In announcing the Arsenal squad for the home West Ham game Arsene Wenger has decided to rest Bakary Sagna and bring Justin Hoyte as well as Emmanuel Eboue back in the squad.
Sagna has looked, as have a number of Arsenal ever presents this season, a bit tired with his passing and close marking suffering most.
Most expect Hoyte to come in as a direct replacement but Arsene Wenger may still choose Eboue for the right back slot as he has obviously more first team games under his belt and may be considered as more battle ready.
The other interesting news is that Robin Van Persie is still out for another ten days. And that is an “optimistic” ten days according to Arsene Wenger.
This implies that the earliest that Van Persie could make a come back is for the home Carling Cup game against Spurs on the 9th January of the new year.
It would however be unlikely that Wenger would risk him in such a demanding game against our North London rivals. His come back is more likely to happen, if all goes well, in the next game which is at home against Birmingham on the 12th January.
The full squad for the West Ham game is as follows:
Almunia, Hoyte, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Flamini, Fabregas, Hleb, Rosicky, Adebayor, Lehmann, Diarra, Song, Diaby, Walcott, Senderos, Eduardo.
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