Just a super-quick update today with Arsenal news at a premium. It seems that Arsene Wenger’s side will be without Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott for the weekend clash away to Wigan, with the former picking up a calf injury from the game against Milan and the latter pulling up short with a thigh problem from the club’s ‘behind closed doors’ practice match against the Colorado Rapids yesterday. Quite why Walcott was even playing in that match when he was surely going to start against Wigan I will never know, but what’s done is done and there’s not much dwelling on it.
The two injuries put a little bit of pressure on the side with Robin van Persie and Tomas Rosicky also still out and Emmanuel Eboue unavailable due to suspension. 4-4-2 will surely be the go but it’s going to be something of a mystery as to who will start on the right flank. Wenger may be tempted to draught Gilberto Silva into the side and push Cesc Fabregas to the right but after the little Spaniard’s epic performance against Milan I’d like to see him play alongside Mathieu Flamini. If that turns out to be the case then I haven’t the foggiest as to who will start out wide.
It should, repeat, should be a comfortable win for Arsenal away to Wigan. The home side are really struggling at the moment and given that Wenger’s side are comingoff beating the European and World Champions it really should be a formality at the JJB. But as you all know, football is a funny game and the tough midweek game will have taken its toll on the Arsenal players, so they’ll need to fight hard to get the three points that they so desperately need to keep their Premier League dream alive.
With Manchester United having to play a FA Cup tie this weekend it’s a great opportunity for the boys to create some daylight at the top and put the pressure back on their biggest rivals. Let’s hope they can do it.
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