Friday, 6 May 2011

Ramsey's Shawcross reunion | Fabregas in £45m Barca deal | Nasri's return?

Morning Gooners.

Stoke up on Sunday and the players know they need to keep going until the final second of the season. They've proved against Manchester United they don't want to give up and we all know how important a victory over Tony Pulis' side is.

There is what would be called history between the two clubs and some scores to settle.

Aaron Ramsey, who had his leg viciously broken by Ryan Shawcross last February at Britannia Stadium, could be involved if Cesc Fabregas fails a fitness test.

The captain missed last weekend's game with the young Welshman taking his place in the side. With Abou Diaby still struggling to get fit again after a calf injury, there is little option but to play Ramsey if Fabregas isn't fit. The only other player we could draft in would be Denilson and he hasn't played since pre-season.

I'm sure it would be a test of Ramsey's character but there has been nothing to suggest he couldn't come through the game without anything other than flying colours.

There is injury concern is over Johan Djourou who might be replaced by Thomas Vermaelen and Samir Nasri is also a doubt after coming off at half time last weekend. I hope neither of their injuries are too serious because we still need our best players involved even if it is the end of the season.

I'm hoping for good news on the injury front and the manager will update us when he speaks with the media at his lunchtime press conference.

There is little going on so far today. Stan Kroenke should publish his offer document to all remaining shareholders of the club later under stock market rules.

Yesterday he announced the purchase of the late Danny Fiszman's shares on the Plus Market.

There is more speculation about Cesc Fabregas leaving in the Daily Star to join Barcelona in a £45 million move, but I really haven't got time for that at the moment. We've got all summer to go through the pain of a will he, won't he scenario.

With so little going on, the official site are running an interview with Emmanuel Frimpong, the midfielder who is held in high regard by many. I'm not sure what difference he would have made had not been injured to be honest. I can't see him having made the giant leap Jack Wilshere did this term.

It will be interesting to see how he progresses next season. With Francis Coquelin at Lorient having a good campaign in France, I would imagine Arsene Wenger having him in mind for a first team place next  season. That could see Frimpong sent on loan to get some Premier League experience much in the same way Jack Wilshere went to Bolton. Only time will tell.

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