By 1970’s Gooner
You can’t deny that Cesc will be missed. Especialy now we are entering the business side of the Premier league season.
But where last season he was putting in wonderful match winning performances this season he has not been able to attain that level.
The reason is not easy to pinpoint but it is of course not only him that has been off form. The whole team has been performing inconsistently and the loss of Hleb and Flamini have not really been dealt with adequately yet.
So yes Cesc’s absence for up to four months will be missed but not by so much really. It can in fact bring with it some positives (in adversity if you like).
Just like when we were left with 10 players against Liverpool and he also had to go off injured the whole team pulled together and outplayed even outclassed a team supposedly gunning for the title.
The whole team will concentrate that much more now and play with the spirit of ten men.
I would expect that Wenger will keep Denilson in the central midfield creative role and play Song alongside him in the defensive role.
In my opinion this, strangely enough, will be a more balanced midfield than when Denilson had to carry out the defensive part of his duties alongside Cesc. A role he is not cut out to do and as such the balance of the whole team has been suffering.
Song I rate highly and he is getting better and better with each game. He will improve so much so that he will become irreplaceable in that position. I don’t think that Wenger will go into the transfer market for such a type of player now.
So Denilson will be able to concentrate on what he does best and Song will mop up alongside him.
Nicklas Bendtner has been awful recently but he will come into the team to lead the line against Villa just as he did against Manchester United. He was very good that day and I expect he can repeat that performance.
So the message is to stop worrying and get behind the team. We have the players to carry on without Cesc and win games against anyone.
There are positives out of almost all adversities. Don’t be surprised if we go on a long winning run from now..
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