Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Walcott give Wenger miracle boost -RVP's award -Denilson set to return

Morning Gooners.

With Chelsea winning their tie with Barcelona, it's makes Saturday's trip to Stoke an even more important game to win than it was before. We need to ensure of third place so that if the worst happens, we'll still be guaranteed Champions League football next season. Just being in the top four isn't good enough now that they're through to the final.

At Stoke we'll be without Theo Walcott, but his injury isn't as bad as first feared and according to the Daily Telegraph he could be back for the final game of the season against West Brom. Looking ahead to Saturday, it will be interesting to see who the manager picks in the attacking wide positions. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain had a quiet game on the left against Chelsea but Wenger has the option to recall Yossi Benayoun this weekend.

It was interesting that when Walcott was substituted and Gervinho came on, the Ivorian played on the right instead of his usual position on the left. Was the manager's idea to test him out there just in case Walcott was going to be out injured? I know when Gervinho and Walcott play together they usually switch flanks through the game, but I thought it was slightly unusual not to deploy The Ox on the right straight after the substitution and give him a chance to have a go at Ryan Bertrand/Ashley Cole.

I expect we'll see the two more experienced players - Gervinho and Benayoun - start on Saturday with Wenger using The Ox from the bench as an impact substitute.

It appears that Stuart Pearce is trying to pick a fight with Arsene Wenger over using Jack Wilshere at the London 2012 Olympics. It's been clear for a long time now that Pearce doesn't have the best interests of the players at heart. He tried to take Jack to the under-21 tournament last summer despite being in the red zone. Now he's set to fight with Arsenal to take him to the games - despite the fact Jack hasn't played all season.

Pearce has admitted that Jack is still on his 80-player long list - despite what Wenger has said about his inclusion. The player himself has already ruled himself out of the European Championships. I would expect playing at the Olympics wouldn't do the 20-year-old any good either, especially as he's already said he wants to concentrate on getting fit to play for Arsenal next season..

Congratulations must go to Robin van Persie who was yesterday named 2012 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association. The awards keep coming and I don't think anyone can deny that Robin has had a fantastic season for us. Now he needs to wrap up the Golden Boot.

And finally, it appear Denilson is set to return to London once his loan contact with Sao Paulo comes to an end. If the Brazilian comes back with a better attitude and more motivation, I'm sure he could be an asset as a squad player next season.

That's it for today. More tomorrow.


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