By 1970’s Gooner
The news coming out of Arsenal with regard to injuries is not good.
Alex Hleb is out for 21 days with a hamstring injury picked up playing for Belarus against Holland (2-1). He was substituted at half time.
Mathieu Flamini was sent home by Domenech after he picked up a thigh injury in the seven minutes he played for France. He will be out for one week.
Abu Diaby hurt his back against the Slavia Prague game and has not participated for the France Under 21s. He will be out for three weeks.
Robin Van Persie’s knee has not healed sufficiently and he needs another ten days before making his come back. He will also miss the Sevilla Champions League game in Spain.
Gilberto will return very, very late from international duty with Brazil and he will only come back on Friday jet lagged!
Cesc Fabregas stupidly went and got himself yellow carded so he is also out of the Wigan game.
Philip Senderos is back though which is small consolation as he is not likely to start anyway.
The selection dilemmas for Wenger will be focused on the central midfield positions and on who will partner Adebayor up front.
Gilberto obviously is a definite starter if he can get back in time from his duties as captain of Brazil.
For the other central midfield position it looks like a straight choice between Denilson and Diarra as Song’s only outings so far have only been a few last minute substitutions.
It will be interesting to see which Wenger will choose although Denilson is more of a creative player and creativity will be needed to compliment Gilberto’s industry and defensive inclinations.
Up front I think Eduardo will get the nod as he looked sharp for Croatia on Wednesday night.
So Wenger will be forced to field a Carling Cup side for Saturday. The possible 11 are as follows:
Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy
Eboue Gilberto Denilson/Diarra Rosicky