Monday, 1 November 2010

Fabregas and Song could miss Ukraine trip - Wilshere to return?

Morning Gooners.

This could quite possibly be the quietest of mornings in terms of Arsenal news since I started writing this blog. I suppose it doesn't help that we played on Saturday and now won't play again until Wednesday, so in terms of news coming out of the club, there is very little.

That said, there is one piece of news I can bring you is from The Sun. They report Alex Song has joined Cesc Fabregas as being a doubt for the trip to the Ukraine. 

Fabregas is a doubt after Arsene Wenger revealed he was contemplating substituting his captain at half time because of tension in the Spaniard's hamstring.

Song picked up a shin injury in our weekend win with West Ham where he was the only goal scorer.

Arsene Wenger said:
"I will give some of the players a rest and make some changes."
You would expect the manager not to take any risks with our captain who has already missed six games this season, five of which through a hamstring injury he picked up against Sunderland.

Jack Wilshere is available and would love a game I'm sure, so I would expect him to come into the team for Cesc. As for Song, he has played in all 12 out of 13 league and Champions League match this season, so is due a rest. Denilson has provided good cover since he came into the team and can do a job for us on Wednesday night.

As for other changes, Walcott in for Nasri? Bendtner in for Chamakh? Eboue to replace Sagna?  Rosicky for Arshavin? Perhaps that's too many changes. But it would be good to see some players get a game, although perhaps the manager won't go so far as I have  because he may have one eye on Barcelona's record of winning each of their group matches.

Shakhtar will be a different test to the one we faced at the Grove. They are a good side who let themselves down on the night. Expect a much sterner examination.

As it is the first of the month, I''ve turned over my calendar to look at the fixtures we face. November isn't the happiest of months for us Gooners. And this time is no different.

We have five away fixtures starting with Shakhtar on Wednesday in the Champions League. Then we face Newcastle at home, four days later travel to Wolves, then another four days later face Everton at Goodison Park.

That brings us to a midweek break for international fixtures and when we return we face Tottenham on November 20 at the Grove, three days later are on Champions League action against Braga and then travel to Birmingham to face Aston Villa for the early kick off on Saturday 27.

The month could then be complete with a Carling Cup match with Wigan at home, depending on whether the fixture is scheduled on the Tuesday (November 30) or the Wednesday (December 1).

A tricky month indeed. If we come through with a five point gap at the top of the league still in place between Chelsea and ourselves I will be very happy indeed. 

However this month is when we are really going to see if this Arsenal side has title credentials. Take maximum points at home and win those tough away fixtures and we'll be right up there with Chelsea.

I don't want to think of any other alternative.

The team will be in for training this morning and I'm sure we'll hear of any other knocks later in the day from the official site. The squad will then travel to the Ukraine on Tuesday, where the manager and Andrey Arshavin will face the media ahead of Wednesday's match.

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