Friday, 1 October 2010

Cesc could feature at Chelsea, Fabianski set to start, African transfer targets

Morning Gooners.

It's all about Chelsea at the weekend, with concerns about the fitness of two of our most experienced players on Arsene Wenger's mind.

The manager spoke to the official site prior to his press conference today about the latest injury news concerning our players.

He described Cesc's involvement in the game at Stamford Bridge by saying:
"It looks a 50:50 but a 50:50 balancing on the negative side. I will find out on Saturday morning."
I think if there is any chance the manager can take him he will, even if his involvement is restricted to a place on the substitutes bench.

You can see how important he is to us in these big games. He runs our momentum, the fluidity of our game and his leadership of the team on the pitch drives them on.

Without him playing there is something missing in our game, so I think the manager will be cautious about playing him from the start if he's not 100% fit because of the impact it would have if he were to miss a large spell of the season would be more damaging to us than just the missing the games he's not played in so far.

The other question the manager is faced with is whether Manuel Almunia is fit enough to play. The manager revealed the Spaniard has yet to complete a full training session since injuring his elbow last weekend.

This one to me is a no brainer. If Almunia is not fit, Fabianski should play. His confidence is sky high since the win on Tuesday, so there is no reason not to throw him in to this one.

Abou Diaby will return to the squad, even though he is not 100% match fit. The manager said the Frenchman "has an 80 per cent chance to be involved".

The other players injured: Thomas Vermaelen, Nicklas Bendtner and Aaron Ramsey, will not be involved.

There was no mention however on Theo Walcott or Robin Van Persie. Hopefully we'll get an update on them in the press conference.

Elsewhere the talk is of African players we are interested in signing.

The Daily Mirror report that as well as handing a trial to the  South Africa's Premiership Young Player of the Year Siyanda Xulu, we've also got Zambian defender Emmanuel Mbola training at London Colney.

Whilst the Daily Mail says we're tracking Senegalese midfielder Kara Mbodj.

The 20-year-old is playing in Noway for Tromso and has been watched by chief scout Steve Rowley. 

The newspaper says we could offer up to £3 million to sign the player.

And finally, Bolton's Paul Robinson has been mouthing off about Arsene Wenger feelings on dangerous tackling. If you can be bothered to read what this Neanderthal has to say it's on The Sun's website.

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