At the Arsenal training session today was the welcome sight of our Polish keeper, Wozciech Szczesny, after missing six weeks out with injury. Arsenal have not said if he is ready to play tomorrow against Reading, but it would be a great boost if our number one was to run out for the Gunners at Old Trafford on Saturday.
I think that Vito Mannone has tepped into his position manfully, but you always want your best players in the team, especially when you are facing Manchester United. Alex Ferguson’s team have been weak defensively this season, but have made up for it by scoring plenty.
One thing that Arsenal fans want on Saturday, almost as much as we want the win, is to stop the Dutch turncoat, Robin van Persie, from scoring against us. Szczesny will give us a much better chance of accomplishing that if he plays.
Another keeper hoping to get a game for the first team this week is the 20-year old Argentinean, Damian Martinez. He played in the last round of the Capital One cup against Coventry and was impressive, so is looking forward to another chance tomorrow.
Martinez has admitted that he was nervous before the game but as soon as it started he felt right at home. Coventry did score a goal, but there was no blame attached to the youngster. With the injuries to Szczesny and Fabianski, Martinez has been training with the first team squad and feels like he is comfortable playing at Reading tomorrow.