Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wenger’s midfield options for Wigan limited due to injuries and suspension
By 1970s Gooner
The news coming out of the France national team’s camp is that Mathieu Flamini has cut short his international week and is flying back to London to be attended by Arsenal’s doctors.
Flamini 'suffered a little something', Domenech said without explaining the extent of the injury.
He will not travel to Kiev to face the Ukraine in France’s last qualifying game.
Fabregas is also out due to the fifth yellow card he “intentionally” received at the away game at Reading.
This leaves Wenger with the possibility of having to field a totally different pairing for the centre of midfield against Wigan.
It has been Fabregas and Flamini that have been pulling the strings so magnificently since the first game of the season against Fulham.
However the bad luck does not stop there. France Football is reporting that Diaby is out of the Under 19's next game which is today. It appears he is carrying an injury.
If both Flamini and Diaby do not make it for Saturday then the available options against Steve Bruce’s Wigan will be limited to any two from Gilberto, Diarra, Denilson and Song.
Gilberto obviously is a definite starter if he can get back in time from his duties as captain of Brazil.
It would also have been nice to see Diaby line up in his favoured position and to be allowed to show what he can do. These two would probably get the nod if fit.
In the possible absence of Diaby then 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.
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