By 1970’s Gooner
Savic is a young 21 year old Manchester City centre back. He has been a starter for his team in recent games because the first team choice centre backs Kolo Toure (Afica Cup of Nations) and Kompany (red card) are unavailable.
The young lad has looked out of sorts. His mistakes are costing Manchester City. Spurs were allowed to get back in the game from 2-0 down through his mistake and he gave away the penalty in the 1st leg of their Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool. He was that bad he was substituted at half time in the return leg. Kind of reminds you of Djourou doesn't it?
Why do I go on about Savic and Man City you would ask. Because he is the only weak link in an otherwise strong side. Yet they suffered badly in the games he has played.
Compare this with Arsenal missing FIVE first team players against United: Arteta, Gervinho, Sagna, Gibbs and Wilshere. Can you imagine what would have happened if they were available? I think we would have taken sweet revenge for the 8-2.
There are promising news emerging from the injury front.
Sagna has returned to full training today with the first team and apparently came through unscathed. He may be available for selection for the next league game at Bolton next Wednesday! If not for the Blackburn game at home on the 4th of February.
Gibbs is due to return to training in a few days time. I would think the Arsenal physios will be a bit more cautious in this case due to the player’s history with injury. But he could come back within the next two league games.
Both full backs, if all goes well, will be available for the CL game against AC Milan on the 18th February.
Arteta will return to first team action probably against Aston Villa and so will Henry.
And there are good news about Coquelin. He is also returning to training next week.
Wilshere is now only three weeks away. So is Gervinho (from the Africa Cup of Nations).
Arsenal will bounce back that’s for sure and our performances when these players return to action will be out of this world.
I predict that we will go on a run similar to that in the early part of the season after the disastrous start and challenge for 4th spot and beyond, strongly.
We have added a new feature on the site detailing the injuries to Arsenal players, the nature of the injury and the expected date of return.