Tonights game is a must-win for Arsenal after losing their last two League matches, but it seems that Arsene Wenger is yet again going to have problems with picking a strong midfield. Abou Diaby has just made his comeback and I’m sure Wenger thought he was going to be “like a new signing”, but he is doubtful to be playing so many games in such rapid succession.
Wenger said last night: “Diaby is one of the guys I will have to check. You could see he was not completely physically fresh from the start on Sunday and he did dig deep to do what he did. He has played four games on the trot after being out for three months, so I will have to check him.”
Francis Coquelin has impressed since he came back into the team, but like Arteta, seems certain to miss tonights match after getting injured last weekend. Wenger revealed: “Coquelin is out because he has a hamstring problem from the Chelsea game. Everybody else has to be assessed individually but there is no major injury. Arteta is still out.”
The GOOD news is that Wenger also announced that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski should return to give Arsenal more options in attack. “We could have Podolski back in the squad because he is back to full training today.” he said. “And maybe Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the squad because he has been sick. Maybe he will go out today and practise again.”
Thomas Rosicky was supposed to return last week, but seeing that Wenger has decided not to mention him this time, I guess we will have to assume that he has had yet another setback, and we will have a hard time predicting the midfield line-up for tonight.
Wilshere, Frimpong and Ramsey anyone?