Tuesday, 30 November 2010

RVP in the hole - Vela faces crucial six months - Eboue's miracle - Ramsey's Forest debut - Get the thermals out

Morning Gooners.

Carling Cup quarter final against Wigan tonight and I've already got my thermals out. It's going to be very cold but I'm expecting a good performance on the pitch none the less.

I speculated on the team yesterday on the blog and the manager has reinforced my views on who will be involved.

Robin Van Persie will start, but which position he'll take up is open to the debate.

The manager told Arsenal TV Online:
"Robin can play on his own up front and he can play in behind so I will have to think about that overnight."
Could that mean that Van Persie drops back from the lone striker role which could be occupied by Nicklas Bendtner and play behind him in the middle of the attacking three?

That would then free up one of the attacking three positions for Carlos Vela to slot into.

The Mexican has made just two starts, both in the league cup, and five substitute appearances this season scoring two goals.

It shows you just how far down the pecking order he has fallen that now it seems he cannot get a place in the league cup starting line up because of all the competition he faces.

And with the formation we play, there are so many players who can fill the role he can.

The Daily Mirror report Vela's agent Eduardo Hernandez will meet with Arsenal after the Champions League match next week.

Hernandez said: 
"Arsenal's position hasn't changed. They want him to stay in the squad and the player's obsession is still to succeed at Arsenal."
It's been tough for the Mexican. He doesn't speak fluent English nor have a wide circle of friends in the country, so he's found it hard to adapt to England.

And he's unfortunately not put the effort in on the training ground either.

He's a player with so much potential but he's yet to fulfill it. He could be outstanding if only he put his mind to it. And if he does want to succeed at Arsenal, that's exactly what he's going to have to do. Work hard and want to fight for a place in the first team.

I hope for his sake that he does start focusing on his future otherwise I'm afraid this could be his last six months at the club.

Other team news to emerge yesterday was the swift return from injury of Emmanuel Eboue 

The Ivorian was expected to be out with a medial ligament strain of the knee for up to six weeks looks set to be involved. His injury isn't as bad as first feared according to the manager.

Away from the Carling Cup, the Daily Telegraph report Cesc Fabregas could be back to face Manchester United on December 13.

And Aaron Ramsey made his debut for Nottingham Forest in their 1-0 defeat to local rivals Leicester City. 

Ramsey wore the number 24 shirt and came off the bench to play the remaining half an hour. He had some good touches, was at the start of a move which nearly created a goal but sometimes not at his best in possession.

It was certainly a good fitness work out for him. And I'm sure if Forest had been able to get him on the ball more he would have been able to show what he can do. 

More on who I think will make the Carling Cup line up later, plus the team when it's announced.

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