Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Flamini out of Newcastle clash. More midfield headache for Wenger
By 1970’s Gooner
It's reported that Arsene Wenger’s problems with injuries are continuing. Midfielders Fabregas, Hleb and Diaby are known absentees for the away game at St James Park. Now Sky is reporting that Mathieu Flamini is out with a thigh injury he picked up at Villa Park.
This is a pity as Mathieu was in inspiring form against Aston Villa scoring the equalizer in a more advanced midfield role due to Fabregas’s absence.
Wenger is now faced with a similar decision he had to make prior to the home game against Wigan where again the first choice central midfielders, Fabregas and Flamini were out injured.
Will he go with Diarra and Denilson again or will he call back the experienced Gilberto.
But it wasn’t till Rosicky was moved into the midfield in the later stages of that game that Arsenal became more creative scoring two late goals.
Wenger therefore has the option to pair Rosicky with either Gilberto or Diarra in central midfield and play the impressive and improving Eboue and Walcott on the wings.
He has another option. And that is to play a three man midfield, Gilberto, Diarra and Rosicky in a 4 3 3 formation with Adebayor flanked by Eboue and Walcott.
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