diaby is still injured and Kieran Gibbs is out for a few weeks with knee ligament damage. You would expect Chamakh, Nasri and Arshavin to resume up front but with Bendtner and Theo breathing down their necks they are going to have to fight to retain their starting roles.
It also wouldn’t be a surprise to see an unchanged midfield and defence from the City game last weekend with Song and Denilson continuing in midfield, though don’t discount Rosicky being thrown in to make the side more attacking. I have to admit though, I really like the Song/Denilson partnership.
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The Arsenal Stadium Mystery is a fictional murder mystery in which the Arsenal team of 1939 play which fictional amateur side?
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